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Favorite Shaded Trails for NYC dogs in Upstate NY

By September 4, 2018 No Comments


Here are some of our top trails that are ideal for 3-5 hour hikes! Be sure to bring double the amount of water that you would consume for your pup!! Last year tick season was at a record high, so be sure to prepare your pet with homemade or ready made tick prevention including sprays, a tick comb, hand sanitizer and internet to watch youtube on how to pull ticks out safely!

  1. Sloatsburg. These trails are easily accessible by Metro North and have a nice predominantly shaded forest to beat the heat.  There are trails along the stream which add for a nice chance to sit down and watch the water flow and listen to running water. Be sure to look out for snakes and don’t let your pup drink from the stream if possible!
  2. Cold Spring, NY. There are several trails that range from 30 mins to 5-7 hours. Whether you and your pup are absolute beginners to hiking or advanced there are trails for you. The shortest trail is just off the Metro North station called the West Point Foundry Preserve.
  3. Dobbs Ferry. Enjoy a nearly flat trail (except for the staircase down, 10 steps) on the Old Croton Aquaduct Trail (OCT) with your pup.  This is accessible by Metro North.
  4. Beacon is another favorite if you can stand the 20 mins of switchbacks! Plenty of dog swag on the way up though!
  5. Here is a list compiled of for beginners to hiking.

Lastly, not in the NYC area, no problem, hiking anywhere can be a great bonding activity between you and your dog!

This blog post was written by Cynthia Okimoto of New York Dog Nanny. To be a guest blogger please submit your writing sample to