Bring Your Dog – 50+ Dog-Friendly Places in NJ!
There’s no need to leave your dog home while you’re out exploring all the fun things to do in New Jersey! No matter where you live, there are lots of fun places to visit and things to do with your dog in New Jersey. Whether you’re looking for a fun off-leash dog park in New Jersey, dog-friendly NJ beaches, awesome NJ hiking trails to explore with your dog, or even dog-friendly restaurants in New Jersey, there are tons of places to bring your dog in New Jersey and I’ve rounded up a great list of them here for you! Read on for a guide to places to take your dog in New Jersey.
Be sure to be a responsible dog owner when you’re out and about in New Jersey with your dog! Obey leash laws, clean up after your pet, monitor your dog at all times, and be sure that your pet is properly vaccinated. Observe common sense rules of conduct – don’t bring dogs that are not well-socialized, dogs that are ill, female dogs in heat, or young puppies to dog parks or other settings where this may pose a risk to your dog or other canine or human visitors.
Note: This is an "evolving" list of places to take your dog in New Jersey. More dog-friendly NJ destinations will be added to on a regular basis! Do you know of a great dog-friendly NJ attraction? Contact me or comment below to have it included in Things To Do In New Jersey's guide to places to bring your dog in NJ.
Places to Take Your Dog in Atlantic County NJ
Places to Bring Your Dog In Atlantic City NJ
31 S. Rhode Island Ave.
Atlantic City, NJ
Absecon Lighthouse is New Jersey’s tallest and one of the nation’s oldest lighthouses. Leashed dogs are allowed on the grounds and in the museum.
Places to Bring Your Dog In Somers Point NJ
Longport Dog Beach
Route 152 and Ocean Drive Bridge
Somers Point, NJ
Dogs are allowed on Longport Dog Beach year-round from sunrise to sunset. Off-leash dogs are permitted.
Places to Take Your Dog in Bergen County NJ
Places to Bring Your Dog In Lyndhurst NJ
Riverside County Park
Riverside County Park features 85 acres of open space with pedestrian pathways, picnicking facilities, and a fully-fenced off-leash dog run and playground is located in the Joseph A. Carucci Area. The dog park features a safety gated entrance, benches, and separate areas for large and small dogs.
Places to Bring Your Dog In Mahwah NJ
Ramapo Valley County Reservation
Ramapo Valley Road (Route 202)
“The Ramapo Reservation,” located in Mahwah, is a 3,313-acre Bergen County park that is a fantastic place to take your dog. Areas close to the parking lot allow for easy strolls around Scarlet Oak Pond or MacMillan Reservoir. The reservation also features over 17 miles of marked trails, many of which allow for challenging hiking along the eastern side of the Ramapo Mountains. Leashed dogs are welcome in Ramapo Reservation.
Places to Bring Your Dog In Ridgewood NJ
Saddle River County Park – Wild Duck Pond Area
East Ridgewood Avenue
The Wild Duck Pond area of Saddle River County Park features a 2-mile multi-use path, picnic areas, a playground, and a dog park with two separate fenced in areas for large and small dogs.
Places to Take Your Dog in Burlington County NJ
Places to Bring Your Dog In Medford NJ
86 Union Street
This 20-acre park is home to Freedom Barks, an off-leash dog park whose amenities included specialized training equipment and a nice creek for dogs to splash and cool off in. Freedom Barks was named one of the top 10 dog parks in the United States!
Places to Bring Your Dog In Mount Holly NJ
Robin’s Nest Restaurant
2 Washington Street
Mount Holly, NJ
Robin’s Nest Restaurant has a beautiful dog-friendly outdoor patio overlooking the Mill Race waterway. The Mount Holly restaurant has receive top ratings from Zagat and offers vegan and gluten-free options are available.
Places to Bring Your Dog In Mount Laurel NJ
Laurel Acres Park
1045 South Church Street
(alternate entry on Union Mill Road)
Mount Laurel, NJ
This large park features paved walking/jogging paths, a nature trail, a large pond (great for fishing!), a big hill (used for sledding in the winter – but great for helping doggies expend some extra energy anytime!), and a fenced dog run area with double-gated entry and separate areas for large and small dogs.
