Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in New York

If your dog likes to ruff it, bring Fido hiking in New York. Our dog friendly hiking section includes everything from easy one-hour walks to fantastic overnight trips in New York that won’t be soon forgotten. Seriously, go take a hike!

Pet Friendly Sands Point Preserve
Sands Point Preserve Bring Fido to hike up the cliffs at Sands Point Preserve, overlooking the Long Island Sound. Or, walk along the Sand Point Castle. Fido must be leashed at all times. Dogs are not permitted on the beach at any time. The Dog Run – also known as Charlie’s Run – offers two large spaces for pups to romp and socialize, one for small dogs and one for dogs of any size. See Details
Pet Friendly Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Minnewaska State Park Preserve Minnewaska State Park Preserve in Kerhonkson, NY, is dog-friendly! Leashed pets are welcome to join their owners as they explore the area, which is situated on the dramatic Shawangunk Mountain ridge, and features numerous waterfalls, crystalline sky lakes, dense forests, sheer cliffs, streams, and fifty miles of footpaths. Dogs are not allowed in buildings, camping, picnic or bathing areas or on walkways. They are not permitted on the cross-country ski trails when they are groomed and open for cross-country skiing only. Minnewaska State Park Preserve's hours vary seasonally, so dog owners should call ahead or check its website before planning their outing. See Details
Robert H. Treman State Park You and Fido can enjoy a day out in nature at dog-friendly Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca, NY. Keep your pup on a leash and explore over nine miles of trails. The highlight of the park is Enfield Glen, a gorge with 12 stunning waterfalls to admire. Adventurous visitors should venture down Rim Trail and Gorge Loop Trail, two moderately challenging, steep routes which reward hikers with scenic views and the beautiful Lucifer Falls overlook. Dogs are permitted in some camping sites and cabins at Robert H. Treman State Park, but are not allowed in any swimming areas. See Details
Niagara Falls State Park If you are on vacation and bring your dog along, the trails and paths at Niagara Falls, NY are dog friendly. Dogs need to be leashed and rabies vaccinated. The scenic view of the falls to the gorge can be walked with you and your dog. Again dogs must be leashed and State Parks Police will enforce this, but this a beautiful hike with you and your dog. See Details
Buttermilk Falls State Park Dog-friendly Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, NY, has plenty for you and your pup to explore. The upper park features a lake, woodland and gorge hiking trails, picnic areas, and playing fields. The lower park features the campground, pool, and playing fields. Larch Meadow, a wetland area with a nature trail, is also located in the lower park. Leashed dogs are welcome throughout the park with the exception of swimming areas. Some campsites and cabins also permit dogs. See Details
Whiteface Mountain New York's fifth-highest peak offers spectacular 360-degree views of the Adirondacks. Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington provides a number of dog-friendly trails for hiking with Fido. You can also drive to the top of Veterans' Memorial Hwy Near and climb up the last 300 feet by stairs. See Details
Gardiner County Park Gardiner County Park is a 231-acre, nature-oriented public park on the Great South Bay in Bay Shore, NY. This park is known for being extremely dog-friendly, with many on-leash trails, a doggie water fountain, and waste station. See Details
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site Theodore Roosevelt loved animals, and dogs are as welcome at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay now as they were when he lived there. Explore more than 80, dog-friendly acres of forests, salt marshes, and meadows on trails and boardwalks with your pup. Although dogs cannot enter any buildings, they are welcome throughout the grounds. There's even a nature trail to the beach, so your pup can dip his toes in the water. Just remember Fido must be leashed at all times. See Details
Letchworth State Park Letchworth State Park, renowned as the "Grand Canyon of the East," is one of the most scenically magnificent areas in the eastern U.S. Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet. Proof of rabies inoculation. Not allowed in bathing areas, buildings, cabins or camping loops 300, 400, 500, 600 and 800. For campers, if your site allows pets, there is a two-pet maximum. See Details
Peninsula Nature Trails The Peninsula Nature Trails are pet-friendly. Located on the shores of Lake Placid, tucked back on a dirt road, hikers revel in exploring this pretty area. The trails include the Corridor Trail, under a mile in length; Lake Shore Trail, following the shore of Lake Placid; Boundary Trail, a flat trail; and Ridge Trail, a forest hike. Dogs are welcome on a leash, but not permitted in the water. See Details
