Jun 24th

Dog Parks 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)

     

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)

     

Jun 20th

Dog Parks and Dog beaches in Florida

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)

Florida Dog Parks

Sorted by city then park name

St. Johns County Paw Park Park
City:
Augustine, FL
Phone:
Website:
Hours: Sunrise - Sunset
Location: Within Treaty Park; from I-95, exit 94 North to Wildwood Drive, located between SR 207 and Federal Hwy 1
Features: Fenced, tables, trees, parking, restrooms, poopbags, trashcans, water source, picnic tables, agility equipment, separate small dog area.


Dog Beach
City:
Bonita Springs, FL
Phone:
Website:
Hours: Dawn - dusk
Location: New Pass of Bonita Beach Blvd.
Features: Basically a sandbar surrounded by shallow water where dogs can swim and run off-leash safely; sanctioned by the city. NOTE- we have had a report that leash laws are now enforced and that fines will be given for off-leash dogs.


Happy Tails Canine Park
City:
Bradenton, FL
Phone:
Website: http://www.manateechamber.com/parks.asp
Hours: Dawn - Dusk
Location: 51st Street West at G.T. Bray Park
Features: One of the county’s largest public properties, this 140-acre sporting complex features jogging and bike paths, a tennis complex, various athletic fields and a swimming pool. There’s also a gymnasium complete with programs for all ages, two full-size golf courses and two gulf-side beaches staffed with lifeguards.


Dr. Paul’s Pet Care Center Dog Park
City:
Coral Springs, FL 33065
Phone:
Website: http://toppetcare.com/
Hours: Dawn - 9:30 pm
Location: 2915 Sportsplex Drive,
Features: Dr. Paul's Pet Care Center Dog Park provides a unique recreation area for dogs and their families. Equipped with agility equipment, an open field, and water stations, the park provides a place for dogs to frolic off leash with their owners.


Pooch Pines Dog Park at Okeeheelee Park
City:
Delray, FL
Phone:
Website: http://www.co.palm-beach.fl.us/parks/specfac/dog_park/index.htm
Hours: Dawn - dusk
Location: 7715 Forest Hill Blvd.
Features: Fenced, 5 acres, paved pathways, shaded sitting areas, disposal bag dispensers and receptacles, trash cans, restrooms and parking nearby, separate areas for large and small dogs, canine drinking stations, dog washing area.


The Dog Park in Lake Ida Park
City:
Delray, FL
Phone:
Website: http://www.co.palm-beach.fl.us/parks/specfac/dog_park/index.htm
Hours: Sunrise - sunset
Location: 2929 Lake Ida Rd.
Features: 2.5 acres, (2) fenced-in areas: one for small dogs and one for large dogs, (2) canine drinking stations, (1) dog washing area, (8) shaded sitting areas, paved pathway, dispensers and receptacles for dog waste bags, restrooms and parking areas located nearby, information kiosk.


Bark Park at Snyder Park
City:
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Phone:
Website: http://ci.fort-lauderdale.fl.us/cityparks/snyder/barkpark
Hours: 7 an - 7:30 pm
Location: 3299 S.W. 4th Ave.
Features: Fenced, two open-air pavilions, benches, disposal bags, trash cans, parking, restrooms, water, separate area for small dogs, two hose stations, drinking fountains, agility equipment, small nature area with more than 20 labeled native trees. Freshwater dog swim Sat.-Sun. and holidays 10-5, first weekend in Mar.-first Sun. in Dec.; fee $1.


Dog Beach
City:
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Phone:
Website:
Hours: 3pm - 6pm Sat & Sun only
Location: A stretch of ocean beach, beginning at Sunrise and A1A
Features: A stretch of ocean beach, beginning at Sunrise and A1A, has been designated the 'dog beach' in Fort Lauderdale. A permit is required to use this beach and you must have it with you (fee is $5.30 per visit or $15 + tax for a year). I do not believe any provisions have been made to provide special permits for tourists . It is best to check with the city before you bring your dog here.


Hugh Taylor Birch Park
City:
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Phone:
Website:
Hours:
Location: On Sunrise
Features:


Dog Wood Off-Leash Park
City:
Gainesville, FL
Phone: 352-335-1919
Website: http://dogwoodpark.com
Hours: Sat.-Sun. noon-5
Location: 5505 S.W. Archer Rd.
Features: Six-foot fence, 15 acres, double-gated entry and exit, jogging trail, hammocks, gazebo, picnic tables, lounge chairs, swinging and regular benches, multiple clean-up stations with disposal bags, indoor restrooms, free bottled water, soft drinks for sale, two large swimming ponds for dogs, wading pools, dog shower, agility course, sunny and shady areas for small dogs, park-provided tennis balls. Park also offers a do-it-yourself dog wash, a doggie boutique, dog day care, a dog photography studio and agility and obedience training.
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Gainesville DogWood Park
City:
Gainesville, FL
Phone:
Website:
Hours: Open to visitors on Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 5pm
Location: 5505 SW Archer Road
Features: 15 acres, completely fenced with 6-foot high chain link fence, all entrances and exits are double-gated. The park has a jogging trail, hammocks, picnic tables, lounge chairs, swinging benches, regular benches, two huge dog swimming ponds, kiddie pools, a fountain, a gazebo, an agility course, a sunny small dog area, a shady small dog area, a dog shower, indoor restrooms, soft drinks for sale, free bottled water, agility-type obstacles in the main park, park-provided tennis balls, multiple poop clean-up stations with bags and scoopers provided. DogWood Park is park of Dog Central Station which includes a do-it-yourself dog wash (The Dog Wash), a doggie boutique (The Spot Shop), dog day care, agility training, and obedience training.

Fees:
$5 for the first dog, $2 for each additional dog, and $1.50 for each person.
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Jupiter Beach
City:
Jupiter, FL
Phone:
Website:
Hours: Sunrise - sunset
Location:
Features: Benches, handicap access, poopbags,parking, restrooms, trash, shelter.
comments = a nice area to meet and play with other dogs.
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Higgs Beach Dog Park
City:
Key West, FL 33040
Phone:
Website: http://www.keywestdogpark.org/
Hours: 6am to 11pm daily
Location: Corner of White Street and Atlantic Boulevard
Features: social spot for dogs in Key West -- actually, two spots: We've got one for dogs weighing 25lbs or less, and another, larger area (where you'll usually find me) for dogs of all sizes. Bring along your owner and let's have fun!"


Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (or PEAR Park)
City:
Leesburg, FL
Phone:
Website: http://www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/public_works/parks/
Hours:
Location: 5336 University Ave.
Features:


Dog Chow Dog Park at Kennedy Park
City:
Miami, FL
Phone:
Website:
Hours: Sunrise - sunset
Location: 2400 South Bayshore Drive (in Coconut Grove)
Features: Fenced, benches, handicap access, trees, parking, restrooms, water, trashcans.
Comments = lots of trees and places for pooches to sniff and explore; a separate fenced area for small dogs to run.


Rover Run
City:
Naples, FL
Phone:
Website:
Hours: Dawn - dusk
Location: 1900 Immokalee Road
Features: Fenced, benches, handicap access, poopbags, trees, parking, water, trashcans.
Comments = lots of trees and places for pooches to sniff and explore; a separate fenced area for small dogs to run.


Paw Park of Historic Sanford
City:
Orlando, FL
Phone:
Website:
Hours: 7:30am to 7:30pm daily
Location: 427 French Ave(US Hwy 17-92)
Features: Fenced, Double Gated Entrance, Benches, Tables, Self Watering Bowls, Dog Showers, Small Dog Area, Poopbag Dispensers, Parking, Handicap Access, Community Bulletin Board, Nicely Shaded with Mature Oak Trees, Located 20 Min North of Downtown Orlando, Easy Access from I-4.


