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Automotive Traveler Magazine: 2011 04 Pennsylvania Dog-Friendly Parks Page 1

Travel News: Dog-Friendly Lodging Comes to Pennsylvania State Parks

As more Americans turn to domestic road trips, their canine companions don't want to be left home alone.

By Bill Basore

Some of the 117 state parks in Pennsylvania are going to the dogs! Outdoor aficionados planning a road trip to the Keystone State next year won't have to leave their four-legged family members at home. Although 47 state park campgrounds already allow dogs in designated sites, the camping cabins and cottages have long been off limits to the canine crowd.

Now, the state's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced a pilot program to allow dogs in the lodgings at seven state parks. The program applies only to dogs--sorry, Fluffy--and involves select cabins and camping cottages at Chapman, Cowans Gap, Kooser, Poe Valley, Prince Gallitzin, Promised Land, and Pymatuning State Parks.

Dog fees will be $2 a night for standard camping cabins and $5 per night for the modern and rustic cabins and the deluxe camping cottages. Reservations are already being taken for spring 2012 when the trial program starts.