Legend has it that the town of Smithtown, NY was created in 1665 when Richard Smith rode a bull around the area for an entire day, marking what land was his after the Native American chief of the area granted it to him for saving his daughter. Although this is just a legend, dog-lovers will be thanking Mr. Smith, as the region within town limits offers over 700 acres in dog-friendly parks. With five animal hospitals, Smithtown definitely is a place for pups!
For some pawsome outdoor fun, the Blydenburgh Dog Park is a beautiful 2-acre, fenced-in area centered on a hilly landscape, with open fields and surrounding oak trees. Separate areas are offered for smaller and larger dogs to play off-leash, and both are double-gated and offer water fountains and clean-up stations. The park is open year-round from 8 AM to sunset, and is the best place to let your dog go mutts!
Another promising attraction in the town is the Stump Pond Loop Trail, a 4.5-mile trail open to leashed-dogs that offer scenic views of the river and up to 2 hours of outdoor walking for you and Fido. Owners will have to come prepared though with clean-up bags and water. Whether you're visiting or living, you and Fido won't find any better place for some great outdoor adventures.
The Hauppauge neighborhood is the most southern part of Smithtown, and half of it is taken up by the Blydenburgh County Park. The park is comprised of 627 acres that is entirely dog-friendly to all leashed pups. Dogs are welcome to travel on the 8.8 miles of trails, play in some of the open fields along the paths, or enjoy some time on the beach of Stump Pond and in the water. There are even guided hikes by the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference that allows dogs to come along. Located in the parking space are trash bins and water fountains. After a hike, head over to the dog-friendly outdoor seating at Brendels, and enjoy some gourmet sandwiches or bagels.
The Forestwood neighborhood is home to two dog-friendly parks. Forestwood Park provides access to the Greenbelt Trail, a 1.3-mile path that runs along the southern part of the park with access points to smaller open fields for activities like fetch, running or just ruffing off. Head south on the Greenbelt Trail and you'll find Weld Park, a small portion of wooded land with another mile worth of trails. These trails get much closer to the water and have access points to the New Millpond which is open to dog-friendly fishing or kayaking. Owners must come prepared with water and clean-up bags for both parks.
Smithtown Town Center is home to the metropolitan area of the city with bustling streets, downtown businesses, and two dog-friendly parks. Suffolk County Park is a large wooded area, with a small trail that extends through the path that offers scenic views of the Nisseqougue River. Heading east will take you to Sweetbriar Park, a similar park surrounded by large, vibrant trees, but with an open, private field in the center of the park which allows dogs to run around with their owner or play a fun game of fetch. Dogs must remain on a leash at all times and owners should come prepared with the right amenities.
Although it's 8 miles away, the Nissequogue River State Park is an excellent option for dog-lovers to travel to for a day out in nature with Fido. The park is in the Northern Kings Park neighborhood of the town of Kings Park. With over 121 acres of land, you and your pup can have a lot of fun enjoying the nature paths and miles of shoreline along the Nisseqougue River. Enjoy the sandy shores and boardwalk that make up Kings Park Bluff. Dogs are welcome to all these areas, as long as they remain on leash. Water and trash bins are in the parking areas, and benches can be found throughout the park.