HAPPY TAILS DOG PARK AT SEMINOLE PARK
City:
Plantation, FL 33317
Phone: 954-452-2510
Website: http://www.plantation.org/parks/City-Parks/happy-tails-dog-park.html
Hours: 7 am - Dusk
Location: 6600 SW 16th Street
Features: Happy Tails Park is a great new place to walk your dog and meet friends. Located at Seminole Park in the City of Plantation, the park provides five acres dedicated to man's best friend.

The park is home to the Plantation Canine Unit and features three distinct activity areas: a leash free run and fun area for large dogs, an exercise area ideal for agility training and an area for smaller dogs (twenty-five pounds or less).

The park features ample parking, restroom facilities and pavilions and is open to the public from 7:00 a.m. until dusk, seven days a week. Holiday hours will vary.


Paw Park of Historic Sanford
City:
Sanford, FL
Phone: 407-330-5688
Website: http://www.pawparksanford.org
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Location: 427 S. French Avenue
Features: Fenced, double-gated entry, shaded with mature oak trees, historic lighting, paved walkway, benches, tables, disposal bag dispensers, parking, self-watering bowls, water misting station, dog showers, separate area for small dogs, community bulletin board. Access for the disabled.


Bark Park Inc.
City:
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Phone: 850-267-3936
Website: http://www.barkparkinc.org
Hours:
Location: 342 d J D Miller Rd
Features: 2 acre off leash dog park in Walton County.

Fees:
Memberships $20.00 per year. Bark Park Training Academy. Sponsored by Pet Butler, America's Pet Waste Cleanup Service.


17th Street Park & Paw Park
City:
Sarasota, FL
Phone:
Website: http://www.scgov.net
Hours: Daily dawn-dusk
Location: 4570 17th St.
Features: Six-foot fence, 6 acres, lighted, double-gated entry, trees, benches, tables, disposal bags, trash cans, parking, restrooms, water, dog shower, separate area for small dogs, community bulletin board.
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Lakeview Park
City:
Sarasota, FL
Phone:
Website: http://www.scgov.net
Hours: Dawn - Midnight
Location: 7150 Lago St.
Features: Six-foot fence, double-gated entry, many trees, benches, tables, disposal bags, trash cans, parking, restrooms, water, dog shower, separate area for small dogs, community bulletin board. Access for the disabled.
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Satellite Beach Dog Park
City:
Satellite Beach, FL
Phone: 321-777-8004
Website: http://www.satellitebeach.org/RCdogPrk.htm
Hours: 8am - 8pm
Location: Located at the Satellite Beach Sports &
Recreation Park (west of the Satellite Beach Library)
Features: 6' perimeter fence (1.5 acres), Double-gated security entrance area, Separate fenced small-dog area, Tables and benches under shade trees, Memorial brick path, Dog-wash and drinking water areas, Dog toys, playground equipment, fire hydrants! Waste disposal stations throughout, Next to natural habitat area, Located at Satellite Beach Sports & Recreation Park next to public library, Parking and restrooms nearby.

Fees:
$2 for up to 2 people with 3 dogs

$3 for more than 2 people or more than 3 dogs

Annual Memberships

Individual (human) $150
($100 if all dogs are spayed/neutered)

Family (human) $200
($150 if all dogs are spayed/neutered)
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Ft. DeSoto County Park
City:
St. Petersburg, FL
Phone:
Website:
Hours:
Location: Pinellas Bayway
Features: Benches, tables, trees,parking, phones, restrooms, water, trash
comments = A portion of the beach is designated for dogs. A very scenic park with lots of things to do.
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Tom Brown Park
City:
Tallahassee, FL
Phone:
Website:
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Location: Easterwood Avenue (Off of 319)
Features: Fenced, benches, poopbags, trees, parking, water, trash.
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Al Lopez Park
City:
Tampa, FL
Phone:
Website:
Hours: Dawn - dusk
Location: 4810 N. Himes Avenue
Features: Fenced, benches, tables, handicap access, poopbags, trees, parking, restrooms, water, trash cans, separate large dog and small dog areas.
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Lake Idamere Park
City:
Tavares, FL
Phone:
Website: http://www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/public_works/parks/
Hours:
Location: 12335 County Road 448
Features: The dog park features three separate areas; one for larger dogs, another for smaller canines and a third for future expansion of a doggie obstacle course. The fenced-in dog park also offers multiple entry gates, dog-waste stations, water stations and plenty of shade trees. The fishing pier, which overlooks the 96-acre Lake Idamere, features a 30-by-12-foot platform at the end of the pier and is constructed of low-maintenance and durable composite decking.
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Brohard Beach & Paw Park
City:
Venice, FL
Phone:
Website: http://www.scgov.net
Hours: Dawn - midnight
Location: 1600 Harbor Dr. South
Features: Six-foot fence, trees, benches, tables, shelter, disposal bags, trash cans, parking, water, dog shower, separate area for small dogs, community bulletin board. Dog Beach is accessed by boardwalk from Paw Park. Dogs are permitted in a restricted area along Brohard Beach as indicated by beach signs.
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Woodmere Park & Woodmere Paw Park
City:
Venice, FL
Phone:
Website: http://www.co.sarasota.fl.us/parks/
Hours: Dawn - Dusk
Location: 3951 Woodmere Park Blvd.
Features: Fenced, double-gated entry, trees, benches, tables, disposal bags, trash cans, parking, restrooms, water, double-gated section for small dogs near the front gate, dog shower, community bulletin board.
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Jun 17th

Dog Parks Of Rhode Island

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)

Dog Parks - Rhode Island

Newport Dog Park
City: Newport

State: RI
Website: http://www.rik9.com/dog_parks.htm
Dog Park Info: The City of Newport's off-leash park is located on Connell Highway at the base of the Pell Bridge (directly across the street from the Newport Playhouse). The park is free and open to the public from 6AM to 9PM. All dogs over 6 months of age must be licensed.

Mt. Pleasant
Meridian Park

Located on Meridian Road near High Street
trees, parking, water. Comments= it's just an off-road park running by the river, secluded and from off a not-busy road

Providence
Barc Parc

Located on Patterson Street, cross streets Rhode Island Avenue and Nesbit Street
Open 6am to 9pm daily. Fenced (partial), tables, handicap access, trees, parking, trashcans.
Comments= Located in a wooded area in the midst of a 40 acre preserve in the heart of providence's East Side.

Wanskuck Park Dog Park
Located on Woodward Road, between Branch Avenue and Mineral Spring Avenue
Open 24 hours.
Fenced, benches, handicap access, trees, trashcans.
Comments= a nice dirt walking path and a large open grassy area. Leash laws may be enforced so use at your own discretion. Fencing in disrepair and area is next to the street so use caution.

