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10 Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails in New York You Can Visit (2024 Update)

Adam Mann

By Adam Mann

dog on a leash hiking with owner

New York State is full of open spaces once you get outside of the city, and with all these trails, mountains, lakes, and more, it would be a shame if you didn’t take that opportunity to get out with your pup.

With that in mind, we’ve highlighted 10 great dog-friendly hiking trails you and Fido can enjoy all over New York State for you below.

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The 10 Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails in New York

1. Sands Point Preserve

🗺️ Address: 📍 127 Middle Neck Rd, Sands Point, NY
🕐 Open Times: Wednesday to Saturday, 11 AM to 6 PM, Sunday, 9 AM to 6 PM
💲 Cost: $15 per car
🐕 Off-leash allowed?: No
  • Pets must remain on a leash
  • 216-acre estate
  • Plenty of parking and easy to get to

2. Robert H. Treman State Park

🗺️ Address: 📍 105 Enfield Falls Rd, Ithaca, NY
🕐 Open Times: 8 AM to 7:30 PM
💲 Cost: $9
🐕 Off-leash allowed?: No
  • Maximum of two pets allowed in the campsite
  • Pets must be on a leash at all times
  • Pets are not allowed in all areas
  • 12 waterfalls you can hike to

3. Gardiner County Park

🗺️ Address: 📍 Montauk Hwy, Bay Shore, NY
🕐 Open Times: Monday to Saturday, 7 AM to 6 PM, Sunday, 8 AM to 6 PM
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-leash allowed?: Yes, at the dog park
  • 231-acre nature preserve
  • There is a dog park by some of the trails
  • Bring your own waste bags

4. Minnewaska State Park Preserve

🗺️ Address: 📍 5281 Route 44-55, Kerhonkson, NY
🕐 Open Times: 9 AM to 7 PM
💲 Cost: $10 per car
🐕 Off-leash allowed?: No
  • 25 miles of footpaths for you and your pup
  • Waterfalls and 3 sky lakes to explore
  • Plenty of parking on site
  • Over 24,000 acres of land

5. Whiteface Mountain

🗺️ Address: 📍 5021 NY-86, Wilmington, NY
🕐 Open Times: Dawn to dusk
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-leash allowed?: No
  • Tons of trails to explore
  • Great views from the peaks
  • Not always the easiest hikes
  • You can also ski at nearby resorts

6. Buttermilk Falls State Park

🗺️ Address: 📍 106 E Buttermilk Falls Rd, Ithaca, NY
🕐 Open Times: 8 AM to 7:30 PM
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-leash allowed?: No
  • 811-acre woods for you to explore
  • Waterfall, a lake, and hiking paths are available throughout
  • Bring your own waste bags
  • Keep your pup on a leash

7. Peninsula Nature Trails

🗺️ Address: 📍 Peninsula Trails, Lake Placid, NY
🕐 Open Times: Dawn to dusk
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-leash allowed?: No
  • Self-guiding pamphlet you can follow
  • Multiple trails for you to explore
  • Leashes are not required but are encouraged

8. Letchworth State Park

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🗺️ Address: 📍 1 Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY
🕐 Open Times: 6 AM to 11 PM
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-leash allowed?: No
  • A total of 66 miles of hiking trails
  • Scenic waterfall and rivers on site
  • Bring your own waste bags
  • Amazing views throughout the park

9. Cascade Mountain

🗺️ Address: 📍 Cascade Mountain Foot Trail, Lake Placid, NY
🕐 Open Times: Dusk to dawn
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-leash allowed?: No
  • 5.6 miles of trail
  • 2,286-foot elevation gain
  • Outstanding views at the top of the trail
  • Easier mountain to summit
  • Arrive early to ensure you get a parking spot

10. Cornish Estate Trail

🗺️ Address: 📍 3260 NY-9D, Cold Spring, NY
🕐 Open Times: 7:30 AM to 8 PM
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-leash allowed?: No
  • 1.8-mile out-and-back trail
  • Part of Hudson Highlands State Park
  • Bring your own waste bags
  • Outstanding views of the Hudson River

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Conclusion

Now that you know a bit more about some of the most dog-friendly hiking trails in New York, all that’s left is for you to pick a few of your favorites and plan your next outing. Bring plenty of water for you and your pet, and, of course, bring some waste bags so you can clean up after your dog the next time you go out!


Featured Image Credit: N K, Shutterstock

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