Greenwood Lake is a village in Orange County, New York, famous for it’s 9-mile lake that straddles the border into New Jersey. This village is nestled into the Sterling Forest State Park, which means it’s surrounded by beautiful nature and opportunities to explore with your furry travel companion. So why not go get the leash and dog biscuits, and go take a hike!
The village of Greenwood offers easy access to the nearby Appalachian Trail, and often welcomes hikers in to enjoy some amenities. The Appalachian Trail can be directly accessed from Greenwood Lake using the Village Vista Trail. The Appalachian Trail is approximately 2,200 miles long, and is said to be the longest hiking-only trail in the world. It passes through 14 states, and a vast variety of landscapes and ecosystems. Best of all, the trail welcomes dogs, except for in the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and Baxter State Park in Maine.
This village also offers an opportunity for you and your pooch to get up close and personal with Greenwood Lake! Check out Jersey Paddle Boards on the west side of the lake. Dogs are allowed on rented paddle boards with their humans, but be sure to bring your pup’s life jacket!
Whether you’re a local of Greenwood Lake or just passing through, you and your dog are sure to have a blast.
The City Center neighborhood of Greenwood Lake is home to it’s very own dog park! The Greenwood Lake Bark Park is a great place to let your pup enjoy some heart pumping off-leash freedom, and meet some new furry friends. The fenced in area provides a safe place to get out all your dog's pent up energy. Amenities include pet water fountains, exercise equipment, and waste bags. Your dog must stay leashed outside the designated fenced area. There are seating areas too, so kick back and relax while you watch your dog enjoy some pawsitive socialization. Don’t forget your pups favorite ball to play fetch!
The Forest Knolls neighborhood on the east side of Greenwood Lake is where you can access the wild Sterling Forest. Along Minturn Bridge Road, you can find the Sterling Ridge Trailhead. This trail will bring you into the Sterling Forest State Park. The park is 21,935 acres of glorious wilderness in the Ramapo Mountains which welcomes leashed dogs to explore its 32 marked trails. The Sterling Ridge Trail itself is 8.6 miles and follows the beautiful Sterling Ridge into Hewitt, New Jersey. One of the features of this hike is the 60 foot Sterling Forest Fire Tower. Don’t forget waste bags and drinking water for your pooch!
If you and your pupper don’t want to stray too far from town, an urban park might be your jam. The Indian Park neighborhood has the pawfect park for you! This neighborhood is home to the Village of Greenwood Lake Recreation Park. This park features baseball diamonds, which your dog is free to enjoy while there are no games in play. This family friendly park also has a play structure, so why not bring along your family! This park doesn’t have any areas designated for dogs, so you’ll need to keep your pup leashed and pick up after him or her. After working up an appetite, head over to the Beach Dog Grille. This restaurant offers grass-fed burgers and dogs, and pet friendly seating on the deck overlooking Greenwood Lake.
Just a hop across the border into New Jersey brings you to the Upper Greenwood Lake neighborhood of Hewitt. This neighborhood provides access to the natural wonderland of Wawayanda State Park which features a lake, forested mountains and hills, and over 60 miles of hiking trails that you and your dog can enjoy. The extensive network of trails range from a casual walk to a strenuous hike, so pooches of all fitness levels can join in on the fun. The park welcomes dogs, but has a mandatory leash policy that is enforced. You may want to spend the day here, so pack lunch! This park also has barbeque and picnic areas.
Residents and dogs alike of the Hewitt Town Center neighborhood in New Jersey are pleased to live so close to the Abram S. Hewitt State Forest. Just a 12 minute drive from Greenwood Lake, this state forest park offers ample opportunity for you and your pup to get some fresh air and exercise outdoors. The forest is just over 2000 acres, and is known for its beautiful vistas and bird’s eye view of the Greenwood Lake village and lake. The Appalachian Trail passes through the northwest corner of this forest. Some shorter trails for you and your pup to enjoy include the Bearfort Trail, the Quail Trail, and the Ernest Walter Trail. Pups are welcome to join in on the fun, as long as they’re leashed and picked up after!