Spuyten Duyvil is a charming neighborhood that borders the Harlem River and encompasses a corner of the Riverdale Park. This neighborhood has much more green space than is typical in this area of New York. The Spuyten Duyvil creek runs along the perimeter of this little area with a bridge running over it to more natural exploration opportunities for you and your dog in Inwood Hill Park.
The neighborhood of Spuyten Duyvil has so much mature tree cover and attractive landscaping that you may feel like you are in a park while walking down the neighborhood streets. The homes are attractive and set back a bit from the sidewalk behind yards that sometimes have low walls and sometimes are fenced.
Sidewalks are narrow, but have a divider between them and the wide streets, so you will generally feel comfortable walking your dog on a relatively loose leash through most of this neighborhood.
Walking through the streets of Spuyten Duyvil is pleasant, with the extensive landscaping and large mature trees. Houses are not set very far back from the road, but they are far enough back and the divider between sidewalk and road is wide enough that walking with your dog on a loose leash generally feels comfortable. This is not, however, a great place to be on wheels with your dog, since the sidewalk is very narrow and the extensive trees will make it difficult for you to get out of the way of pedestrians.
For the best walking in Spuyten Duyvil, head towards Riverdale Park. Exploration opportunities are wonderful within the park. Outside of the park, the long sidewalk unbroken by intersecting roads and with a sufficient divider for you to get out of the way of pedestrians will make this a perfect place to bicycle, rollerblade, or skateboard with your dog.
Spuyten Duyvil has lots of green space available to it, due to the many parks. Henry Hudson Park offers lovely walking trails under extensive tree cover. While the river itself is across train tracks, you will still enjoy the gorgeous mature forest available to you in Henry Hudson Park and can still enjoy the water breezes.
On the shores of the Spuyten Duyvil Creek is Spuyten Duyvil Park, with lovely natural tree cover coming up to the railroad tracks that border the creek. If you are careful, you can cross the tracks and enjoy walking along the natural shoreline with your dog, or just stick to the beautiful forested area. All sorts of wildlife will be attracted to this naturally rich resource where the creek empties into the Harlem River, so you have a great chance of seeing raccoons, foxes, or all sorts of migratory and residential bird life, especially waterfowl like geese and ducks.