Jun 17th

Dog parks and Dog Friendly Places In NH

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)

Dog Parks - New Hampshire

New Hampshire


Amherst

  • American K9 Country. Fenced dog park. Location: 336 rte 101 (across from camp road bedford/amherst line) (Thank you Kara Diorio)

Belmont

  •  Happy Tails Dog Park of Belmont, NH. A group of dedicated pet parents is working hard to establish an off- leash dog park in Belmont, NH. We plan on opening the park to the residents of Belmont and it's surrounding communities to promote healthy socialization for our canine companions. (Thank you Lisa Clutters)

Boscawen

  • Jamie Welch Memorial Park. Ball Fields. This is NOT AN OFFICIAL DOG PARK, it's baseball fields and tennis courts. But there is a good-sized fenced in ball field which is open to pets as long as you are willing to scoop the poop! Location: West Road (off King St). Directions: Exit 17 off 1-93 onto Route 3 North. Head into the Boscawen town center (King Street) and West Rd is on your right just before Cumberland Farms. The park is at the end of the road, which curves to the right. (Thank you Jen Berry)

Concord

  • Concord Community Dog Park COMING SOON! We are still fundraising but we already had the land donated by City of Concord! Location: Will be at the site of Terrill park at Manchester and Old Turnpike roads. Friends of the Concord Community Dog Park. Directions: We are still fundraising! We need funds for the fencing, benches, etc. please contact Doug Campbell, at dcampbell8069@aol.com to find out how to help! (Thank you Kara O'Donnell)

Derry

  • Derry Dog Park. Off leash fenced dog park. Some agility equip, toys, kiddie pool in summer, picnic tables, double gated, mostly dirt, tents for shade. Location: Fordway St (next to Derry dog pound). Directions: I-93 to exit 4 = Rt 102, Go East towards Derry, Right at 1st set of lights = Fordway St. Park is less than 1/2 mile on right. Next to dog pound. (Thank you Stacey Mottram & John P. Tomaselli)

Hampstead

  • Hampstead Conservation Center. Many trails with beautiful wooded landscape. Dogs only with voice command off leash. there is many hikers and mt. bikers. many feild dogs. very buggy in summer great winters. Location: West rd. Directions: 93 north, ext 3 take right off ramp. lights take left. striaght to rt 111 east. west rd on left. come to a rock wall on right slow down you will see parking lot. (Thank you Kathy Nelson)

Nashua

  • Nashua Play Group. Nashua Play Group sponsored by Nashua D.O.G. (Thank you Alan Wolfson & Ernest Grindle)

Contoocook

  • Hopkinton High School. NOT AN OFFICIAL DOG PARK, but there is a good-sized fenced in ball field that is open to dogs. Ball Fields. Location: 297 Park Avenue (Rt 103). Directions: Exit 6 or 7 off of I-89. Follow signs for Rt 103/Contoocook. (Thank you Jen Berry)

Portsmouth

  • Portsmouth Dog Park. This chain-link fenced off area at South Mill Pond is posted with the following rules: Clean up after your dog. No unsupervised children under 12. No children under 6. Remove all spike and choke collars. Dogs need collar with ID license and vaccination tags. Dog to be controlled by voice. No dogs left unattended. No puppies under four months. Limit of three dogs per person. Use park at own risk. Owners responsible for all dog actions. No glass, littering or motor equipment. Dog with bite history must be muzzled. Dogs in park must be spayed or neutered. Location: South Mill Pond. Directions: From the city center take Pleasant street and bear right at parking lot. Dog park is in center of park at South Mill Pond. (Thank you Pamela Welch)
     

Raymond

  • Riverside Bark Dog Park.  Off leash dog park. Open from dawn to dusk. Location: Sundeen Parkway. Directions: Rt 101 to exit 4. (Thanks you Tom O'Neill)

Rochester

  • Rochester Dog Park. Fenced dog park. If you are not a member we invite you to sign up for a "ONE DAY" complimentary pass. Location: Taylor Avenue. Directions: Route 125 south of Rochester, turn left onto Toll End road toward waste management. First left onto Taylor Avenue. Park is on your right. (Thank you Kate Wilcox)

     


    Derry Dog Park

Nashua
State: NH

Website: http://www.nashuadog.org/
Dog Park Info: Nashua D.O.G. is working to establish a permanent off leash dog park in Nashua New Hampshire.

Peterborough
Peterborough Town Beach

Located on Cunningham Pont at Route 101; open daylight hours
Comments: beach was donated to town by town resident and author of 'The Secret Life of Dogs' on the condition that dogs be welcome there.

Portsmouth
Portsmouth Dog Park

Located next to tennis courts at South Mill Pond (Junkins Ave?); open dawn until the lights go out (10 -11 pm); fenced, benches, handicap access,poopbags, trees, parking, lights, water, trash.
It's the only dogpark in the area, watch for glass in the fill used by the town when they used the park to set off fireworks during Market Square Day. You are required to pick up afer your dog. DON'T let your dogs swim in or drink the water in South Mill Pond - it's polluted


City: Derry
State: NH
Website: http://www.derry.nh.us/recreation/html/Dog%20Park.htm
Dog Park Info: Some agility equip, toys, kiddie pool in summer, picnic tables, double gated, mostly dirt, tents for shade.
Location: Fordway St (next to Derry dog pound).
Directions: I-93 to exit 4 = Rt 102, Go East towards Derry, Right at 1st set of lights = Fordway St. Park is less than 1/2 mile on right. Next to dog pound.
Jun 16th

Dog Parks of NH

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)

Dog Parks - New Hampshire

Derry Dog Park
City: Derry
State: NH
Website: http://www.derry.nh.us/recreation/html/Dog%20Park.htm
Dog Park Info: Some agility equip, toys, kiddie pool in summer, picnic tables, double gated, mostly dirt, tents for shade.
Location: Fordway St (next to Derry dog pound).
Directions: I-93 to exit 4 = Rt 102, Go East towards Derry, Right at 1st set of lights = Fordway St. Park is less than 1/2 mile on right. Next to dog pound.

Nashua
State: NH

Website: http://www.nashuadog.org/
Dog Park Info: Nashua D.O.G. is working to establish a permanent off leash dog park in Nashua New Hampshire.

Peterborough
Peterborough Town Beach

Located on Cunningham Pont at Route 101; open daylight hours
Comments: beach was donated to town by town resident and author of 'The Secret Life of Dogs' on the condition that dogs be welcome there.

Portsmouth
Portsmouth Dog Park

Located next to tennis courts at South Mill Pond (Junkins Ave?); open dawn until the lights go out (10 -11 pm); fenced, benches, handicap access,poopbags, trees, parking, lights, water, trash.
It's the only dogpark in the area, watch for glass in the fill used by the town when they used the park to set off fireworks during Market Square Day. You are required to pick up afer your dog. DON'T let your dogs swim in or drink the water in South Mill Pond - it's polluted.

Jun 14th

looks good, havent been there, any reviews?

By Dude

 

Newport has Gone to the Dogs!

With numerous pet friendly opportunities, there is no reason to leave your loyal companion at home.

For those of us with dogs, it is easy to see how they are considered "man’s best friend" and quickly become members of the family. A true dog lover knows when choosing a vacation, it is difficult to imagine enjoying a relaxing escape without your furry friend. In dog-friendly Newport, there are numerous options for you and "Fido", so no need to leave him behind. From a luxury hotel that offers a "doggie menu" and upscale boutique that includes apparel and bedding to a quaint rural bed and breakfast that offers classes in obedience and agility, travelers can easily plan a vacation that suits their individual style. Once in Newport, there are numerous dog-friendly trails, parks, beaches and outdoor restaurants that will make your time here memorable.

