Spring Valley is a village about 22 miles north of New York City. It is home to the Spring Valley Memorial Park, a popular dog-friendly park that allows leashed pups to enjoy. Besides the playground, soccer field, swimming pool and basketball court, there is an expanse of lawn for the enjoyment of families and their pooches. There are also nature trails that meander along the brook running through it on its way to becoming the Pearl River. This is a perfect spot for you and Spot to stroll.
Spring Valley is ringed by communities that provide many activities, restaurants and hotels that are dog-friendly. One such community, just a few miles west of the Village Center, is Suffern, home to Suffern Kakiat Park and Kakiat Dog Park. This park features 376 acres of wetlands, gently rolling hills, and mountainside. A fenced off-leash dog area offers plenty of room to run and play with plenty of toys and water bowls provided. Numerous hiking trails crisscross the park, and many species of wild-life make this their home.
If you’re staying in the area, the Crowne Plaza Suffern Mahwah in nerby Suffern is a dog-friendly hotel for you and your fur-baby. Dogs are welcome for a small additional fee.
Nanuet is a hamlet just southeast of Spring Valley that offers a plethora of dog-friendly restaurants and hotels. The Dog House serves up American style cuisine like hot dogs and burgers along with other casual treats such as quesadillas and chicken wings. Your fur-burger will like joining you at one of their outside tables. The aptly named Growler Grill is a gastro-pub style eatery that welcomes your gastro-pup to join you outside. More dog-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating include the Ambulance Brew House, the Nanuet Restaurant, and Banchetto Feast. If you’re from out of town, Nanuet offers 3 hotels that serve Spring Valley and Nanuet: Candlewood Suites, Days Inn, and the Doubletree, all of which welcome dogs for an additional small fee.
A few miles northeast of Spring Valley is New City, home to the Kennedy Dells Park Off-Leash Run. The run is located inside the Kennedy Dells County Park, which is comprised of 179 acres of grassy and wooded land. The dog run itself is a large, open, grassy area in the center of the park. Water is not provided, nor are there benches for the humans, but it’s a great place for Fido to release some energy and make some new friends. The Kennedy Dells County Park boasts 1 bridle path, 2 hiking trails and a fitness trail equipped with physical challenges. Dogs are permitted on the trails, in the woods, and on the meadows on a leash, and can even cool down in the Crum Creek on the west side of the park. If all this exercise makes you and Fido think of food, New City is host to 3 dog-friendly restaurants with outside seating: Wasabi, Rocket Wrapps, and Calabria Restaurant. Enjoy!
The village of Nyack lies within the town of Orangetown, and just a few miles east of Spring Valley. It is home to Buttermilk Falls Park, which contains 75 acres of primarily steep woodland with Buttermilk Falls in the west part of the park. It also features walking and hiking trails, along with a bridle path, all of which welcome a leashed fur-baby. The park is home to deer, hawks and other birds, and a few snakes and small mammals, so be aware. One of its trails leads to the Falls and the stream that forms them, and several to scenic overlooks that provide views of the surrounding Ramapo Mountains. Nyack is also host to some pup-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating, including the Sour Kraut, Bourbon Street, and Hudson House of Nyack.
The hamlet of Monsey lies just to the west of Spring Valley. A highly populated area, it has made room for Monsey Glen Park, a 25-acre tract full of pup-friendly hiking trails. It is a treasure trove of Native American artifacts and dwellings, including a cave which unearthed 3000-year old pottery and tools. Guided walks are offered in the summer and fall, some of which are open to our canine companions. Lush vegetation and trees are home to a variety of small mammals and birds-perfect for dog-sniffing fun! You will also find scenic sandstone overhangs, and on the northwest side, a stream where you and your furry friend can refresh yourselves.
South Nyack is home to the Elizabeth Street Dog Park, a fenced, off-leash park near the NY State Thruway. Features of the park include a hill perfect for a doggy workout, lots of trees for shade, and water to quench Fido’s thirst. Bring your pup here to get some exercise and make new friends. There are a hose and small swimming pool provided for a refreshing spray and splash. When your stomach starts growling, head over to La Fontana for a variety of Italian fare, with a sprinkling of seafood, chops, and steak. Bone appetit!