Alley Pond Park is a beautiful 655-acre Queens park with six pawesome trails and lots of great sights to see with your dog. Pups are allowed off-leash in some parts of the park from 6 AM-9 AM. As you’re walking, be sure to look out for the signs designating areas as dog-friendly areas. At all other times, dogs are welcome to join you in the park on-leash.
There are four parking lots available at Alley Pond Park: three in the southern end of the park, and one by Alley Pond Environmental Center in the northern end of the park. If you enter at the northern end of the park, one of the first trails you’ll see is the furiffic Yellow Trail. This 2.2-mile trail begins by the Alley Pond Environmental Center, and it takes you in a loop through a unique wetland area. The trail also goes past beautiful Alley Creek.
If you’d like to trek through the forest with your pup, hop on the milelong Tulip Tree Trail. This trail begins at Alley Pond Park’s Cloverdale Boulevard entrance, and it takes you past the Alley Pond Giant. This ancient tree is 133 feet tall, and it’s one of the largest living organisms in New York City.
There are also three pawesome trails in the southern portion of Alley Pond Park: the 0.8-mile Red Trail, the 1.3-mile Orange Trail, and the 0.7-mile Blue Trail. These trails all connect to each other, allowing you to easily customize your hike. The trails take you past Alley Pond Park’s playground, its adventure course, and a picnic area with charcoal grills. Bring water to share and clean up bags for this adventure!
Alley Pond Park is a pawsitively amazing park with tons of great trails to hike on with your dog!
There’s limited shade on many of Alley Pond Park’s trails. Be sure to give your pup plenty of water as you’re walking on these trails. Also, be aware that poison ivy grows in Alley Pond Park.