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Play 'n' Hike at Sewickley Heights Borough Park

Mark your calendars for a morning of off-leash play and/or hiking!  The weather is forecast to be 35 degrees and sunny.

in the upper parking lot of Sewickley Heights Borough Park, and walk a short distance to the meadow for off-leash dog play and socializing. We'll stay in the meadow area for at least thirty minutes before deciding who wants to hike and where, so it's no big deal if you're a few minutes late.

If you and your dogs want some exercise, we can hike about 3 miles on the trails of the park. The trails are not paved, and the hiking difficulty is easy to medium, with a couple possible difficult spots. If you're not into hiking, you can stay in the meadow area and enjoy more off-leash time.

Please note: This park is not fenced. Your dog must be under voice control at all times, or you must leash your dog. New leash laws in the park require you to keep your dogs leashed in the parking lot and within 100 feet of the parking area. Additionally, you must carry a leash with you at all times within the park, even when your dog is on the off-leash area trails. Hefty fines will result from not heeding these laws. Read about the new leash laws.

Wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes you don't mind getting muddy. There is a creek along the trail at one point, and dogs are welcome to romp in the water. You will occasionally see horses on the trail but they never seem to bother anyone. The park provides water for the dogs, and you can also hose them off if they get muddy (which they will if you visit the creek!). Additionally, we'll have a couple gallons of water in the off-leash meadow area for our group's dogs.

What to bring:

*No more than 3 dogs per handler

*Leash (Even if your dog is under voice control, dogs must be leashed in parking area)

*Clean-up bags for your dog's poop -- bags are not provided in the large off-leash area of the park, so make sure to bring something in which to put their waste.

*Towels for drying your dog before loading back into your vehicle.

Directions to Sewickley Heights Borough Park:

Take I-79 to Mt. Nebo exit. Take Mt. Nebo Road west towards Sewickley. This will become Blackburn Road. Follow Blackburn Road through the countryside until you come to a stop sign. Make right at stop sign onto Fern Hollow Road. You will pass Boro Building on your right and the park entrance is immediately after that on right. Follow the drive all the way to the parking lot at end. Dog meadow area is a short walk from the parking lot.

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  • Kerry K.

    Gorgeous day, lots of nice folks and dogs, and a nice hike with our pups!

    January 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    First time with a Big Dog Meetup. Have to admit at first it was emotional. Having lost two dogs within a month last year to cancer I got two Rainbow Bridge cards from the vet. Coming to the crest of the hill and seeing the dogs break away to greet Jupiter and I brought a flashback to that card and what I envision reuniting with my dogs again will be like. Thanks all for a very refreshing time. Enjoy the pics.

    January 30, 2012

  • Kerry K.

    We're on for this morning! Kerry, your Organizer, may be running a few minutes late due to a pet-sitting puppy with issues, but I'll be there! Head to the meadow area when you reach the park -- it's immediately in front of you if you head down the main trail into the dog area of the park -- and I'll see you there!

    January 29, 2012

  • Kerry K.

    "Large" in my book is any dog that's actually large (50+ pounds), along with any dog that can keep up with the big dogs. I'll have Sobee, 80 pounds, and Simba, 35 pounds, with me.

    January 28, 2012

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