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Dog-Friendly Activities in Pittsburgh

Nearby Pennsylvania is the perfect Fall weekend getaway

Only four hours away from Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, PA is an excellent place for a weekend getaway with your dog—especially in the autumn while the leaves are changing. We have a dog-friendly Airbnb and a few ideas to help you and your dog have a great weekend away.

Dog-Friendly Accommodation

There are many hotel chains downtown in Pittsburgh, so if you’re wanting a city break you might do well to check them out. We decided to stay at a dog-friendly Airbnb in Monroeville, PA which was well positioned to go into Pittsburgh (around 25-40 minutes depending on traffic) but also out into the rural area of Ohiopyle State Park (around an hour).

The Airbnb in Monroeville was small but spacious, with a really nice safe yard for playing in, even though it wasn’t fenced in. Truffles thoroughly enjoyed her stay and cooled off on the tiled floor in the large kitchen. It’s a well-stocked and nicely positioned place for a weekend or longer (we stayed for two weeks.)

Walk near Monroeville

If you want to go for a nice walk near the Airbnb rather than just play in the backyard there’s a pretty forest walk only about 10 minutes away at Bear Hollow Trail. One of the reviews mention that you need to park at the old ballfield across from the trailhead on Gun Club Road—this is also where we parked. (Here are the GPS Coordinates for the Trailhead, parking is just up and across the street: 40°26’39.3″N 79°42’08.6″W.)

Duquesne Incline

If you’re there for the weekend, I would use one day to go into Pittsburgh to find some fun and the other day to head to Ohiopyle State Park. The best dog-friendly thing we found to do in Downtown Pittsburgh was the Duquesne Incline.

You park at the base of Mt. Washington and it’s $5 per person (round trip) and it’s dog-friendly. When you get to the top you can see the inner workings of the funicular and go for a walk to nearby scenic views.

Southern Tier Brewing Company

Once we got back down to our car after the Duquesne Incline we found some great food and drinks at Southern Tier Brewing Company. Stephen enjoyed their “Warlock” which is a pumpkin stout and we both had delicious meals. Truffles loved that it had a large dog-friendly patio outside where she could relax in the sun (and look for people to pet her) and then find some shade in the leaves.

Ohiopyle State Park

On the second day of a weekend visit, I’d head to Ohiopyle State Park. The small town gets 1.5 million visitors a year, mostly for water sports along the river, but it was a great place for a hike. We did a moderate to easy hike to see Cucumber Falls, then over to the natural waterslides. We finished by heading over to the High and Low Bridges. It was free to visit and dog-friendly. There are longer and more intense hikes too if you enjoy hiking, we hadn’t been much this season and so we took it easy and enjoyed the water views and leaf-peeping.

Where are your favorite dog-friendly spots in the Pittsburgh, PA area? Share them in the comments below!


Full-time dog mom and traveler SHAE PEPPER is on an eight-year, 50-state road trip with her husband, Stephen Pepper, and their dog, Truffles. You can follow their adventures on their website, No Home Just Roam. You can also follow Truffles on her adventures via Instagram.

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