Historic

 

Newport, RI (April 22, 2008) –

 

Hotel Viking in Newport pampers all their guests, included the four-legged variety. The hotel greets its guests with homemade doggie biscuits upon arrival and has a full menu of gourmet dog food available throughout the stay. If you and your dog like shopping, the hotel also offers products from an upscale dog boutique. (800) 556-7126 www.hotelviking.com The Residence Inn by Marriott in Middletown welcomes pets to their beautifully renovated rooms complete with efficiency kitchens. Throughout the week, the hotel hosts social hours and BBQs, so you and your canine will have a chance to mingle with other guests. (800) 331-3131 www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pvdnm For a unique vacation, the Edith Pearl Bed and Breakfast in Little Compton is a renovated 1840s colonial, surrounded by 200 acres of preserved and working farmland. There are wrap around porches with comfortable seating to relax and rejuvenate with your pooch. The owner also offers pet sitting services and an array of classes, including general obedience and agility for an additional charge. Plenty of petting and ball throwing are free of course! (401) 592-0053 www.edithpearl.com The Summer Cottage Guest House in Newport is pet friendly and has the added benefit of a large fenced yard with a deck, to relax or burn off some energy. (401) 842-7671 For a complete listing of pet friendly accommodations, visit www.GoNewport.com or call (800) 976-5122.

Newport is a great city for walking with your pets, whether it is through the quaint cobblestone streets of Colonial downtown or preserved nature trails. The Aquidneck Land Trust’s

 

Sakonnet Greenway Trail is a great way to get outdoors and truly appreciate nature. To fulfill their mission to preserve the island’s open spaces and natural character for the lasting benefit of our community, the organization is in the process of creating a 7-mile trail for the public. www.ailt.org The Melville Ponds Recreation Area in Portsmouth is a 130-acre park that offers hiking trails, fishing and camping. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome.

www.portsmouthri.com

While most beaches are open to leashed dogs from Labor Day to Memorial Day, there are some available throughout the summer months as well. In Portsmouth’s

 

Sandy Point Beach, dogs are allowed after 5 pm. At Teddy’s Beach in Portsmouth, dogs are always welcome. For swimming holes in Jamestown, head to the beach at East Ferry and the boat ramps at Fort Wetherill and Fort Getty for a quick dip.

The beautiful state parks in the area are perfect for a day of picnicking with your family or frolicking with your dog. In Jamestown,

 

Fort Wetherill has spectacular views of Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay and Beavertail State Park offers hiking trails, saltwater fishing and beautiful views of the lighthouse. In Newport, Fort Adams State Park has exceptional panoramic views of the harbor and historic fort and Brenton Point on Ocean Drive is a favorite of families and kite flyers. Canines are welcome at Rhode Island’s state parks if they are leashed, well-behaved and owners are responsible.

www.riparks.com

If your dog was born to run and long walks won’t do the trick, the

 

Newport Dog Park is the answer. This fenced park is leash-free and provides an opportunity to exercise and socialize with other dogs. On any given sunny afternoon, your pooch will enjoy playing with a variety of new friends. The park is located on the Connell Highway Extension. "Mutt-Mitts" are provided; just remember to bring water and a ball.

To complete your Newport experience, there are several dog-friendly attractions that will teach you a little about the city’s unique history.

 

Gansett Cruises is known for "Harbor Tours with a Different View". Enjoy local refreshments like Del’s lemonade or R.I. quahog "stuffies" and listen to the narrated tour, rich with historical facts and personal memories of the destination. Blankets and treats are provided to make your dog comfortable. (401) 787-4438 www.gansettcruises.com Belcourt Castle allows dogs to tour the grounds of the 60-room mansion designed by Richard Morris Hunt in 1891. Water bowls are always set out for visitors. Tours are often led by Moana, a resident "Newportonian" spaniel, dressed in her finest pearls. (401) 846-0669 www.belcourtcastle.com The world famous Cliff Walk is a 3.5-mile picturesque public access walk that combines the natural beauty of Newport’s shoreline with the architectural history of the Gilded Age.

www.cliffwalk.com

There are numerous outdoor restaurants that open their patios to dogs throughout the summer. A local favorite is the

 

Canfield House in Newport, which hosts "Dog Day Afternoons" on Sundays. From 12pm-4pm, dogs are able to enjoy treats on the outdoor

patio, while owners enjoy a beverage and light meal. Other establishments with great dog-friendly patios in Newport include

 

O’Brien’s Pub, Sardella’s and H20. In Jamestown, check out places like Tricia’s Tropi-Grille, East Ferry Deli, Slice of Heaven and Trattoria Simpatico. There are numerous picnic spots throughout the county, so grab a box lunch and enjoy a meal al fresco with your canine companion. If your dog is deserving of a special treat, Frosty Freez in Middletown has been serving great ice cream since 1956 and offers a special doggie cup (vanilla ice cream topped with a dog biscuit).

In terms of shopping, there are the obvious choices like

 

Petco in Middletown, but Aquidneck Island has some great local pet stores, such as Aquidneck Aquarium & Pet Deli (401) 847-3361 or Petrageous (401) 846-3335. Cricket and Riley, an upscale boutique, offers everything your little "Precious" desires, from fun and frivolous to healthy and functional. Don’t forget to let your little one sample some of the mouthwatering homemade treats. (401) 619-3719

www.cricketandriley.com

In terms of events, on June 8th

 

Potter League’s Heart and Soul Walk for animals is not to miss! This fun family event is an annual fundraiser for the animal shelter, soon to be the only green animal shelter in the country and one of the few green public buildings in Rhode Island. Along with the 1- or 3-mile walk, there are games, demonstrations and photo contests in the picturesque grounds of Glen Park in Portsmouth. The Potter League also has a variety of fun classes, such as Agility and Rally O. Check out their website for a full calendar of events. (401) 846-8276 www.potterleague.org At Glen Farm, the Newport International Polo Club plays every Saturday from June through September. This unique recreational event is a local favorite and tailgates and leashed dogs are welcome. www.glenfarm.com The 1st Annual Black Tie Doggie Ball will be held on August 2nd at the Fort Getty Pavilion in Jamestown. Dogs must be dressed in festive attire to attend. Sponsored by Paws and Claws, the event will be used to raise money for the Friends of Jamestown Animal Shelter. (401) 354-9200 The 10th Annual Jamestown Holiday Dog Parade will be held at noon on Sunday, December 21st. Proceeds from this event will also benefit the Friends of Jamestown Animal Shelter. (401) 354-9200

When traveling with pets, it is always advisable to call for policies ahead. Generally, if your furry friend if leashed and well-behaved, your experience will be more enjoyable. To make traveling less stressful, it is suggested that you bring favorite toys, bedding and treats from home. Newport County is a perfect destination to explore with your loyal companion!

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The Newport County Convention & Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the City of Newport and the five townships of Newport County as a destination resort for business and leisure travel. For further information, please contact the NCCVB Marketing Department at (401) 845-9151 or www.GoNewport.com.

Jun 9th

dog parks and dog friendly places in Mass

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)

Cambridge

Dog runs
Dogs may run without a leash at Fort Washington, located on Waverly Street between Erie Street and Putnam Avenue, and at Dog Park, at Mount Auburn and Hawthorne Streets. There are also leash-free zones at Danehy Park and at Fresh Pond Reservation. Please check with the management of those sites for more information. At all other parks, the City ordinance on leash control applies. And of course, dog walkers are required to pick up dog waste at all sites.

Welcome to Peters Park

Peters Park is in the heart of Boston's vibrant South End. Renovated in 2007, the Park is energized by a diverse neighborhood community and by the revitalization of Washington Street. Peters Park provides five acres of activity for people and families of all ages. It has a gated children's playground, baseball field, tennis court, and lighted basket ball courts. There is a fenced-in off leash Dog Park, lots of open space as well as gardens. The Park is an oasis for those who live and work in Boston's South End.

