The Teatown Lake Reservation's 1,000 acres is part of the storied Lower Hudson Valley, and features woodland, lakes, wetlands and fields. Laurel groves, farmland and streams complete the diverse terrain, and the dog-friendly trails are dotted with rustic wooden benches, stone walls and lake overlooks for resting and quiet contemplation.
With 14 well-marked trails covering 15 miles, it may be difficult to choose among them for your hikes with your leashed fur-pup, but many of them intersect and loop, opening possibilities for short or long walks. One of the favorites is the 2-mile Twin Lakes Trail loop, which features a dam you can traverse, bridges and boardwalks and views of the Hudson Highlands. The trailhead is across the drive from the Visitors' Center, and the path meanders through woods and past Vernay and Shadow Lakes, each with its own unique charm. Shadow Lake is Lily Pad Heaven for the hundreds of frogs who live there, and turtles abound on all of the park's lakes. The Lakeside Trail features a raised picnic shelter complete with table and benches on the lake shore, as well as the Bergmann Boardwalk, a long floating bridge and boardwalk over the water that brings you closer to the ducks and other water-loving denizens and provides a unique perspective on the surrounding park.
As a reminder to hikers with pooches, waste bags and receptacles are provided. Please remember to clean up after your pup, who will love the many birds and butterflies, small mammals and other wildlife you'll see. Black bears inhabit the area, but you're unlikely to encounter one - if you do, back away slowly, don't run, and if the bear approaches, wave your arms and keep Fido firmly in hand on his leash. Also be sure to stay on the trail to avoid scaring or harming the wildlife and their habitats. Note that while the Visitor and Nature Centers are open from 9 - 5 daily, dogs are not allowed inside.
Whether you hike, or come back in winter to ski cross-country or snowshoe, this is an accessible treasure for people of all skill levels and interests and their outdoors-loving doggos!