Hollis is a large neighborhood in the Southeast area of Queens near Jamaica Estates and Queens Village. Jamaica Avenue cuts through the center of Hollis. Homes in Hollis tend to be historic two or three-family homes with attractive little front yards. Homes are generally set back a bit from the sidewalk, which has a good divider between sidewalk and road. Trees in many parts of Hollis tower over the homes, giving you the feeling of being in a very old forest. Blocks have a tendency to run for long periods without being interrupted so there are many good areas in Hollis to skateboard, rollerblade, or bicycle with your dog.
If you would like to get away from walking on the city streets of Hollis, there is a large wooded area several blocks away, just on the other side of Jamaica Estates. This large, thickly forested area around Cunningham Park provides lots of walking trails for you and your dog to enjoy.
Walking in Hollis is generally quite nice, with the historic homes that are set back from the sidewalk behind generally unfenced and attractively planted gardens. Long straight blocks without dividing streets make this a fun neighborhood for bicycling, skateboarding, or other wheeled activities with your dog.
If you would like some variety from the neighborhood walking, you can head across Jamaica Estates and go through the forest around Cunningham Park. These dense forests offer several walking paths so that you and your dog can experience the beauty of hiking through forested areas. While Cunningham Park itself is primarily devoted to sports field, there are also some nice walking areas around the field that you can enjoy with your dog. The neighborhood around Cunningham Park is also very pleasant to walk in with your dog. For even more extensive forest exploration, head towards Alley Pond Park, where you and your dog can enjoy expansive walking paths as well as the lovely view of the pond.
While the neighborhood of Hollis itself does not have many green spaces, it does offer lots of mature tree cover and at least one regional park called Haggerty Park. This little park next to Jamaica Avenue is primarily devoted to sports fields, but also offers a lovely walking and sitting area around the playground.
For a more extensive park experience, you can go several blocks away from Hollis through Jamaica Estates and into the forest around Cunningham Park. This forest offers several walking paths for you to explore with your dog. If you would like to, you can follow the forest all the way up to Alley Pond Park, where you can explore lots of walking trails as well as the charming ponds.
While the forest in this area is not large, it is dense and not heavily traveled, and so may support some interesting wildlife for you to see with your dog. Even if you don't see the wildlife, there's a great chance your dog will enjoy smelling all the natural smells in this forest.