Scenic Hudson's Dog Policy

Dog Walker in Tarrytownphoto: Vickie Muller

Your Dog is Welcome—If You Follow the Rules

To maximize enjoyment of our parks and minimize impacts to their natural resources, Scenic Hudson requires that dogs must be leashed at all times and owners must clean up after their pets.

Dogs are welcome at all Scenic Hudson parks except Scenic Hudson Park at Irvington and Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Those who don't respect these posted park rules also violate a state and/or town ordinance* that could result in fines and an animal's impoundment.

If people continue breaking the rules, everyone could lose the privilege of bringing dogs to a particular park. That's why we encourage visitors to remind fellow dog owners about the importance of abiding by our policies.

Five Good Reasons to Leash Your Dog

  1. Unleashed dogs can become lost and encounter Lyme ticks, snakes, other dogs or rabid animals.
  2. Unleashed dogs intimidate other visitors, depriving them of the peace our parks provide.
  3. Unleashed dogs can harass or injure wildlife and other dogs.
  4. A leashed dog's keen senses can alert you to nearby wildlife or other park users.
  5. Unleashed dogs could result in the banishment of all dogs from your favorite parks.

Five Good Reasons to Clean Up Dog Waste

  1. It carries diseases to which young children are especially susceptible.
  2. It takes the joy out of outdoor activities—kids play on the grass and families enjoy picnicking.
  3. It can wreak havoc on the ecosystem, the natural beauty people come to enjoy.
  4. It's been shown to raise harmful bacteria levels in nearby ponds and streams.
  5. Not cleaning it up is against the law.

Please clean up after your dog—and take it with you!

*NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets Law, Chapter 69, Article 7