Mountainside is a tiny town of fewer than 10,000 people. Amenities for people with pups are readily available in larger adjacent communities. Mountainside lacks veterinarians, but dozens can be found within a twenty-mile radius. The city itself does not maintain many parks for you and your pup -- but don't fret just yet! Fortunately, there are many county and state parks in or near the city limits.
Mountainside State Park will challenge you and your pup on a 1.6-mile loop trail up the mountainside. It is a short walk, but be ready for the climb -- hikers have remarked that it has its challenging spots. There are a few benches to rest on the way. The climb rewards you with an overlook of trees and the skyline of NYC. Don't fur-get to snap some pics from the top!
More hiking adventure can be found at Watchung Reservation. Watchung has miles of designated trails. Be careful to know your trail before you start out. Some hikers complain that some of the trails are not well-marked. Watchung has over 2,000 acres of nature in the heart of one of the most densely populated places in the country. This beautiful oasis of nature is found in the tiny town of Mountainside. One of its trails takes hikers around the gorgeous Lake Surprise. This lake is a haven for many kinds of waterfowl. This trail is a good day's hike of eleven miles. Be sure to pack water for you and your pup for an adventure into the wilderness.
Thirteen miles south of Mountainside is Woodbridge, home to a furrific dog park that Fido won't want to leave! Woodbridge Dog Park has a fully fenced, grass-covered field for dogs to play leash-free. This dog park is nicely landscaped with benches in shaded areas of the park. A decorative white gazebo adds a bit of charm as well as shade to the dog park. A separate enclosure serves the needs of the smaller fur babies. Agility equipment in the larger enclosure is a bonus. Water is available for pups and their people. Waste stations around the park make it easy to pick up after your canine companion. The main park offers even more adventure on some trails through the woods. A leash is necessary in the main park.