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There are a host of winter getaway places in the Pittsburgh region to satisfy both pets and their owners. Take your pup out to romp through state parks, dog runs and the exhilarating woods and water areas while you enjoy all the area has to offer humans as well. For the best pet-friendly getaways near Pittsburgh, look no further.

The Inn at Mountain View Greensburg
300 Scenery Lane
Greensburg, PA 15601
(724) 691-0570

Check here for reservations/no additional charges for pets

Just let Mountain View you’ll be arriving with a pet, and staff here will take care of the rest. The rooms are beautifully decorated to give a feel of a home away from home. The Inn’s owners gladly offer a fenced-in play area. Pets may join their owners in recreational areas for hiking, biking and fitness activities within the beautiful vistas of the Laurel Mountains. Families here enjoy an educational and historical adventure at nearby facilities. Pets must be leashed and never be unattended, but the inn offers you contact info for sitters and supplies.

Jager & Friends Dog Park, Wings of Change, Inc.
534 South Center Ave.
Somerset, PA 15501
(814) 443-4900

If you’re looking for a winter getaway in the picturesque Laurel Highlands, then a brief respite for your pets to wander at a newly constructed facility will fit the bill. A host of volunteers have made the free off-leash dog park one in immaculate condition, perfect to meet the needs of furry families. Enjoy an outside, fenced-in area and walking trail where you’ll experience the beautiful vistas of the region. Venture to nearby resorts to experience the recreational activities that have made the Laurel Highlands a perfect winter choice.

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Vacation Home Rentals
Rental 39951
Confluence, PA 15424
Contact: Scott W.
(540) 882-3343

Click here for reservations/$10 for each pet

This cozy cabin is located on eight pristine acres of land that is close to all of the convenient amenities of  the Laurel Highlands, which is rich in history and winter activities at Ohiopyle State Park, along with Seven Springs, Hidden Valley and Nemacolin Woodlands Resorts. The cabin features all of the comforts of home. Pets may lounge on the screened porch or take a walk in the expansive wooded areas. Pets and their owners may enjoy all of the comforts of a well-maintained cabin beside a crackling fireplace.

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Moraine State Park
225 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Portersville, PA 16051
(724) 368-8811

Moraine State Park is open all year long, and the winter season is an opportune time to experience the waterfronts, forests and the 28 miles of trails that owners and their pets may traverse. State park management welcomes pets in specific areas, and the guidelines specify that the pets must be licensed and under control at all times. Owners are responsible for waste removal. Check the winter report and trail conditions for hiking, cross-country skiing, sledding, ice-skating and ice fishing. There are programs scheduled throughout the year for environmental education and guided walks at nearby facilities or within Moraine State Park.

Venture Outdoors
33 Terminal Way, Suite 537A
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 255-0564

Click here for membership details

Doggie Snowshoe Trek
Pleasant Valley Park
2557 Pleasant Valley Road
Murrysville, PA 15668
(724) 327-2100

Date: February 17
Price: $ 29 non-members/$22 members
Hours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Venture Outdoors promises a wonderful experience during the winter season for both pets and their owners. Dogs are permitted to mingle and get acquainted to ensure a comfortable and safe trek through Pleasant Valley Park. The rules stipulate that dogs must always be under control and not bothering any other pets or patrons of the park. The park surroundings are ideal for all types of winter sports and activities. It is recommended that the pets are leashed, and provisions for waste bags be available to guarantee a clean environment. The wooded areas offer a leisurely adventure for pets to romp and share with other pets in the snow.

Doggie Day Trek
Roaring Run Natural Area
Fire Tower Road at Painter Rock Road
Donegal, PA 15622
(724) 238-1200

Date: March 17
Price: $10 non-member/ $6 member
Hours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Roaring Run Natural Area in Forbes State Park features five intertwined trails that are superb for hiking and cross-country skiing. The Laurel Ridge displays scenic vistas of wooded areas and streams where pets may frolic with their owners for a robust workout session. The trails are marked appropriately for safety and convenience in all types of weather conditions. Venture Outdoors offers a day of hiking for pets to socialize and have a chance to be off-leash to enjoy the freedom of the woods and then continue to walk with their owners in a guided trek. Leashes are still required and owners are responsible for food, water and clean up materials.

Gerry Cernicky is a retired health and physical education teacher with 36 years of experience. He is a former teacher of the year and a sports writer for the Vandergrift News. He delivers podcasts, and maintains a website and blog. He currently resides in Pittsburgh. His work can be found at Examiner.com.