Places to Take Your Dog in Camden County NJ
Places to Bring Your Dog In Blackwood NJ
Timber Creek Park
Chews Landing Road and Taylor Avenue
Blackwood, NJ, US
Camden County’s Timber Creek Park is home to a 9 acre fenced dog park for off leash walking with a small lake for the dogs to swim in.
Places to Bring Your Dog In Voorhees NJ
John Connolly Park
John Connolly Park in Voorhees is home to a very nice dog park. The dog park features two separate areas for large and small dogs, plenty of shade, tables and benches, and water fountains. The larger park also features a half mile walking path and a playground.
Places to Take Your Dog in Cape May County NJ
Places to Bring Your Dog In Cape May NJ
Cape May Dog Park
705 Lafayette Street
Cape May, NJ
The City of Cape May has a dog park that features a shaded gazebo, toys, and drinking water for thirsty. A double-gated entry system allows for easier entry and introduction to other dogs.
Historic Cold Spring Village
720 Route 9
Cape May, NJ
Historic Cold Spring Village is a 22-acre outdoor living history museum featuring historically-clothed working craftspeople, twenty-six restored historic buildings, and a working organic farm. Leashed dogs are welcome on the grounds of Historic Cold Spring Village (they are not permitted in buildings).
Places to Bring Your Dog In Cape May Point NJ
Cape May Point, NJ
Leashed dogs are allowed on Sunset Beach from September 15th through April 15th.
The Grille at Sunset Beach
Cape May Point, NJ
The Grille at Sunset Beach features an outdoor dining area where well-behaved dogs are welcome to join their humans for breakfast, lunch and dinner. http://www.sunsetbeachnj.com/The-Grille
Cape May Point State Park
Cape May Point, NJ
Dogs are allowed on the beach at Cape May Point State Park from September 16 to April 14th. They are not permitted on the trails at any time nor are they permitted on the beach between April 15 and September 15 (this is to protect endangered bird species during nesting season).
Places to Bring Your Dog In Lower Township NJ
Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area
County Road 64
Lower Township, NJ
Each fall, the Cape May peninsula hosts one of the world’s largest migrations as millions of birds stop here seeking food, shelter, and water. Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area plays a crucial role in the migration, providing birds with a stopover site as they increase their fitness before resuming their journey south. Leashed, well-controlled dogs are welcome on the 1.5 mile beach at Higbee Wildlife Management Area between September 1 and April 30.
Places to Take Your Dog Cumberland County NJ
Places to Bring Your Dog In Millville NJ
385 Lebanon Road
Explore the trails of Southwind Vineyard with your pooch! Pack a picnic lunch, purchase a glass or bottle of Southwind’s fine wine, and enjoy the beautiful scenery at this South Jersey winery!
Places to Bring Your Dog In Port Norris NJ
Port Norris Pathway
Port Norris, NJ
The Port Norris Pathway is a trail that connects the communities of Port Norris and Bivalve. The trail passes through a short stretch of woods, along the bank of a stream, over a small bridge that carries the trail across a channel, and to a boardwalk that leads into a saltwater marsh. This area, Bivalve, is the home port of New Jersey’s official tall ship, the A. J. Meerwald and was once a center for the Delaware Bay oystering industry.
Places to Take Your Dog in Essex County NJ
Places to Bring Your Dog In Montclair NJ
Brookdale Dog Park
West Circuit Drive
Essex County’s Brookdale Dog Park is a 1.2 acre doggie play area with a 0.8 acre fenced in area for large dogs and a 0.4 acre fenced in area for small dogs. Both areas have a stone dust surface and various pieces of apparatus where the dogs can play and exercise. There are safety enclosures at each entrance to prevent unleashed dogs from running away, time out areas where excited dogs can be brought to calm down, dog washing areas, and water fountains.
