Ninety-five miles south of New York's capital and 50 miles north of New York City lies the sleepy but pet-friendly hamlet of Central Valley, New York. With less than 2,000 residents, Central Valley's small population makes for safe and quiet neighborhoods where your dog can hang out on the porch enjoying himself. The hamlet is surrounded on three sides by state parks — Goosepond Mountain, Schunnemunk Mountain, and Bear Mountain. So, no matter which way you head, you and Fido will hit forest and good times! This is why lovers of the great outdoors love living in Central Valley!
Dog owners feel more comfortable having a veterinary hospital right in town. If you head south into Harriman, you can find dozens of pet shops and Central Valley citizens immersed in parks and trails! Central Valley Canines also have the option of sitting in the outside seating area at a few of Central Valley's dog-friendly restaurants. Four-legged New Yorkers can get a slice at Big Mike's Pizza and Pasta, or get a taste of Belgian baking right in the middle of town. To work it all off, you can head to one of Central Valley's gorgeous trails, where you might earn a round of "appaws" when you make it to the top of the mountain!
Is your dog a huge fan of scenic views? Does he like to splash in the water? You and Fido can get the best of both worlds in the North Central Valley part of town. Up north, you'll have easy access to the Earl Reservoir Loop trail. This 2.2-mile hike loops around the reservoir, with cedar trees in one peripheral and the water in the other. Dogs are more than welcome along this paved trail, as long as they remain on-leash and their owners clean up after them.
Does your dog enjoy visiting places with heritage? Then he'll be a huge fan of the Smith's Clove Dog Park that lies on the south edge of town. Smith's Clove has been welcoming the doggos to come play for over 50 years. Your dog can run around in the fenced-in areas to work up his appetite. Once tails are wagging and stomachs are grumbling, it's time to head to Bourbon Street Bar & Grille. Here, you can grab New Orleans inspired entrees like crawfish etouffee, Cajun chicken pasta, or a catfish po' boy. The Mardi Gras Happy Hour is great, too! Just no Bloody Marys for Fido!
Do you own a Belgian Malinois or a Belgian Laekenois? Well, maybe your French Bulldog is just a fan of Belgian culture and cuisine? If this is the case, then the center of town is the best spot for your pup! In Central Valley, you'll find Le Pain Quotidien, a Belgian bakery with origins in Brussels. This bakery believes that eating healthy is eating simply with inspired flavors. You and your distinguished doggo can try a cheese almond danish, toasted Paris ham & Gruyère croissant, or a butternut squash & goat cheese frittata! Bone Appetit!
Does your dog ache for the rural landscapes of pastoral America? He can get his fill walking over a bridge to the past in the western end of Central Valley. The 15-mile Heritage Trail sweeps through corn and wheat fields through the majestic upstate landscape. Further up the trail in Monroe, you and Fido can check out an old Saber fighter jet that's parked in the corner of Mill Pond Park. Along the way, in Chester, there are stops where you can stop to shop or grab a bite to eat with Fido right by your side!
Does your dog have the body of a Chihuahua but the spirit of a bear? Take him to Bear Mountain State Park so he can be among his furry brethren! The park is mostly densely wooded areas that climb up the rugged terrain of the mountainous western bank of the Hudson River. Tons of wildlife, like black bears, wild turkeys, geese, and foxes call this state park their home. In the park, you can find the Long Path Trail, which passes through Bear Mountain and extends 358 miles from the 175th subway station in New York City and ends near Albany.