Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Metuchen, NJ

There are 22 dog friendly hiking trails within 20 miles of Metuchen. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Metuchen.

Pet Friendly Watchung Reservation
Watchung Reservation The Watchung Reservation is a dog-friendly spot in Mountainside, New Jersey. This 1,900-acre park is packed full of hiking and riding trails with picnic areas, a trailside nature center, and a visitor center along the way. Dogs are allowed throughout the park and on the sandy trails. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that their pets leave behind. The Nature Center is open every day of the week from 12pm to 5pm. See Details
Pet Friendly Dorbrook Recreation Area
Dorbrook Recreation Area You'll love strolling down the easy, paved pathways of this lovely recreation area, where your pet is welcome to join you on-leash. See Details
Holmdel Park Holmdel Park is pet-friendly. You can walk the trail around the park or go the other way and discover how beautiful the nature is and the sound of birds. Bring your pooch along on a leash and don't forget to clean up any mess that's left behind. Holmdel Park is open every day of the week from 7am to 9pm. See Details
Rutgers Garden There is a wonderful expanse of gardens here made by Rutgers University, as well as tons of hiking trails along the Raritan River. Trails are well maintained and easy to walk on. The gardens are well manicured and have lots of places to sit and enjoy. Pets must be on a secure leash at all times. See Details
Mercer County Park Mercer County Park is full of winding pet-friendly trails to enjoy with your pooch. Located in West Windsor, some of the pathways are covered and lit to enjoy in the darkness. Dogs are welcome on a leash, as long as all mess is cleaned up after them. Mercer County Park is open every day of the week from 6:30am to 10:00pm. See Details
Morristown National Historic Park Morristown National Historic Park is dog-friendly. The area is historically important due to the amount of American Revolutionary War sites located nearby, including Jockey Hollow, the Ford Mansion, Fort Nonsense and the New Jersey Brigade Encampment. There are 27 miles of foot and horse trails to explore with your pooch and the beginning of a 2 mile auto loop tour. Morristown National Historic Park is open every day of the week from 8am to 9pm. Dogs must be on a leash under six feet and all mess cleaned up after them. See Details
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park The Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park is dog-friendly. This popular recreation corridor in New Jersey passes through miles and miles of canal country. Lots of people enjoy canoeing, jogging, hiking, bicycling, fishing and horseback riding in the area. The trail spans 70 miles in total, through fields and forests, perfect for pooches who love the outdoors. Dog owners are reminded to keep their pooch on a leash and to clean up any mess that is left behind. See Details
South Mountain Reservation The South Mountain Reservation is a dog-friendly nature reserve covering 2,112 acres in portions of Maplewood, Millburn and West Orange. This woodland park features a variety of hardwood trees, and tall hemlocks towering above streams, creeks and ponds. The west branch of the Rahway River flows through the valley, and a 25-foot waterfall at Hemlock Falls is a dramatic feature. It is also a Revolutionary War historic site. Leashed dogs are welcome on trails and the South Mountain Dog Park is located within the Reservation. See Details
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail The Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Princeton! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Thompson Park Thompson Park is a pet-friendly recreation area that spans 675 acres. There's an off-leash dog area and miles and miles of wooded pathways to enjoy at this park. Wildlife lovers will relish the chance to spot a variety of animals hanging out in the park. The park can be accessed every day of the week from 8am until 8pm. See Details
Staten Island Greenbelt Trail Staten Island Greenbelt Trail is an easy, 3-mile hike that will take about 2 hours to complete with Fido. This hike through dense forests and grassy meadows is all thanks to preservation efforts in the 1960s and 1970s. Leash regulations do apply. See Details
Tracton Line Recreation Trail The Tracton Line Recreation Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Morristown! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Tracton Line Recreation Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Henry Hudson Trail The Henry Hudson Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Keyport! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Henry Hudson Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Bicentennial Park A nice little park on a 7 mile long lake. There are hiking trails in the woods along the lake with many places to sit and enjoy. There are lots of fish in the lake, and it is a popular place to fish. The lake allows non-motorized boats, so it's also a great place to kayak with you dog. You can stop at many enclaves to give you and the dog a rest. The community park has a paved path for the disabled, as well as picnic areas with grills, a soccer field, and tennis courts. Dogs must be leashed within the park. See Details
Kingston Branch Loop Trail The Kingston Branch Loop Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Princeton! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Kingston Branch Loop Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail The Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in South Bound Brook! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail The Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Somerset! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Henry Hudson Trail The Henry Hudson Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Port Monmouth! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Henry Hudson Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Trolley Line Trail The Trolley Line Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Princeton Junction! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Trolley Line Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Jamesburg Park Conservation Area Jamesburg Park Conservation Area is home to Helmetta Lake Park, where dog-friendly trails weave around a lake and there are lots of outdoor activities to enjoy with your pooch. This park offers small walking paths, a large lake, a walking dock, playground, picnic area and more. There are also dog poop disposal stations for you to clean up after your pet. The park is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm. See Details
Cedar Brook Park Cedar Brook Park is home to Shakespeare Garden, a pretty and pet-friendly garden in Plainfield. This 1920's garden contains a bust of Shakespeare along with plants that were cited in his works. Good dogs are allowed throughout the park and on the trails, but Bard dogs are not allowed. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that their pooch leaves behind and to keep them on a leash for the duration of their visit. See Details
Davidson's Mill Pond Park Davidson's Mill Pond Park is a pet-friendly recreation area in New Jersey. The fields and marshes are great to explore with your pooch. The park is home to lots of dog-friendly trails for leashed pups to enjoy. Dogs are welcome, as long as all mess is cleaned up after them. See Details