Places to Bring Your Dog In South Orange NJ
South Mountain Reservation
112 Glenview Road
South Orange, NJ
The South Mountain Reservation, the largest park in Essex County, is a unique 2,110-acre public park that is a great place to take your dog in New Jersey. The park features hills, rivers, woodlands, and over 50 miles of trails. Enjoy inspiring views of New York City, a dramatic 25-foot waterfall at Hemlock Falls, the cascade of Maple Brook in the deep woods, and millponds, streams, and picnic areas areas. There is a two-acre dog park with some agility course features. Separate areas for large and small dogs are available, as is water for dogs and people, an owner observation shed, and time out pens for unruly dogs.
Places to Take Your Dog – Gloucester County NJ
Places to Bring Your Dog In Glassboro NJ
Monroe Township Bikeway
The Monroe Township Bikeway is a 6.36-mile trail connecting Glassboro and Williamstown. Leashed dogs and their humans are welcome on the trail. The trail passes through the dense forest of the Glassboro Fish and Wildlife Management Area, then transitions through quiet neighborhoods and community open spaces following the former right-of-way of the Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Line that served the New Jersey shore points of Atlantic City, Ocean City, Wildwood, and Cape May.
Places to Bring Your Dog In Logan Township NJ
Gloucester County Dog Park
2401 High Hill Road
Logan Township, NJ
The Gloucester County Dog Park has a water fountain, two gazebos, four dog waste stations, and eight benches. The 2.5 acre area on the corner of High Hill and Birch Creek Roads in Logan Township features separate areas for small and large dogs.
Places to Take Your Dog in Hudson County NJ
Places to Bring Your Dog In Bayonne NJ
“Sirius” Dog Park
West First Street near Kennedy Boulevard
“Sirius” Dog Park, scenically located next to the Bayonne Bridge in Dennis P. Collins Park, is named in honor of the four-year old Yellow Labrador named Sirius- a bomb-detecting police dog with the Port Authority who was killed on September 11, 2001. The dog park features a large double-gated enclosure, water fountains (for humans and canines), benches, replica fire hydrants, shaded areas, and exercise ramps.
Places to Bring Your Dog In Jersey City NJ
9th and Coles Tavern
174 Coles Street
Jersey City, NJ
This warm and inviting Jersey City tavern features a dog-friendly sidewalk cafe. The tavern serves farm to table produce and free range, cage free eggs direct from their own farm in the Catskills.
Places to Bring Your Dog In North Bergen NJ
James J. Braddock North Hudson County Park
North Bergen, NJ
This beautiful Hudson County park boasts 167 acres of open space in the midst of an otherwise urban area. With 8 miles of walkways plus nature trails, a 16 acre lake, picnic areas, playgrounds, athletic facilities, and an awesome off-leash fenced dog park, it’s a great place to take your dog. The dog park – located near Bergenline Avenue between 85th and 87th Streets across from Bruin Stadium – includes separate runs for large and small dogs, benches, running water, and donated toys.
Places to Take Your Dog Hunterdon County NJ
Places to Bring Your Dog In Flemington NJ
Hunterdon County Off-Leash Dog Area
1020 State Route 31
This Flemington NJ off-leash dog area offers 1.75 fenced acres for dogs to enjoy with some shaded areas and benches for humans.
Places to Bring Your Dog In Frenchtown NJ
Horseshoe Bend Park
178 Horseshoe Bend Road
Horseshoe Bend Park, a 552 acre park jointly maintained by Kingwood Township and the NJ DEP, offers picturesque views of the Delaware River Valley, rolling hills, forested ravines, and pristine streams, and offers habitat to many wildlife species. The park features seven miles of trails and a 7 acre leash free dog area (it’s Hunterdon County’s largest off-leash dog park), making it a great destination for NJ dogs and their humans.
Places to Take Your Dog in Mercer County NJ
Places to Bring Your Dog In Pennington NJ
Mercer Meadows Dog Park
Federal City Road
Mercer Meadows Dog Park is located in the Rosedale District of Mercer Meadows. The five acre dog park features two separate fenced-in areas for large and small dogs, a custom water feature, a landform play area with tunnels, and other active recreation resources for dogs.
