The name Weehawken comes from the language of Native Americans that came from this area. This area became a town in the 1850s, but its written history began in the early 1600s when Henry Hudson anchored here as he was exploring the North River. In the early years, most of the people lived on the cliffs in this area since the low areas were marshy. The land was good for growing both orchard fruits and vegetables and this became a rich farm area.
This neighborhood is defined by its long and diverse history, having been used for farming, for transport on the river, and as a residential housing area. The waterfront is still defined by ports and business as well as several restaurants and other small businesses. There are lots of parks in this area and a forested stretch runs from one side of the neighborhood to the other on the west side of Port Imperial Boulevard.
Homes in this neighborhood are mostly historic buildings with lots of beautiful architectural detail like bay windows and little porches. Homes are spaced closely together with usually little more than a tiny alley between houses. There are no yards, but only little front porches that open out directly onto the street, so you will tend to walk your dog on a relatively close leash throughout most of Weehawken.
It isn't difficult to find a break from the neighborhood's mostly flat streets since forest runs along the coast for the entire distance of Weehawken. This dense forest provides plenty of room for you and your dog to explore. It is on an incline running from private homes at the top of the cliff down to the railway at the bottom. This is a great opportunity for your dog to test their footing on diverse terrain. You will have lovely views of the water throughout most of this forest.
Weehawken has a long forested area running down its entire length, so it isn't difficult to find a great place to enjoy nature in this neighborhood. Most of this forest occurs over the incline from the homes on the cliff down to the railroad and ports along the water. There are trails through some parts of the forest while others are wild. You can explore from Hamilton Park all the way up through Old Glory Park and up to the Liberty Skyline. There are various clearings throughout where you can enjoy playing a game of fetch with your dog.
There are lovely little trails and a grassy area along the coast as well as Weehawken Waterfront Park. Near Day’s Point, you can find a lovely little dog park that is right on the water. This park is not large, but the sturdy artificial turf will be easy on your dog's paws and enjoyable to play on.