Hartsdale is a suburb of New York City, located about 20 miles north of the big city. Once primarily a farming community until the railroad reached it, it is now a bedroom community for the commuters into Manhattan. Lying along the Bronx River, Hartsdale boasts several recreational gems for dog-lovers and their pups in the area.
The pup-friendly Ridge Road Park is managed by Westchester County and covers approximately 236 acres. The developed portion features 3 sheltered picnic areas, athletic fields and a playground, as well as restrooms, and drinking water. The undeveloped portion is a wooded tract with crisscrossing trails perfect for a walk with a leashed doggo while watching for birds and other wildlife. Waste bags are provided along with disposal containers for convenience. The park is open 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to dusk, year-round. Many of the trails make for excellent cross-country skiing and snowshoeing routes in the winter.
Should your furry child need medical attention for any reason, please be aware that there are at least 5 veterinarians and animal hospitals in the Hartsdale area. All of them are available and qualified to get your pup up and running again in no time!
The Worthington neighborhood of Hartsdale hosts dog-friendly Secor Woods Park, a developed green space with a playground, athletic fields and picnic groves complete with grills and some with pavilion shelters. The open expanse of green turf is perfect for playing and relaxing, with Fido in tow on his leash. The park is large enough that a couple of turns around the perimeter is a moderate workout. There is drinking water on hand, and rest rooms, as well as benches for sitting and watching the world go by. This is a great place for a family outing on a nice day. P-arf!-ect!!
This Hartsdale neighborhood is home to Hart’s Brook Park and Preserve, a dog-friendly park with a network of trails that pass through pristine woodlands covering 123 acres of a variety of wildlife and plants. The rules as laid out by the park authorities are stringent and include the provision that Fido must be on a non-retractable 6-foot leash in the park to prevent disruption of the flora and fauna. A small section of the property has been developed into a formal arboretum with rolling lawns, trees and shrubs – a lovely place to stroll in a peaceful setting. Bring your fur-pup here for a change of pace from the playgrounds and ball fields of other green spaces.
This neighborhood is the place to go if you’re looking for some delicioso Italian food in a place where your furry bestie can join you! Villagio Italiano Restaurant and Café is just the place. They offer outdoor tables along with a menu full of Italian classics featuring chicken, veal, and seafood. They also serve up traditional American fare like burgers, or pasta and pizza. There’s sure to be something you and your pup can agree on and share! There’s no wait service at the outdoor tables, so just tie Fido to the one you’ve chosen and go in to order and collect your food for your al fresca meal. Mangia!
Another dog-friendly local eatery resides in the Town Center: Bagels and More. The great news is that not only do they serve creative bagel and topping flavors, they also offer a variety of sandwiches, omelets, burritos, quiche and scrambled egg combos. Fido is welcome at one of their outdoor tables and will no doubt be happy to help you eat your bagel – unless you get him one of his own! Coffee, tea, juices and cold beverages are available too. Bone appetit! And for an unusual way to spend a couple of hours, the Hartsdale Town Center neighborhood is home to the first American pet cemetery, the Hartsdale Canine Cemetery. Started in 1896 by veterinarian Samuel Johnson, who made his orchard available for it, it now contains about 70,000 dogs, with a few cats and other animals. Each pet has his/her own marker, and some have above-ground mausoleums. Tours of the beautifully planted grounds are offered, and Fido is welcome to accompany you, on leash.
Just to the north of the Dobbs Ferry neighborhood is the dog-friendly East Rumbrook Park, a developed space with sports facilities, playgrounds, a skate park and picnic areas. It also boasts a nature trail for walking among the flora and fauna, and a long swath of grass abutted by woodland that leads to the East Rumbrook Dog Park. Woof-derful! This fenced, off-leash park provides a separate area for small or timid dogs, as well as shade trees, benches and a water fountain. The surface is of wood chips, which is so gentle on tender puppy-paws. This large, 1-acre park also provides access to a wooded trail leading to Rum Brook, where some serious splashing and cavorting can take place. The walk is about 10 minutes, and the trail provides plenty of opportunity to sniff out small mammals along the way. Puppy Paradise!