Summer is a great season to spend quality time with your dog. The warm weather offers us the opportunity to take advantage of fun outdoor activities while bonding with our beloved pooches.
During the summer, many people opt for leisurely backpacking or hiking vacations close to home. However, when you have a dog, you want to be sure your adventure is not too tiresome or dangerous. Plus, you’ll want to find a peaceful location away from the busy city that offers enough adventure, conveniences, and curiosities for the both of you.
If you want to escape the hustle of NYC this summer, check out these dog-friendly hiking areas:
Cornish Estate Trail — Cold Spring, NY
Located up the Hudson River Valley, the 4.5 mile trail sits within the Hudson Highlands State Park, offering spacious views of Mount Beacon. Once atop the mountain, you can also view the scenic Hudson River. While hiking the 5.1 mile loop, explore the mansion estate and ruins of former president of the National Lead Company, Edward J Cornish. Along the path are abandoned buildings to explore. Old stone structures can offer fun curiosities for your canine friend, as will the scenic nature hike. Plus, it’s a great way to exercise! The moderately-challenging path is open from February to November and dogs are welcome on leashes.
Address: Route 9D, Cold Spring, NY 10516
Gedney Park Off Leash Dog Area — Chappaqua, NY
If you want to give your dog a greater sense of freedom, take them to the to the off leash park where they can roam the woodsy trails with other dogs at Gedney Park. Located just a half-hour from NYC, the park is the perfect destination for hiking with your pet. Both of you can enjoy the streams, the dog-friendly lake to splash in, and three interpretive hiking trails that are well-marked. You and your pet will enjoy strolling through the wetlands, forests, and edge environments throughout the day. The state park boasts 126 miles of woods and spacious lawns. Enjoy a picnic after you have fun exploring the trail!
Address: 161 Millwood Rd, Chappaqua, NY 10514
Ward Pound Ridge Reservation — Pound Ridge, NY
As the largest park in Westchester County, NY, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation offers over 4,315 acres of natural and historic fun. The outdoor splendor is located just 90 minutes from NYC and offers a 2.6-mile hiking loop. For a nice stroll with the pup, a peaceful left branch of the trail offers views of a meadow and the river. If you’re looking for more of an exercise challenge with your dog, try the five-hour hike at the southern end of the reservation. Be sure to explore the Bear Rock Petroglyph–an old Native American carving–and take some pictures with your pup. The southern trails can be strenuous, but if you climb up to Raven Rocks, you’ll find a mystifying overlook. Bring some snacks to enjoy with your dog at the top! Leashed dogs can hike or run on the trail year-round.
Address: 6 Reservation Rd, Pound Ridge, NY 10576
Bear Mountain State Park — Bear Mountain, NY
Bear Mountain State Park is a fun, adventurous hike for both you and your dog. The park features over fifty trails covering over 235 miles. You can choose from a wide range of elevation and difficulty. Six miles of the Appalachian Trail are also located through the park, so it may be nice to challenge yourself and explore with your dog. Dotting the park are roadway food vendors where you can stop for a quick snack with your pup. Dogs of all sizes are allowed at no additional cost. Offering sweeping views and mystifying lake, your pup will be sure to have enough activity that grasps his or her attention.
Address: Palisades Pkwy and Rt 9W Bear Mountain, NY 10911
Rockefeller State Park Preserve — Pleasantville, NY
Rockefeller State Park is another fun hiking destination just 30 miles from NYC. The natural preserve offers dogs and their owners the chance to view various species of birds and view its natural wonders. The enchanting park offers 32 miles of carriage trails running through scenic vistas, meadows, wetlands, deep forests, and trickling streams. It’s a very posh and picturesque park where you can spend the whole day exercising or relaxing. Known as a dog-friendly park, they even offer doggie bags to help clean up after your pup. Dogs are allowed leashed throughout the park, but not in buildings.
Address: 125 Phelps Way Pleasantville, New York 10570
Gardiner County Park — Montauk, New York
Located off Montauk’s West Bay Shore, the free, public park boasts 230 acres that include nature trails and beautiful scenes of the Great South Bay. Dogs are allowed to swim and play or walk the beaches and the meandering and wooded hiking trails on a leash. One of the most dog-friendly beaches in New York, the park even features a special hiking loop for your dog and drinking water designated just for your pooch. Take advantage of the picnic area, playground, and gazebo to rest with your family and pets.
Address: Montauk Highway, West Bay Shore Bayshore, NY 11706
Coffee Bark in Prospect Park — Brooklyn, NYC
If you can’t make it outside of the city this summer, check out Coffee Bark in Prospect Park’s Long Meadow! Although not necessarily a hike, this event, offered each Saturday of the month, allows dogs to roam off-leash with other dogs for two hours as their owners talk over a cup of hot coffee. Plus, your dog gets a free treat and then both of you can spend the day walking and traversing the trails and meadows in the gorgeous New York staple. The beautiful foliage makes you feel like you’re on a beautiful hiking getaway!
Have fun and get some great exercise and adventure time in with your pup at these great locations this summer. You won’t regret having fun and bonding with your dog!