Mount Kisco is a New York City suburb that serves commuters, but is also home to a medical center and a pleasant walkable urban village. It’s surrounded by natural resources that will please outdoors-loving dogs and their humans. The town is pup-friendly and leashed pooches are welcome. Should the unexpected happen and your dog require medical attention, Mount Kisco has its own veterinary clinic, and there are several more nearby, in Bedford and Bedford Hills. They’ll get Fido up and wagging again in no time!
Merestead is an attraction in Mount Kisco that is unique to the flavor of the town. The estate of former residents that was donated for public use, it features a mansion that is not dog-friendly, but of most interest to Fido and his human are the pup-welcoming hiking trails! Meandering for over 2 miles through woods, fields and gardens, you’ll be treated to scenery that includes views of the Hudson Highlands, along with wildlife and birds that live here. Some of the trails follow old farm roads, and you’ll find 100-year-old bridges, an old pet cemetery and fabulous statuary along the way. Please remember to keep your pup leashed!
Whether you are a resident or a visitor, Mount Kisco and its environs will have something for you and your dog to enjoy!
Mount Kisco is a woofderful place to take your fur-baby with you to a delicious restaurant meal! With at least 9 dog-friendly restaurants in town, all featuring outdoor tables for pup-dates, you’re sure to find something pawsome to satisfy your hunger! For instance, try La Camelia, a tapas eatery, or Mardino’s, where you’ll find authentic, delicious Italian meals. Thai Angels serves up traditional Thai noodle dishes and curries, and Café of Love enhances its American and French dishes with a pleasant, inviting space. For true meat lovers (arf!) there’s Westchester Burger, offering gourmet burgers with imaginative names like Train Wreck and The Graziella. Or you can build your own – with a plain one for the fur-pup! With a variety of soups, salads and wings on the menu too, you’ll leave satisfied. Furbulous!
This neighborhood of Mount Kisco is home to Leonard Park, a small town park that features a beautiful Asian Pavilion adjacent to a pond, and a paved road for walking or jogging with your fur-buddy. It also has wooded trails for hiking that will please you both. The pond and surrounding area is often the resting place for migratory geese, which will give Fido a chance to exercise his vocal chords but be sure to keep him leashed for his own safety. This is the perfect spot, convenient to the village center, for an afternoon’s relaxed walk or a sit in the pavilion with your fur-baby. Furtastic!
Yorktown is a town to the northwest of Mount Kisco, and this neighborhood is where you’ll find the leashed-dog friendly Kitchawan Preserve, located on the Croton Reservoir, that features a large parking area off Route 134. Most of the trails begin here, with well-marked branches splitting off as you go. One of these, the Ledge Trail, offers lovely views of the reservoir through the trees. The Quarry Ridge Trail is a loop that crosses a paved rail-trail and leads to the Red Oak and Little Brook Nature Trails. Across fields onto an old farm road you’ll see remnants of an old farmstead, as well as many small mammals that dart around you. Arf! A rocky brook courses down the hill and has some downed tree trunks for adventure-spirited humans to cross while their doggos splash across through the water. With plenty of options for customizing your walk on these trails, this is a great place to come back to again and again!
This neighborhood in Ossining is host to the trailhead of the leashed dog-friendly Briarcliff-Peekskill Trailway, 12 miles of walking/hiking and cross-country skiing trail that ends at Blue Mountain Park in Peekskill. Partially paved, with some areas of dirt and grass surface, this popular trail offers views of Croton Gorge Park’s spillway and the Hudson River. As you meander along the trail, you’ll find some climbs and descents, especially as you cross the Blue Mountain Reservation. You’ll also encounter some minor obstacles such as downed trees and overgrown paths, but if you and Fido persevere you’ll be rewarded with some pawsome vistas and sightings of birds and other wildlife. Be sure to take a map as the trail becomes a bit ambiguous and challenging in places!
Chappaqua is a town south of Mount Kisco that contains this neighborhood, where you’ll find Gedney Park. This 27-acre swath of land features several scenic nature trails where your pup can roam beside you through grassy meadows and woods. Pups are allowed off leash on the trails in the early morning between dawn and 8:30 am, or 10:00 am on Sunday, making this is a pawradise for doggos. There’s lots of open romping and playing room, along with interconnecting trails that host enough birds and wildlife to keep him busy for hours! The 3 trail miles feature access to Native American artifacts and will take you through wetlands as well as a path to a lake. Woofderful!