Morris Heights is a little residential neighborhood in the West Bronx that runs along the Harlem River. Morris Heights is composed of primarily tall apartment buildings on large, busy streets. Interstate 95 runs along one side of this neighborhood, and the busy University Avenue cuts through the middle. Apartment buildings are spaced closely together and are generally at least seven to eight stories tall. While there are some areas of the neighborhood that have extensive tree coverage, most of this neighborhood offers a typical urban walking experience.
For a more relaxed walk, you can stroll down the slower streets and sometimes wider sidewalks of one of the little planned communities like Billingsley Terrace, with its Beanstalk playground in the center. The Cedar Playground park on the perimeter of Morris Heights is also a good place in which to walk your dog, with its pleasant paths through wooded areas, and plenty of seating as well as an interesting terrain gradient that your dog may enjoy exploring.
Morris Heights is generally a cramped place in which to walk your dog, with the tall apartment buildings, narrow sidewalks, and lack of divider between street and sidewalk. To seek some relief from the city walking, you can visit one of several parks and green spaces in this area. Little parks like Cedar Playground, as well as more natural community areas like Billingsley, provide a place for you to walk your dog on a looser leash, right in the heart of Morris Heights.
For more extensive exploration, head towards the Harlem River and the Roberto Clemente State Park. While most of this park is devoted to sports fields, there is a path that goes around the fields and on the water that you will enjoy walking on with your dog. The shoreline here is natural and wooded and there are even a couple of little Piers going off into the river that you can explore with your dog.
Proximity to the water means that Morris Heights has access to several charming natural areas. The Roberto Clemente State Park that borders the Harlem River is mostly devoted to sports fields, but the path that runs along the sports fields, beside the river, is allowed to grow naturally, so you will enjoy walking along this path with your dog, and may even see wildlife come to the river from the nearby Harlem River Park.
If you are willing to cross the bridge from Morris Heights into Harlem River Park, you will get to enjoy all of the beautiful wonders that Harlem River Park has to offer. Harlem River Drive has a lovely sidewalk running along the river with a sturdy divider between the sidewalk and the road. This is a great place for you to rollerblade or skateboard with your dog. The forest itself has many walking paths for you to explore, and is so densely wooded you may forget you are in such a busy area of New York.