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6 Pet Friendly Parks Around Binghamton

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Can you believe it?  Some parks around Binghamton will not allow dogs?  As crazy at it sounds, it is true.  I decided to focus on the pet friendly places you can walk your dog… or cat.  I say this because someone I work with in the building does walk her cat!

Otsiningo Park.  Home to the Spiediefest & Balloon Rally each August and home to one of the area’s most pet friendly parks, beautiful Otsiningo Park is pet-ready and some great trails for walking or jogging.  Take the Riverwalk trails for some great scenery.

Chenango Valley State Park, 153 State Park Road, Chenango Forks, NY.  One of my favorite parks and dogs of all sizes are allowed, as long as they are watched at all times.  In season, gate fee for the day is $7.00 (well worth it) but no fee for your pet. Be prepared to show a current rabies certificate.  Off limit areas include the beach area, the water and some trails.  There is a dog walk area at the campground and dogs are allowed in the camping cabins.

Rail Trail. This 2 mile trail starts in between the Vestal Parkway (in back of the mall area between Vestal Town Square Mall and Home Goods.  This trail runs parallel to the Vestal Parkway. You may have to contend with bikers and roller bladders so make sure you leash your pet.  They even have free dog poop bags.

Hickories Park, Rte. 434, Owego. Hickories Park is another scenic park that welcomes pets.  This park fav sits on the Susquehanna River and offers barbecue grills and pits, RV hookups, and several pavilions, perfect for a family or friend get together.

Dorchester Park. This Whitney Point park is the perfect park to boat, swim or walk your pet.  A nice lake view for you and your leashed friend.

Recreation Park. 73 Beethoven Street, Binghamton.  I grew up in this Westside Binghamton park made famous by ‘Twilight Zone’ legend Rod Sterling.  Ride the carousel after your walk, play (or watch) some tennis or just hang out in the sun or shade. As always, leash your dog as the streets around Rec Park can be busy.

So how about you?  Do you have a favorite park to walk your pet?

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