Play With Your Pups at the Hudson Valley’s Paw-tastic Dog Parks
Your four-legged friends will love the chance to run wild at these pet-approved parks in the region.
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Adventure to the outdoors with your pets and let them run free at the dog parks of the Hudson Valley. Some parks even allow dogs to run off the leash within the fenced areas. What's more, when you bring your dog to the park, there are opportunities to socialize with fellow dog lovers and other pups. For the pups, there are infinite new sights and smells to experience away from the house. Once you find the perfect park for you and your four-legged pals, be on the lookout for special dog events, including meet-ups, at the community spots.
As for what to bring, don't forget to tote plenty of water, a leash (just in case and some parks require it), enough ‘doggie doo-doo’ bags, and maybe a treat or two for after the adventure. While out, visit dog-friendly restaurants only a few minutes away from the parks in towns like Fishkill, Hopewell Junction, Mount Tremper, and New Paltz.
For members only (yearly fees range from $45-60), this one-acre site in Memorial Park has separate areas for big and small pooches. Beacon Dog Park says dogs can be off the leash in the park as long as the owner assumes the risks.
At Bunker Hill Dog Park, there are plenty of toys, fresh water, and poo bags, just in case you forget yours. This park encourages dogs to run off-leash but requests that owners have a leash on them in the park in case of unwanted situations with other dogs.
Treat your pup to a luxurious meal after a trot in this spacious park. The Catamount Dog Park is special for guests at the Emerson Resort and Spa and even has a Pup Fare menu with chicken breasts, grass-fed burger patties, and steak at the Woodnotes Grille. Did we mention there are doggy showers, too?
There are two fenced-in areas to let your pups run free and off the leash: one area for small pooches and another for larger dogs.
You'll find a perfect exercise spot for your pup at the Old Rte. 22 Dog Run. There is plenty of shade and sitting areas for families who want to relax on the grounds. As far as restrictions go, owners must keep their pets on a leash outside the dog run.
This park requires a membership from the town of Hopewell Junction, and all dogs must have proper shots and vaccinations prior to joining. Inside the park, pups can roam roam free, although they need to be back on the leash when exiting. On the way home, stop for a cup of vanilla ice cream at Joe’s Dairy Bar & Grill in Hopewell Junction.
This volunteer-run dog park works hard to provide a space where dogs can have fun and be safe. This park is off-leash and has over an acre and a half that is fenced off, with designated spots for small and large dogs. After the park, take your dogs to Water Street Market in New Paltz to get a toy or two at Paws of Distinction.
If you are a resident of Fishkill, Dutchess County, or New York, you are in luck. There’s a dog park nearby and owners must fill out the application to be able to attend. The park is open everyday except on Thursdays. Swing by Farm to Table Bistro for a bite to eat; there’s even an outdoor sitting area perfect for you and your pet to relax.
Owners and dogs can venture out at this park across three trail miles. Kennedy Dells County Park also has trails for hikers, skiers, and horseback riders. Afterwards, head down to Art Café in Nyack. The eatery allow dogs to come in the shop while visitors order craft lattes and coffee.
Both small and large dogs can enjoy fenced-in areas at Kingston Point Dog Park. There's an ample amount of running room available at the park. Owners can relax and watch their dogs from seating areas placed around the premises.
All dogs must stay on the leash when on the trail. After taking the dog for a walk at the park area, visit the picnic area and other amenities at Normanskill Farm. The farm offers a community garden, golf course, creek, and foot trail.
Your dog won’t get too dirty at this park because of the wood chips spread around to eliminate the mud. There’s even a small dog house named “Larry’s Dog House” that sits in the middle of the area, surrounded by seating and plenty of shade.
You and your dog can socialize at this medium-sized off-leash dog park. A sturdy fence encapsulates the grounds, and owners can eat at picnic tables and sitting areas around the park.
Carmel residents can enjoy more than a half acre at the bark park with plenty of shade and six-foot fences. In the hot weather, let your pup cool off at Sycamore Bark Park’s doggy water fountain, and keep the fun going with agility equipment and toys. The bark park, which was the first dog park in Putnam County, sits on a 41-acre field at Sycamore Park with other family-friendly amenities and events that go on throughout the year.
If you want to be surrounded by more of a natural feel, mosey on over to the wooded areas at Woodstock Dog Park. Trees and other paths surround the park, and your pup can taste the outdoors from within a contained space.