Places To Hike With Your Dog This Spring

Spring is right around the corner, and we can’t wait to get back out into nature! If you like to hike with your dog (or cat?!) then check out this list of awesome spots to check out with your pet when it warms up. From long, steep, intense hikes, to a simple stroll around some shops – we’ve got it all covered for you. (As always, make sure your pet is up to date on the appropriate vaccines and preventatives before starting your adventures!)


State Parks:

Kittatinny Valley State Park – This beautiful park has a fairly simple trail system that runs next to Lake Aeroflex and a small airport. Your pup can take a swim in the lake while you take a break on the edge, or you can sit and watch the planes take off and land from benches that are set up throughout. This park is maintained by the state and there are entrances for the park from either side of the lake. Learn more here.

Stokes State Forest – Stokes is another park that is maintained by the state and has an amazing set of trails, places to have a picnic or even cool off your feet in the stream. There are numerous trails that wind through the woods, so it’s a great place to hike with your dog and let them take in all the smells of nature. You can also find a small pond with a beach type area that you can relax at as well. This park does require an entrance fee during certain times of the year. Learn more here.

Swartswood State Park –  This beautiful park features a lake with beach & picnic areas, a playground for the kids, and trails that allow for breathtaking views of the lake. While the main park does require an entrance fee during certain times of the year, there are access points to the lake from many points. Click here to learn more about this location. 

High Point State Park – A can’t miss sightseeing opportunity in Sussex County, High Point has an elaborate system of trails (including part of the Appalachian Trail), a lake with beach access, and an amazing monument that allows a full panoramic view of the surrounding areas. This is a great place for hiking not only with full grown pups, but it’s a great place to bring your new puppy as well. Here you will find plenty of people around to socialize with, but also enough space if you feel you need to take a break for some peace and quiet. Click here to learn more.


places to hike with your dog

From the endless trails to the sight seeing opportunities, High Point State Park in Sussex is a great place to hike with your dog.

Other Options:

Sunrise Mountain – The elevation this hike brings may cause challenges for some, but if you can make it to the top, you’ll be amazed at the sights you get to take in. At the top of the mountain, you’ll find a pavilion to relax in while you take in an astounding panoramic view of some of Sussex County. You can find more information about this location as well as directions and maps here.

The Shoppes at Lafayette – Recently renovated, The Shoppes at Lafayette have a bunch of options for shopping, food and snacks and it’s also a great place just to take a stroll. There are paved paths and walkways which make it an easy place to get some exercise (and even a little shopping while you’re there!). They also host a farmers market every Sunday during the warmer weather. Learn more.

Places to hike with your dog

Natural stone steps leading the trail up to Sunrise Mountain.

There are so many dog friendly spots in Sussex County! Remember that you should always check for leash rules before letting your dog off leash in a new area. If you will be hiking a lot, you should also be sure that your dog is up-to-date on all important vaccines such as the Lyme vaccine and the lepto vaccine. Contact us to learn more about what your dog needs to stay healthy for all of your upcoming adventures.

Our Certifications

AAHA: The Animal Hospital of Sussex County is a certified hospital in the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). To achieve this distinction, our hospital has passed regular comprehensive inspections of our facilities, medical equipment, veterinary practice methods and management. If you are traveling or relocating anywhere, finding an AAHA hospital will ensure the best medical care for your pet. The AAHA is recognized as the world’s leading association of small animal practitioners.

AAFP: We are also a cat friendly practice, certified by the American Association of Feline Practitioners. This means that the Animal Hospital of Sussex County is specifically set up to decrease stress and provide a more calming environment for your cat. Our staff has also been trained in feline-friendly handling and understanding cat behavior in order to increase the quality of care for your cat.

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