the site where you won't be able to wipe the wag off your dog's tail
National Parks With Hiking
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
Dogs are allowed on the grounds
Fire Island National Seashore
Gateway National Recreation Area
Dogs are allowed on Fort Tilden Beach
Dogs are not allowed on the beach or boardwalk in Riis Park
Dogs are allowed in Ft. Wadsworth, Miller Park, and Great Kills Park
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
Dogs are allowed on the grounds
Saratoga National Historic Park
Dogs are allowed on the trails in this park
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
Dogs are allowed on the grounds
Links to National Forests With Hiking
Finger Lakes National Forest
State Parks With Hiking
New York State Parks
In general dogs are not allowed in buildings, bathing areas, campgrounds, picnic areas and cross-country trails in New York state parks. Dogs are not allowed in the following state parks: Bayswater Point, Bethpage, Caleb Smith Preserve, Caumsett Historic Park, Clay Pits Pond Preserve, Connetquot River, High Tor, Jones Beach, Lake Taghkanic, Nisseqouque River, Orient Beach, Riverbank, Rockland Lake (from May 1 to September 30), Watkins Glen (on the Gorge Trail), Wildwood, and Woodlawn Beach (in summer)
Share A Favorite Hike With Your Dog In New York
Your Dog's Favorite Hikes In New York
Submitted by Andrea and Harley
Our favorite hike in the Lake Placid area is up Mt. Van Hoevenberg. It starts on the south end with a wide, pine-laced opening trail that is flat. After you pick your way around a swamp you start on a horseshoe-shaped climb that is pretty easy and tops out at 2,876 feet. At about 2 miles you pop out onto a rocky summit with great quiet views of the High Peaks of the Adirondacks.
Submitted by Jennifer and Cubby
My dog Cubby and I hike through the Swangunk Mountains. They are so beautiful in the fall. We hike through Bear Mountain in the summer and fall also. We hike through Lake Mohonk - it is by Swangunk Mountain. This area in upstate NY is beautiful and quite private.
Submitted by Heather
I take my dogs to the Interloken trail in Hector, NY. It is a trail on government land so it is out in the country. But, it is beautiful and if you love nature, then you should try it. We go there every summer and hike past trails, animals, and beautiful ponds.
Submitted by Karen
I love to bring my dog to the Piermont Pier, located in Piermont NY. This flat, paw friendly pier extends 2.25 miles into the Hudson River. Rich with history, this place was the embarktation point for GIs going to the European Theater during WWII. Teeming with wildlife, one can see birds, deer, and fox along parts of the path. There are many locals and fisherman who use this path so it is seldom deserted, and there are many dog-friendly "scooper-bag" stations and trash bins along the pier. Dogs must be on a leash.
Submitted by Gail and Caleb
One of my favorite places to walk with my dog is along the Erie Canal in the Rochester area. You can access the Canal Path at many locations in the area. It is easy walking and there are places to stop and rest as you enter villages in the area and the many parks that are adjacent to the Canal. It is great fun watching the boats floating by and to meet people and their dogs walking the Path.
Submitted without name
Gardiner Manor Park in Bayshore (Long Island) New York, is a very dog friendly park. The area has open meadows, wooded trails, and a wide path that leads to the Great South Bay, where your dog can go swimming.
Submitted by Susan
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/harrimanhike/ we have a dog hiking group in the greater NYC area, mostly we hike in harriman park. if you are in this area check us out. all our hikes are dog friendly. Susan and the Wolves
Submitted by Joe and Ziggi
My dog ziggi loves the Valley View walking trails in Sidney, NY. It is all cleared grass in the woods. Also the greenway trail in Oneonta, NY. Which is 99.9 percent flat.
Submitted by Kate, Albert and Grendel
We also like to take our dog hiking in the Finger Lakes National Forest. The Interloken Trail can be accessed from a number of points between Hector and Burdett, NY, and offers hikers varied terrain (woodlands, marshes, gorges, meadows) and beautiful views of Seneca Lake. The trail is about 12 miles from end to end, so you can carve out several wonderful out-and-back trips along different sections. The various spur trails (i.e. the Backbone Trail, the Gorge Trail) are also worth exploring, though the horse trail should be avoided-- it's very muddy, and occasionally runs along the shoulder of the road. Keep in mind that the trail doesn't offer much in the way of amenities, so you'll need to bring water for your pooch. And, if your return trip takes you along Route 79 West into Burdett, stop by the Grist Mill Cafe--this dog-friendly establishment makes a mean peanut butter biscuit (not to mention good people food, too--the sandwiches are excellent).
Submitted by Marjorie
Our Oneonta Susquehanna Greenway website http://www.oneontagreenway.org has a page showing our trail being used by dogs and their owners. The page is called Greenway Dogs. Check us out.
Submitted by Matthew
We like to take our dog to breezy point, its the end of the rockaways closest to coney island in brooklyn. you must exit before the rockaways and drive all the way down to the fisherman's parking lot. If you have a 4x4 you can drive out onto the sand. Otherwise it is a very nice beach and a nice walk out to it.
Submitted by Gary, Molly & Maggie
For NYC dog owners - Metro North trains out of Grand Central allow dogs without cages. There are weekend stops at "Appalachian Trail" where more visual variety is to be found hiking W. and S. from the whistlestop..."Breakneck Bridge"..and Bear Mtn. Bridge from "Manitou". Accessing the flat Old Croton Aqueduct Trail is also easy from Greystone. If you can get your hands on a car, I recommend the small beach front off of the Whitestone Bridge/Queens side & Teatown Lake Preserve in Ossinning.
Submitted by Lilly
I have recently started hiking with two German Shepherds, 2 yrs and 5 yrs old, at 13th Lake/Siamese Pond in Warrensburg/North Creek NY. The dogs jump into the lake to cool off after a good 2-5 mile hike. This hike does have some steep areas, but nothing a medium to large size dog can’t handle. If you have a small dog be prepared to carry them at times. Normally I have my dogs leashed because they will take off on me at home, but when we are on the mountain their good ole German Shepherd instincts kick in and they scout ahead (50 feet) and return to let me know the coast is clear. Hiking has increased their confidence (as if they needed that) and also stimulated their problem solving skills – they’ve learned to jump and maneuver through some pretty interesting things which they would never do in the concrete city. If I had known what a positive effect, physically, mentally, and emotionally, hiking would have had on my dogs I would have started this years ago!
Submitted by Pat
Gardiner's County Park, is several acreas of woods in a coastal park which has several wooded trails located in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York. The trails all lead to the Great South Bay. Dogs must remain leashed or face a $50 fine, although it seems to be permissable if the dogs loves to swim because they are the only ones off leash here. There are poopy bags, benches throughout for those who want to sit a spell, a water fountain for thirsty dogs and a brand new park for children. Best of all it's FREE! Here is a link to a map for those who visit the area or live here and didn;t know about our little slice of heaven. Hope it comes up for you! http://maps.yahoo.com/maps_result.php?q1=Sagtikos+Manor,+Montauk+Highway,+West+Bay+Shore,+ny
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