Which local Bedford trails allow dogs?
Pound Ridge is an especially green town, with a variety of trails open to dogwalkers. Ward Pound Ridge Reservation offers numerous trails and a diverse landscape where dogs are allowed in most sections of the park with the exception of the picnic areas.
The Pound Ridge Land Conservancy maintains eight preserves in town, and dogs are permitted in those that have trails. To use the trails, hikers must leave no trace, keep their dog under control (which includes leashing and prohibiting swimming), and respect the natural environment. Finally, the Westchester Wilderness Walk, located off of Upper Shad Road, also permits dogs on leash.
In Bedford, St. Matthew’s Church on Cantitoe Street (Route 22) maintains dog-friendly woodland trails that wind through an area called the Glebe and another named the Ketchum Memorial Sanctuary.
Additionally, the trails maintained by the Bedford Riding Lanes Association allow registered members to walk leashed dogs. Owners are advised to be cautious during all dog-horse interactions and to be respectful of other riders.
Off trail, all Bedford Town Parks allow leashed dogs except in the playground and pool areas. Unleashed dogs may run free in the Canine Commons area of Beaver Dam Park (access limited to Bedford residents with valid permits) where there are separate, enclosed areas for small and large dogs. Canine Commons permits are available from the Bedford Town Clerk, 914-666-4534).