Walkway Over the Hudson The Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie, NY, 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 dog-friendly "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Poughkeepsie! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Walkway Over the Hudson. 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
Cascade Mountain Cascade Mountain is dog-friendly. Some trails in the upstate require dogs to be carried over certain creeks or craggy outcrops, but all dogs can enjoy this trail to the 36th-highest of New York's Adirondack High Peaks, with an elevation of 4,098 ft. See Details
Dover Stone Church An ancient "cathedral shaped" cavern on a brook, Dover Stone Church is dog-friendly! Dogs must be leashed during their trek to the historic attraction. The area features a Gothic formation of stones, a "pulpit" rock ledge, a brook, which flows through the cavern, and a small meadow with three spring-fed ponds. Dover Stone Church is open from dawn to dusk, weather permitting. Dog owners can check out its official website for information on free local parking and rules and regulations. See Details
Cornish Estate Trail The dog-friendly Cornish Estate Trail in Cold Spring, NY, is a somewhat easy, 4.5 mile hike in Hudson Highlands State Park that will take about 2.5 hours to complete with Fido. Hike by remnants of old buildings and the beautiful Hudson River. Dogs remain on a leash no longer than 10 feet and are not permitted in picnic areas. See Details
Knox Farm State Park Knox Farm State Park is an expansive pet-friendly area in East Aurora, NY. Leashed dogs are welcome at this 600 acre park comprised of grasslands, woodland, ponds and wetland. There is also a 6 acre dog park divided into two areas separate areas for large and small dogs. Water spigots are provided to fill pet bowls and buckets. A maximum of two pets are permitted in day use areas and they must be leashed or crated at all times. Dogs are not allowed in playgrounds, buildings, boardwalks, golf courses, pool or guarded beaches. See Details
Stump Pond Loop Trail Stump Pond Loop Trail is an easy, 4.5 mile hike in Blydenburgh County Park that will take about 2 hours to complete with Fido. This beautiful hike is great for all ages and abilities. Horses also share this trail that is at the headwaters of the Nissequogue River and leads through forests and by a freshwater pond. Dogs must be leashed. See Details
Prosser Pines Loop Trail Prosser Pines Loop Trail is an easy, 1 mile hike that will take about 45 minutes to complete with Fido. Delight in the small white pines that have been lovingly looked after since the British Officer Jonathan Edwards planted them in 1759. Most of the trails are unmarked in this preserve and dogs must be leashed. See Details
Alley Pond Park Alley Pond Park is a dog-friendly open space located in the heart of Queens, NY. A beautiful hidden secret of NYC, trade the hustle and bustle of the city for 2.5 miles of well maintained trails. Alley Pond Park has an enclosed dog run to exercise Fido, as well as several designated off-leash areas. Spend an afternoon unwinding, enjoying nature, or stopping for a picnic at this beautiful park. See Details
Bailey Arboretum BringFido on a relaxing stroll through the dog-friendly Bailey Arboretum in Locust Valley, NY. The Arboretum features a charming 18th-century farmhouse and forty-two acres of rare and unique trees. Leashed dogs and their owners can explore marked trails for free. Bailey Arboretum is open to the public, year-round from 9am to 5pm. See their website for current operating schedule. Admission is free, but donations are welcome and encouraged. See Details
Harriman State Park Fido is welcome at the dog-friendly Harriman State Park in Ramapo, NY, but must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times and display their Rabies tag. Dogs are not allowed in buildings or beach/bathing areas, or in the following areas: Beaver Pond Campground, Welch Beach, Sebago Cabins. See Details
Storm King State Park Storm King State Park has a somewhat difficult, 3.5 mile hike that will take about 3 hours to complete with Fido. Although the trail skips Butter Hill and Storm King Mountain, it does offer wonderful views of the Hudson River, Bannerman Island, Cold Spring, and Constitution Marsh and is also more lightly traveled. Dogs are not permitted in picnic areas and must be leashed. See Details
Montauk Point Lighthouse Dogs aren't allowed in the building at Montauk Point Lighthouse and Museum, but you can hike on the rocky ledges surrounding the lighthouse, which offer a spectacular view of the crashing surf below. There are also other dog-friendly hiking trails in the immediate area. See Details
Castle Rock and Sugarloaf Hill Trail Castle Rock and Sugarloaf Hill Trail is a moderately easy, 6.65 mile hike in Hudson Highlands State Park that will take about 3 hours to complete with Fido. Let your mind travel back in time to the late 1800s as you marvel at the private mansion that has over 34 rooms and four interior chimneys. The area around the mansion is private, so stick to the trail. Dogs must remain on a leash no longer than 10 feet. See Details
Amherst State Park All dogs within the park to be leashed at all times. Park visitors are asked to please clean up after their dogs. See Details