Places to Bring Your Dog In Princeton NJ
Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve Trail
Mountain Ave and Great Rd
The Mountain Lakes Preservation Area features old growth forests, wooded boulder fields, rich wetlands, open fields, lakes, and rocky streams. This picturesque natural area contains nearly 7 miles of hiking trails. Leashed dogs are welcome in Mountain Lakes Presevation Area.
Places to Bring Your Dog In West Windsor NJ
Mercer County Bark Park
1638 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ
Mercer County Bark Parks consists of two separate parks – one for dogs weighing under 35 pounds and one for dogs weighing over 35 pounds. The Small Dog Bark Park measures approximately 13,000 square feet; the Big Dog Bark Park is approximately 29,000 square feet. Both parks include fenced-in areas, different surface areas, obstacles, dog friendly water fountains, and a variety of other active recreation resources for dogs.
Places to Take Your Dog – Monmouth County NJ
Places to Bring Your Dog In Asbury Park NJ
8th Ave Dog Beach
8th and Ocean Avenues
Asbury Park, NJ
Dogs are allowed on Asbury Park’s Boardwalk and 8th Avenue Dog Beach all day between October 1st and May 15th. During the summer, dogs are permitted on the 8th Avenue Dog Beach between the hours of 6:00pm and 8:30am only.
Wonder Bar Yappy Hour
Fifth and Ocean Avenues
Asbury Park, NJ
Wonder Bar hosts a dog happy hour (it’s actually more than an hour) called Yappy Hour. Dogs are welcome to play in large fenced outdoor area while their humans enjoy food and drink on the Yappy Hour Deck. Yappy Hour runs from spring through the fall (weather permitting – see website for details).
Places to Bring Your Dog In Highlands NJ
Sandy Hook/Gateway National Recreation Area
Leashed dogs are allowed on Sandy Hook’s bay beaches at Plum Island and Horseshoe Cove throughout the year. They are permitted on ocean beaches only after Labor Day and prior to March 15 due to nesting season for piping plovers.
Places to Bring Your Dog In Manasquan NJ
Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area
383 3rd Avenue
Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area is a 55-acre natural area on the Manasquan Inlet. Leashed dogs are permitted on the eastern section of the beach at Fishermen’s Cove Conservation Area.
Places to Take Your Dog in Morris County NJ
Places to Bring Your Dog In Kinnelon NJ
Silas Condict County Park
William Lewis Arthur Drive
This beautiful 1500 acre Morris County park has over 5 miles of trails, a 7 acre lake, picnicking sites, and boasts breathtaking views of the Ramapo Mountains. Leashed dogs are welcome throughout the park.
Places to Bring Your Dog In Long Valley NJ
Hacklebarney State Park
119 Hacklebarney Rd
Long Valley, NJ
The Black River flows briskly through rocky Hacklebarney State Park, cascading around large boulders in the hemlock-lined ravine and creating many beautiful waterfalls along the way. Rinehart and Trout Brooks also wind their way through this glacial valley, feeding the Black River. Even in extreme summer temperatures, the Black River gorge is cool and refreshing. Nearly 5 miles of hiking trails offer breathtaking views of the Black River and its waterfalls. Leashed dogs are welcome in Hacklebarney State Park. Study hiking shoes are recommended for their humans.
Places to Bring Your Dog In Morristown NJ
Morristown National Historical Park
Tempe Wick Road
The site of the winter encampment of the Continental Army and General George Washington during the winter of 1779, Morristown National Historical Park boasts 27 miles of hiking trails and acres of historic grounds. Leashed dogs are allowed on the grounds; they are not permitted in buildings.
Places to Take Your Dog in Middlesex County NJ
Places to Bring Your Dog In Edison NJ
Edison-Metuchen Dog Park
Whitman AvenueEdison, NJ
A new 5-acre off-leash dog area with benches, shade structures, water fountains, trash receptacles, and walking paths. Doggie playground equipment will soon be installed.
Places to Bring Your Dog In South Plainfield NJ
Brick House Tavern and Tap
4901 Stelton Road
South Plainfield, NJ
The Brick House Tavern and Tap in South Plainfield features a dog-friendly outdoor patio.
