Brookfield Park in Staten Island, New York has four different dog furiendly trails for you and your canine kid to check out. The Green Trail and Blue Trail, which are each about 0.53 miles, are easy; the Red Trail is 1.23 miles and the Orange Trail is 1.82 miles, with both considered moderately difficult. There are also many short, unmarked paths that total about 1.23 miles used to connect the four trails to other sections.
You can start your adventure on any of these trails from the 200-car parking lot at Brookfield Park on Arthur Kill Road and Brookfield Avenue. Parking is free here, and there are restrooms and water available at the park entrance. They do not provide baggies though, so bring your own to clean up after your poochie. These trails offer you access to over 250 acres of this pawesome park, which includes 16 acres of restored tidal wetlands.
The Green Trail is in the southwest corner of the park and is a loop trail of about a half mile that is flat and cleared meadows and plains. The Blue Trail is in the northwest corner of the park and is similar to the Green Trail in size and grade. There are plenty of meadows with wildflowers in every color during the spring and summer.
The Red Trail takes you around the eastern section of the park where there are wetlands and marshes for you and your pupster to explore. There are rolling hills that take you up and down about 100 feet, but they are not steep, and the trail is only 1.23 miles, so it is not that difficult. You can see Richmond Creek, which has been restored to protect the natural area. You and your doggo will most likely see some critters running around such as deer, squirrels, rabbits, and various birds and waterfowl.
The Orange Trail is the longest and most strenuous, but is still not difficult with just a few steep hills to climb. This trail crosses the Red Trail several times and then it meanders along the Richmond Creek and the outer edges of the park. You will be in the woods through most of the trip and should see plenty of animals along the way, and will end up back at the parking lot.
These trails can be easily combined and done in one day, or you can split them up and just do one or two short hikes if you don’t have much time. Either way, you and your furry family member are going to have a blast!