Although Lawrence Township is officially a part of the New York Metropolitan Area, it is so quiet, peaceful and incredibly beautiful here. With an endless array of parks and trails to explore, this is a destination that both you and your dog will no doubt fall in love with.
The largest developed park in Lawrence Township is the 107 acre Central Park. As you can imagine, there are quite a few facilities here, including playgrounds, sports courts and several picnic tables. The park also provides access to the Johnson Trolley Line South, a trail that runs for just under a mile and connects you to a few other nearby parks.
Another scenic trail worth checking out is at the Colonial Lake Park, which is home to a 25 acre man-made lake. The trail here, which is just under a mile long, loops its way around the shoreline of the lake, providing waterfront views all the way around.
If your pooch would prefer an off-lead run, there is a fenced-off section at the 62 acre Village Park for pooches to play off the lead. The park is also home to sports facilities and playgrounds, as well as a 1.4 mile section of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail, which connects Lawrence Township with Hopewell Township.
With so many pawtastic walks to be had, you will never run out of new areas for your pooch to explore in Lawrence Township.
There is almost an endless amount of walks to be had in Eggerts Crossing, making this a popular neighborhood among the pooches of Lawrence Township. Drexel Woods Park is one of the most popular green spaces in the neighborhood, featuring 36 acres of hillside that is covered with dense woodland. There are two trails to follow here, one which will take you to the park's nature center and another that follows along the Shabakunk Creek. The Loveless Nature Preserve is also in this neighborhood, where you will find 45 acres of forests, fields and streams. There are over 64 species of birds that live in this nature preserve, and the half mile loop trail here will take you and Fido through some of their different habitats.
Princeton Pike is a neighborhood that your pooch will love, as there are several parks located here. The heavily wooded Veterans Park stretches out for 20 acres, and features sports courts, multiple playground structures, a few picnic areas and a paved walking path. Not too far away from here is Shabakunk Park, with its woodland, playground and picnic benches. This park then connects on to Tamanis Park, which offers the same facilities but also has a large open field to explore. Dogs are allowed in all of these parks, but do need to be kept on a lead at all times. You will also need to make sure you have some doggie bags and drinking water on you.
The neighborhood of Cold Soil is quite small, but provides access to a park that will really tire your pooch out. This is Mercer Meadows, which has 1600 acres of greenery spread across five districts. There are several recreational opportunities to be had here, from fishing to cycling, as well as miles upon miles of hiking trails, passing everything from fields to woodlands to marshes, for you and Fido to explore. While all of that is plenty of fun, what your pup will love the most is the off-leash dog park within Mercer Meadows. There are separate sections here for smaller and larger dogs, but you will need to bring your own water and doggie bags.
The neighborhood of Glenn is a relatively quiet and peaceful one, and provides access to a pawtastic trail. This is known as the Five Mile Run, which, as you can guess, stretches out for five miles. This is quite a wide and spacious trail, and is well-shaded thanks to the huge variety of trees that grow along either side of it. The trail will take you and Fido through some areas of incredible natural beauty, with such a wide diversity of plants living here, from black walnut to swamp magnolia. While dogs are welcome to use this trail, they do need to be kept on a lead at all times.
The Merrit Dr/ Darrah Lane neighborhood provides access to one of the best parks in Lawrence Township. Known as Turtleback Park, you will find a couple of playgrounds and sports facilities here, as well as several secluded picnic areas. The rest of the park is quite passive, and features a dense patch of old-growth forest. There is an unpaved nature trail that winds its way through the park, extending out for just over a mile, and this will take you and Fido through some of the park's most interesting and diverse areas, including its 400 pound bronze turtle statue. Don't forget to bring a lead and doggie bags with you, as well as some drinking water for both you and your pooch.