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Kingston, sitting 91 miles north of New York City, was the state’s first capital in 1777, and later became an important transportation hub due to the abundance of natural cement in the area and proximity to the canals. This history-rich city is a pup-tastic place to visit with your furry friend, with many parks, trails and places to eat nearby.
Kingston Point is a must-do, sporting both a dog park and adjacent beach for your pup to enjoy. The Kingston Point Dog Park in Rotary Park is a safe, clean and well-maintained off-leash area where your dog can have a great run and meet some new friends. The Kingston Point Rotary Park that houses the dog park also has picnic areas and walking tracks for when your pooch is ready to go back on the lead. The neighboring beach has paths along the water and lovely views out into the Hudson River.
From Kingston Point, you can also explore the Kingston Rail Trail, part of the D&H Canal Corridor. These trails follow the old rail lines and have become a popular and important place for recreation throughout the area. Your pup will have to stay on a lead, but will love wandering the 1.5 mile paved trail with you.
Kingston boasts 11 pet-friendly places to stay, including Best Western Plus, Super 8 Kingston, Rodeway Inn Skytop, Residence Inn by Marriott and Twin Lakes Lodge. There are also three animal hospitals plus three vets in town, so you can be assured of your pup’s safety. You will both love your stay in Kingston!
There is so much to see and do with your dog in
this neighbourhood! First stop, head down to T.R. Gallo Waterfront Park for a
scenic on-lead wander with your pooch along Rondout Creek. At the park, there
are seasonal restrooms, picnic areas, a marina with spectacular views and the
Urban Cultural Parks Visitor Centre where you can pick up lots of useful
information on the area. Close by are two other pup-friendly parks, Block Park
and Cornell Park. You need to keep your pet on a lead at these parks as well,
but there is plenty of space to enjoy a walk and areas to sit for a bite to
eat. Speaking of food, if you are looking for a pooch friendly restaurant, there
are five here that welcome dogs at an outside table; Armadillo Bar and Grill,
Ship to Shore, Savona’s Trattoria, Golden Ginza and Ole Savannah Southern Table
On the western boundary of Kingston is the
Forsyth Nature Centre, a beautiful place to bring your pup for a walk. There
are a dozen gardens to explore here, each thoughtfully planted with native
flora from the Hudson area and well maintained. There is a great open green
space to stretch out on or enjoy a game together, as well as a well-kept
playground for the little ones. Fido will love visiting here, but will need to
stay by your side and leashed when walking through the gardens. Pack yourself a
picnic and plenty of water, as well as the clean up bags for your pup.
Post Park in the north
of Kingston is a pup-tastic park to come for a play with your pet. Set aside
the scenic Hudson River, this park has all the amenities you could ask for –
BBQ facilities, picnic tables, bathrooms, shade pavilions and a playground.
You can also do a spot of fishing off the platform on the river. You will need
to keep your pet on a lead here as it is a public park, and be sure to clean up
after him. There are several places to eat nearby if you decide to buy
your lunch. Check out the Italian restaurant Christina’s, where you can relax
at one of the 10 outdoor tables or on the outdoor couch with your pup by your
side. You can also sit outside Panera Bread with your dog and enjoy one of
their freshly baked pastries, or for something sweet to round out your day, you
can’t go past TCBY’s frozen yogurt.
Just three miles north of the Kingston town centre is the 3,000 acre Bluestone Wild Forest which is home to some great dog-friendly trails. From the trailhead, you can choose from three well-signposted loops – yellow, red or blue – each between 1.5 and 2.25 miles long and spanning over easy terrain. Along the way, take in the sights of the oaks, hemlock forests, vernal pools and abandoned bluestone quarries. You may like to bring your kayak and head out on Onteora Lake with your dog for a paddle together, or even try your luck at fishing! Your pet needs to stay on a lead through here to keep him and the local wildlife safe. Bring your water and clean up bags for the trip.
If you are up for a good trail walk with your
pup, head to the Hurley Rail Trail parking area in Hurley, to the west of
Kingston. This trail is 2.2 miles long and is part of the D&H Canal
Corridor which extends thirty-five miles through Ulster County. The trail is
paved and is an easy walk through woodland and local neighbourhoods. Keep your
pup on a lead and bring plenty of water for you both, as well as some clean up
bags. The path follows the former rail bed of the O&W Railroad and connects
to the Kingston Link Trail approximately 0.25 miles from the parking area,
which runs a further 1.8 miles east.
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