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Dog Areas in Andover, NJ

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Fewer than 600 people live in the borough of Andover in Sussex County, New Jersey, but activities and amenities for residents and visitors to Andover abound. The charming small-town atmosphere in Andover complements the excellent schools that are nearby, and the town also has strong police and fire departments. While the entirety of the town sits on only 1.471 square miles, that space is dotted with golf courses, recreational facilities, and plenty of beautiful single-family homes with spacious yards. While a large yard is convenient for dog owners, there are also other dog-friendly activities in and around Andover for you to enjoy with your pooch. 

The Sussex Branch Trail is an 18-mile trail that runs through Sussex County, and you can access it in northern Andover. Not only is this trail pawfect for on-leash dog walking, but it’s also commonly used by cyclists, inline skaters, hikers, and joggers. This trail is just one of 1,600 trails spanning America that were created from previously abandoned railway lines. Along the path, you and your dog will come across many highlights, one of which is the Kittatinny State Park. At this park, you'll see a variety of plant and wildlife species, including flourishing wildflowers in the spring. When it's time for an off-leash activity, there are all sorts of options just a short drive from Andover.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Andover, NJ

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    Population Density 554/sq mi

    #1 Ledgewood

    In the center of Roxbury Township in Morris County, New Jersey, you'll find an area known as Ledgewood. It's less than a 20-minute drive from Andover, and this area is where you'll discover Emmans Park. This township park has baseball and soccer fields, as well as a recently updated off-leash dog park. The Roxbury Dog Park doesn't separate dogs by weight, so be prepared for your little dog to make some big friends. Within the park, you'll also find a selection of agility equipment including bridges and tunnels, and there's also a play fire hydrant. Don't forget to bring doggy bags and drinking water!
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    Population Density 6,670/sq mi

    #2 West Morristown

    Morristown is a city of around 20,000 people in Morris County, New Jersey, and the far western edge of town is just over 20 miles from Andover. That's where you and your dog will arrive to find the Lewis Morris Park, a 2,196-acre county park with sports fields, playgrounds, fishing, hiking, picnic areas, and much more. While dogs are welcome throughout Lewis Morris Park on a leash, they also have their own off-leash space. The Lewis Morris Dog Park has separate enclosures for big and small dogs, and some areas are grassy while other parts have gravel. There's no water available at this dog park, so be sure to bring your own.
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    Population Density 4,254/sq mi

    #3 Central Avenue

    More than 5,500 people live in Morris Plans, a borough in Morris County that's just north of Morristown. You can drive to the southwestern edge of town from Andover in about half an hour, and that's where you'll see the Central Dog Park in Morris County's Central Park. This off-leash park has tons of room for your dog to run and play, as well as a variety of terrain for them to explore. There are separate areas for big and small dogs, totaling about five acres. This pawpular dog park has seating areas for pet parents and a supply of doggy bags, but you'll need to bring your own water.
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    Population Density 1,595/sq mi

    #4 Cross Road

    Basking Ridge is a community in Bernards Township in Somerset County, New Jersey, and you can drive to the town's southern quadrant in just over 40 minutes. That's where you'll find the PAWS Dog Run, a wide open off-leash space where all dogs play together, no matter their breed or their weight. Trees surround this scenic park, and you can take in the sights from one of the seating areas within the park. There are waste disposal supplies in the park, but bring your own water and bowl. Some visitors note this park tends to get quite muddy after the rain, so bring a towel to clean up messy paws.
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    Population Density 315/sq mi

    #5 Vernon Valley

    In only half an hour, you and Spike can make the trip northeast of Andover and arrive in Vernon Township's northwestern corner. This is where the Vernon Off-Leash Dog Park can be found, and you're sure to love it just as much as the friendly group of regulars that frequents it! Vernon Off-Leash Dog Park has more than two acres of land for your pup to explore, and in 2015, a separate area just for small dogs was added. Like most dog parks in the area, you'll need to bring your own water, but there are seating areas and doggy bags in the park.
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