Exploring Hunterdon County with Your Furry Best Friend

Hunterdon County, New Jersey, isn’t just a haven for history buffs and nature enthusiasts – it’s a tail-wagging wonderland for dogs and their humans, too! Forget the pet-ty limitations of a big city; Hunterdon County offers a smorgasbord of dog-friendly delights spread across charming towns. So, grab your leash, pack your treats, and get ready to explore alongside your furry best friend!

 

Hit the Trails Together:

Hunterdon County boasts a network of scenic trails perfect for leash-loving pups. Unleash your inner explorer in Sourland Mountain Preserve, with over 4,000 acres of forests, fields, and streams to sniff out (East Amwell Township). For riverside rambles, head to Frenchtown’s Horseshoe Bend Park along the Delaware River, offering stunning scenery and ample space to run free (leash required in non-designated areas). Don’t forget to pack those doggie waste bags – leave no trace behind!

Do you and your dog have some “adventurous bones” in your body? Check out some other outdoor activities in Hunterdon County that you can bring your furry friend along to enjoy!

Ironbound Farm and Ciderhouse in Asbury, NJ.

Restaurants & Breweries with a Wag:

Craving a post-hike pint? Check out High Bridge’s Circa for a delicious lunch, dinner or drink on their dog-friendly patio. Or, cross the street and find the newly established Esker Hart Artisan Ales to find another dog-friendly patio, serving modern and classic brews. If you find yourself a bit more West, head to Ironbound Farm and Ciderhouse for award-winning ciders, farm-to-table food offerings, and seasonal events, all dog-friendly! Make sure to check out their Dog Policy ahead of your visit, accessible on their website.

Check out the Hunterdon County Beer Trail or the many other Breweries and Wineries in Hunterdon – dogs welcomed at a plethora of these locations, please call ahead to ensure!

 

 

Unwind and Refuel:

Exploring with your dog builds up an appetite! After a day of adventure, refuel at a dog-friendly restaurant. In Lambertville, visit The Lambertville Station Restaurant & Inn where customers can bring their dogs and enjoy some food, drinks and a bowl of water on the patio!

If you’ve never visited Juniper Hill in Clinton, NJ, why not treat yourself and your dog to new digs with amazing food? Juniper Hill’s outdoor seating area allows dogs, so get ready to order a burger (or two) and enjoy their expansive menu and lively outdoor dining area.

For a more laid-back vibe for you and your pup, check out The Little York in Milford, NJ. Known for their delicious steaks and winner of the 2024 Best Steak in Hunterdon County, you and your pup are sure to enjoy all they have to offer! With all locally sourced ingredients and in-house butchered meats, there are so many fresh and delicious options for you and your furry companion. Dogs are welcome on the outdoor patio.

 

Market Fresh Adventures:

Phillips Farm Store

Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers Market (Flemington)
Every Sunday from May through October, head to Dvoor Farms in Lebanon to experience this market. Here, you and your pup can meet local farmers and browse a bounty of seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh bakes, unique foods, locally raised meats and cheeses, and much more. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere and enjoy the connection with your furry friend while supporting sustainable agriculture.

Lauber’s Country Market (Frenchtown)
If you’re searching for farm-fresh goodness to share with your pup, Lauber’s Country Market in Frenchtown might be the perfect stop. This market is known for its farm-raised beef, pork, and seasonal produce. Imagine your dog’s excitement at the prospect of a juicy steak or a fresh apple picked straight from the farm!

The Market at Phillip’s Farm (Milford)
Nestled amidst rolling farmland, The Market at Phillip’s Farm offers a charming experience for you and your pup. This market is a showcase of the farm’s bounty, featuring fresh and abundant fruits and vegetables, alongside tempting prepared foods like jams, salsas, and freshly baked bread. Don’t forget to explore the selection of high-quality local products from small independent businesses – you might just find the perfect dog treat or toy!

 

Unleash the Memories in Hunterdon County!

Hunterdon County offers a “pawsome” escape for you and your furry companion. With charming towns, stunning scenery, dog-friendly breweries, exciting events, unique experiences, and fresh farmers markets, it’s the ideal destination for creating lasting memories with your pup. So, pack your bags, grab your leash, and get ready to explore Hunterdon County – your dog will thank you for it!