Hiking Trails in New York State
Always follow park and trail rules and remember to clean up after your dog.
Three Lakes Trail
Sunken Mine Road and Dennytown Road, Cold Spring, NY
This almost 5 mile hike in Clarence Fahnestock State Park will take about 4 hours for you and your dog to complete. Please note that dogs must be on a leash no longer than 10 feet and they are not allowed in public-use areas.
Kennedy Dells Park Off-Leash Dog Run
355 N. Main Street, New City, NY
Kennedy Dells Park offers beautiful trails that you and your on-leash dog can explore. The park’s fenced, off-leash dog park is a great place for dogs and their owners to socialize.
Rockefeller Preserve Trail
455 Old Sleepy Hollow Road, Tarrytown, NY
This beautiful preserve offers forests, meadows and wetlands. The trail is a little over 8 miles and takes about 5 hours. Leash regulations apply.
Buttermilk Falls Trail
203 S. Greenbush Road, Nyack, NY
A moderately easy 1 mile hike that should take less than an hour to complete. You’ll love the scenic view and beautiful waterfall. Leash regulations apply.
Bald Mountain to Teatown Lake Trail
1-189 Blinn Road, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
A fairly easy almost 6 mile hike that will take you about 3 hours to complete. You’ll get a tour of both Bald Mountain and Teatown Lake Reservation, and enjoy 845 acres of forests and streams. Dogs must be leashed at all times since the trail is shared with mountain bikers.
Kitchawan Preserve Trail
712 Kitchawan Road, Ossining, NY
This is a moderately easy 4 mile hike through mature forests that takes about 3 hours. Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.
Camp Smith Trail
28 Bear Mountain Bridge Road, Cortlandt, NY
Camp Smith Trail is a somewhat difficult 3.5 mile hike. Dogs are not allowed in the public use area and must be on leashes no longer than 10 feet.
Doodletown to Dunderberg Trail
US 202, Stony Point, NY
A difficult 8 mile hike on a historic trail that will take about 5 hours to complete. Dogs must be on leashes no longer than 6 feet.
Island Pond Loop Trail
Elk Pen and Arden Valley Road, Southfields, NY
This is a moderately easy 3 mile hike that will take about 4 hours to complete. The trail offers scenic views with places for your dog to take a swim. Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.
Long Path Trail
846-848 NY-32, Highland Mills, NY
Long Path Trail is a difficult 7 mile hike that will take about 6 hours or overnight to complete. This hike is only for hikers and dogs in the best physical condition. Camps can be set up on the mountain near the Hil-Mar Lodge. Leash regulations apply.
Hiking with your dog is a wonderful way to have some awesome outdoor adventures with your best friend. But before you grab your dog and head to the trails take a few minutes to read our tips for newbies to get you started on the fight foot.
Tips For Successful Hikes With Dogs
Are You Prepared?
Before you start planning your first hike make sure you and your dog are physically prepared. A good way to prepare is to vary your dog walks by extending the time and difficulty of your walks. Head to the local park where the terrain may be different, climb some hills and check out different paths.
Dress for the occasion. That means good, comfortable hiking boots or shoes. Your socks should be breathable, warm and able to keep you dry when it’s wet outside. We recommend wool or a synthetic polymer. Stay away from cotton.
Pack your backpack with the right gear to handle all weather conditions and situations that might up. Here’s a checklist I use when I prepare for outdoor adventures with my boys.
Make Sure Dogs Are Allowed
Most trails publish specific rules and regulations about where dogs are allowed and where they’re prohibited. We’ve tried to provide updated information for many of the trails in New York State but always do your own research prior to heading to the trail. And remember, always follow the leash laws.
Read The Trail Descriptions
Trail descriptions can make the difference between a successful and and unsuccessful hike. Allow more time than the description may indicate, and remember many trials are a series of up and down, uneven roads. Be prepared for changes in the terrain that might not be indicated in the descriptions.
Important Safety Tips For Before The Hike
- Take a basic first-aid course for humans and dogs. Here’s a video about performing CPR on a dog.
- Before you leave tell someone where you’re going and leave contact/location information about the trail.
- Start out with the smallest, easiest trail as close to home as possible.
- Check the weather conditions before you go. If there’s any sign of inclement weather on the forecast postpone the hike.
Keep An Eye On Your Dog For Signs He’s Had Too Much
Know your dog and know when he’s had enough. Remember, your dog wants to please you and will try to keep up even when keeping up is difficult. Here are some signs to look for.
- Limping may indicate a sore muscle or tendon or a crack in your dog’s paw pad.
- Reddened gums and a rapid heartbeat while resting may indicate heat stroke.
- If your dog is cold and is breathing at a slow and shallow pace and appears to be in a stupor he may be suffering from hypothermia.
- If your dog is licking a specific spot look for an abrasion or irritation, or maybe dirt or a piece of twig might be embedded in the collar, harness or jacket.
- Keep your dog hydrated. It’s better to give too much water than not enough.