Summertime means baseball and softball in Dumont. This town has devoted much of its green spaces to sports fields. Leashed dogs are among the fans that show up to cheer on those teams. Dumont also has twelve municipal parks scattered in every area of the small town. These parks generally consist of a little grass, a set of playground equipment for the kids, and maybe another ball field. A couple parks have tennis courts and basketball hoops. These parks are very small, though. They do lack the major amenities of larger parks, like picnic sites and walking trails. Dogs may find some green grass to sniff and may be walked on-leash through an unused ball field, but dedicated trails aren’t part of the landscape.
Just outside the eastern boundary of Dumont is the Palisades Interstate Park. This park encompasses 2,500 acres and is situated along the bluffs of the Hudson River. Palisades is a National Historic Landmark. There are many recreational opportunities in this park, including boating, fishing, picnicking and hiking. Dogs are not allowed in the Fort Lee Historic Park and Allison Park or in the picnic areas. Dogs are, however, permitted on leash on the many trails. The two main trails are the Long Path and Shore Trail. These trails are easy to moderate in difficulty. Five trails connect to the these two main trails, and a couple of these are challenging. In addition, six ski trails are available to hikers during the off-season.
People who need more than a whiff of the outdoors have only a short drive from Dumont to some serious hiking adventures!
Van Saun County Park, just 5 miles west of Dumont in Paramus, attracts people from all over the area. This popular park has a zoo, picnic areas, pony rides, playgrounds, and walking paths. Dogs are allowed on-leash on the walking paths, but most dogs make a beeline for the fully fenced dog park. The hounds howl with delight when that leash comes off and the playtime begins! There is a separate section for the smaller pups. The ground here is gravel, so no need to fret about the state of Fido's fur. Seating is limited for the human companions. The dog park does not have water immediately available. Doggie bags are supplied, but at this popular park, the stock does run out quickly. Bring extra!
Leonia is seven miles south of Dumont. Overpeck Dog Park is located at 40 Fort Lee Road.This fully fenced dog park has a dirt and mulch surface with a separately fenced space for the small dogs. The large dog section features a very large and ancient-looking shade tree. A bench is placed beneath it for the comfort of the human companions. This dog park includes several pieces of agility equipment, but doesn't provide water, so you'll need to bring your own. There are restrooms in the main park within walking distance. The main park has over 800 acres with many scenic trails for a person and a leashed pup to explore together.
Just 8 miles west of Dumont, in Ridgewood, you'll find another pawesome dog park that's worth barking about! The Ridgewood Bark Park can be found at 1173 E. Ridgewood Avenue in the Saddle River County Park. This dog park is fully fenced so pups can safely experience the freedom of being leash-free. One enclosure is set aside for smaller dogs. The ground is a mixture of grass, dirt, and mulch No water is available at the dog park, so don't fur-get to bring some! Seating for the human companion is limited, but there are shaded places to escape the heat on one of those hot summer days. This dog park is next to a creek and a duck pond. A quick dip makes for a cool end to a hot day of play!
Your pup will have a friendly pack to join at the fully fenced Riverside Dog Park over in Lyndhurst, a mere 17 miles from Dumont. Small dogs have their place to play here. The ground of the park is a gray, fine gravel. Human companions have some chairs that usually are positioned close to one of the large shade trees just outside the fence. The dog park provides water and bowls, but not waste bags, so bring some along with you. Chew toys, balls, and maybe a frisbee or two add to the fun. The main park has some open green spaces for a person and a leashed dog to wander. A walking trail near the Passaic River is the pawfect place to take a pleasant stroll in the morning, or a satisfying way to end a day.
Eighteen miles south of Dumont, you'll find Brookdale Dog Park in Montclair. Brookdale gives dogs a fully fenced place to play leash-free. Dogs can find their own furry pal to tussle with. A separate enclosure gives small dogs their freedom, too. The surface of the dog is mostly gravel mulch. Fido's nose might get smudged exploring its scent, so bring a towel! This dog park has water fountains designed for people and their pups. Agility equipment beckons those dogs in training or makes for some interesting climbing. Pet parents supervise their pups from shaded benches. Waste stations make those necessary pickups easy, which means that you'll have everything you need here to enjoy a furrific day at the dog park!