The neighborhood around Payson Avenue is a lovely place to walk your dog due to the proximity to the Hudson River and the Inwood Hill Park. Homes around Payson are generally attractive three-story brick buildings that are closely spaced but leave an alley between buildings. The sidewalks are wide but offer no division between road and sidewalk.
Throughout Payson there is lots of access to the park, so you can feel like you are just wandering through the neighborhood and then suddenly find yourself in a beautiful wilderness. The park is huge and densely wooded. Paths through the forest are relatively well-maintained but are rough with undergrove encroaching on all sides.
By following Dyckman Street to the water you can find a charming trail through Tubby Hook Park and along the Hudson River. This gorgeous path is wide enough to accommodate you walking or biking, rollerblading, or skating with your dog and offers very pleasant river breezes from the Hudson.
Neighborhood walking through Payson is quite pleasant, although the apartment buildings are quite closely spaced and there is no division between the road and the sidewalk. Sidewalks are wide enough that you still feel relatively comfortable walking here, and plenty of attractive landscaping and the tiny yards and lots of trees along the way still make walking in Payson very nice.
As nice as walking in Payson may be, when you see one of the paths into the gorgeous Inwood Hill Park you are very likely to take it. These paths lead through some magnificent forest that is so rare to find in New York.
If you aren't up for a hike but would still like a nice walk, you can follow Dyckman Street and walk along the path between the ball field and the Hudson River. This path will allow your dog to get to smell all of the scents coming off of a river, while you still keep your feet planted on concrete and enjoy the cool breezes.
This neighborhood is rich in green space, from the gorgeous Inwood Hill Park to the attractive bike trail along the Hudson River.
Inwood Hill Park is a magnificent forest, home to ancient Native American caves as well as historical landmarks like the Shorakkopoch Rock. You can follow the park all of the way to the Harlem River. The opportunity to see this much wilderness come right up to the river, with the train across the river and the bridge going over it, provide some truly striking views.
In a forest of this size, you can expect to see all kinds of wildlife, from deer to all sorts of bird life who seek out the extensive forest for shelter and the Hudson River for water. Your dog will love exploring the forest and will especially appreciate the shoreline where he can smell all kinds of wildlife that has ventured there.