Fordham is mostly residential, with four to five-story, mostly older buildings dominating the area. Sidewalks are wide but in most areas do not have any barrier between the sidewalk and the road.There are not many trees or yards with grassy areas, although some sidewalks are studded with medium sized trees.
For some of the best natural walking that New York has to offer, you can explore the New York Botanical Garden with your dog. The New York Botanical Garden always has different events going on so you can see a new thing almost any time you go, and the expansive forest and numerous walking trails will give your dog plenty to explore.
Wander across the beautiful grassy grounds between huge majestic mature trees and throw a Frisbee with your dog in the seemingly endless grassy fields.
Paths to the botanical gardens are wide enough that you could easily skateboard, rollerblade, or bicycle with your dog.
The streets around Fordham are not the best for walking with your dog, as there are usually no spaces between the sidewalk and the street, and few areas have mature trees or grass in yards for your dog to sniff at.
For this reason, it is best to seek out the Aqueduct or the Botanical Gardens to walk with your dog in Fordham. The botanical gardens offer natural differences in terrain for your dog to experience, like rough stone steps and gravel paths that sometimes form steep slopes. It can be very enjoyable to experience the well-maintained beauty of the Botanical Gardens and then wander Into the Wilderness of the Thain family forest.
The aqueduct runs along University Avenue and Aqueduct Avenue. The aqueduct used to feed water to this area of New York, but since it has been put out of commission it has been repurposed as a natural walking area
The botanical gardens offer a rare glimpse into the wilderness of New York right in the middle of New York City. Miles of wild-feeling forest can make you believe that you have suddenly dropped into the wilderness or gone back in time. Your dog will love sniffing along the side of the trail at all of the wildlife that has gone there, and you will enjoy the opportunity to glimpse New York wildlife like raccoons and birdlife.
Trails are well-maintained and easy to walk, and they provide a welcome relief from the typical asphalt. The trees are allowed to grow over the trail so you feel like you are completely encompassed by the forest. The opportunity to breathe in the deep green smells of the wilderness is a terrific relief after walking the streets of New York.
If you do not have time to make it to the botanical gardens, the aqueduct walk runs along most of Fordham and offers an opportunity to experience some natural beauty and get away from the cars for a bit without going too far out of your way.