The sprawling Saxon Woods Park in Westchester County offers some wonderful dog-friendly trails that are pawfect for a nearby half-day hike. The park encompasses ruffly 700 acres of wilderness, with a network of trails and unblazed connector trails. Aside from the trails, this developed park also has the county's largest swimming pool, an 18-hole golf course, mini golf, playgrounds and picnic areas. There is something here for everyone, including your pup.
The park is divided into a northern and southern section, with trails connecting them. Large parking spaces can be found at each section. There are parking fees for the picnic area only, in which un-fur-tunately doggos aren’t allowed. In the southern section of the park, you’ll find the Yellow Trail, a 2.9 mile loop, whereas the northern section features the White Trail, a 3 mile loop. Between these trails are also an uncountable number of unblazed connector trails. If you’d like to continue the adventure further, from this park you can even hook onto the Colonial Greenway, a 15 mile trail system that passes through several open spaces and spans five municipalities.
The trails in this park pass through mature hardwood forests that offer plenty of coverage from the sun. The gentle terrain makes it a comfortable hike for people and pups of all fitness levels. On your travels you’ll see the Mamaroneck River, wetlands, and rock outcroppings. You’ll likely see other dog walkers as well, so be prepared to make some new furry friends!
This park is open year round, and features cross-country skiing on the golf course in the winter. You can enjoy some lovely fall foliage, or blooming wildflowers in the spring. Anytime of year, this park is a natural playground.
Dog walkers are asked to keep their canine companions leashed at all times, and picked up after. Don’t forget the waste bags, and some treats for your good dog!
If you are your pooch want to get some fresh air and exercise, the Saxon Woods Park Trails are ready to be explored!
The trails are not all well marked and can be hard to follow, so be sure to download a map from the park website or bring a GPS. Bring plenty of drinking water for you and your parched puppy. Don’t forget to check the weather before heading out!