Known primarily as a Westchester County suburb of New York City that various wealthy and well-known people call home, Pound Ridge is also a community with a great deal of open land where a dog-lover and his canine companion can find lots to do. Should your pup need medical attention while in the area, be aware that there are over 18 veterinarians in Pound Ridge and its neighboring towns, ready and able to get your pup up and wagging in no time!
The Ward Pound Ridge Reservation is a Westchester County Park with 4,315-acres of several different types of landscape and terrain. Its 10 trails total over 30 miles and welcome you and your furry friend year-round, with hiking all 4 seasons and cross-country skiing in the winter. It also features lean-to camping areas, fishing, picnic facilities, and restrooms, along with doggy waste bags for convenient clean-up. There is even a trailside nature museum that contains Native American artifacts, a large collection of mounted animals and nature-oriented artwork along with educational materials. (Note: Fido must stay outside.) The meadow portion of the reservation attracts hundreds of butterflies, so be sure to check that out! And don’t miss the wildflower garden planted with 80 different species of wildflowers, all labeled. This is a truly pawsome place to visit, probably more than once, with the family and the fur-baby!
With so much to explore, Pound Ridge awaits you and your furry Bestie!
The Pound Ridge Town Park on Westchester Ave in this neighborhood is a great place to take the family, including Fido, for a few hours or a whole day. Featuring ball fields, racquetball courts, tennis courts, and 3 swimming pools, it also offers walking and hiking trails that meander through woodlands and around beautiful Pound Ridge Pond. At the pond, you can toss in a line and catch some fish for dinner. After a walk, head back to one of the picnic areas for a casual al fresco meal. This park has something for everyone, including the family fur-kid. He must be kept on leash, but won’t miss out on a thing!
This neighborhood in nearby Katonah hosts the Canine Commons at Beaver Dam Park, sometimes called the Bedford Dog Park. While the name suggests it is inside Beaver Dam Park, it is just outside, a bit east on Upper Hook Road. This is a large off-leash park with separate sections for large dogs, small dogs and an agility course. A permit is required, but the park is open to residents and non-residents. After all the playing around, hungry humans and their pups can find relief of the pangs at 2 dog-friendly Katonah Restaurants, La Fontane and Peppino’s. Both offer outdoor seating and Italian food. La Fontane focuses on Tuscan cuisine, while Peppino’s serves up Northern Italian classics. Mangia!
The neighborhood of Vista-Lewisboro in South Salem is a few miles east of Pound Ridge on the border with Connecticut, and is home to the dog-friendly Onatru Farm Park and Preserve. The park’s 73 acres straddle Elmwood Road and feature many recreational activities including sports fields and a play area. For dog-lovers and their pups, the best parts of the park are where the trails and walking paths circle wetlands, meander through trees and traverse beautifully mowed and landscaped fields. This is a super park for bird-watching, and the views are lovely, especially the one from the footbridge that crosses the park’s stream leading to Browns Reservoir. Woofderful!
The dog-friendly, 29-acre Long Pond Preserve is in the town of South Salem, to the east of Pound Ridge. This preserve boasts a .66-mile trail with a quarter-mile loop at one end that runs along Long Pond and provides views of Castle Rock. The trail is considered easy, but it does feature some boggy areas that are moderately difficult. There are large numbers of water fowl and other birds to be seen along the trail, along with mammals that enjoy the water such as beaver and otter. Fido will find a lot to see and sniff on a walk along this trail, and must be on leash. Hungry after your hike? Make your way to The Horse and Hound Inn where your fur-buddy will be welcomed to one of their outdoor tables to join you for your meal. The menu includes traditional American dishes made from beef, chicken, and seafood, so there’s sure to be something to please you and Fido too! Bone appetit!