Updated: May 10
Are you and Your Cream Puff looking for a new adventure? From flat walks and scenic views to uphill hikes and more exuberant outdoor activities, we've put together a list of Tri-State trails that includes something for everyone. Check them out below.
Sourland Mountains, Hillsborough NJ: A nice slice of nature that offers a few trails for all types of walkers. It is usually not that crowded and the trails are clearly labeled for a stress-free walk with your pup.
Duke island park, Bridgewater NJ: A family-friendly place, perfect for a day out with your Cream Puff. The park offers open fields, playgrounds and scenic walking trails along a river. Take your pup for a picnic, a fishing trip, or even just for a nice relaxing stroll.
Hacklebarney State Park, Long Valley NJ: Hacklebarney State Park offers everything your dog loves. There are trails through wooded areas along a river as well as plenty of resting points along the way. It is also a great spot to check out some New Jersey wildlife while you walk along the varied terrains.
Ramapo Valley County Reservation, Mahwah NJ: If your Cream Puff enjoys heavily wooded areas, they’ll love it here. The reservation is usually not too busy depending on the week, and it offers cool, shaded trails for you and your furry friend. Whether you want to hike the trails for the view or sit calmly by the reservoir, Ramapo Valley County Reservation offers a relaxing day in nature.
Hardscrabble Wilderness Area, Briarcliff Manor NY: A great place to go for a hike that's a little over two miles long. The trail is full of wooded areas and dogs are allowed off leash if trained well enough, just be sure to stay on the trails. It is a true hike so there are not many tables, garbage bins or water refill stations, but it's all worth it for the scenery!
Storm King State Park, Cornwall NY: If hiking uphill on all terrains is your thing, then head to Storm King State Park for great views and a great workout. Many reviews say it is best for medium to larger-sized dogs, as it is a longer hike uphill. If you and your pup are down for the hiking challenge, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful view.
Shadmoor State Preserve Trail, Montauk NY: Some dogs are furry replicas of their human, and if you love the beach, then your dog will love Shadmoor State Preserve. Dogs must stay on leash in public areas, however, it offers 2.5 miles along the beach in Montauk, making it a great place for your dog to get their feet wet and enjoy the breeze!
Robert H. Treman State Park, Ithaca NY: Here, you can tackle up to 9 miles of hiking trails. A scenic spot with rocks, wooded areas and beautiful waterfalls. Trails are easily visible and there are even camping spots if you and your pup want a weekend getaway.
Babcock Preserve, Greenwich CT: Offering a 4.1-mile-long loop, the Babcock Preserve is a great place for your dog. Be sure to bring bug repellent as this trail is in a heavily forested area. A great trail to take in nature and there is a great chance you will come across other dogs along the way!
Bluff Point State Park, Groton CT: A beautiful set of trails along the coast, making this one of the more relaxing trails on our list, Bluff Point State Park is a good family-friendly option offering a place to walk, play or boat. Just keep in mind that it may be better to get there earlier, as it's a popular spot.
The Cascades at Lake Mohegan, Fairfield CT: A relatively flat trail along the water offers both you and your dog a great place to sit and relax after walking through the green trails. Be sure to keep your dog on a leash to prevent thick weeds and bushes, and more importantly, to help prevent ticks and other insects.
Central Bark Dog Park at Copp Family Park, Groton CT: If you are not in the mood for a long hike on a trail but still want to let your dog exercise, then you may want to check out Central Bark Dog Park in Groton CT. It is a fenced-in park that allows you to take your pup off leash, to let them play and socialize with other dogs.
We hope you enjoyed this list. Check out our Spring Essentials for Your Dog list for some pawsome outdoor must-haves!