Pompey is a town in New York State occupying the southeastern part of Onondaga County. This small town, with a history that dates back to before the Revolutionary War, offers beautiful scenery and rich historical heritage masterfully blended together. Its proximity to Syracuse, no more than 25 minutes north, is a big advantage, especially for pet owners looking for pet-friendly amenities and activities. The closest veterinary clinics can be found in Manlius.
Highland Forest County Park, not far from Fabius and north of Pompey, welcomes visitors to explore the expansive area of the park, featuring about 20 miles of walking and hiking trails open year-round. Pooches are very welcome to join their masters as long as they stay on-leash and behave. The scenery is breathtaking and the parkgoers are friendly. This park is perfect for picnicking, as is Pratts Fall Park in Manlius. The latter also features walking trails, but these lead to a 137-foot waterfall, a barkvelous place to take some pics for your Instagram!
You and Fido will need some fuel for your adventures, so start the day off right at Bruegger’s Bagels in Manlius’s downtown. This pet-friendly eatery has a wide selection of breakfast and lunch dishes and welcomes doggie diners at the outdoor tables.
Jamesville is a small hamlet near Syracuse, about 10 minutes north of Pompey, that's home to a pawesome pet-friendly facility in the northern part of town. Follow the lead of Apulia Road, enjoying the beautiful scenery of Jamesville Reservoir, to find the shores of Jamesville Beach Park. Even though pooches are not permitted in the beach area, the park features a designated but unfenced spot for pups to run off-leash and explore the walking trails. Join the locals for a quick chat about the weather, sports, or recent news while your buddy is going wild with his new furry friends! Just remember to bring some water and waste baggies.
Southside is one of the central neighborhoods of Syracuse. The easiest way to travel to Southside from downtown Syracuse is to follow South Avenue, which will lead you to a marvelous green retreat – Elmwood Park. This public park features more than 56 acres of fields, courts, and playgrounds for visitors to explore. It's also the pawfect place to share a picnic with your family and furry friends! Pooches are very welcome to join in the fun but should stay on-leash at all times. For your comfort, the park has a pavilion with shade and several picnic tables where you and Fido can share a sandwich.
Nestled on Onondaga Lake, Liverpool is a village in central New York with one of the most pawpular public parks in the area, hosting more than 1 million visitors annually! Onondaga Lake Park hugs the western side of the lake. Rolling hills, exercise trails, paved pathways, and bike rentals are just a few of the things this park has to offer! Well-behaved canines are very welcome and should stay on-leash at all times. There is also an off-leash area – Wegman’s Good Dog Park near Seneca River. Your pup will have a blast playing with the local tail-waggers while you rest up on a picnic bench.
Hosting one of the biggest golf courses in New York state, Green Lake State Park is a beautiful public recreation area where you and Fido can soak in the serenity of the scenery, which includes expansive woods, pristine forest, and miles of wooded trails. Located east of Syracuse, between Fayette and Manlius, the park is easy to find and ideally situated. Puppies big and small are welcome to hit the trails on-leash with their parents! There is no designated area for mutts to play, but you might just find some other pups and their parents walking here, so you're bound to make some new friends! Please bring waste baggies with you to keep this park clean and green.
East Seneca Turnpike stretches throughout the western part of Jamesville to its outskirts. Follow the turnpike just a short distance west from Jamesville to find Clark Reservation State Park, an amazing pet-friendly spot with many landscaped, charming woodland areas and unforgettable nature walks. Pooches are permitted and can hike with their masters; however, some hiking trails are steep and fairly difficult -- definitely not the place to let your buddy chase a squirrel! This park is the perfect place to embark on a relaxing and fulfilling adventure. Pack a picnic and end the day with a snack at the picnic tables!