I grew up in New York City and always had dogs; German Shepherds, Beagles, and King Charles Cavaliers. I've lived in New Jersey for more than 20 years and I'm now a mother to Walter - my handsome, lovable, stubborn Minature Schnauzer. I enjoy walking, training, and caring for dogs of all shapes and sizes from Chihuahuas to Great Danes!
Far Hills, New Jersey is a town in Somerset County. This borough has a small but steadily increasing population that is projected to continue to grow. Residents of Far Hills enjoy being close to Bernard Hills, their sister city, with whom they share many community resources. Far Hills has one animal hospital that works hard to keep all the local and visiting pets happy and healthy in their time of need. The staff there are helpful and supportive regardless of the reason for your visit.
Dog walkers in Far Hills can expect a barktacular view almost anywhere. The tree line is stunning on all sides and the sunsets are simply to howl for. The area is subject to humid summers and mild winters, with a few exceptions every few years. The township is known for having some of the most beautiful gardens around in spring and early summer. Your dog will need to be kept on leash out in public in Far Hills. You will also need to keep your rabies tag with you. The town is surrounded by forests, parks, and golf courses, so there is bound to be a little something for every nature lover in the family!
North Far Hills is a barktastic neighborhood that is just minutes from several local green spaces. You can grab a blanket and picnic basket for a relaxing afternoon on the grass with your dog if you choose. You and your dog can explore Ravine Lake and its glistening waters. If your dog can’t resist water, be sure to pack a few extra towels for the after party on the riverbed! Just make sure you bring waste bags and plenty of drinking water, especially if visiting on a balmy day. There are many small streams that flow through the neighborhood as well, so chances are you will come across one during your many walks with your dog.
South Far Hills is home to many large gardens and golf
courses that are worth admiring. While out walking your dog, you will notice
that the Leonard J Buck Garden is a sight for tired eyes. Dogs are welcome on
marked paths on-leash, but be sure to observe posted signs and clean up after
yourselves. Whitenack Woods are not far from South Far Hills if you are looking
for wooded paths to explore with some friends and your dogs. You will need a harness
and a sturdy leash for exploring the woods, and be sure to bring plenty of water
Central Far Hills is home to several structured and well-kept green spaces that welcome leashed pets. You will find many events at the Far Hills Fairgrounds are dog-friendly throughout the year. The fairground stretches the length of the neighborhood and makes a great family friendly place to visit. Your dog will also enjoy just walking the neighborhood with you, winding through the streets and exploring babbling brooks that break up the ground in the area. Be sure to bring clean-up bags to keep your neighbors' yards looking amazing, and make sure your dog is ready to share the sidewalk if you are going out during peak dog walking hours.
Bernardsville is just a few minutes north east of Far Hills. This neighboring borough is a sister city to Far Hills, and the two townships share a fire department, recreational center, and other resources. The short drive is worth it if you want an easy day trip with a slight change of scenery that will keep your dog on his toes. As you enter Bernardsville from the north east corner of Far Hills, you would notice several open green spaces with plenty of new friends for your dog to interact with. Just be sure to keep your dog on-leash and pay attention to his interactions with other dogs in case you need to intervene.
West Far Hills is home to several green spaces and winding rivers. You will find you don’t have to walk far to get to an interesting place for a picture. Natirar Park is just outside of West Far Hills and makes a wonderful spot for a picnic, a hike with friends, or just a quick stop to walk around with your dog. Your dog will enjoy rolling around in the grass in this park, so just make sure you have a good leash with you and you bring your clean-up bags. You will also need to pack plenty of water to drink and some towels for your dog after he is done exploring all of the streams you come across.