The four designated off-leash dog parks are open from dusk until dawn. To use the off-leash dog parks, dogs are required to be vaccinated, sociable and under owner control. Dogs also must be leashed when they are away from the off-leash areas.
Department of General Services Off Lead Area
This fenced, off-leash area is located on Erie Boulevard, just north of the Interstate 90 bridge overpass.
Normanskill Farm Dog Park
This dog park is located off Delmar Avenue, and is fenced and has pleasant scenery.
Westland Hills Dog Park
Hartman Road Dog Park
Washington Park is a large, popular park with many natural and human-made attractions. It is one of the oldest city parks of New York state. They hold events that usually take place in spring and summer, but dogs are not allowed at the events, so make sure you check in advance for events to avoid confusion. The park features grassy fields, statues, monuments, a lake house amphitheater, tennis courts, a pond, a playground and many paths to explore. Dogs are allowed to join you on leash.
Albany Pine Bush Preserve
This large preserve is full of dense shrubs, pines, grassy fields and wild flowers in the summer. It is also home to the Karner blue butterfly, which is an endangered species. There is a network of trails located in this preserve that are utilized year-round. Dogs are allowed to hike with you on leash.
Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve
This nature preserve is located in nearby Clifton Park, New York. It takes up 600 acres, and many local dog walkers enjoy taking walks here along the Mohawk River and Erie Canal. It features some historical sites for the Erie Canal, as well as a wetland wildlife area that has some migratory birds. Dogs are allowed in this preserve on leash.
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
This is an interesting place to walk around if you like history, where you can walk along the canal banks. People often jog and bike along its sides, and others utilize the water for fishing, motorboating, cruising and kayacking. Dogs are allowed to walk with you along the banks if they are on leash. This site is located in nearby town Waterford, New York.