Hot, sunny days mean you’re ready to put on a bathing suit and hit the beach or hike some scenic trails with your furry companions. Although many places may not permit dogs during the peak summer season, there are lots of destinations in New Jersey for you and your pups to experience the outdoor fun you’ve been craving, while also enjoying the infamous pork roll the Jersey Shore has to offer. New-Jersey-Leisure-Guide.com has compiled a full list of dog-friendly attractions, and the following list contains a sampling of the locations throughout the Garden State.
Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve
2121 Larger Cross Road
This dog-friendly park is in the northern part of New Jersey. There are no picnic tables or play areas; this park is all about preserving and providing a quality nature experience for wildlife inhabitants. It’s the perfect place to take your pup on a nature appreciation excursion. Dogs must be leashed and cleaned up after at all times. They are allowed throughout the park and on the trails, but they are not allowed in the ponds. A maximum of two dogs are allowed per owner.
Hacklebarney State Park
119 Hacklebarney Rd
Long Valley, NJ
This park in North Jersey has lots of nature and beauty to provide for its visitors. A long stone staircase brings visitors into this 978-acre glacial valley with gorges carved from the Black River, steep ravines covered in hard-wood forests, rare plants and animals, miles of trails, and a variety of land and water recreation. Dogs are allowed throughout the park and on the trails, but must be leashed and cleaned up after at all times.
8th Ave Dog Beach
8th Ave and Ocean Ave.
Asbury Park, NJ
Asbury Park is a well-known spot in Central Jersey that is always bustling with activity, with a boardwalk that offers boutique shopping, fun and food for kids of all ages, as well as fine and casual dining with stunning views. During the summer season, dogs are allowed between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. During the off season, October 1 through May 15, dogs are permitted all day. Dogs must be cleaned up after (you can use the provided waste station). You must also observe posted boundaries and control dogs when unleashed at all times.
Wolf Hill Recreation Area
3 Crescent Place
This dog-friendly park in Central Jersey near the Long Branch oceanfront is open from 7 a.m. to dusk and has two off-leash areas. One is a 4-acre area for dogs of all sizes and the other is an area for dogs weighing 35 pounds or less. Dog waste bags and garbage cans can be found in both dog areas and there are portable toilets near the parking lot. There’s also a patio with sheltered picnic tables. So, pack a Frisbee and a lunch and have some fun!
Malibu Beach Wildlife Management Center, Egg Harbor Township
If you want to enjoy bird-watching with your pup, then Malibu Beach is the place to go. Malibu Beach is a small but beautiful piece of undeveloped beach in South Jersey providing valuable nesting habitat for several threatened and endangered birds. Open daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Malibu Beach permits dogs on the beach all year long, but they must be kept on a leash at all times.
Cape May Dog Park
Located on Lafayette Street near the corner of Broad
Cape May, NJ
If you’re looking to introduce your pups to other dogs on your travels, Cape May Dog Park is the perfect place to have a canine play date. This dog park in South Jersey has a gazebo, toys and a water source for when dogs get thirsty during play. The park is double-gated for easier entry and introduction. You must register your dogs beforehand, clean up after them and keep them on leashes, except in designated free-run areas of the park.