Mohegan Lake is located in the town of Cortlandt (and partially in the town of Yorktown), in Westchester County, New York. “Come for a day, stay for a week,” is the hamlet’s maxim, and it’s not hard to see why.
A beautiful hamlet – also known as “the jewel of Westchester County” – Mohegan Lake has everything you would expect from a small town in upstate New York. And for such a small town, Mohegan Lake is packed with dog-friendly activities and things to do, as well as places to shop and dine.
From strolling around the Camp Field Reservoir and the Hudson River and taking the pooch to the Sylvan Glen Paw Park, to browsing the multitude of shops on Main Street and sampling the variety of cuisines on offer, you and Fido will never run out of fun things to do here! Mohegan Lake is also home to three dog grooming salons (including a boutique and spa!), as well as no less than four veterinary centers and pet hospitals.
If you decide to “Come for a day, stay for a week,” then Fairbridge Inn and Suites in nearby Highland Falls welcomes two pets up to 50 lbs for an additional fee of $25 per pet, per night.
Sylvan Glen is a nature preserve of nearly 200 acres located in Yorktown. It is a wooded park filled with gorgeous old trees and wetlands. There are several trails of different lengths for you and your pooch to explore here. You'll come across some interesting sights along your walk, including quarries, roads, and the remains of old buildings. The park also provides historical information to put the sights in context. If you want to let the pooch off-leash, then the Yorktown Paw Park (which is part of the Sylvan Glen Park Preserve) is the perfect spot. The fenced dog park is approximately 1.3 acres of land, which is divided into an area for small dogs and another for large dogs. The park is open from dawn to half an hour after dusk.
Cornish Estate Trail is a 4.5-mile hike in Hudson Highlands State Park that offers panoramic views of the Hudson River, a babbling brook, and the ruins of a mansion that was once the home of a well-to-do New York couple who threw many lavish parties there. The hike takes about 2 hours to complete. This is quite an easy hike and is suitable for all ages and abilities, and is especially good for beginners (whether human or canine!) Dogs are allowed on a leash no longer than 10 feet, and are not permitted in picnic areas. Don't forget to bring some waste bags!
The beautiful, scenic hamlet of Chappaqua in the town of New Castle, in northern Westchester County, New York, was once the home of Horace Greeley, New York Tribune editor and U.S. congressman, and since the late 1990s, has been home to Bill and Hillary Clinton. In fairness, though, your pooch will probably be much more interested in the fact that Chappaqua is also home to the Gedney Park Off Leash Dog Area. Gedney Park itself has plenty of trails that lead you through wetlands and woodlands. Dogs are always welcome on-leash, but can also play off-leash on the trails during designated hours in the morning.
Briarcliff Manor is a village in the leafy suburb of Westchester County, New York, around 30 miles north of New York City. It was historically known for its wealthy estate-owning families who lived there, including the Vanderbilts, Astors, and Rockefellers. But you don’t have to be a millionaire to sample the delights of the Hardscrabble Wilderness Area Trail! This trail is a relatively easy, 3.5 mile hike that will take about 2 hours to complete, and is suitable for hikers of all kinds. The trail takes in many beautiful sights of nature, including rolling hills, bubbling brooks, and a pond.
Looking for some tasty eateries where the pooch can join you? Then head to nearby Peekskill! The Taco Dive Bar is a funky little eatery that serves up a variety of delicious eats. Examples include Pork Belly Taco with shredded romaine, maple balsamic glaze, tomato, and guacamole, and Black Angus Brisket Taco with pickled veggies, crispy onions, and chili crema. And there’s plenty of space for the pooch, too, with twelve pet-friendly outdoor tables. McDonald and Peacock Cider House serves up British-American fare, such as pies, sandwiches, burgers, seafood, chicken, veggies, wings, and more. And again, dogs are always welcome at the pet-friendly outdoor tables.