Norwood is a large neighborhood bordered by the Moshulu Golf Course on one side and the Thain Family Forest on the other. Homes in Norwood are usually apartment buildings, but there are also sections of single-family homes with small fenced front yards. Sidewalks are wide and generally tree-lined, but do not offer a divider between road and sidewalk. Since sidewalks are narrow and streets are busy, this is not an ideal neighborhood to skateboard, bicycle, or rollerblade with your dog.
To get away from the city walking, you have several choices. The Williamsbridge Oval offers lots of walking paths under tree cover right in the center of this neighborhood while Moshulu Parkway offers extensive walking trails through grassy areas where you can enjoy walking your dog on a loose leash. The Thain Family Forest offers natural exploration and just past the Moshulu Golf Course, you can find Van Cortlandt Park which offers miles of similar trails.
Most of the neighborhood streets are bordered by tall apartment buildings which push right up onto the narrow sidewalks, leaving little room for you to avoid pedestrians. Luckily, several extensive parks are available to Norwood so that you can still enjoy a very natural walk with your dog in this area.
Moshulu Parkway offers a long expanse of pleasant trails where you can be on wheels with your dog without worrying about intersecting traffic. This parkway goes for many miles so you will feel like you have plenty of room to explore. If you follow Moshulu Parkway one way you can pass the golf course and enter Van Cortlandt Park with its acres of wilderness. This forest will be large enough to support significant wildlife and give you and your dog a real taste of wild exploration. For a slightly more natural experience, head towards the Thain Family Forest and Botanical Garden.
Norwood is rich in access to natural areas with several huge parks bordering it. The Thain Family Forest and New York Botanical Garden provide extensive walking trails for you to wander with your dog. These pathways are made of mulch and dirt so that he can experience a natural trail which is especially important for puppies who are just becoming acquainted with the world.
The Bronx River runs through this forest, providing you with glimpses of sparkling water through the trees and lots of rock outcroppings will provide your dog with a chance to practice her natural climbing and agility skills. You can also follow the Bronx River Parkway up to Shoelace Park. You can launch a canoe or kayak from this area if you would like to explore the river as the parkway extends all the way up for miles and miles. You won't soon forget these opportunities for adventure.