Looking to escape the crowds of New York City and enjoy a camping getaway with your canine companion? Mills-Norrie State Park, located roughly 100 miles north of the Big Apple, is the paw-fect spot.
Situated on bluffs overlooking the mighty Hudson River, Mills-Norrie State Park is actually made up of two adjoining parks — Margaret Lewis Norrie and Ogden & Ruth Livingston Mills State Parks. Together, they cover more than 1,000 acres of prime riverfront real estate.
Best of all, you can bring your dog with you when you explore this beautiful natural area. Dogs need to be on a leash of six feet or shorter at all times, and must always be under your control. Of course, you'll also need to be respectful of other park visitors and clean up after your pet whenever necessary.
With your basic responsibilities taken care of, you and your furry friend can set about finding out what this park has to offer. With the Hudson River running along the parks' western boundaries, there's plenty to see and do on and near the water. There's a marina offering slip space and a boat launch ramp, which is a popular area with park visitors, while there are some great picnicking opportunities on bluffs overlooking the river. Atlantic Kayak Tours also offers a range of tours and instructional programs for paddlers.
Several trails wind their way through both Mills and Norrie State Parks, perfect for everything from walking and cycling to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. They're well used by park visitors, so don't be surprised to see a few other dog lovers and their four-legged friends while you're out exploring.
Campers can choose from 46 campsites and 10 cabins. While pets aren't permitted in the cabins, they're welcome to stay with you on a campsite. So if you and your dog are setting out from New York City for a camping weekend, make sure you pay Mills-Norrie State Park a visit.