Friends of Peters Park, (FoPP) a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, is honored to be part of the Park's revitalization and upkeep. We believe that part of enjoying the Park is taking good care of it, so it is safe, clean, and fun for everyone who visits. In close partnership with the Boston Parks & Recreation Department, we work to support, maintain, and improve Peters Park as a unique part of life in our neighborhood. The Park is largely privately funded, and we encourage the community to get involved. We invite you to become a member, and join your neighbors whose membership contributions add up to provide a variety of improvements, initiatives and programs designed to enhance the safety and enjoyment of the park.


Acton

  • Great Hill Conservation Area. 2 mile trail loop through wooded area, other cross trails. Leash-free, well marked trails. Lots of other dogs, particularly late pm and Sunday morning. Gathering spot is large open field w/pond, off School Street, behind South Acton Fire Station. Location: School Street. Directions: From south: Take 27 north, turn right at light onto school street after crossing railroad bridge. From North: Take 27 south, turn left onto School Street at light, before railroad bridge. From East: Take Route 2 west to Route 117 exit, at light turn left  onto Route 27 S. Turn left at light before railroad bridge onto School Street. From West, Take Route 2E to rt. 27 exit. Turn left off ramp, heading toward Maynard. Go straight through first light. Turn left at next light onto School Street. From 117: take 117 to rt. 27 North. Follow directions for "From South." (Thank you Sandy Kay)

Amesbury

  • Woodsum Farm. Unfenced, off-leash. Location: Lions Mouth Road. Directions: From I-95 North: Take Exit 58B (RT-110 W), Turn Right to HIGHLAND St,Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto LIONS MOUTH RD. (Thank you Judy)

Ashland

  • Ashland State Park. A beach, lots of wooded trails. Lots of dogs off leash, especially when walking through the woods and over the "dam". Great way to meet lots of dogs along your walk, unleashed. Directions: Rte. 495 to exit 21A to Rte. 135 east. Entrance on right. (Thank you Jeanette McCarthy)

Bedford

  • Play Hound. Informally known as South Road Town Park.  Big open field abutted by construction site where balance of field is being developed. Parking on side of road. Location: South Road. Directions: Exit 31b, 1st left on Hartwell, 2nd Rt. on Maguire, which becomes South Road. 1 mile after right on Maguire - big open field on Rt., after new street Liberty road, Lots of dogs off leash.

Bolton

  • Any park or conservation area in Harvard or Bolton. Harvard and Bolton have no leash laws, so any public land is available to people walking their dogs off-leash. There are lots of conservation areas with trails; major ones include Clapp (off Rt 110 south of Rte 2), Delaney (off Finn Rd. in Harvard), Bowers Springs (Harvard Rd. in Bolton or Bolton Rd. in Harvard), Vaughan Hill (Green Road in Bolton), Bolton Flats (Rte. 110 in Bolton) and Powderhouse Hill (entrance behind Bolton Town Hall). Directions: I-495, exits for Route 111 (Harvard) and Route 117 (Bolton); or Route 2, exit for Routes 110/111 (Harvard). (Thank you Bonnie Chandler)

Boston

  • Charlesgate Dog Run. Small fenced in area in heart of Boston, bench. Very small, but convenient to Back Bay dogs. (Needs a little TLC. Volunteers needed to help clean it up.) Location: Beacon St. and Massachusetts Ave. (next to the bridge). Directions: Go to the intersection of Mass. and Beacon. Walk towards the bridge on Mass. you will see the stairs to the dog run on the left hand side. (Thank you Mailei Brown)

  • Southwest Corridor Park. A small fenced-in dog park, similar to a tennis court. The Southwest Corridor Park is home to lots of on-leash dog walking. This place, seemingly in a converted tennis court, may host as many as a dozen dogs at busy times. Location: Carleton at Holyoke streets, Back Bay. Directions: This is roughly east of the Prudential Center and a quick, direct walk from Back Bay Station. (Thank you Mike Stucka)
  • Washington Street Park. Located on Washington Street and Berkeley St. Fenced, trees, tables. 

Brookline

  • Brookline Ave Playground. Fenced in park, but not just for dogs. Large park (for Brookline), fenced in area where lots of dogs and their owners gather and socialize. Any time of day, and day of the week, there is someone there! Location: Brookline Ave and Aspinwall Street. Directions: Just north of Route 9, just west of Riverway. Take Riverway to Route 9 west, take the first right onto Brookline Avenue. Park is just on your left. (Thank you Whitney Johnson)

     

Cambridge

  • Fresh Pond, Cambridge, MA. Off leash path surrounds Fresh Pond Resevoir. Often there are many other dogs to interact with and there are a few ponds for those interested in a doggie paddle. Must have Cambridge resident sticker to park. Litter bags and trash barrels available. 2 sources of water. dogs restricted from running on grassy areas; The only dogs allowed off-leash at Fresh Pond are Cambridge resident dogs with an off-leash tag (permit) which is only available to Cambridge residents who purchase one. For these "off-leash permit" dogs, they are building a new open grass play area for off-leash play on the side closest to the big rotary, but again only open to residents who purchased the off-leash tag. All other dogs are considered "visiting dogs" will be required to be on-leash and will be fined for off-leash violations. One place to swim. Location: 250 Fresh Pond Pkwy. (Thank you Ann Stewart & Tyson Smith-Ra)

Carlisle

  •  Great Brook Farm State Park. "The farm and buildings at Great Brook Farm comprise a classic eastern Massachusetts agricultural landscape. The arrangement of open fields, sturdy walls, diversified woodlands and historic structures are significant images of our agricultural past. An active dairy farm operates year-round and guided barn tours are available from May to October. Amidst the beautiful scenery lie 20 miles of trails for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Notable Native American sites can be seen from these paths. During the winter months, trail-grooming allows skiing enthusiasts to take part in cross-country skiing. One of the farm buildings has been converted to a ski rental concession. Meadow Pond has a canoe launch and is ideal for fishing." Dogs can be off leash except near ice cream stand/parking lot.  Lots of trails/fields and other dog walkers.  Also ice cream stand in the park! There are horses so be sure to bring a leash with you. Location: 984 Lowell Street. Directions: Great Brook Farm State Park is located in north-eastern Massachusetts. Directions: From Rt. 128: Take exit 31B. Follow Route 225 West for 8 miles to the Carlisle center rotary, then turn right on Lowell St. (following the sign to Chelmsford.) Fern's Market is on the corner. The Park entrance is 2 miles ahead on the right. The Park Office (984 Lowell St) is just beyond the entrance also on the right. Make right hand turn onto North Road. Parking area is 1/2 mile down on left. From the West (Route 2): Follow to Rt. 495 North. Use directions below. From the North: Take 495 South to Exit 34. Follow Route 110 West for .6 miles to Chelmsford Center, continue through light onto Route 4 South for 1 mile, then take right fork onto Concord Road towards Carlisle. The Park office is 2 miles ahead on the left. The Park is just beyond the office , go left on North Rd, parking lot is 1/2 mile down on the left. From the South: Take Rt. 495 North to exit 32 (Westford & To Route 225). At the bottom of the ramp go right. At the lights go straight through. At the T intersection go left (onto Rt. 225). Follow Rt. 225 till you reach the center of Carlisle (small rotary with monument in the middle). Go 3/4 of the way around the the rotary onto Lowell Street towards Chelmsford. The Entrance to the park is two miles down the road on the right. The Park Office (984 Lowell St) is just beyond the entrance also on the right. (Thank you Juliana N)

Charlton

  • Buffumville Lake. USACE flood control project. 200 acre reservoir with 7.2 mile loop trail. 27 hole disc golf course at dam site. Day use park off Oxford Road, boat launch across the street. Dogs allowed on whole project (except sandy beach), on leash. Location: End of Buffums Dam Road. Directions: I-395, exit 4B. Straight at the light, take left on Buffums Dam Road to end. (Thank you Jamie Kordack)

