Syracuse: A Dog Walking Paradise

Looking for places to walk your dog in Syracuse? You’ve come to the right place! Our fair city has a walk score of 94: yes, that’s right. It’s a “walker’s paradise.” There’s almost too much from which to choose! When it comes to ensuring your dog (and you!) get the exercise he needs, though, that’s a problem we’re happy to have.

Try these hotspots:


Onondaga Park

Roberts Avenue, Syracuse NY

A gem in the city. Google reviewer Jade exclaims, “Beautiful park in a nice neighborhood. Plenty of space to walk your dog.” She’s right: the park sprawls out over 86.2 acres in the heart of Syracuse. You and your canine companion can wander through grassy areas or try the park’s marked loop to get your daily dose of exercise.

Onondaga also features fun for the whole family: a pool, athletic courts and fields, a playground, and Hiawatha Lake make for a great afternoon outing. Fido can tag along on his leash.


Onondaga Creekwalk

233 E. Washington Street, Syracuse, NY

The Creekwalk is a beautiful work in progress. The city plans to connect the trail to the 12 mile Loop the Lake Trail and the Erie Canalway Trail. The completed stretch is paved, easy to follow, and lined with lights and benches. It winds through downtown streets for a scenic urban experience.


Elmwood Park

Glenwood Avenue, Syracuse, NY

Elmwood Park is intentionally natural! In 1927, organizers recognized the abundant beauty of the spot and wanted to offer people a “delightful unspoiled area of land.” Structures such as walls, bridges, stairs, and curbs were built to complement rather than compete with nature. The rustic stone and unfinished timber construction make for a thoroughly charming walk. Your dog may be more interested in sniffing but we’re sure you’ll love it!


Erie Canal Trailway

East Syracuse, NY

Yes, do it! This 291.9 mile trail runs from Buffalo to Albany, passing through East Syracuse. Thanks to the nonprofit organization, Rails-to-Trails, the former rail line and connecting corridors have been transformed into gorgeous walking paths that take you, and your four-legged friend, past both natural and urban attractions. Tackle a stretch of the Erie Canal Trailway; you will not be disappointed.


Jamesville Beach Off-Leash Dog Park

4110 West Shore Manor Road, Syracuse, NY

When you’re enjoying Syracuse’s city streets and parks, your pup must be leashed. This is true at Jamesville Beach Park too. But… they have an off-leash section! Now’s his chance to run free!

Unlike many, Jamesville Beach Off-Leash Dog Park is unfenced. It’s a good idea to work on your dog’s recall skills before taking him out to play in the expansive open field. You can also try some wooded trails with a stream. Perfect for cooling off on a hot day. BringFido reviewer Amy writes, “It’s very nice and a great place to relax and play with your dog.”


Wegmans Good Dog Park

2500 Cold Springs Road, Liverpool, NY

If your dog doesn’t always respond to “Come,” or you’d feel better having a fenced in off-leash park, you’re in luck. Just a few miles down the road in Liverpool is Wegmans Good Dog Park. It is a dog paradise.

The 40,000 square foot fenced-in, double-gated space features tunnels, jumps, bridges, bright red fire hydrants (because dogs), pea-gravel running area, seating for you, cleanup stations, and a small dog enclosure for pooches under 25 pounds.


Know Your Dog Park Etiquette

Off-leash dog parks allow your pet the freedom to play, meet other pups, and generally tucker himself out so he’s ready for some chill time at home. Remember to follow the rules so everyone can enjoy:

  • Always clean up after your dog.
  • Your dog (and any children you bring) must be under your supervision at all times.
  • Make sure your pet is licensed and is up-to-date on all his vaccinations. Proof of rabies shot is required.
  • Keep your dog leashed until inside the fenced-in area. Remove leash once inside.
  • Do not bring dogs who are in heat, sick, aggressive, or under four months old.
  • If your dog becomes aggressive, remove him immediately.
  • Do not bring food (including dog treats) or toys into the park.
  • Have fun!

Syracuse is a dog-walking treasure. Where will your feet, and paws, take you today?