Pascack Valley is a beautiful southern area in Bergen County, New Jersey and the home of Emerson. Nicknamed “The Family Town”, this charming community is pawsitively overflowing with lush recreation areas. It’s a wonderful place to find a retreat in public parks with a leashed pup, and you can also enjoy the variety of pet-friendly eateries and vet hospitals in downtown. If you decide to travel around, the surrounding areas offer lots of pet-friendly places, including dog parks and walking trails!
If you want to experience the local hospitality and you're craving some spicy cuisine, Cinar Turkish Restaurant is a modern and pet-friendly local chain featuring Turkish classics complete with adult beverages. Located in downtown, this place offers a unique, relaxed setting and outdoor tables where you can enjoy some grub with your pup.
Pascack Brook County Park, just 5 minutes north in Westwood, is a lush and popular open space with picnicking and fishing options. There are no walking trails, but pooches are welcome as long as they are leashed. West Woof Dog Park is a fun addition to the public parks in Westwood. Fenced and convenient, the doggy spot has two spacious enclosures and lots of friendly mutts to play with!
The Southeast Ridgewood neighborhood is one of five neighborhoods in the area with spacious green parks and recreational areas. Located less than 15 minutes from Emerson -- via Solder Hill Road or East Ridgewood Avenue -- is Saddle River County Park on Wild Duck Pond. The walking loops wind around the water, offering relaxing water views and bird watching opportunities. Make sure that you keep your pup on their leash until you reach Ridgewood Dog Park, a fun enclosure for off-leash games! Featuring plenty of natural terrain for Fido to sniff, the facility is fairly empty throughout the year and pawfect for adventures.
Borough Center in River Edge, New Jersey includes several places of interest for travelers. Adventure seekers and outdoor enthusiasts will fall in love with Van Saun County Park, a spacious lush area on the western border of the neighborhood. There are multiple walking trails and loops stretching along the waterline and through the woodlands. The best part? Leashed dogs are welcome on the trails! Care for a picnic? Get yourselves comfortable in the designated areas and dig into a sandwich. For some off-leash exercise, pay a visit to the local dog park. This fenced facility offers plenty of room to run and some benches, but there isn't a separate section for small dogs here.
The central part of Fort Lee, also referred to as Fort Lee Borough Center, is a buzzing area near the New Jersey-New York border. Visitors and tourists love Free Lee Historic Park for its scenic vistas and lush environment. Looking for an off-leash alternative to this oasis in the city center? Your pooch will go mutts for Free Lee Dog Park! Located at the southwestern border of William Birch Park, the park is a fully equipped facility. The only thing you have to worry about is choosing a pup to play with! The park has benches, lots of shade, and even separate parking. Let your mutt run as much as he wants -- drinking water is always available on-site.
Brookdale is a neighborhood and a census-designated place in north Bloomfield, just east of Upper Montclair. This small community features an extensive commercial area on Broad Street and the strikingly beautiful Brookdale Park. Combining a natural landscape with baseball fields and tennis courts, the park is a favorite place for family gatherings. Your furry family member is welcome as well! Keep him leashed in the main area and enjoy the company of local tail-waggers in Brookdale Dog Park. This fenced doggy spot features water fountains, benches, and even an agility course to play and exercise with your buddy. Bring a bottle of water with you when visiting.
Come by to enjoy wonderful water views of the Passaic River and welcoming local cafes in the eastern part of Lyndhurst, NJ. Riverside County Park will charm you with an open space, quiet picnic facilities, and sports fields. The area is great for exploring the woodlands and the waterline with your leashed Fido before sniffing out some off-leash fun at Lyndhurst Dog Park. This is a fenced and shaded doggy spot with a single area for pups of all sizes. Is there a better place to let your pup off-leash? Conveniently enough, the park is rarely busy and features agility equipment for drills and fun! Bring drinking water and waste bags with you.