Dartmouth

  • Lloyd Center for the Environment. Nature Center. Founded in 1978 and situated with its headquarters overlooking Dartmouth's Slocum River, one of southeastern New England's most spectacular estuaries, the Lloyd Center for the Environment has achieved a well earned reputation for excellence in environmental research and education. Through its innovative outreach programs, it has established itself as a highly regarded leader in the ongoing effort to raise awareness of the area's fragile coastal resources and the importance of protecting them. With extraordinary water views and five miles of trails (on which under-control dogs are most welcome!) through unspoiled forest and salt-marshes to be discovered at its coastal nature preserve, the Lloyd Center offers a variety of recreational and educational opportunities for families, birders, school-children, hikers, scientists and nature enthusiasts of all ages. Location: 430 Potomska Road. Directions: From Route I-195, take Exit 12 or 12A (one exit west of intersection with Route 140). Turn right at end of Exit ramp and go through three sets of lights to Route 6. Cross Route 6 and, after a half mile, bear left onto Chase Road. Go 3.5 miles to its end (STOP-sign) and turn right onto Russells Mills Road. Go nearly a mile and turn left, just before Davoll's General Store, onto Rock O' Dundee Road. Go nearly a mile and turn right onto Potomska Road. The entrance to the Center, at No. 430, is about 1.7 miles down on the right. (Thank you D'Arcy G. MacMahon)
     

Dorchester

  • Pope John Paul II Park. Not an official Dog Park. Large park (not fenced) bording the Neponset River that welcomes dogs (usually has pick-up bags there for you). Leash policy is not posted, but there are always dogs running around off leash. Park is usually quite busy with kids, bicycles, roller bladers, kites, soccer games, etc. Location: Neponset Circle on the Dorchester/Quincy line. Directions: From Boston and points North: Take 93 to exit 12 (Neponset/Quincy). Park is the the second right at the bottom of the ramp (after parking lot for Staples and Walgreens). (Thank you Carolyn Bloomberg)

Foxboro

  • Gilbert Hills State Forest. Located in Foxborough and Wrentham. Swimming for dogs, lots of trails, dogs can be off leash but motorized bikes share the park as well. Great in the winter, buggy in summer. Several water holes and brooks throughout many trails. Few large ponds for dogs to swim in. Caution for motorized bikes. Road to park not plowed in winter. They do have a hunting season. Heading south on route 1 from Walpole, enter Foxborough, pass State Police on left, pass ceramic pottery place on left, take next left onto High Rock Road. (Thank you Carla Spack)

Framingham

  • Callahan State Park. Located at Millwood Road. Over 800 acres of wooded trails and open fields. a pond with a beach-type area where dogs play and swim.

Franklin

  • Beaver Pond. Small Beach with few walking trails. Located at Beaver Recreation Area on Beaver St.  While there are no signs saying anything about any rules regarding dogs, I'm not sure you're encouraged to bring your dog here - yet I've never had a problem with someone telling me I couldn't have my dog running on the beach.  I limit my visits to off season hours and my dog loves to play in the pond!  There are a few walking trails off to the left of the pond that I have yet to explore so I'm not sure how far back they go. Location: Beaver St. (Thank you Marianne Fennell)

Gardner

  • High Ridge. 2,018 acres all off leash. This area is open to hunting as it's run by the Mass. Fisheries and Game division. Where blaze orange from October to January. Location: Enter off of Rte 140 north in Gardner, behind the North County Correctional Institute on Colony Road, or just beyond Colony Road at the turn off that says "Wildlife viewing area. Directions: Take rte 2 west to exit 24, rte 140 north. The two entrances are on your right. There are other entances in Westminster and Ashburnham. (Thank you Alexiss Wheeler)

Gloucester

  •  Good Harbor Beach. A Scenic Beach that allows Dogs in off season. Sept 15th - May 14th. I would love to link with you and add your link to my new website  Hope to hear back from you! Great site! Location: Thatcher Road. (Thank you Daniel Driscoll)

Great Barrington

  • Green River. Several locations of Green River are great for letting dogs off leash on the hiking trails or to swim in the river. Location: Route 20 or Castle Hill locations. Directions: Route 20 entrance is on the left heading out of Great Barrington just before Country Club. (Thank you Meredith Dauger)

Groton

  • Groton Woods. Woods, trails, open fields, and river for swimming. Huge area, plenty of space to roam and explore. Good dogs and owners. Directions: 225 East, before reaching town center. You will pass a canoe rental shop on right and then pass over Nashua River. Immediately after passing over river there is a small turnoff (easy to miss) on right with parking for cars. Walk in at brick entrance with iron gate. (Thank you Michael Roche)

Halifax

  • Burrage Pond and Wildlife Reserve. At least a hundred acres of non-working cranberry bogs, wide dirt trails and a sparkling clean pond for those whose dogs love water! This is a secluded heaven on earth. Location: Burrage Pond. Elm St. Halifax MA. (Thank you Jeannie Luscinski)

Harvard

  • Any park or conservation area in Harvard or Bolton. Harvard and Bolton have no leash laws, so any public land is available to people walking their dogs off-leash. There are lots of conservation areas with trails; major ones include Clapp (off Rt 110 south of Rte 2), Delaney (off Finn Rd. in Harvard), Bowers Springs (Harvard Rd. in Bolton or Bolton Rd. in Harvard), Vaughan Hill (Green Road in Bolton), Bolton Flats (Rte. 110 in Bolton) and Powderhouse Hill (entrance behind Bolton Town Hall). Directions: I-495, exits for Route 111 (Harvard) and Route 117 (Bolton); or Route 2, exit for Routes 110/111 (Harvard). (Thank you Bonnie Chandler)

Hingham

  • Bare Cove Park. Bring your own poo pick-up bag. No water faucet, but there are some fresh water sources through out the park. Bare Cove Park consists of 469 acres located along the banks of the Weymouth Back River in the town of Hingham. Over three miles of paved roadways are perfect for hiking, bicycling, and jogging. Wooded paths provide opportunity for walks and contemplation. The park is open from dawn to dusk. Dogs under voice control allowed off-leash. Location: Two entrances: Fort Hill St. and Beal St. Directions: Parking and park entrances are located on Beal Street and off Fort Hill Street. From Fort Hill Street, turn at Thomas Auto Body and follow the signs. (Thank you Leslie Beckwith)
  • Stodders Park. Route 3A. Just inside Hingham - outside of Weymouth Only one small entrance/exit--very safe. Lots of dogs and fun off-leash! (Thank you June Wilde)
  • Stoddard Neck Park. Off leash dog park. Dirt paths and beach area. Large grassy hill. Dogs are allowed off leash. Usually bags and jugged water are available, provided by patrons of the park, Water bowls are also around the park for use. Local favorite of dog owners, a peninsula with only one gated entrance approx 1 mile walk around waterfront (inland ocean). Many dogs always off-leash, big field for running, bring poop bags and water. Location: Rte. 3A just over the bridge on the Hingham/Weymouth line. Directions: Rte 3A south across the bridge just into Hingham. (Thank you Dwayne O. Lator & K. McCarthy)
  • Wompatuck State Park. 2800 Acres Former Military Reservation. Dogs are allowed off leash, except in the parking lots/reception areas. This is a former military ammunition base. There is approx. 12 miles of paved trails, as well as wooded trails. Tips: It is very easy to get lost and loose your sense of direction, the trails are poorly marked, and almost maze like in nature. You will come across abandoned military buildings which are pretty cool. There are lots of streams. Get a trail map at the reception center before you set out (the online one is poor) there are some trail markers every so often so the trail map will give you a general idea of where you are. Location: Union Street/ off Free Street. Directions: Exit 14 (Route 228) off Route 3 (North or South). Follow 228 @ 3.4 miles North towards Hingham to a right onto Free Street. Follow Free Street about 1 mile to the park entrance on the right. (Thank you Meredith Sprague)

