From amenities to park tips, we've rounded up everything you need to know before you take Fido out for an afternoon of outdoor fun.
AMAGANSETT, Napeague State Park, Route 27, 631-668-5000. Dogs allowed on a leash in this undeveloped park. Includes trails, wooded areas and roads. Access to the beach. No water source or public bathrooms.
BABYLON, Belmont Lake State Park
BABYLON, Belmont Lake State Park, Exit 38, Southern State Parkway, 631-667-5055. Dogs allowed on undeveloped trail areas only, starting at northeast corner of parking lot and ending near maintenance buildings.
BELLMORE, Newbridge Road Dog Park
BELLMORE, Newbridge Road Dog Park, 2600 Newbridge Rd., 516-783-2500, 8 a.m.-dusk daily. It is the only dog park in the Town of Hempstead. Its 14,025 square feet of play area (separate spaces for large and small dogs) has paw-friendly synthetic turf for ground cover and has agility equipment in each area. Open to Town of Hempstead residents only. Dogs must be licensed (available through town clerk's office, 516-489-5000, ext. 3046).
BROOKHAVEN, Robinson Duck Farm Dog Park
BROOKHAVEN, Robinson Duck Farm Dog Park, 2903 Montauk Hwy., 631-854-4949. This 3-acre park has areas for large and small dogs, but no water source. This is a combination fenced and natural-borders park.
CALVERTON, Isaac Park
CALVERTON, Isaac Park, on the Grumman site, within Veteran's Memorial Park, 631-727-5744. Separated by large and small dogs, this half-acre plot has shade trees and seating. Bring your own water; leashed dogs can be walked on some trails; Town of Riverhead residents only.
EAST ISLIP, Heckscher State Park
EAST ISLIP, Heckscher State Park, Heckscher Parkway, 631-581-2100. Dogs allowed on undeveloped trails west of toll booths Memorial Day-Labor Day. Park in Field 4 and walk across to access trails in Field 5. Park in Field 5 Labor Day-Memorial Day. Dogs allowed on leash in Field 5.
EAST MEADOW, Eisenhower Park
EAST MEADOW, Eisenhower Park, Salisbury Park Drive and Stewart Avenue, East Meadow, 516-572-0347. Dogs allowed only in dog run, 1 1⁄2 acres, open to Nassau County residents. In addition to shaded seating, each run has a water source. Parking lot has room for about 30 cars.
EAST NORTHPORT, 106 Deposit Rd., 631-754-8722. About 300 feet by 90 feet, park at shade/rain pavilion with benches; Huntington Town residents only. Permits are free, but required.
EAST PATCHOGUE, Mud Creek Natural-Borders Dog Park
EAST PATCHOGUE, Mud Creek Natural-Borders Dog Park, 341 Roe Ave., 631-854-4949. Park is closed March 2-June 30. It has no water source or regular waste removal. It is bordered on one side by Great South Bay.
HUNTINGTON, West Hills County Park
HUNTINGTON, West Hills County Park, Sweet Hollow Road, 631-854-4423, parking fee charged in summer. Dogs allowed off leash only in 2-acre run (for dogs 25 pounds or bigger); allowed in other areas on leash.
LIDO BEACH, Eugene Nickerson Beach Park
LIDO BEACH, Eugene Nickerson Beach Park, 880 Lido Blvd., 516-571-7700. Dogs allowed only in dog run on west side of beach parking lot. Although there is no separation of large and small dogs, park has a water source and some agility apparatus. Some seating and tables available. Minimal shade.
MIDDLE ISLAND, 1075 Middle Country Rd. (Route 25), in the old Kmart shopping center, on the right side near the wooded area, 631-451-6133. At nearly 4 acres, it has separate areas for large dogs (30 pound or more) and small dogs; water fountains for each area; benches; all dogs must have a Town of Brookhaven pooch pass, available at town clerk's office, 631-451-9101.
MONTAUK, Amsterdam Beach State Park
MONTAUK, Amsterdam Beach State Park, Route 27, 631-668-5000. Dogs on leash allowed in this undeveloped park with expansive trails and wooded areas, access to the beach and cliffside ocean views. No water source or public bathrooms.
MONTAUK, Camp Hero State Park
MONTAUK, Camp Hero State Park, Route 27, near Montauk Lighthouse, 631-668-5000. Dogs allowed on leash throughout the park, which includes roads, trails, wooded areas and beach access. No water source and minimal bathroom facilities.
MONTAUK, Hither Hills State Park
MONTAUK, Hither Hills State Park, north of Montauk Parkway, east of Napeague Harbor and west of overlook parking, 631-668-3781. Leashed dogs allowed in certain areas on the north side of the highway; not allowed in camping, bathing and picnic grounds on south side. No water or other facilities on the north side; access to beach.
MONTAUK, Montauk Point State Park
MONTAUK, Montauk Point State Park, Route 27, 631-668-3781. Dogs on leash allowed in area west of refreshment stand to just beyond Oyster Pond, but not in picnic areas, near buildings or lighthouse. Area includes woods, trails, roads and access to beach. Water source and public bathrooms available near the parking lot.
