You will find the puptown of Highland sitting proudly on the west bank of the Hudson River. Located in Ulster County, New York, this place is near to the Mid-Hudson Bridge, which makes it a popular spot for tourists and visitors. Of course, pups are welcome here too! While there are no veterinary clinics in Highland, there are animal hospitals nearby in New Paltz and over the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie to keep your pooch in good health.
One of the tourist attractions you have got to visit when you are in Highland is the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park! This is a great oppawtunity to walk over the bridge and see the beauty of the Hudson River from above – from 212 feet to be exact! Furry friends are welcome to join you and enjoy the refreshing air and pawsome views. Did you know it is the longest elevated bridge in the world?
For your pup’s daily exercise, explore the Hudson Valley Rail Trail. This is a puptastic 3.6 mile trail where you can scout through the forest and over Black Creek with your pooch. There are even two stone-arch bridges that are worth the visit here! This trail joins up with the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historical Park for a pawsome day out with your four-legged canine.
For a casual stroll with your pooch, head to the Franny Reese State Park. This is the best place to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, with beautiful landscapes to admire and views of the Hudson River. There are 2.5 miles of sniff-tastic trails here where you can bring your furry friend to explore on leash. If you need a place to stay when you are in Highland, check into the Super 8 Motel. Here you can enjoy a comfortable stay with two pups of any size for a small additional fee per night. In addition, there is also Americas Best Value Inn, where you can enjoy a night in one of the dog friendly rooms with pups weighing up to 50 lbs for a small additional fee.
A pawsome place to exercise your pup and expend some excitable energy is the Black Creek State Forest! Here there is over 595 acres to explore, with sniff-tastic trails that your pup will love to investigate. There is also the oppawtunity to fish in Black Creek, as well as hunt small game. This is why it is best to keep your furry friend on leash at Black Creek State Forest. In addition, there is also the John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary nearby where you can enjoy the peacefulness of the forest with your pup. There are waterfalls here, as well as beautiful wildflowers and the sound of birds that serenade you as you make your walk along the sniff-tastic trails and boardwalks.
To go on an adventure with your furry friend, don’t forget to visit Illinois Mountain Park when you are in Highland! This is the best place to go if your pup likes to ruff it, with plenty of sniff-tastic trails through the oak and hickory forest, around the natural reservoirs, and up the mountain. There is also the oppawtunity to spot wildlife when you are at Illinois Mountain Park, such as deer and great horned owls. This means that it may be best to keep your pup on leash. Be sure to bring some water and treats for your pooch when you are out exploring Illinois Mountain Park!
Is your stomach growling and you don’t know where you can bring your furry friend to eat with you? Don’t worry; you will find some puptastic spots in Poughkeepsie! This puptown is only 3.5 miles east from Highland across the Hudson River where you can find Mahoneys Irish Pub and Steakhouse. Here you can choose from lots of delicious meals, as well as enjoy a refreshing beer with your pup at one of the outdoor tables. If you like sushi, be sure to head to Akari Sushi & Japanese Food. This is casual spot where you can enjoy your favorite food with your furry friend at one of the outdoor tables – bone-a-petit!
If you are searching for some pawsome dog friendly eateries to visit with your pooch, you can jump in the car and head east for 3.5 miles into downtown Poughkeepsie. If you like pizza, you will love Main Street Pizza and Café! Here you can tuck into pizza, as well as burgers, sandwiches and pasta. This casual Italian eatery also has three dog friendly tables outdoors where your pup can enjoy the fresh air while you eat. Another puptastic place for food is My Place Pizza. Here you can choose from pizza, wings, sandwiches and calzones with your pooch in tow. Since there is only one dog friendly table here, it is best to call ahead to avoid disappointment!