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Ridgewood Duck Pond, Ridgewood (Photo by Ted Axelrod)
Posted: Wednesday April 11, 2012, 2:38 PM
By Kimberly Wilson

Dog Parks – Off Leash

Overpeck County Park
Leonia; (201) 336-7275
A beautiful place to take a walk with the dog and to take advantage of the off-leash dog run. The entrance to the park is on Fort Lee Road.

Riverside County Park/Joseph A. Carucci
Riverside Avenue, Lyndhurst; (201) 336-7275
Off-leash dog run and playground with two separate fenced-in areas for smaller and larger dogs. The 4-foot- high fully fenced area is complete with safety-gated entrance. Ample parking and benches for the two-legged guests.  

Riverside Park Animal Park
River Road South, North Arlington; (201) 991-6060
An off-leash dog park with some agility equipment. Fenced-in but pretty low, so be careful if your dog can jump. Also, keep in mind that it gets very muddy after rain or snow melt.

Saddle River County Park
1133 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood; (201) 670-5560
Known commonly as the "Duck Pond," this park features two separate dog runs for smaller and larger dogs – this way your pint-sized pooch doesn't get lost in the playful romp of a yellow lab or golden retriever. Each area is fenced in for containment purposes. Beautiful views of the adjacent Saddle River.

Wallington County Park/Sam Nelkin County Park
Paterson Avenue, Wallington; (973) 778-6184
Two separate fenced-in areas for smaller and larger dogs. There are benches and tables on the outside of the fences for owners to relax and watch their pets at play.

Wood Dale County Park
Prospect Avenue, Woodcliff Lake; (201) 336-7275
Fenced-in area with a woodchip surface. Bathrooms and water are right next to the run, so you don't need to bring your own bottles or bowls. Trash cans and disposable bags are also available.


Dog-Friendly Parks

Visitors are allowed to bring their dogs to these parks, provided that they are held on a leash at all times.

Alpine
Palisades Interstate Park
Dogs must be under their owner's control, leashed, and cleaned up after at all times. Dogs are not allowed in the Greenbrook Sanctuary.

Closter
Veterans Memorial Park and Schauble Park are popular places to bring your dogs. There is a regular group of people and their pets that go to the parks in the morning. The parks also have dispensers of dog waste bags.

Leonia
Plenty of off-leash pet hours at Lakeview Park weekdays and weekends.

Mahwah
Campgaw Mountain Reservation & Ramapo Valley County Reservation (Entrance on Ramapo Valley Road)
Ideal for people who love the great outdoors. Hiking trails are dog-friendly and marked, and you can get some spectacular views of the Ramapo Mountains and some lovely waterfalls. This is a family-friendly trail, and swimming is also available.

Ridgewood
Dogs are welcome along the track at Vets Field so long as they are kept on a leash at all times. Numerous events are held on the field including baseball and softball games as well as summer concerts and other town-wide activities.

Elsewhere
Glen Rock, Hillsdale, Little Ferry, Lyndhurst, North Arlington, Northvale, Wallington and Westwood all have animal-friendly parks.

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