Pawling is a quiet town nestled in Dutchess County, and like other typical New England towns, it is a beautiful place. Boasting rolling green hills, wetlands, and the Harlem Valley, Pawling’s enduring charm and beautiful open spaces make the local canines feel right at home.
The famed Appalachian Trail crosses through the heart of this puptastic town. Treat your pup to hike on this trail and experience the adventure that draws thousands of hikers each year. Cat Rocks is a pup-ular section of the trail, and about a seven mile round trip from the Metro North Appalachian train station. The trail passes through wetlands and thick forests. It’s also home to a myriad of animals, birds, butterflies, and wildflowers. Once at the top, you’ll enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the valley that will make your pup’s tail wag.
When Pawling pups aren’t feeling their best, they know
the folks at Pawling Animal Clinic can help. This full service veterinary
clinic offers a wide range of services. Whether your pup just needs a wellness
check or something a little more complex, they’ve got her covered. An in house
laboratory and pharmacy ensures efficiency and convenience.
Is your pooch begging for some time in the great outdoors? Clip on her leash and head over to Nuclear Lake. Not only will you get to enjoy what some call “the most beautiful lake on the Appalachian Trail,” you’ll also get a great hike. The trail clocks in at four miles, so your pup will get plenty of exercise. She’ll also love being in the forest and climbing on the boulders and rock formations. When you get to the lake, find a spot on the shore and soak in the amazing view. Don’t forget to bring water for your four legged hiker!
Wonder Lake State Park is located in Patterson, just a quick six miles from Pawling. This pupperific park is a perfect place to take your four legged hiking buddy. Spanning over 1,000 acres, the park consists of a network of trails and Laurel Pond. Spend the afternoon with your pooch wandering through mountain laurel and eastern hemlock. Let your pup explore the Highlands Trail, Orchard Hills Trail, or the Bridle Path Trail. He’ll love being out in nature and breathing in the fresh air. Your pooch won’t be the only animal in the area; the park is home to otter, coyote, and barred owls.
Looking for a new place to take Fido? Head over to the Michael Ciaiola Conservation Area for a beautiful afternoon walk. Located about 10 miles south in Patterson, this conservation area spreads over 800 acres. There are two trailheads with ample available parking. Let your pup be the guide as you explore the waterfalls, streams, and forests. Be sure to stop at the great gorge waterfall to feel the cool spray of the water before heading back. There are several types of creatures that call this place home, so keep your eyes open for deer, turkey, bears, and other small animals.
Grab some water, snacks, and a leash and head over to the West Mountain State Forest for an action packed day with your pup. Located just six miles north in Wingdale, this pawsome state forest spreads across 830 acres. A hike on one of the trails will give your furry BFF the chance to explore the great outdoors. The forest features a network of multiuse trails that covers about four miles. If you and your loyal canine companion are having too much fun and don’t want to go home, stay the night in one of the pet friendly campsites.
Ninham Mountain State Forest is located in the Town of Kent and is 15 miles south of Pawling. Pack up your pooch and head over for some pupperific hiking. For a quick stroll, follow the trail from the parking lot for a little ways before coming to the Ninham Mountain Fire Tower. Climb to the top for some spectacular views of the Hudson Valley. This trail is only a mile and a half round trip, so if your pup needs more exercise, head out into the forest’s network of trails. This is a pup-ular spot for mountain bikers, so be sure to keep your buddy on leash.