Top Hudson Valley Dog Parks

A roundup of our favorite parks for our fur-babies

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Our pups easily take over our hearts and our homes. But learning how to be social with other dogs and humans is essential for their healthy development.

Dog parks are a popular way to get your pups out and socializing, playing and engaging in healthy exercise. Most dogs need regular exercise and a run at the park with a side of play time will get the ball rolling.   

Most dog parks have their own rules and regulations to follow, so be sure to read the signs upon entering. Some parks charge a fee to help maintain the park or require a permit to bring your dog. Be sure you are ready for cleanup by bringing along extra doggie bags. Also, water to rehydrate after play time and small treats to reward your pooch for good behavior. 

Bring your fury bestie to one of these local dog parks:

Montgomery Park 
Thomas Bull Memorial Park located at 211 State Rt. 416 is open to the public seven days a week from 7:00 am to dusk. This fenced-in, off-leash area is approximately 1.5 acres and features separate areas for “Small Dogs” and “All Dogs,” water fountains, benches and shade areas. The landscape of the park has contrasts of flat open areas and rolling hills for dogs of all sizes to enjoy. This is a great venue for dogs to socialize and exercise.  

Cornwall Dog Park 

Located at 15 Muser Dr. (Right off Angola Road- Across from Cromwell Manor Inn) this park offers a place where big and small dogs can be free to run safely off leash. The park is adjacent to a beautiful picnic pavilion and cared for hiking trails. (845) 213-8650.

Beacon Dog Park 
The park is in Memorial Park located at 195 Robert Cahill Dr., Beacon and is open from dawn to dusk. Voted Hudson Valley’s Best Dog Park in 2019, this non-profit park makes doggie playdates easy with separated sections for small and larger dogs. Memberships are an annual fee of $55 and can be purchased at The Beacon Barkery.

Doherty Dog Park
The park is located at 839 Beekman Rd., Hopewell Junction and open for the season after March 1. Dog owners must obtain a membership, open to residents and non-residents. Small and Large dog parks are separated. Park open times shared via email to members only. (845) 724-5300.

Kingston Point Dog Park
Adjacent to and behind the softball fields at 41 Delaware Ave., this park offers a safe and responsibly designed and well managed facility. Food and children under 12 are not allowed inside the fence. Open dawn to dusk. Users are asked to please observe dog park rules. (845) 331-1682.

For Paws of Ulster Inc. This not-for-profit, volunteer run dog park is located at 294 Libertyville Rd. in New Paltz. It is across the street from the Ulster County Fairgrounds near the Field of Dreams (follow signs to the back of the property).  Open dawn to dusk every day and offers benches, waste stations and waste station bags. This park is maintained by volunteers, please be courteous and clean up after your pet and follow the posted rules. (845) 255-7027.

Friendly Paws at Doug Phillips Dog Park
This large park at Route 52 and Phillips Rd. in Fishkill offers adequately shaded and fenced-in park areas for your pet. The park has a small water source for drinking and rumor has it there is a plastic pool in the summertime. Permit available online.  

The Woodstock Dog Park
Rick Volz Property, Dixon Rd. Saugerties is just off Rt. 212. Turn left at the baseball field and at the back of the parking lot you will find a trail that leads to two fenced in parks. You can also find agility obstacles along with a natural woodsy terrain.  

Central Bark Dog Park
New off-leash park for dogs to play and socialize in Mamakating! Town Park. 27-29 Mamakating Rd., Bloomingburg.

Town of Bethel Dog Park
This fenced-in, off-leash dog park at 50 Golf Park Rd. in Smallwood prohibits food and kids under 13 inside the park fence. Dog handlers must be age 16 or older. (845) 583-4350 x102.

If your fury one is too small for a dog park, or still learning leash etiquette there are plenty of dog friendly hiking trails in the area and pet-friendly places to take your pup. The Walkway over the Hudson offers watering stations and waste bags at each entrance and is open dawn until dusk. There is no sun cover, so pavement may be hot, but it is perfect for early morning walks. Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Park requires dogs to remain on a leash and pet parents must clean up after their pooch. The expansive lawn area (away from the mansion) and tree cover is perfect on a hot day and there are beautiful trails located behind the mansion that take you closer to the river. Always plan your trip ahead by looking online or calling for site specific rules about pet policies. 

Updated February 2020

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