August 26, 2016 Healthy Living

Local Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails

Hiking is a fun, healthy activity that the whole family can enjoy—even your canine companion! The Capital Region offers a wealth of scenic trails that, depending on where you live, are within a relatively short driving distance.

  • Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail: This diverse 39-mile trail spans five municipalities and features woods, meadows, and rivers interspersed with city and suburban neighborhoods.
  • Uncle Sam Bike Trail: If you live in or near Troy, this 3.1-mile route offers a convenient, picturesque venue for you and your pup to get some exercise and enjoy nature.
  • Peebles Island State Park/Perimeter Trail: The two-mile perimeter trail winds through open meadows, a hardwood forest, along cliff tops, and past river rapids. If you’re feeling adventurous, you and your dog can take a detour on the numerous other trails that crisscross the island.
  • Ballston Veterans Bike Path: For Saratoga County residents, this 3.5-mile trail offers much in the way of history and scenic views.
  • Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail: Just east of downtown Saratoga Springs, this two-mile trail provides an ideal opportunity for you and your dog to get in a quick walk and appreciate an array of wetland habitats.
  • Zim Smith Trail: Also in Saratoga County, this 7.5-mile trail offers views of a ravine and horse pastures and eventually leads into the picturesque village of Round Lake.
  • Glens Falls Feeder Canal Trail: Farther north in Warren and Washington counties, this nine-mile route is part of the 71-mile Champlain Canalway Trail.

For a complete list of dog-friendly sites throughout the state, and world for that matter, visit

Suzanne Huwe
About the Author

Suzanne is senior editor for the corporate communications department at CDPHP. Prior, she worked as a national campaign coordinator at the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington, DC, and as a copy editor and special sections editor at The Tampa Tribune. Suzanne earned a bachelor’s in economics from SUNY Fredonia and a master’s in multimedia journalism from American University. When she’s not fine-tuning others’ writing and her own, Suzanne enjoys running, traveling, scuba diving, and hanging out with her dogs and husband.

2 Responses to “Local Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails”

  1. Sarah

    I am taking my dog to Katerskill Creek this weekend to hike, I will let you know how it goes so you can add it to your list of dog friendly places!

  2. Suzanne

    How was your hike? I’d love to hear about it!

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