Castle Hill is a neighborhood on the peninsula formed by Westchester Creek on the south central section of the Bronx. Homes in this neighborhood tend to be brick apartment buildings from two to three stories tall, but there are also square brick duplexes and single-family homes with wrought iron fenced yards. Some sidewalks in Castle Hill have dividers, but sidewalks tend to be narrow and roads are heavily trafficked so you will generally want to walk your dog on a close leash while walking through most of the area.
There's little question that when seeking out somewhere to explore with your dog, you will be drawn to the coast and Castle Hill Park. This lovely park runs along Westchester Creek and covers the tip of Castle Hill. It also provides a natural shoreline for you to explore with your dog, offering a place to enjoy bicycling, rollerblading, or skateboarding at his side.
Sidewalks in Castle Hill tend to be narrow and there is generally not much room between sidewalk and road, so you will feel like you need to walk your dog on a close leash. For an opportunity to enjoy being on wheels with your dog and for a chance to explore a more natural setting, head towards Castle Hill Park which runs along Westchester Creek. The long sidewalk running along the shoreline will give you and your dog a chance to explore the scenery and allow you to keep your feet planted on a concrete path while your dog ventures down to explore the shoreline.
Where Castle Hill Park ends, it merges into Pugsley Creek Park where you can explore a marsh and creek with your dog. He will enjoy the natural smells in this boggy area, but be careful that you are equipped with the correct kind of wading shoes if you venture off the trail.
Castle Hill encompasses the lovely Castle Hill Park and Pugsley Creek Park, where you and your dog can experience an incredible terrain right in the middle of the Bronx. Where Castle Hill Park broadens, it becomes Pugsley Creek Park, a natural boggy area you can explore with your dog. You can wander along the shoreline of the narrow creek or follow the trail through the heavily forested park. On hot New York days, this will be a lovely place for your dog to wade around for a bit in the cool water.
You can explore around the head of Westchester Creek and along the shoreline on the other side until you reach a huge forested area where you will feel like you can get lost in the wilderness. You have a great chance of seeing all sorts of wildlife, from residential and migratory bird life to raccoons, foxes, or even deer in this large forest.