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The town of Rodman, New York, lies on Big Sandy Creek, in the northwest part of the state. Surveyed over 200 years ago, this town has a long and interesting history. Originally an agricultural area, this town continues to offer small-town charm in this unindustrialized region of New York. Dog-friendly throughout, the nearby town of Adams features the South Jefferson Veterinary Clinic, who can take care of any of your pup’s health care needs.
Although there are no parks in Rodman, just 3 miles west, in the town of Adams Center, you and your pup will have a pawtastic time at the Honeyville Wildlife Management area. This is a day-use recreation area, perfect for those who like hiking. You and your fur-iendly pup can roam anywhere throughout the property with Fido on leash. Or you can hop on the designated trail that starts at the parking area and ends at water’s edge. If you like fishing, don’t forget to bring your pole and relax while trying your hand at catching dinner. Be sure to take snacks and plenty of water. There are no restrooms on-site, so plan accordingly.
Rodman is pup-tastic and a great place to spend your day together.
The Tug Hill State Forest is a wonderful place to visit with pup for some quality outdoor time together in the town of Worth, just 7 miles east of Rodman. This forest covers an amazing 12,242 aces, full of scenic beauty, and is a great place to visit in the spring and summer months because of its harsh winters. Hiking trails meander up to beautiful vistas and down into deep canyons. It is best suited for more athletic pups, as the trails are on various terrain and have elevation changes throughout its 4-mile journey. Do not miss Rainbow Falls with its 100-foot drop!
Just 9 miles west of Rodman, you and pup can head to the Granger State Forest, in the town of Pinckney. This is a rural location and has no specific maintained trails. Therefore, it is a great location for you and your pawtastic pup to carve your own way and enjoy nature together. If you are looking for an overnight stay with your pup, Granger allows camping at its primitive sites throughout. Fido can run off leash here and will enjoy an unstructured day. There are no restrooms on site, so be sure to plan accordingly. Pack plenty of water.
Take a trip with your fur-ever friend to Thompson Park, in the Watertown neighborhood in Watertown, just 11 miles north of Rodman. Here you and your pup will love hiking on the Thompson Park Trail. This is a 2.9-mile loop, where you will find less travelled paths, perfect for any pup-ability. It is the perfect place to spend the day, with other park amenities like playgrounds and picnic areas. There are plenty of shade trees within this forested park. Pups must be kept on leash on this trail, which meanders around the entire park and the adjacent golf club.
In the West Watertown neighborhood, in the city of Watertown, just 11 miles north of Rodman, begin your day at the Bicentennial Park on the Black River. The park offers amenities such as playgrounds, picnic tables and sports fields, and the Bicentennial Park Trail that begins here. Perfect for all pup-abilities, it is a mix of paved and gravel paths, which meander riverside. Benches are provided along the way, situated for perfect scenic viewing. These trails connect to others for a nice long walk throughout the park. After, grab a bit at the dog-friendly Byrne Dairy to enjoy a cone or a sandwich.
In the town of Adams, 5.5 miles southwest of Rodman, head to the Gould Corners State Forest to let your pup enjoy nature at its best. There are over 2000 acres of forested land at your disposal to wander. This is a rural setting, so the land is undeveloped. You can let Fido run off leash and take in the fresh air. Because this area is undeveloped, you can carve your own path and experience flora and fauna. No restrooms are available. Pack plenty of water and snacks, and don’t forget the binoculars and camera to remember your day together.
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