Capital Hills is open (for dogs)

otto at capital hills

Otto enjoys the wide open space.

A few people have asked about this recently, so we figured it's worth a mention: Capital Hills, the Albany municipal golf course, is now closed for golf -- which means it's open for dogs, walkers, cross country skiers, snowshoers, and tiny humans who like to sled.

Capital Hills might just be the best place in the Capital Region to walk your dog. During the winter, the course is like a giant (dog) park, where pups can run off leash. On the weekends there are usually a bunch of other dogs, so there's a lot of opportunity for playing. And the place itself can be beautiful, which makes for good (human) walking/snowshoeing/skiing.

Of course, there area a few rules/guidelines you should follow while there:

+ Please pick up the poop. We've been over this before, but it deserves repeating.

+ Somewhere around 95 percent of the dogs at the golf course play nicely with others and are well behaved. If your dog is in that other 5 percent, please take the necessary steps to keep him in line.

+ Watch out for the small humans who are there to sled. They are not always happy that your dog wants to meet them.

+ Please drive slowly through the parking lot. There are lots of dogs and kids about.

Find It

Capital Hills
65 O'Neil Road
Albany, NY 12208


Finnegan and I will be there Saturday morning. :)

This will be a nice change from the regular old dog park (which we still love!).

As a regular user and someone who wants this wonderful resource to continue to be available to dogs and dog owners, my advice is to have your leash with you and when you walk near the sledding hill(s) and leash up your dog or steer clear of the area entirely. Dogs like mine think it's a great game to race after toddlers on sleds. All we need is the parent of a terrified child to call the mayor and it'll be "No Dogs Allowed." Let's not let that happen.

Tip: Park next to the dog park on Hartman Rd. and avoid the crowd. Map:

Just walk down the access road and you're on the golf course. Warning: The dogs who are behind the dog park fence will stare longingly as you and your pooch pass by.

Capital hills is a wonderful place to be outside and let your dog run. I can't believe the amount of people who do not pick up after their dog. They give respectful pet owners a bad image.

Thanks for sharing this information. Our dog is a great off leash walker. Some people don't trust dogs off leash. Nice to know there is a place where we are welcomed.

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