Holden

  • Trout Brook Reservation.  Miles of trails and hills, babbling brooks - Beautiful place for off leash fun, bring the children too. There are also porta-pottys in the beginning of the trails with a huge wide open field, picnic tables - bring the hibachi! Lots of doggies off leashes - but make sure they are ok being around horses. Every once in a while you might see one or two. Location: Manning Street - off of Rt. 31. Directions: From Main Street in Holden (122a) Heading north - Take a right onto Highland Street (Rt. 31) follow for a couple of miles (approx) Take a right on Manning Street (convenience store on corner) Follow that for about 2 minutes. You will see the entrance on your left hand side. (Thank you Karen Finnegan)

Hopkinton

  • Hopkinton State Park.  Beaches, boat dock your dogs can swim off of, trails through the woods. Off peak hours, there are tons of dogs there playing. During the day when the beach is open you are supposed to have the dogs leashed, but for the most part, in the wooded areas the dogs are off leash. (Thank you Jeanette McCarthy)

Ipswich

  • Appleton Farms Grass Rides. 5 miles of trails through the woods. Location: Highland Street. Admission free to members of The Trustees. $3 daily use fee for non-members. Green Dogs permit required to walk dogs. Directions: From Route 128, take exit 20N and follow Route 1A north for 4.5 miles. Turn left onto Cutler Road and follow for 2.2 miles. At intersection with Highland Street, turn right. Parking area (20 cars) immediately on right. The Highland Street parking area provides access to Appleton Farms as well. (Thank you Kimberly Blanchard)

Kingston & Duxbury

  • Bay Farm/silver Lake Sanctuary. Kingston and Duxbury. Bay Farm is great, lots of other dogs and people, and a beach on the end for the dogs to swim. During the summer there are mowed paths through the tall grass, they mow the whole thing out in winter and it is a giant field. Dogs are alloed off leash but must be under owner's control. Part of the Bay Circuit. Bay farm is 66 acres of Farmland on Kingston Bay, lots of dogs, a beach and offleash. Silver Lake is 92 acres wooded on Silver Lake, off leash, not alot of other people. Location: Bay Farm is on Landing Road on the Duxbury side of the Duxbury/Kingston Line. Silver Lake is off the south side of route 27 in Kingston just east of the pemboke/Kingston liine. Long dirt road. Directions: Silver Lake is set far off the road about 1/2 mile. There are multiple trails through the woods and a small beach on Silver Lake. It is a great place to walk, but I have actually only seen (1) other person in the dozen of so times i have walked there with my dog. (Thank you Meredith Sprague)

Lancaster

  • Whisker Walk - Lancaster Fairground. Multi Organizational Benefit & Walk for NE animal shelters. A fun day for dogs and the humans that care for them (PLUS a dog walk-a-thon fundraiser for multiple animal shelters and rescue groups throughout New England). Multiple non profit animal rescue groups and any/all pet related vendors/manufacturers will come together for the first of its kind “event not to be missed” for pet lovers. Pet owners and animal lovers WALK to lend a paw, wing or fin for the shelters / rescues they love – as well as come to see exhibits, demonstrations, educational programs, special attractions, product giveaways, entertainment, food, fun and things for adults and kids to see, do and buy – both human and pet related! Location: Lancaster Fairground - Home of the Bolton Fair Rt 117. (Thank you Leigh Grady)

Lexington

  • Willards Woods. Lush sunny fields, lots of dogs of leash, small pond dogs can swim in, bike trails, and shaded open forest too. Dog heaven. Very limited parking on North. Please be considerate of neighbors. Location: 56 North Street. Directions: Middlesex Turnpike off 128. East towards Arlington, 2nd set of lights make a right on Adams 4/10 mile, right on North St. Park 2/10 mile on left across from 56 North Street - or use Main Entrance. Pond is closer to North. (Thank you Play Hound)

Lynn

  • Lynn Woods Reservation. Any dog not under effective voice command (dog must respond to the command immediately without having to be commanded a second time) must be on a leash. I suggest to anyone going to Willard's Woods bring a leash with them when they walk. Lynn Woods Reservation, a 2,200-acre municipal forest park located in Lynn, Massachusetts, is the second largest municipal park in the United States. 2,200 acres in Lynn, Lynnfield and Saugus - 2nd largest municipal park in the country Walden Pond=240 acres; Breed's Pond=208 acres; Birch Pond=82 acres Gannon Golf Course (18 hole)=180 acres; Gravel Fire Roads=10 miles; Official Trails=30 miles; Highest Elevation (Burril Hill/Stone Tower)=285 ft.; Longitude West 70 degrees-55'-30" to 71 degrees-00'-00"; Latitude North 42 degrees-27'-00" to 42 degrees-31'-00"; Directions: From Route 128 North or South: Take Exit 43 in Lynnfield. (From this point, it is 4.0 miles to Lynn Woods.) At the bottom of the ramp, head east, following signs to Walnut Street, Saugus/Lynn. At 1.5 miles, bear left at the fork. You will cross over Route One and continue into Lynn (the boundary is unmarked) on Walnut Street. At a blinking light, turn left onto Pennybrook Road (opposite O'Callaghan Way). Go to the end of Pennybrook Road and between two stone pillars into the reservation. From Route 1 North or South: Take the Walnut Street exit in Saugus and head east on Walnut Street into Lynn. At 2.0 miles, turn left at a blinking light onto Pennybrook Road. (Thank you Shannon Czel)

Marlboror

  • The Grove. Wooded trails and big open field at lake. This is a great area for well minded dogs, for there are no fences. Wooded trails lead you to an open field and lake. Location: On Marlboro/Hudson line. On Bolton St. Right before causeway and after Walmart. Right across from the big painted rock. Directions: 495 exit 25. take right onto Rt 85. After Wal-Mart but before causeway. (Thank you Liz Gill)

Mashpee

  • Jehu Pond. Jehu Pond conversation area. 1.7 miles of wide, easily walked trails. Mixed woodlands (pitch pine and oak) along salt marsh and Jehu Pond within the Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge. Very lightly used. Almost everyone will have a nice dog off leash. Search the web for 'Jehu Pond' - you will find lots of interesting information about this area. Location: Great Oak Road or Red Brook Road. Directions: Rt 28 or Rt 151 to Great Oak Road (from Mashpee Rotary). Approx 1 mile past Red Brook Road. Parking area on left. (Thank you Bud Endress)
  • Quashnet River Conservation Area. Wide, flat trails along Quashnet River in Mashpee (Cape Cod) Mass. A real hidden gem. Very wide, flat trails along the Quashnet River in Mashpee. Lots of little trails to the side. Round trip from Martin Street to Mashpee High School is a nice one hour walk. Great off leash walk. No roads. Everyone you see will have a off leash dog. Terrific year round. Location: Martin St, Mashpee, Ma. Directions: Rt 28 (from Falmouth or Mashee) to Martin Street. (Thank you Bud Endress)

Medford

  • Sheepsfold Park. Located at Hwy 93 and Fellsway West. Benches, tables, poop bags, trees, water.

