Dog-friendly weekend trip and hiking spots?

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Otto at Vroman's Nose.

J emails:

Any recommendations on local and weekend trip, dog-friendly places to visit? Hiking suggestions are also welcome!

One of the great things about this area is that you can go an hour or two (or not even that far) in just about any direction and there are good day trip and/or hiking spots. (And if you're going to bring your pup to a park or preserve or something similar, it's a good idea to check ahead about the rules for dogs.)

So... got a suggestion for J about particularly dog-friendly destinations? Please share! And sentence or two about you're suggestion a place can be helpful.


Mount Washington State Forrest/ Mount Everett Reservation. Just over the border in MA. Dog friendly and much less crowded then the Adirondacks. Try Race Brook Falls. Lots of water for the dogs and it connects with the Appellation Trail. When your done, and short trip into Great Barrington for dinner!

Check out Camp Santanoni in Newcomb! It is the only Adirondack Great Camp that owned by NYS, and it is an easy 4.5-mile walk down a carriage road. There are usually a good number of people with dogs. You can walk through the building (self-guided) or take a free tour (dogs welcome!).

If you're looking for a local trek through some woods, we go to Thacher a lot with our dog. If you park at the lot off of Old Stage Rd off 156, it's usually not too busy. Long Path Parking.

Camp Little Notch in Fort Ann, NY has campsite rentals and is dog-friendly. The camp is located near lots of trailheads (Buck, Inman Pond, Shelving Rock, Sleeping Beauty) and the campsites have platform tents to rent or you can put your popup on an empty platform. $30/platform.

It is quiet and pristine and has an 80 acre lake. There are loons and otters. There is an Open House this Sunday from 1pm to 5pm if you want to take a look.

Click on the date you want (if it is available) on the website:

The campsite rentals cease in late June/July?early August for the girls summer camp, then open up again in August.

We stayed with our dog at the Paw House Inn outside of Rutland, VT when we were in town for a ski trip. Lots of great hiking, etc. nearby in the summer time too!

We love all of these:

Thacher Park (obvious close choice, but has lots of routes in and around the park)

Grafton State Park (another obvious choice, but there are so many trails besides the lake loops)

Hannacroix Ravine (easy trail, well shaded and ends with a swimming hole, watch dogs on rocks)

Lewis A. Swyer Preserve (cute trail completely paved with decking material, great for dogs and people with mobility challenges)

High Falls Conservation Area (gorgeous waterfall)

Greenport Conservation Area (lovely view of the Hudson with eagles)

Schodack Island State Park (flat loop with wide trails)

Papscanee Island Nature Preserve (another Hudson gem)

Peebles Island (nice trails and parks for picnics)

Bennett Hill Preserve (great loop, near Jake Moon's cafe in Clarksville)

Taconic Crest Trail (check out snow hole)

Molly Stark State Park (great loop and the cleanest state park restrooms ever)

October Mountain (MA)

Beartown State Forest (MA)

Remember to look out for ticks, pack dog bags, snacks and lots of water. Also, parked cars get hot fast (even in the shade with the windows open).

Have fun!

Mirror Lake has a very dog-friendly community. There is a side walk around the entire lake and village with a beach that dogs can swim in with their owners. Most hotels accept pets and restaurants are also accommodating.

If you have, or know and want to invite, a UAlbany Affiliate Dippikill is dog friendly!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the fantastic suggestions. We can’t wait to try them all!

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