Hiking with your dog is an activity that can be enjoyed year-round. You just need to be prepared! This means lots of water and shorter hikes in the summer and bundling up in the winter. New to hiking with your pup? Here are some tips so you can feel ready to hit those trails!
Did you know that letting your dogs sniff while hiking can have huge benefits? So, bring your patience along with your supplies and get ready to have a great hike!
We’ve listed some dog-friendly trails around New York and the Berkshires.
Huyler's Landing Trail at The Palisades
Just outside of NYC, this is a moderate 2.2 mile trail that's great for beginner pups and history buffs alike. The area is full of history from pre-revolutionary war times to the early 1900's. Watch for hawks and osprey that live cliffside.
This trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Good for all skill levels, this 3.9 mile loop trail is located near North Salem, New York.
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 waterfalls. A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites and day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive.
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 your pup.
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. Dogs must remain on a leash no longer than 10 feet.
The Berkshire Natural Resource Council Trails
Choose from a myriad of mini trails all of which are dog friendly.
The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail
Another dog-friendly spot, this trail runs from Lanesborough, MA to Adams, MA. A popular spot for biking, jogging, and rollerblading. There are also several places where you can get off the trail and browse the neighboring town.
Too cold or hot for a hike? Here are 5 Indoor Activities to try instead!