Jun 23rd

Dog Parks and Dog Friendly Places in Vermont

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)

Vermont

Burlington

  • Star Farm. Burlington's Dog Parks. Location: In northwest Burlington on Starr Farm Road. Parking for the Dog Park is west of the Burlington Bike Path.

  • Starr Farm Off Leash Dog Park. Burlington's Dog Parks. Location: In northwest Burlington on Starr Farm Road. Parking for the Dog Park is west of the Burlington Bike Path.

Essex

  • Indian Brook Reservoir. A trail along the reservoir. Dogs must be kept on a leash in the parking lots, picnic area adjacent to the dam and the water in front of these areas. Dogs are allowed to be off leash beginning at the trail head past the last parking lot on the east side of the reservoir and beyond the trail head at the lower parking lot on the south end of the reservoir. Dogs must respond to voice commands, cannot chase the wildlife in the park, and must be within the owner's vision at all times. (At each trail head we have provided dog mitts, You must pick up after your dog)." (Thank you Melanie Jannery)

Hartford

  • Watson Upper Valley Dog Park. Opened June 07. Off-leash dog park about 1 1/2 acres. Our group, the Upper Valley Dog Park Supporters, have partnered with the Town of Hartford, Vt, Parks & Recreation Dept. They are providing the land and liability and we (UVDPS) are raising the funding for the construction and annual maintenance of the park. It is our hope to begin in March and open by June-July. Location: It is located on route 14 W, 1 mile west of the Hartford Town Hall. Directions: It is centrally located just off I89N at exit 1, bare rt. towards White River Juction, at the second light turn lt. on rte. 5. go tonext light and turn lt. onto rte. 14W. It is about 3/4 mile on the left, Watson Park. (Thank you Leslie Carney)

Manchester

  • Manchester Vermont Dog Park. Our Manchester Vermont Dog Park is in a designated part of the Dana Thompson Park and Recreational Area, easily located on Recreational Park Road on Bonnet Street/Route 30. Go to our Directions page for an interactive map. Location: 340 Recreation Park Road. Directions: The Manchester Dog Park is located at the Dana L. Thompson Recreation Center. Drive in to the parking area by Applejack Field (fenced athletic field); the dog park is on the opposite end of the track (left of parking area). (Thank you Sylvia Carpenter)

South Burlington

  • Patchen Road. Leash free area. It's an unofficial dog park. It is an old baseball field that is not completely fenced in, but here are minimal hiking trails beyond it where the dogs can run free. It's accessible year round. Parking is available. Location: Patchen Road. Directions: It's right on Patchen Road. (Thank you Melanie Jannery)

St. Johnsbury

  • Dog Mountain. 150 acres to explore leash free, dog chapel, art gallery (dogs welcome leash free at all places!). It is Vermont artist Stephen Huneck's mission to make the world a dog friendly place to be. At Dog Mountain his artwork is displayed, including a chapel he has created with the sole purpose of honoring animals who have passed away. Photos of pets from across the globe adorn the walls and are all placed there in remembrance by their family members. There are 150 wooded acres with trails for dogs and their companions to hike and explore. Dogs are welcome in the gallery and dog trets are always available! Location: 143 Parks Road. (Thank you Jennifer D'Agostino)