Located just 30 minutes from New York City, Hawthorn is a family and dog-friendly town. Pup parents are often found walking their canine companions in the parks and enjoying the scenic brook that runs through the area. The small-town feel is enhanced by local family-owned businesses like J & B Pet Supplies. This pet store is independently owned and carries artisan pet food Fido will love.
If your pooch needs medical attention, Hawthorne features three qualified veterinarian clinics offering compassionate care for emergencies and routine healthy pup check-ups. Walking Fido is important to keep him fit and trim. To help your dog be at his best, visit the Franklin Lake Nature Preserve that offers 147 acres of open space located just four miles from Hawthorn. You will find many puppy parents hiking the trails around the 75-acre lake here.
Staying at the Hyatt Place Hotel Fair Lawn is perfect when traveling with Fido. Up to 2 dogs are allowed for an extra fee and your pooch will love spending time with the family. You and your furry friends can also enjoy dog-friendly seating at Nectar Café. The restaurant serves gluten-free and vegan dishes, and you can order something special for Fido.
Walking Fido through the Lincoln to Lafayette neighborhood is perfect for morning and afternoon exercise. Spending time at Goffle Brook Park allows puppy parents to let their dogs off leash in the Hawthorne Dog Run located inside. This space is perfect for your pooch to run and socialize with other furry friends. Pups can also walk with their parents through the 103-acre park that meanders along Goffle Brook. The whole family will enjoy the beautiful grassy areas and large playground. If you need to pick up some pet supplies, head over to Corrado’s Market where you can buy kibble for Fido and a new leash or collar.
The Ashley Heights neighborhood features cute homes with small yards. When residents need to walk their pups, they usually head to Hofstra Park. Here, dogs and owners can hike or bike through the trail, or hang out near the playground. You can walk through the gardens and admire the butterflies, or stroll through the wooded hilltop area where Fido can spend time sniffing the plants and trees. You will need to bring your own doggie bags to clean up, and you can refill your water bottles at the fountain near the sports fields.
Traveling to Gypsy Pond Park, sometimes known as Kings Pond Park, in the Paramus neighborhood of nearby Ridgewood is great for walking Fido. The nature trail extends over a mile across the length of the park, giving you and your pup a chance to exercise and work off excess energy. Your furtastic pal will also enjoy strolling around the pond and watching the ducks play in the water. After a busy day at the park, head over to Pizzalo Restaurant. This family-owned eatery with its rustic farmhouse setting is pooch-friendly, and offers some of the best pizza and paninis in town.
Glen Rock, just one mile from Hawthorne, features Diamond Brook Park, a great area to hike with Fido. If you and your pup enjoy strolling through the woods, this is the park for you. Not only will you see chipmunks and deer, but Fido will enjoy socializing with other canines and their owners. There are 15 acres of open space here, and three nature trails that are maintained by the Eagle Scouts. When your pooch needs to work off excess energy, hike the paths and admire the railroad freight train turntable. Bring your own doggie waste bags, and be sure to fill up your water bottles before hitting the trail.
High Mountain Park is located west in the Squaw Brook neighborhood of North Haledon. This 1,100-acre wooded preserve is one of the largest in New Jersey, and is an excellent choice for giving Fido plenty of exercise. The mountain range was formed by lava, and there are five “blazed” trails that are maintained by volunteers. When walking your pup, you will see other canine parents out and about enjoying nature. If you are planning to spend the day, pack some kibble and sandwiches and fill up the water bottles. Pups who enjoy climbing rocks and sniffing the plants will love hiking the mountain.