This past weekend, we had the wonderful opportunity to stay at Glen Highland Farm, an off leash ‘Canine Country Getaway’ in Morris NY.  This place is a paradise for dogs. 175 acres of grassy hills, woods and crystal clear creeks for dogs to explore OFF LEASH.

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Settled on an abandoned dairy farm, the property contains 5 miles of trails, each chosen by and named for the dogs that blazed them.  The owner, John, explained that he literally let the dogs go and followed behind with a tractor and a chainsaw… meaning some of the trails are not for the faint of heart.  The climbs are steep and riddled with slippery roots, mossy patches and shoe sucking mud.  That being said, this isn’t your grandpa’s camping.  Our cabin had lights, working outlets and a fan.  The facilities had hot running water and flush-able toilets.  The cooking pavilion had wi-fi and though it feels like you are in a remote corner of the world, you can leave the campsite at any time to drive into town for supplies.  We even picked up a (delicious) pizza our second night there.DSC_0618 DSC_0644 DSC_0652 DSC_0693 DSC_0781 DSC_0828

What was especially wonderful was the freedom.  No guided hikes or scheduled activities.  We let the dogs lead the entire duration of our stay.  What’s more is, at full capacity the camp only has 26 guests total, giving you plenty of privacy on the trails.  In fact my favorite experience was finding a secluded little stream where we could break and swim and play, and not another soul disturbed the four of us.   If you’re a little more social than we are, there’s an area for a bonfire near the cooking pavilion surrounded by a number of cozy lawn chairs, where guests can relax and chat at the end of the day.DSC_1028 DSC_1310 DSC_1368

As if this place doesn’t seem enough like dog heaven, the farm’s most base job is rescuing Border Collies.  They have a full time staff on board to  care for homeless Border Collies and rehabilitate dogs who had rough starts to life.  Lovely no?

Sound like something you may want to do?  A few things to remember:

  • Bring bug spray.  Extra strength.  Bring like 5 bottles.
  • Bring twice the amount of clothes you think you’ll need and quadruple the amount of socks.  You will sweat and get muddy and the grass is perpetually wet.  Bring two pairs of shoes too.
  • Bring dog shampoo and grooming supplies-especially if you’ll be visiting with your very hairy Cavalier like myself.  If you haven’t figured it out yet, I completely underestimated the mud and muck.  I mean, we actually pulled a leech off of Elsa.  It was…unspeakable.
  • Bring booze, cuz hey,  you’re allowed to.
  • Bring bug spray…just bring a lot of it.