Tompkinsville is a charming neighborhood in Staten Island that borders the Upper Bay on one side and provides lots of green space for you to enjoy with your dog as well as easy access to the Jones Woods Park and the Silver Lake Park and the gorgeous walking trails around the huge magnificent reservoirs, among others. This is a large neighborhood that stretches all the way from the coast to Jones Woods Park. Homes in Tompkinsville tend to be charming family homes set well back from the road behind grassy and well-manicured yards.
While sidewalks are narrow in some areas, a divider between sidewalk and road and the tendency for traffic to go slowly on the often winding roads will make you feel confident walking through Tompkinsville. If you are tired of city walking, you have several options in Tompkinsville. If you are craving views of open water, you can walk down towards Murray Hulbert Avenue and walk along the water here. While there is not a park provided for this purpose, there is parking provided and a sidewalk that runs along the water in this area.
Walking through Tompkinsville is very pleasant, with the beautiful tree-lined streets and large homes set back from the road. Many cul de sacs exist in Tompkinsville where walking is especially pleasant, but even on the through streets where houses are smaller and more closely spaced there are usually good sidewalks and enough room. Many areas of Tompkinsville have a tendency to slope, sometimes very steeply, making these exciting areas for bicycling, rollerblading, or skateboarding with your dogs. Be very careful if using a wheeled device that will not easily stop, as slopes continue for long periods with dividing roads intersecting. For a stretch of road without many dividing roads, you can head to Ward Avenue, which stretches for a long time through the neighborhood without crossing other streets.
For a change from the pleasant streets of Tompkinsville, you can head towards the coast and the walkways along it, or go to one of a variety of green spaces in and around this neighborhood.
Tompkinsville is lucky enough to border several beautiful parks. The Jones Woods Park is a lovely, thickly wooded park that your dog will love to explore after the city walking. Many areas of this wooded park are open enough for you to wander off-trail with your dog, especially in the winter. Your dog will love the opportunity to sniff natural smells and wander off-leash in this beautiful park.
If you are enjoying the forest walking, you can cut across the sports fields in between Jones Woods Park and Allison Pond Park and enjoy the small scattered ponds and nice walking trails in this area. If you are craving more water than what Allison Pond can provide, head towards Silver Lake Park and the huge, magnificent lakes of this reservoir. In summer you will enjoy the cooling breezes coming off of the lake and in winter you will be amazed by the beautiful views of the frozen water.