As close to big city amenities as it is to natural beauty, Pequannock, NJ is certainly in a sweet spot! Founded in 1740, the township has a history older than America itself -- George Washington’s forces camped out on what is now the local middle school during the Revolutionary War, and Pequannock also has the distinction of having been a stop on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. These days, though, the township is mostly known as a tight-knit yet friendly community, a great place to raise a family, and of course as the hometown of American Pie actor Jason Biggs.
Not only that, but Pequannock is a fabulously fur-friendly place! The township has its own dog park, as well as several community parks that are ideal for leashed walks -- Cherry St. Park, in particular, is pretty pawpular with local dog owners. If you and your pooch like to hike, you’re in luck -- Pequannock is surrounded by seriously scenic state parks and gorgeous trails. You’ll find it hard to believe that you’re only thirty miles from Manhattan! And if you two are looking for a little variety in your off-leash adventures, don’t worry -- you’ll find plenty of furrific dog parks a just a little further afield!
Pequannock’s very own dog park is right on the edge of town, so it’d be a huge faux paw not to pay a visit! Pequannock Township Bark Park isn’t the largest in the area, but there’s still plenty of room for your fur-ball to run around and burn off some energy. There’s a separate small dog area, too, so your pooch can play and socialize no matter their size! Bags and water are provided, but there is a catch -- while the park is free for Pequannock residents, nonresidents must pay a twenty-five dollar annual membership fee.
Terhune Memorial Park is almost a place of pilgrimage for dog lovers. The park is made up of land around the home of Albert Payson Terhune, author of the book that would later become the basis for Lassie. Terhune’s beloved collies are buried in the park, as are some of the Wayne Police Department's first canine officers. A visit here is anything but morbid, though -- there are acres of well maintained green space and a lovely walking path along the lake. After your walk, why not chow down at Mr. Sushi? Their koni salad is excellent, and wagging tails are welcome outside.