Nicknamed the Township of Lakes, thanks to the fact that it is home to almost two dozen ponds and lakes, Byram is an incredibly beautiful township, with picturesque views no matter where you go. With several walking trails and parks to explore, as well as a highly rated animal hospital should you need it, this town has everything you need for a pawriffic time with your pooch.
If you and your pooch enjoy long distance walks, you will be happy to know that the Highlands Trail runs through Byram. This trail stretches out for over 100 miles, with the Byram portion taking you through woodlands, wetlands, wildflower meadows and more.
When it comes to parks, the largest in Byram is the Allamuchy Mountain State Park, which offers up thousands of acres for you and your pup to explore. Although there are no facilities within this park, there are several hiking trails that will take you and Fido deep into the wilderness, just be sure to bring a lead and doggie bags, as well as drinking water and a snack for the two of you.
There are countless pawtastic walks to be had in Byram, making this a town that you and your pooch will never get bored of.
The Andover Borough neighborhood in Andover is directly adjacent to Byram, and offers up plenty for you and your pooch to see and do. For a long distance walk, spend some time on the 18 mile Sussex Branch Trail, which follows along an old railroad track. The tracks themselves have been removed, leaving a pleasant cinder path to walk on, with pretty much flat terrain all the way through that takes you through forests, fields and more. If your pooch would prefer a park, check out the Andover Borough Park, where you will find sports facilities, a playground, a pond, and plenty of trees for Fido to sniff around.
The Andover Township neighborhood in Newton is right next to Byram, and boasts a couple of the finest parks in the area. The Kittatinny Valley State Park stretches out for 5600 acres, and offers up several recreational activities, including four fishing lakes, picnic areas, mountain bike trails, and even an airport. Of course, there are hiking trails too, with miles of different paths for you and Fido to choose from. Also in this neighborhood is the Whittingham Wildlife Management Area, where you will find 1932 acres of natural beauty. Although there are no marked trails here, there are several mowed paths that make it easy to explore the entire park.
About four miles from Byram is the neighborhood of Sparta in Sparta, and this is quite a green part of town. If you and Fido are up for a challenging walk, enjoy a hike up the Pimple Hills, where you will be rewarded with gorgeous views of the surrounding areas. For a more urban walk, head on over to Station Park, which has recently been upgraded. There are two large playgrounds here, as well as sports facilities, walking trails, picnic benches and a small pond. Dogs are welcome to explore this park with their owners, but do need to be kept on a lead at all times, and you will also need to bring doggie bags and drinking water with you.
Just over four miles from Byram is the Sparta neighborhood of Sparta Mountain, and this is home to one of the prettiest parks in Sparta. Known as the Sparta Glen Park, this scenic park is uniquely located in a ravine, meaning that it boasts some fascinating natural features. Although this is a passive park, there are several picnic areas dotted throughout, complete with grills and views of the stream that runs through the park. There is a one mile trail within this park that will take you to a viewpoint that boasts panoramic vistas of Lake Mohawk, but keep in mind that this walk is quite a steep climb.
The neighborhood of Hopatcong in Hopatcong is just over five miles from Byram, and is home to a couple of parks that your pooch will love. The first is Nariticong Park, where you will find a couple of sports fields, picnic benches, a dense patch of trees, and a winding paved path. Not too far away is Rotary Park, a passive park with plenty of trees, and next to this is Modick Park, which boasts a few sports facilities, a play area, and open grassy spaces for you and Fido to play in. Dogs are welcome in all three parks, but do need to be kept on a lead.