Malone is a town near the US border with Canada that has historical roots in the War of 1812, and economic roots in the dairy industry and lumber mills, which still exist. State forests, parks, and other natural resources surround Malone, making it a popular destination for outdoors-minded humans and their canine companions. And should your pup become ill or injured while in Malone, rest assured that there are at least three animal hospitals in town, with others nearby in Chateaugay and North Bangor.
The Titusville Mountain State Forest in Malone is a dog-friendly, year-round park of 7,600 acres that features hikes leading through wilderness forest to mountain views and marshes. Three trails offer upward climbs of less than a mile each, and the High Falls Trail leads to the High Falls Waterfall on the Salmon River, which flows through the park. The river is a great place to take your fur-pup for a paddle on the water. Primitive camping is allowed throughout the park and requires a walk of at least 150 feet away from roads, trails, and bodies of water. In the winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing allow overland access to Huckleberry Marsh, which is a massive wetland replete with wildlife year-round.
When your exploration at Titusville Forest makes you hanker for a good meal, head over to Donovan’s Steak and Ale in downtown Malone for some furbulous food at one of their eight pup-friendly tables. From steak to seafood to pasta, the large dinner menu is sure to please!
The Malone area offers lots to do in the outdoors with your fur-baby in tow! Arf!
With so many outdoor activities in the area, you’ll want to spend more than one day in Malone, and furtunately, the town offers options for reasonable overnight accommodations, right along Main Street. The Red Roof PLUS and Suites, Four Seasons Motel, and Econo Lodge are on West Main Street and offer varying prices and rules, but all welcome your fur-baby to stay with you! For lunch or dinner, stroll down Main Street to State Street, to Mo’s Pub and Grill, which has room for you and your pooch on their pet-friendly covered and heated patio. From standard pub fare like steaks and hamburgers, to weekly specials like the Meatball Parmesan Bread Bowl, there’s sure to be something here to please everyone! Bone Appetit!
This neighborhood in Malone’s neighboring town of Chateaugay is where you’ll find Meacham Lake and the dog-friendly Meacham Lake Campground. This campground on the lake with a sandy beach and access to hiking trails, paddling, bird watching and picnicking is a furtastic, all-inclusive place to spend a night, a week, or longer! Complete with handicap-accessible sites, showers, and other amenities, it provides adventures in an undeveloped area with lots to explore with your fur-baby, with one of their 218 sites as your “home base.” Bring an RV, a camper or a tent – there’s a place for you here!
Constable is a hamlet in the town of Chateaugay, and it’s where you’ll find the pup-friendly Trout River State Forest. The forest covers 635 acres of woodlands accessible from Poplar Street, where there is parking. The trailheads for Trout River’s two connected looping trails are at Poplar Street as well, and together they total about 2 miles. Leashed pooches are welcome to explore the Trout River Forest, and they’ll have fun spying the wildlife that makes this their habitat, including many birds and mammals. At-large primitive camping is allowed here, but bring everything you will need for both you and Fido, including blaze orange garments during hunting season!
Dickinson is a rural town just southeast of Malone that contains access to the Deer River State Forest. Its 12,000 acres are relatively undeveloped, although there are nine designated camping sites with an open area for a tent and a fire ring, but no other amenities or services. Access to forest access roads and the Deer River is available to and from the camp areas. Many brooks, streams, and creeks, with the wildlife that collects around them, make their home here, too. A short marked trail runs along the Deer River, but there are opportunities for hiking with Fido on other unmarked trails and unpaved roads throughout the forest. Woofderful!
Bombay is home to the Bombay State Forest which, combined with the connecting Brasher State Forest in Brasher, comprises 22,000 acres of woodlands, marshes, swamps and other wetlands. This area provides a home for birds, fish, and amphibians and you and your leashed fur-buddy are likely to see many of them. The extensive trail system is marked for their identity as well as for what activities each trail is best used for, such as hiking and cross-country skiing. With 66 miles of trails and unpaved roadways, you won’t run out of places to explore! If camping with Fido is your thing, tenting can be found at 25 campsites scattered throughout the park, plus at-large camping is also available. Pawsome!