Places to Take Your Dog in Ocean County NJ
Places to Bring Your Dog In Barnegat Light NJ
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Broadway and the Bay
Barnegat Light, NJ
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park is located on the northern tip of Long Beach Island. The park is home to one of the most iconic landmarks in New Jersey – 172 foot tall Barnegat Lighthouse. Other highlights include the beautiful beach, the Maritime Forest Trail, picnicking facilities and a fishing area. Leashed dogs are welcome in the park and on the trail between August 16 and March 31 (not permitted during bird nesting season).
Barnegat Light Dog Park
West 10th Street
Barnegat Light, NJ
The borough of Barnegat Light has a municipal dog park located at West 10th Street. The dog park is open year round.
Places to Bring Your Dog In Bayville NJ
Double Trouble State Park
581 Pinewald Keswick Road
Double Trouble State Park is a beautiful 8000+ acre park that provides an outstanding opportunity to explore the Pine Barrens, It is home to a well-preserved historic cranberry farming village, the Cedar Creek, a cranberry bog, and a 1.5 mile marked nature trail (as well several miles of unmarked trails along sand service roads). Leashed dogs are welcome in Double Trouble State Park.
Places to Bring Your Dog In Seaside Park NJ
Island Beach State Park
Route 35 South
Seaside Park, NJ
Leashed dogs are allowed in Island Beach State Park. They are not permitted on the ocean swimming beaches (i.e., lifeguarded areas) between Memorial Day weekend and October 1 and are not permitted on the Spizzle Creek Bird Blind Trail at any time.
Places to Take Your Dog in Passaic County NJ
Places to Bring Your Dog In Hewitt NJ
Wawayanda State Park
885 Warwick Turnpike
Wawayanda State Park is a 35,000 acre park straddling Passaic and Sussex Counties. Highlights of the park include a large lake (Lake Wawayanda), Laurel Pond, forested hills and steep mountains, Bearfort Mountain Natural Area (a key location for viewing red-shoulded hawk), Wawayanda Hemlock Ravine Natural Area (shady hemlock-mixed hardwood forest), Wawayanda Swamp Natural Area (a 2,100+ acre swamp area where barred owl and great blue heron can be observed) and over 60 miles of marked trails. A twenty mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail runs through the park. Leashed dogs are welcome in Wawayanda State Park, but are not permitted in camping areas or on the swimming beach.
Places to Bring Your Dog In Paterson NJ
Great Falls National Park
Great Falls National Historic Park celebrates the roots of America’s first industrial city. The 89-acre park is home to historic industrial buildings, trails, and a 77 foot waterfall – the second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi (after Niagara Falls). Leashed dogs are allowed in Great Falls National Park but are not permitted in buildings.
Places to Take Your Dog in Salem County NJ
Places to Bring Your Dog In Elmer NJ
Yappi Hour at New Dodge’s Market
New Dodge’s Market
55 Chestnut Street
Dogs and their people are invited to Yappi Hour at New Dodge’s Market every Wednesday through August 31st. For $15, humans can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner on the porch and for $5, dogs will enjoy a freshly-prepared meal choice (Skippy’s Chicken & Rice or Shuggies’ Salmon). Every dog gets a free Dodge’s take-home dog bowl! Complimentary wine tasting with Coda Rossa Winery every Wednesday (5-9pm).
Places to Bring Your Dog In Pittsgrove NJ
Parvin State Park
701 Almond Road
Situated on the edge of the Pine Barrens in Salem County, Parvin State Park not only has pine forests typical to the area but also a swamp hardwood forest. Spring is a particularly beautiful time to visit this South Jersey state park as it bursts into bloom with blossoming dogwood, laurel, holly, magnolia, wild azalea, and more than 200 kinds of flowering plants. Parvin Lake, Thundergust Lake, and Muddy Run are popular fishing and boating destinations. Parvin State Park features over 11 miles of marked trails and leashed dogs are welcome in the park (the campground permits dogs in sites 45 through 56 only and dogs are not permitted on the swimming beach).
