Best Hikes For Your Best Friend

Dogs are allowed on most trails in New York State as long as they are on a leash in public areas. Here are some places for you and your adventure buddy to go explore:

State Parks

1. Sunken Meadow State Park- Dogs are allowed on the undeveloped trails towards the eastern area of the state park. If you want a challenge, visit these trails! They are known for being difficult.

2. Letchworth State Park- This state park is known as the "Grand Canyon on the East" and is full of dog-friendly hiking trails.

3. Taughannock Falls State Park (Ulysses)- If you don't have enough time to go for a long adventure, Gorge Trail in Taughannock Falls is the trail for you. It is .75-mile, and is even open in the winter.

4. Glimmerglass State Park- Although dogs aren't allowed on the beach, there are many trails you can explore throughout the park.


1. Whiteface Mountain- This mountain has a variety of trails, including a road up to the top of the mountain, if your dog is smaller.

2. Esther Mountain- If you and your dog are looking for a good workout, head to Esther Mountain for a long hike. This trip would be best with a larger, active dog.

3. Owls Head- This is a great hike for beginner hikers and puppies. The trail is 1.2 miles round trip, and has a great view.

4. Connery Pond and Whiteface Landing- If you are looking for more of a nature walk than a hike, this trail is for you.

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1. Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain- This moderate hike is around 7 miles. This is a great hike for an active dog.

2. Overlook Mountain- Steep and steady hike, with amazing views at the top for you and your dog to enjoy! Be cautious of rattlesnakes.

3. Catskill Forest Preserve- Dogs are allowed off leash in forested land, as long as they are under good voice control, but on trails and campgrounds they must have a leash. There are many areas for you and your dog to explore at the preserve!