Bedford Park is nestled between the New York Botanical Garden and Lehman College in the Northwest area of the Bronx. Homes tend to be attractive and historic single family homes that are closely spaced with narrow alleys between them and small front yards, or large brick apartment buildings. Sidewalks tend to be wide but there is no divider between sidewalk and road and the largely fenced front yards or apartment buildings that come right up to the sidewalk leave little room to walk your dog on a loose leash through most of the neighborhood streets of Bedford Park.
In all likelihood, you will find yourself drawn to one of the beautiful natural areas near this neighborhood. St. James Park and Poe Park offer pleasant regional escapes in the midst of this area, while the Mosholu Parkway and Botanical Gardens offer more extensive natural escape.
While walking through the streets of Bedford Park is not unpleasant, the close proximity of homes and apartment buildings to the sidewalk and lack of divider between sidewalk and road mean that you will generally want to keep your dog on a close leash in the neighborhood. Luckily, there are plenty of places for you to relax and walk your dog on a loose leash in natural settings or enjoy bicycling, rollerblading, or skateboarding with your dog.
The Mosholu Parkway offers miles of pleasant paved walking paths through forested terrain, with slopes of varying height and intensity. This is a perfect place to be on wheels with your dog, since the long expanses of sidewalk without intersecting roads and large grassy areas around the sidewalks mean that you have plenty of room to make an emergency stop if necessary or get out of the way of pedestrians. If you want to forget that you are in New York City, you can head towards the Botanical Gardens and the extensive Thain Family Forest
The New York Botanical Garden and Thain Family Forest offer an incredible place for you to explore a natural forest with your dog. You can enjoy hiking down dirt and mulch trails while enjoying the view of wild shrubbery and trees pushing up on the trail from all sides. This large forest will provide you the opportunity to see all kinds of wildlife including birds - both residential and migratory - raccoons, foxes, or even deer.
The varying terrain caused by jutting rocks create a dramatic perspective for you to visually enjoy, while also providing for lots of safe places for wildlife to hide where it will feel safe. Your dog will love the chance to stretch her legs while smelling around and getting a chance to see natural waterways and all of the incredible wildlife that live near them. This is a beautiful place to observe the seasonal changes that New York will go through as you walk your dog along the gorgeous paths throughout the year.