Fordham Heights is a neighborhood located in the northwest of the Bronx. The boundaries are generally defined with Fordham Road as its northernmost edge with New York Botanical Gardens nearby. To the south, you have East 183rd Street and West Bronx while the western edge is Jerome Avenue. On the eastern side, you’ll find Southern Boulevard as its boundary and the Bronx Zoo just beyond.
Just like most neighborhoods in the Bronx, you’re never far from all the services you could need in Fordham. The Dog Boutique is a luxury pet store smack bang in the center of Fordham on 188th Street. The Bronx Animal Care and Control Center is also located nearby, so if you’re in the market for a new BFF, make sure you head to this animal shelter to adopt before you search in the pet shops. Dog Star Grooming is located nearby on East Fordham Road for when you’ve picked up your new pooch.
Fordham is located on a slight elevation, so you’re likely to encounter moderate hills when walking in the area. Don’t let this put you off, however! They’re nothing like the steep inclines you’ll find in San Francisco. You and your pooch should be just fine traversing this terrain. But if your fitness levels are particularly low, perhaps think about planning your route in advance. Equally, if your pup has tiny legs, make sure to shorten your route if you encounter any particularly steep gradients.
Fordham is very much a city center location, so you’ll find only artificial terrain directly within its boundaries. This doesn’t mean that you and your pooch are restricted to purely sidewalk strolls as there are greenways nearby that will satisfy your craving for nature. However, it does mean that you may have to go a little further afield than just outside your doorstep to get what you’re looking for.
There are no impressive greenways in Fordham. There are a few small parks but not much of note. Despite this, it neighbors some incredible land that is perfect for your walks. Bronx Park is located just the other side of Southern Boulevard. You’ll also find the Bronx Zoo in this area, although you’ve got more important animals to be spending time with. Your pooch will love exploring the long walking trails nearby. The park is incredibly popular with dog walkers, so you can have a chat with the owners while your doggie pal socializes!
Thain Family Forest and the New York Botanical Gardens are also located just north of Fordham. This is another great weekend outing. With interesting wildlife habitats to explore, you and your pooch will feel far from city life while enjoying all the serenity of pure nature. To the south, you’ll find Tremont Park, a smaller, but equally ideal space for daily walks.