Places to Take Your Dog in Somerset County NJ
Places to Bring Your Dog In Bedminster NJ
Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve
2121 Larger Cross Road
Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve is a 170-acre natural area in Somerset County NJ that is home to the Raritan Headwaters Association. Formerly a dairy farm, the preserve contains five miles of trails through fields and woodlands, a small pond, a butterfly garden, and a restored 1800’s era barn complex. Leashed dogs are welcome here; they are not permitted in the pond.
Places to Bring Your Dog In Bernardsville NJ
The Bernards Inn
27 Mine Brook Road
Every Monday the Terrace at The Bernards Inn welcomes dogs and their people for lunch or dinner. Dogs will enjoy organic, gourmet treats provided by Cherrybrook Premium Pet Supplies!
Places to Take Your Dog in Sussex County NJ
Places to Bring Your Dog In Andover NJ
Kittatinny Valley State Park
Kittatinny Valley State Park is a scenic 5600+ acre state park in Sussex County NJ that is home to variety of wildlife such as wild turkey, whitetail deer, a variety of songbirds, muskrats, beaver, and squirrels. Geographic features include four glacial lakes (great for fishing and boating), limestone outcroppings, former railroads, and a small airport. Kittatiny State Park is also home to Waterloo Village, an early 19th-century restored village containing a working mill complex with sawmills and gristmills, a blacksmith shop, a general store, and several historic houses. The park contains nearly 16 miles of trails, making it an awesome place for a dog-friendly New Jersey day trip!
Places to Bring Your Dog In Montague NJ
High Point State Park
Located in the far northwestern corner of New Jersey, High Point State Park is a can’t miss destination for dogs and their humans. The 15,000+ acre park features over 50 miles of trails (including an 18 mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail) which vary in length from one half-mile to 18 miles and take visitors through diverse landscapes including an Atlantic white cedar swamp (the highest elevation swamp of its kind in the world), mountain ridge tops with 360-degree views, dense forests, fields, and wetlands. The view from High Point Monument, at 1,803 feet above sea level, is a breathtaking panorama of rich farmland and forest, soft hills, and lush valleys in three states. Leashed dogs are welcome in High Point State Park (they are not permitted in campgrounds or on the swimming beach).
Places to Take Your Dog in Union County NJ
Places to Bring Your Dog In Mountainside NJ
Echo Lake Dog Park
Union County’s Echo Lake Dog Park is a 3-acre off leash doggie play area with separate sections for large and small dogs. It is located within Echo Lake County Park, where leashed dogs are welcome to enjoy the facilities with their humans. Echo Lake County Park features a large lake, a fitness trail, pedal boats, a picnic area (reservable), a playground, restrooms, and a snack bar.
Watchung Reservation/Trailside Nature & Science Center
452 New Providence Road
Watchung Reservation is Union County’s largest park. It is comprised of 2,000 acres of woodlands and contains over 13 miles of trails. Highlights of a visit to Watchung Reservation include the Deserted Village of Feltvile/Glenside Park, Surprise Lake, the Trailside Nature and Science Center, and Seeley’s Pond. Leashed dogs are welcome at Watchung Reservation.
Places to Take Your Dog in Warren County NJ
Places to Bring Your Dog In Hardwick Township NJ
White Lake Natural Resource Area
Stillwater Road (Route 521)
Hardwick Twp, NJ
White Lake Natural Resource Area lies in the Great Limestone Valley in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The 394 acre preserve features a pristine 69 acre spring-fed lake and a variety of interesting wildlife habitats including karst limestone exposures, fertile meadows, sinkhole ponds, and stands of mature hemlock and hardwood forests. The preserve is also home to several cultural and historical points of interest, including the stone wall remnants of an ice house/marl processing facility and a lime kiln. Several miles of hiking trails pass through White Lake preserve, making it a great destination for dogs and their people.
Places to Bring Your Dog In Washington NJ
Merrill Creek Reservoir
34 Merrill Creek Road
Washington, NJ 07882
Merrill Creek Reservoir is a 650-acre reservoir surrounded by a 290-acre environmental preserve and 2000 additional acres of woods and fields that provides dogs and their people with a tranquil setting in which to interact with the natural environment. With over 11 miles of trails, this Warren County preserve is a great place to take your dog (dogs must be leashed at all times).
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