Morris Heights is a little neighborhood in the West Bronx. It is bordered by the Harlem River on the west, University Heights on the north, Highbridge on the south, and Mt. Hope on the east. Most of the homes in this area are more modern apartment buildings and townhomes since most of the historic homes were damaged by arson.
There are several businesses in this area that cater to your dog as well as dog runs where your pup can run off-leash. Since walking in the neighborhood of Morris Heights can be a little tight, nearby dog parks are especially important. Just cross the river to the lovely Highbridge Park Dog Run which has a charming riverside location and plenty of forest around it. Sir William’s Dog Run provides even more off-leash options. The Armory Dog and Cat Hospital is nearby as well and provides medical care as well as products for your dog.
The hilly and variable terrain of this area can make for an interesting walk with your pooch. The sidewalk tends to be wide, so although there is no divider between the sidewalk and road, you will be relatively comfortable walking your dog in this neighborhood. Most yards are fenced and tree cover and landscaping is sparse, so this can be a hot walk on the hottest New York days.
For a change from the tight neighborhood streets and a chance to be on wheels with your pup, you can enjoy the walkway that runs along the Harlem River in the Bridge Park. This walkway is well separated from the road, so you can skateboard or rollerblade without concern. If you want more extensive exploration, just cross the bridge over the Harlem River. There are plenty of trails as well as natural areas here for you and your dog to enjoy.
There are several pleasant natural areas near Morris Heights for you to enjoy. Claremont Park is just outside the perimeter. This charming little park has winding walking trails around ball fields, clearings, and forested areas.
If you head to the banks of the Harlem River, you can find a nice walking trail that leads north to the University Woods or south to Bridge Park. If you cross the bridge, you will find the attractive Highbridge Park and Harlem River Park. Together, these parks provide miles of beautiful forested trails along the river.
If you are craving even more exploration, you can cross several blocks to the Hudson River. There are a wealth of parks to enjoy here where the wider river provides better breezes on hot days. The Fort Washington Park has extensive forested areas as well as pleasant clearings on the water. Further up, Fort Tryon Park has lots of trails to enjoy as well.