The Best Day Hike You Can Take With Your Dog In Pennsylvania

Golden Eagle Trail
Tiadaghton State Forest • Slate Run

If your trail dog spends any time in Pennsylvania he is likely to hear tell of the Golden Eagle Trail being the ultimate day hike in the Keystone State. Seaman may find this curious as the hike is in an obscure state forest neither in the Pocono nor Allegheny mountains.

The statistics paint a crystalline portrait of what lies ahead: nine-mile loop, over 4,000 feet in total elevation gained, two ascents of 800 and 1,000 feet, and four vistas. Looping counter- clockwise gets the steepest climb out of the way early and deposits you on the much celebrated Raven’s Horn vista with 270-degree views of the Pine Creek Valley early rather than late. Timber rattlesnakes make their home in the rocks so keep Seaman from being too curious here.

The rocky slopes give way to a long draw up Wolf Run with many opportunities to get paws wet. White pines and old growth hemlocks keep things cool amidst the huffing and puffing on the trail. The abundance of flat rocks bears evidence to an old flagstone quarry. Three more vistas emerge, climaxing at the highpoint of the trail, the Beulahland Vista, elevation 2,180 feet. The view is of a long ago futile attempt to coax crops out of these mountains.

The loop finishes with a descent down Bonnell Run with more tail-wagging stream crossings and tiny waterfalls. With the tough going behind you assessments can be made on the Golden Eagle’s place in the Pennsylvania canine hiking pantheon.

HIKING TIME: 4-5 hours

(from the book 300 Day Hikes To Take With Your Dog Before He Tires You Out: Trails where you won’t be able to wipe the wag off your dog’s tail)

 

National Parks with Hiking

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
Dogs are allowed on the trails in this park

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Dogs are allowed on the trails in this park

Fort Necessity National Battlefield

Friendship Hill National Historic Site

Gettysburg National Military Park
Dogs are allowed to walk the grounds

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
Dogs are allowed on the trails in this park

Johnstown Flood National Memorial
Dogs are allowed on the trails and the picninc area

Valley Forge National Historic Park
Dogs are allowed on the trails in this park

Links to National Forests With Hiking

Allegheny National Forest

State Parks With Hiking

 

Pennsylvania State Parks
Dogs are permitted in state park day-use areas and on state park and forest trails if kept on a leash. 
Dogs must be attended at all times. Many campgrounds have sites set aside for dogs. Dogs are not permitted in swimming areas.

 Archbald Pothole State Park 
 Bald Eagle State Park 
 Beltzville State Park 
 Big Pocono State Park 
 Big Spring State Forest 
Black Moshannon State Park 
 Blue Knob State Park 
 Caledonia State Park 
 Canoe Creek State Park 
 Chapman State Park 
 Clear Creek State Park 
Codorus State Park 
 Colonel Denning State Park
 Colton Point State Park 
 Cook Forest State Park 
 Cowans Gap State Park 
 Delaware Canal State Park 
 Denton Hill State Park 
 Evansburg State Park 
 Fort Washington State Park
 Fowlers Hollow State Park 
 Frances Slocum State Park
 French Creek State Park 
 Gifford Pinchot State Park 
 Gouldsboro State Park 
 Greenwood Furnace State Park 
 Hickory Run State Park 
 Hills Creek State Park 
 Hyner Run State Park 
Jacobsburg State Park 
 Jennings State Park 
 Kettle Creek State Park 
Keystone State Park 
Kings Gap State Park 
 Kinzua Bridge State Park 
Kooser State Park 
 Lackawanna State Park 
 Laurel Hill State Park 
 Laurel Ridge State Park 
 Lehigh Gorge State Park 
 Leonard Harrison State Park
 Linn Run State Park 
 Little Buffalo State Park
Little Pine State Park 
 Locust Lake State Park 
 Lyman Run State Park 
 Marsh Creek State Park 
 Maurice Goddard State Park 
 McConnell's Mill State Park
 Memorial Lake State Park 
 Milton State Park
Moraine State Park 
 Mt. Pisgah State Park 
 Neshaminy State Park 
 Nockamixon State Park 
 Nolde Forest State Park 
Norristown Farm Park State Park 
 Ohiopyle State Park 
 Oil Creek State Park 
 Ole Bull State Park 
 Parker Dam State Park 
 Patterson State Park 
Penn Roosevelt State Park 
Pine Grove Furnace State Park 
 Poe Paddy State Park
 Poe Valley State Park 
 Presque Isle State Park 
 Prince Gallitzin State Park 
 Promised Land State Park 
 Pymatuning State Park 
 R.B. Winter State Park 
 Raccoon Creek State Park 
 Ralph Stover State Park 
 Ravensburg State Park 
 Reeds Gap State Park 
Ricketts Glen State Park 
 Ridley Creek State Park 
Ryerson Station State Park 
S.B. Elliott State Park 
Salt Springs State Park 
 Samuel S. Lewis State Park
 Shawnee State Park 
 Shikellamy State Park 
 Sinnemahoning State Park 
 Sizerville State Park
 Susquehannock State Park 
 Swatara State Park 
 Tobyhanna State Park 
 Trough Creek State Park 
 Tuscarora State Park 
Tyler State Park 
 Warriors Path State Park 
 Whipple Dam State Park 
 White Clay Creek State Park 
 Worlds End State Park 
Yellow Creek State Park

 


Hiking With Your Dog In Pennsylvania