Although Cold Spring may be only 50 miles from New York City, this quaint village has such an idyllic, old-world feel to it that it almost seems as though you have stepped back in time. Not only is the historic heart of the village so well-preserved, and complete with parks, trails, dog-friendly restaurants and a reputable animal hospital, but the outskirts of Cold Spring is home to some of the finest dog walks that New York has to offer.
There are so many pawriffic hiking trails to choose from in Cold Spring, with a few of them being located in the Clarence Fahnestock State Park. This 14,337 acre park has four ponds, two lakes, plenty of wildlife, and a number of different hiking trails. Both the School Mountain Road Trail and the Moneyhole Mountain Trail stretch out for just over four miles, while shorter walks include the half mile Trout Brook Trail, the quarter mile Clear Lake Connector Trail, and the one mile Cabot Trail.
After all of that walking, Fido deserves to relax and be treated to a meal at one of Cold Spring's dog-friendly restaurants. For scenic views while you chow down on an artisanal pizza, Riverview is the place to go, while the Cold Spring Depot Restaurant is known for their pub fare, with daily seafood specials. If you get the chance, be sure to check out Hudson Hill's Market and Café in the morning, as their breakfasts are the perfect way to start the day.
Not only are there a seemingly-endless choice of walks to be had in Cold Spring, but the views and the food are unbeatable too, making this the perfect place to spend some quality time with your pooch.
Being located on the bank of the Hudson River, Cold Spring's Village Center boasts some pawtastic waterfront views. Some of the most scenic panoramas can be found at Dockside Park, a river-front square with plenty of benches from where you and Fido can take in your picturesque surroundings. If your pooch would like to do some more walking, the Old Forge Trail Loop is in this neighborhood. With 1.6 miles that will take the two of you through some beautiful forested areas, this is a walk that is suitable for all skill levels, but remember to bring a lead, doggie bags and drinking water with you.
There are some truly pawsome dog walks to be had in the North Highland/ Nelson Corners neighborhood. Begin at the Hudson Highlands State Park, an undeveloped preserve that stretches out for almost 6000 acres. There are four different hiking trails to choose from here, including the five mile Cornish Estate Trail Loop and the extremely challenging 3.7 mile Breakneck Ridge Trail. If your pooch would prefer a more relaxing walk, Little Stony Point Park is considered to be one of the prettiest places in the Hudson Valley, with a quick and nature-filled one-mile loop trail for you and Fido to explore.
The small town of Garrison is less than a ten minute drive from Cold Spring, and has a few tail-wagging hiking trails to choose from. The Castle Rock and Sugarloaf Hill Trail is just under seven miles long, with spectacular views over the Hudson River and West Point, and while the climb up Sugarloaf Hill is quite steep in areas, this is a hike that any dog should be able to handle without a problem. The Manitou Point Preserve Trail is also in this neighborhood, and is a three mile loop trail that takes you along the Hudson River, passing by a picturesque waterfall.
The Cornwall-on-Hudson neighborhood of Cornwall Landing is directly across the river from Cold Spring, and takes about half an hour in the car to reach. The drive is worth it thanks to the Angola Road Park, which is not only home to spacious grassy areas and picnic shelters, but also to the Cornwall Bark Park. This one acre fenced-in dog park has separate areas for small and large dogs, but you will need to bring your own doggie bags and water. Cornwall Landing also provides access to two state parks. The Storm King State Park extends out for 1972 acres, and is an undisturbed parcel of wilderness with the Storm King Mountain at the center, while the Schunnermunk Mountain State Park is a 2700 acre state park with eight marked hiking trails to choose from.
Less than 15 miles from Cold Spring lies the Cortlandt Manor neighborhood of Van Cortlandtville/ Annsville, where you will find the Hudson Highland Gateway Park. This 352 acre park boasts more than five miles of hiking trails to choose from, taking you through forests, streams, wetlands and more. While your pooch will need to stay on a lead when walking these trails, Sprout Brook Park is the place to take Fido for an off-lead run. The park is home to a wetland area, sports facilities and a fully fenced-in dog park, known as the Sprout Brook Dog Park. There are two sections within the park, one for smaller dogs and one for larger breeds, but you will need to bring your own water and doggie bags.