Taking your dog to a park with dog friendly walking trails is a wonderful way to get them the exercise they need while enjoying the natural beauty of Chester and Delaware Counties. A good walk gives your dog the exercise they need to keep them healthy, as well as, the enrichment they need to keep them stimulated by allowing them to explore a new area. Canine enrichment hikes are the perfect way to bond with your pet and promote good canine behavior. If you’re in the West Chester, Pennsylvania area, these are some of the best local parks for a good enrichment outing.  

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Saint Peter’s Village Graffiti Rocks
Tree at Saint Peters Village
Dog-Friendly Walking Trails at Saint Petes
  1. Saint Pete’s Trail

Saint Pete’s Trail is a great hiking spot located along Saint Peter’s Village, located outside of Elverson in Chester County, Pennsylvania. It is open to both dogs and horses. It is a great 2.2mile trail for dogs and their owners to explore. The base of the trail runs along a creek and as you hike up the mountain you will find giant boulders covering the landscape.

What makes Saint Petes extra unique is the graffiti writings that cover the boulders. The graffiti is actually artwork of other visitors, primarily promoting words or love and encouragement. Each visit you will discover new and beautiful designs. So if you want to add some art into your enrichment hikes, make sure to check out Saint Petes!

  1. Newlin Grist Mill

Newlin Grist Mill is a historic park that includes a 1704 water-powered mill and welcomes on-leash dogs with over 150 acres to explore. It has wooded trails which display a stunning show of color during the fall season. The Newlin Grist Mill combines natural beauty with cultural history. Running along the Brandywine River the trails pass through an array of different terrains and diverse habitats. You can even observe the half-mile-long water system created to power the original mill. Visit for more information.

Chester County dog friendly walking trails
  1. Skunk Hollow 

The name might sound funny, but Skunk Hollow is an off-leash dog park that’s perfect for young families. Explore 93.7 acres of trails between the Willows and Saw Mill Park along Darby-Paoli Road in Radnor Township in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trails, which means you’ll be able to enjoy a peaceful, worry-free day at the park. A great place for you and your dogs to take a fun enrichment hike. Find out more about Skunk Hollow.

  1. Haverford Reserve Dog Park 

This is a great place for dogs of all ages and sizes to play, socialize, and have fun. It’s maintained primarily by local volunteers, making it one of the most unique dog parks in the area. Like Montgomery Township Bark Park, Haverford Reserve has separate areas for large and small dogs. There’s plenty of natural shade to enjoy, as well as picnic tables, pavilions, and other seating for when you want to sit down and relax. Note that food and treats are prohibited from the park, and dogs must be collared and on a leash at all times. Visit the Haverford Reserve Dog Park Facebook Page.

  1. Lloyd Park

This large, fenced public park allows dogs to be off their leash while enjoying the property. Many dogs come from near and far to visit this park located in Downingtown, PA. Here, you’ll also find a playground for children and a beach volleyball court to enjoy at your leisure. Check out their Facebook Page.

Get your dog out of the house and into nature this fall! When you take a trip to one of the best dog parks around West Chester, you and your dog won’t be disappointed. 

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