Millions of people head to Niagara Falls every year to check out the natural beauty of these two magnificent natural wonders, or en route to Toronto, Ontario. The town of Niagara Falls is an interesting industrial place. If you bring your dog along for this journey, make sure to check out the parks in the area. Buffalo, New York is in proximity to Niagara Falls and has some nice park options. These places are ideal to go to before winter hits, because they are incredibly snowy.
Niagara Falls State Park
A must-see! This park surrounds the falls, and is the oldest state park in America. Dogs are allowed on a six-foot or less leash to go around the hiking trails, but cannot go into any of the boat rides or other attractions. There are amazing views of the falls and you can catch some of the mist. You should stop at the visitor center to get a trail map. Stay away from the river, as it has a very strong current.
This is Buffalo’s first and only off-leash dog park. It is a new park, which opened in 2007, and it has enjoyed tremendous success ever since. It is a great place for humans as well, as there is a fantastic view of Buffalo’s waterfront and skyline. This park holds 70,000 square feet of off-leashed fence area. There are separate areas for big and small dogs. It is handicap accessible, and has running water, lighting, seating and shelter. If often holds events as well, though usually in warmer months.
This park has 22 acres along the Niagara River. It was originally built as a picnic area overlooking the Erie Canal and the river. Dogs are allowed on leash.
This is a 37-acre park, that is on a bluff overlooking the Niagara River and Lake Erie. Dogs are allowed on leash. It is undergoing continuous reconstruction today.
This park has 80 acres, and holds some of Buffalo’s most mature trees. It also has some of Buffalo’s newest trees, as 2,500 have been planted since 1999. Cazenovia Creek also flows throughout the park. It is considered a neighborhood park for people in South Buffalo, who call it the “Caz.” Dogs are allowed on leash. There are many nice trails.