Lowman is a hamlet in the town of Ashland in the Finger Lakes Region, and near the Chemung River. Settled after the Battle of Newtown which decisively annexed the land from the Iroquois, the town’s fertile soil supported agriculture, and later lumbering and tanning. Today, it is a manufacturing town, primarily textiles and leather products. A short way from both the city and the town of Elmira, it benefits a great deal from their resources, as well as the natural resources in the surrounding communities. If your pup should become ill or injured in Lowman, rest assured that there are veterinary hospitals only a few miles away in Elmira and Elmira Heights, Southport and Pine City, ready to get Fido up and wagging again.
There are many attractions in the Lowman area, and you’ll want to be sure you have the time to see everything. The Gardner Hill Campground is a pawrrific place for you and Fido to stay between adventures! Open year-round, it features 100 sites for both tenting and RV’ing, most with convenient hookups, for a reasonable price. A bathhouse with hot showers, a laundry and wifi are provided, along with a camp store with necessities like ice cream (arf!) and basic groceries. Dogs must remain on a leash, in both the campground and surrounding areas, and are not allowed in the pool or store, but can wander everywhere else with you. Be sure to check out the view – it’s furtastic!
With all there is to see and do around Lowman, you’re sure to find something to please you and the fur-baby!
The town of Elmira surrounds the city of Elmira on 3 sides, and it is here that the Battle of Newtown occurred in 1779. Today, the Newtown Battlefield State Park resides here, with the entrance on Oneida Road. Featuring camping in tents, RVs, and cabins, amenities include plentiful parking, restrooms with showers, and a playground. There are also 19 interconnected trails totaling over 4 miles where you and your fur buddy can explore and take in the scenic panorama from multiple spots in the park. When you get hungry from all the exercise, head over to one of the picnic areas or a pavilion and enjoy an outdoor meal with your fur-bud!
Waverly neighborhood is where you’ll find the Two
Rivers State Park, named for the location where the Susquehanna and Chemung
Rivers come together. The park’s 553 acres feature stunning views and
multiple unmarked trails where folks and their canine companions can hike and
bike. Largely undeveloped, this land is for the true trailblazers who want to
go their way, and those that do are rewarded
with mountain and river views, plus sightings of all kinds of wildlife in the
forest. The Waverly Glen Park is just south of Two Rivers, and it features an 11-mile marked trail which
brings the hiker to a large waterfall, particularly impressive in the spring. Open
year-round, it’s pawrfect for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, too!
Chemung, just a few miles southeast of Lowman, is home to the Maple Hill State Forest, which is a minimally developed property of roughly 600 acres that features primitive camping and loads of room for hiking through its woods and meadows. There are no designated trails or maintained areas, so be sure to bring water, compass, and other backcountry gear if you’re going to head out with Fido in tow. In the winter, the forest is open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing with your furry buddy, who must be on a leash when in the forest, whatever the season. If you’re looking to see wildlife, this is the spot! Besides birds of every species, you may also see wild turkey, deer, and beaver, among other denizens. Hunting is allowed in the park in season, and during those times bright orange blaze vests are essential. Happy trailblazing!
The city of Elmira is northwest of Lowman, and it’s where you’ll find the dog-friendly Mark Twain Riverside Park, which is located on the Chemung River as it travels through the city. The park features brick-paved walks, lots of green grassy areas, and benches for relaxing and watching the river traffic. A pond with a fountain and a bridge walkway soothes with the sound of splashing water. There are also picnic tables where you and Fido can sit and enjoy a meal from one of the shops across the street or bring your own lunch! Shade trees provide respite from the sun, and the park is lit with street lamps for those evening strolls with the pup! Pawsome!
Big Flats is a small community near Elmira and Lowman that is host to the Plymouth Woods Nature Preserve, a dog-friendly 88-acre area with abundant soft- and hardwood trees along with decorative dogwood and mountain laurel. A combination of upland forest and a wetland, it even boasts a small ravine for interesting exploring. Rich in wildlife, you may see porcupines along with the usual small mammals and deer. Although not many live in the preserve, you might also encounter a timber rattlesnake, so be watchful, and be sure to keep Fido firmly leashed. The well-marked trails are forest floor, pawrfect for long walks through the undergrowth. Enjoy!