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The Best Dog Friendly Hiking Trails Near NYC

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We all know how ruff the sweltering summer days in a hot concrete jungle can be. If you’re a dog owner, your biggest challenges on scorching days are hot sidewalks and overheated dogs. So why not take a day hiking trip with your pup to cool off in the fresh mountain air?

There are tons of great trails to check out just outside the New York City limits, here are just a few of our favorites:

Cornish Estate Trail

On the edge of the charming town of Cold Spring, this 1.8 mile trail is an easy ascent along the Hudson River. A mostly paved trail that features estate ruins and various other structures such as a pool, greenhouse, and gazebo. If you and your pup are the exploring type, then this trail is pawfect for you! The Cornish Estate Trail is also accessible from the city by car or train. Find more trail details here.

Arden Point

A peaceful and wooded historic trail that follows the road used by Benedict Arnold, an American military general during the Revolutionary War. The dirt trail is mostly flat and highlights a small waterfall, a bridge over railroad tracks, and panoramic views of the Hudson River. There are also several swimming spots so you and your dog can take a dip to cool down. Don’t have a car? No problem! Furrtunately, this is a train-to-trail and the trailhead begins right off the Garrison stop parking lot. See more details about Ardent Point here.

Gedney Park

An enormous park on 126 acres that include marked wooded trails, a large pond, a playground, bathrooms on site, and even designated dog off-leash hours in the mornings! The trails include lovely stonewalls and small streams along with informational signs about the trees and wildlife in the surrounding area. There are gazebos around the pond, which lends itself as a great watering hole for dogs. If you have a water pawsitive dog, then is the trail for you! Learn more about visiting Gedney Park here.

Storm King State Park

If you and your dog don’t mind a good steep incline, then you will definitely want to check out this hike. At 1,385 feet above sea level, the trails at Storm King traverse some of the most spectacular views of the Hudson River and Catskills Mountains. Though they do present a bit of an uphill challenge, the panoramic views are stunning and well worth the trek. Important to note that the park does require that dogs be on leashes no more than 6 feet long. Discover all the trails at Storm King here.

With so amazing trails so close to the city, you and your best friend have endless opportunities to explore the great outdoors. This summer, let the dog days be your adventure days!

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