MONTAUK, Shadmoor State Park
MONTAUK, Shadmoor State Park, Route 27, 631-668-5000. Dogs on leash allowed in this undeveloped park. Includes trails, wooded areas, roads and cliff tops. No water or public bathrooms.
NESCONSET, 148 Smithtown Blvd., 631-269-1122. Park is behind Nesconset Library, accessed via a half-mile dirt walking trail. It offers wood-chip ground cover, water for dogs, picnic tables and seating.
OLD BETHPAGE, Old Bethpage Restoration Dog Run, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., 516-572-8400. Areas for small and large dogs and seating for owners. It features "green" water systems that collect and filter rain water for dogs to drink. Hours are the same as for Old Bethpage Village Restoration: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sun.; no fee for using the dog run.
PECONIC, Southold Town Recreation Center Dog Park
PECONIC, Southold Town Recreation Center Dog Park, 970 Peconic Lane, 631-765-5182. Separate area for small and large dogs; seating, shade; water.
RIVERHEAD, Duke Dog Park
RIVERHEAD, Duke Dog Park, at Stotzky Park, 631-727-5744. Half-acre plot with trees. No water. Open to Town of Riverhead residents.
ROSLYN/EAST HILLS, Dog Park at East Hills Park, Harbor Hills Road, 516-484-9800. Single area for large and small dogs; water available, seating; agility equipment; East Hills residents only.
ROSLYN/NORTH HILLS, Christopher Morley Park
ROSLYN/NORTH HILLS, Christopher Morley Park, Searingtown Road (north of LIE), 516-571-8113. Dogs allowed only in run, which is near parking lot to the left of main entrance. Dog drinking fountain available; seating and some shade. Closed first Tue. morning of the month for cleaning.
SEAFORD, Cedar Creek Park
SEAFORD, Cedar Creek Park, Merrick Road, 516-571-7470. Open dawn to dusk. Dogs allowed in run only, accessible through parking Field 7. Separate small- and large-dog runs, water, seating; some shade; handicap accessible.
SELDEN, Boyle Road, between Corvair and Carston streets, 631-451-9101. About 1.3 acres; separate sections for large and small dogs (less than 25 pounds). Trees and benches, but no running water. Large-dog area includes an agility course.
SMITHTOWN, Blydenburgh County Park
SMITHTOWN, Blydenburgh County Park, off Veterans Memorial Highway, 631-854-3713. Dogs allowed on leash throughout the park; off leash within the fenced-in section, which has small- and large-dog areas. Water source. Seating and shade in large-dog area. It has 15 off-street parking spaces and is accessible to those with disabilities.
SPRINGS, off Three Mile Harbor Road (or Hog Creek Road), between Wipple Road and Manor Lane), 631-324-4141. This 20-acre, off-leash park is long and narrow. Park is completely fenced with 6-foot-high livestock fencing (very small dogs might be able to squeeze through the openings). No separate areas for small and large dogs, water or waste bags; parking for about 20 cars; a resident or nonresident parking permit is required (available through Town of East Hampton).
VALLEY STREAM, 123 S. Central Ave., 516-592-5114, 516-592-5106, nwsdy.li/vsdogs. Amenities at this 1⁄2-acre park include a synthetic turf area, a small obstacle course and an incline area; park is divided between small and large dogs. Water and seating available; $18 annual pass for village residents, $55 for Central High School District residents.
WANTAGH, Wantagh Park, Kings Road and Canal Place, next to Wantagh State Parkway, 516-571-7460. Dogs allowed in runs only, accessed via parking lot 3. Separate small- and large-dog runs; limited shade and seating.
WEST SAYVILLE, Cherry Avenue Park, 631-854-9611. Separate areas for large and small dogs; park has water for dogs and limited seating for owners. Dog park is dirt with wood chips; parking lot is dirt. Both fare poorly when it rains.
Other rules and info: Owners must pick up after their dogs. -Violators are subject to removal from the park and suspension of park privileges. -Dogs must not be left unattended at campgrounds. Call individual parks for details. -Only hunting dogs can run without leashes in specified areas of state and Suffolk County parks. Field trials are permitted at Napeague State Park with a Department of Environmental Conservation permit (www.dec.ny.gov/63.html) -Not all areas have access to water, so bring your own water and bowl. -Most runs are open dawn to dusk daily; parking fees may apply. -Owners are expected to keep an eye on their dogs at all times. --Dogs acting aggressively should be removed immediately. -A natural-borders park means it is surrounded by non-chain-link fencing and one or more sides of the park can be a natural border, such as water or other obstacles. -Visitors are required to remove anything they bring in, including dog waste and trash. Natural border parks may be unavailable during certain bird-nesting and other habitat-related periods.
Only some of the Island's undeveloped park lands are open to dogs. A pamphlet is available from the Long Island State Parks regional office (631-321-3515, nwsdy.li/dogrun) that specifies those areas within state parks. Dogs with special tags, such as guide dogs and those assisting the hearing-impaired, are allowed in all state parks. State policy requires that dogs be on leashes no more than 6 feet long and owners be able to show proof of up-to-date rabies inoculations on request.