New Dorp is a small neighborhood on Staten Island, located in the East near Todt Hill. New Dorp has easy access to a wide natural area in High Rock Park, Blood Root Valley, Latourette Park, and Richmond Parkway. Homes in New Dorp tend to be attractive single family homes, generally of two or three stories with charming porches and fireplaces. The homes are set back from the road by wide grassy lawns with attractive landscaping. Very large and mature trees stud the grassy divider between sidewalk and road.
This is a great neighborhood in which to walk your dog on a loose leash, or enjoy some wheeled travel such as biking or skating. There is plenty of room around the sidewalk to get out of the way of pedestrians and vehicular traffic is generally not very heavy on the roads. For much more extensive natural exploration outside of the neighborhood streets, head towards the wide forest near New Dorp.
Walking through the streets of New Dorp is generally very pleasant, with lovely homes, wide sidewalks, and plenty of trees and grass. Even in the nicest neighborhoods, however, you and your dog may get bored of neighborhood walking and seek more exploration in the forests beyond New Dorp. Connected parks offer well-maintained walking trails through miles of natural woodland. Your dog will love the opportunity to run on a loose leash and test her footing on dirt and undergrowth after becoming accustomed to walking on a concrete sidewalk.
These parks also provide lots of natural ponds like Walker Pond, as well as naturally boggy areas. These places will give your dog an opportunity to explore swampy terrain and even try wading in the shallow water. It is important that a developing puppy is exposed to water in a safe way so that she does not develop a fear of water as she grows.
New Dorp is fortunate to be near an extensive forested area for you and your dog to explore.The connected parks that make up this forest are large enough to allow for significant wildlife. You have a great chance of seeing foxes, raccoons, all sorts of birds both residential and migratory, and even larger wildlife like deer.
Lots of ponds and boggy areas provide a gathering place for wildlife, as well as a concentration of reptiles and amphibians. Grassy spaces throughout these parks will give you and your dog a chance to get out of the tree cover and play a game of fetch or frisbee. Some larger legs like Orbach Lake provide a great place for you to take a swim with your dog on the hottest New York days. There are enough miles of beautiful forest for you and your dog to both have your exploration needs met and be happy and tired at the end of your hike.