10 Great Westchester Dog Parks Your Pets Will Love

Where to take your dog in Westchester.

For anyone with a four-legged friend at home, Westchester has no shortage of places where both of you can go and enjoy a morning workout.

Elmsford Dog Park and White Plains Bark Park are among several spots I found that have a separate fenced-in area for smaller dogs. This national trend is certainly welcome, since pint-sized pooches sometimes feel intimidated around bigger breeds. At Elmsford, dogs must have a vaccination tag on them; the police will check. 

Canine Commons at Beaver Dam Park in picturesque Katonah has a separate area for small dogs and agility equipment. A $10 annual fee or a $5 day pass is required. At Ossining Dog Park, you’ll find three gated entrances, a water fountain, and something other parks should offer: a warming shed.  

Ward Acres Park in New Rochelle features wooded trails for hiking and sniffing, as well as acres of a fenced-in area for pooch play. Paws Place, also in New Rochelle, is three acres of fun. There’s a $50 permit for residents, $100 for non-residents. East Rumbrook Dog Park in Greenburgh provides two large fenced-in areas and a wooded walking trail. 

Visit Sleepy Hollow Dog Park in the Philips Manor neighborhood and you’ll enjoy more scenic beauty than any Fox prime-time TV series could ever offer. An annual permit is $25.

Don’t overlook Lower Westchester. Hunt Woods in Mount Vernon boasts placid streams and footbridges for those who prefer to keep their paws dry. The 22-acre Scout Field in Bronxville is a hidden gem. And it’s best to go in the early morning—that is, until people read this and it starts getting crowded. 



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