Located along the Raritan Bay, Keyport is packed with natural beauty, making this a great spot for outdoor activities. With both peaceful sandy beaches and spacious grassy parks, there are endless opportunities for pawsome dog walks in Keyport.
When it comes to the different parks in Keyport, the Cliffwood Beach Waterfront Park and Beach is definitely the highlight. There are a few different sports facilities here, as well as open green spaces, beach access, and a paved walking path. To make the most of the actual beach, time your visit for low tide, as this gives you an extra 100 feet or so in width to explore.
There are a couple of other parks in Keyport that are always fun to visit with a dog. Overlook Park is quite small but tranquil, making it pawfect for a relaxing stroll, while Ross Field is a multi-purpose field with a paved path and a few benches circling it. Dogs are welcome in all of Keyport's parks, but a lead and doggie bags are essential, as is some drinking water for the both of you.
With a pawtastic variety of walks both in and around town, Keyport will no doubt keep you and your pooch quite busy.
Being located right by the bay, it comes as no surprise that The Pearl of Bayshore neighborhood is an extremely picturesque one, with some of the best views in all of Keyport. This is where you will find the four acre Keyport Waterfront Park, which features a long promenade that is dotted with benches, and is the pawfect spot to soak up your beautiful surroundings. In addition to the promenade, the park is also home to a huge grassy lawn, and is so well landscaped with a variety of native perennial plants and even a rain garden. If you feel hungry after all of that walking, treat your pooch to a meal at the nearby McDonagh's pub, which has a spacious dog-friendly outdoor patio.
Directly adjacent to Keyport is the Matawan neighborhood of Lower Matawan, and this is the place to go if you have a dog who enjoys long walks. Begin with a relaxing stroll around Oakshades Park, which is home to a variety of sports facilities and a playground. What Fido will love most about the park is that it provides access to the Henry Hudson Trail, which stretches out for 24 miles, along an unused portion of old railroad. This is quite a varied trail that beautifully showcases the area's natural beauty, taking you past everything from wildflower meadows to cascading streams. Dogs are welcome to use this trail, but do need to be kept on a lead.
The small town of Cliffwood is less than a mile away from Keyport, and has two parks for you and your pooch to explore. The first is Midland Park, which contains a small wooded area, as well as a playground, a few sports facilities, and a paved trail that will take you and Fido through the park. Next up is Guisti Park, which is slightly smaller but is still home to several sports facilities and a paved path. Dogs are welcome to use both of these parks on the condition that they remain on a lead and owners clean up after them.
The Lorillard Avenue neighborhood in Union Beach is just over a mile from Keyport and is located right by the water, offering gorgeous views throughout. This is where you will find access to Scholer Park, which, at five acres in size, is the largest park in Union Beach. This is quite a popular park, not only because of the stunning scenery around it, but also for its large playground, which features a unique design inspired by drawings done by local kids. In addition to its playground, the park is also home to sports facilities, a small patch of woodland, and a couple of short walking trails.
Less than two miles from Keyport is the neighborhood of Union Ave in Hazlet, which is home to a spacious green park that is always popular with dogs. Veterans Park is mostly forested, and contains a surprising number of different habitats, with quite a bit of wildlife living here. There is a network of dirt trails that cross their way through the park, enabling you to explore every inch of it, as well as three picnic areas in picturesque clearings, a playground and a few sports facilities. Dogs are allowed in this park, but you will need to bring a lead, doggie bags and some drinking water with you.