Medway

  • Medway Dog Park. Completely fenced, off-leash dog park. Only open during daylight hours. High secure fence with double gates, benches & poop bags available. Separate area for small dogs to play. Bring your own water. Location: Corner of Cottage & Village Streets. Directions: Rt. 495 to exit 19 Medway to Rt. 109. (Thank you Matthew Coles)

Newton Centre

  • Cold Spring Park. Un-fenced dog park. Location: Beacon St Parking Lot or end of Duncklee St (off of Walnut St). (Thank you Bruce Flenniken)

Norwell

  • Walking trails to North River. Location: Historic downtown Norwell behind post office.

Oak Bluffs (Martha's Vineyard Is.)

  • Trade Winds. A old grass runway airport. Some Tennis courts abut it so there are piles of Tennis balls, Lots of well socialized dogs running free. but you DO have to watch for a plane once in a Blue moon! Location: Off County Rd. Directions: From Oak Bluffs center. Take the Main St on out to the 4 way Stop. Take your Left, 1/4 mi on your left a split rail fence & you'll see the open grass runways, sneak in the oneway St. 100'). (Thank You Carolyn Pearson)

Oxford

  • Buffumville Dam. Ponds, trails, bathroom, Extreme Frisbee. Picnic Tables, Birdhouses, Just a nice place. Location: Buffum St. Directions: Exit 4B off 395 south. Straight thru lights, turn left onto Buffum St. Go straight to End. (Thank you Nequel Lathrop)
  • Hodges Village Dam. USACE flood control project. Dry-bed reservoir flood control project with river system (on the French River) and many types of wetlands. Over 20 miles of trails, The Midstate Trail crosses it. Much wildlife to see. No established recreation area. Dogs, on leash allowed on all 600+ acres. Location: End of Howarth Road. Directions: I-395, exit 4B. Straight at the lights, turn right onto Howarth Road to end. (Thank you Jamie Kordack)

Revere

  • Belle Island State Park,  Revere - East Boston. Great little park area to walk dogs - off leash is ok. Marsh area. Gravel path area to walk whole area of park. Picnic tables & parking available. Directions: Blue Line to Suffolk Downs Station, exit onto Bennington Street, turn left, the entrance is 500 yards on the right. (Thank you Claire Walters)

Salem

  • Leslie's Retreat Park. A great place to socialize your dog. Approximately 10-12 dogs at a time. Wide space for dogs to run and play off leash. A Pooch Pass is required to use this park. The Pooch Pass can be purchased from the Council on Aging located at 5 Broad Street in Salem. You can be ticketed without it. You need proof of spay/neuter. Money goes for up keep of the park. Location: Leslie's Retreat Park between Bridge and Commercial Streets, Salem. Directions: It is a little hard to find, but look closely as your crossing the bridge and look for a gazebo through a fence. (Thank you Amy Fawcett & Greg Perullo)

Saugus

  • Breakheart Reservation/Bark Place. A fenced in area in Breakheart just for dogs. A great place to take the dog. Location: Forest Street, off Lynn Fells Parkway. Directions: Route 1 to Lynn Fells Parkway, entrance on Forest Street.  (Thank you Jill Simmons)

Sharon

  • Sharon Dog Park. Large fenced in area for dogs to play off-leash. Location: Between Cedar and Gunhouse Street. Directions: From the North and South Shore: Route 128/95 to Route 95 South. Continue 4.5 miles to Exit 10/Coney Street. Turn left at top of ramp. Follow winding road (Route 27) for 2 miles to Sharon Center. Take a right on to South Main Street. At first traffic light, take a left on to East Foxboro Street. Continue 1/4 mile, parking is on the left opposite the ball fields. Park towards the back near the skateboard park. Follow the walking trail to the Dog Park. From Boston and South Shore: Follow the Southeast Expressway or Route 3 North to Route 128 North to 95 South. Take Exit 10 and follow directions above. From the South and Route 495: Route 95 North to Exit 8/Mechanic Street. Turn right at top of ramp onto South Main Street. Continue 2 miles to traffic light, take right onto East Foxboro Street. Continue 1/4 mile, parking is on the left opposite the ball fields. Park towards the back near the skateboard park. Follow the walking trail to the Dog Park. From the East: Take Route 27 West to Sharon center. Stay straight onto South Main Street. At first traffic light, take a left on to East Foxboro Street. Continue 1/4 mile, parking is on the left opposite the ball fields. Park towards the back near the skateboard park. Follow the walking trail to the Dog Park. (Thank you Elaine Johnson)

Somerville

  • Nunziato Off-Leash Recreational Area. Fenced-in area (9,000 sq. ft.) in Nunziato Field. Dogs must be licensed. Other restrictions apply. Location: Summer Street at Putnam Street. (Thank you Michele Biscoe)

Stoneham

  • Fellway West. Off-leash wooded area. Many trails. Great hiking area. There are some mountain bikers. Location: Rt. 28 in Stoneham. Take 93N to Stoneham. Enter roundabout and exit at 9 o'clock. Follow South Border road- the Fells is on your right all along S. Border. (Thank you Kristen Bellamy)

Stow

  • Delaney Park. Trails ranging from expert terrain to wide and flat make the Delaney Flood Control Area ideal for anyone from kids to the avid outdoorsman to enjoy. The flood control area extends into neighboring Harvard. Boating-non motor, fresh water fishing, nature observing, picnicking, walking/jogging. Location: Entrance on Harvard Road. (Thank you Beth Gagnon)
  • Marble Hill Natural Area. Miles of trails for hiking and cross country skiing in acres of woodlands. Very out of the way - you rarely encounter other hikers on these trails. No ponds or streams. Location: Taylor Road or Route 117. Directions: Park at Pompositticut School on Rt 117 in Stow when school is not in session or parking area on Taylor Road (anytime). Rt 117 to Packard Road, left on Taylor Road. (Thank you Bud Endress)

Tewksbury

  • Merrimack River Trail. All types of trails. Hard/easy. Not really sure of the name of the trail but its starts by the water treatment plant off river road. There are trails along the river and further off shore. The trails along the river is easy. The ones off shore get tough. Location: Its right off river road. Down the street where the water treatment plant is. right by Trull brook golf course. (Thank you Chris McCarthy)

Wellesley Hills

  • Centennial Park. 42 acres of trails and fields. Nice pond and parking area. Great off-leash dog park if your dog is under voice command. Many dogs go there and great for exercise and socialization. Location: Oakland St. Directions: Take Route 9 from East. Almost hidden sign that says Centennial Park.

Westford

  • East Boston Camps. (Not An Official Area) Miles of walking trails. Some areas are off limits when children's camps are in session (summer season). Most dogs are off leash, but Westford does have a leash law so be careful. Location: 66 Depot Street. Directions: 495 South to exit 32 in Westford. Turn right onto Main Street and slight left onto Depot Street. Camp parking is located just over the railroad tracks near a fork in the road. Huge sign that says East Boston Camps - you can't miss it. (Thank you Rebecca Wrigley)

Westboro/Grafton

  • Tufts Veterinarian School Fields. Across from Vet School on Westboro-Grafton line. Most people bring their dogs and let them run off leash. The area is mostly fenced in with openings for entering and exiting; it does run along a main road and Commuter rail tracks so you need to be careful as a dog may run under the fence or through the exits. Location: Rt 30 be the Tufts Vet School. Directions: Rt 30. (Thank you Forest)

Weston

  • Cat Rock Park. An old ski mountain with great dog walking trails. Trails are not clear at times, so use caution. Park Hours: Dusk-Dawn. Location: 98 Drabbington Way. (Thank you Dog Walker)
  • Weston Resevoir. Located on Ash St (off route 30).  It is a 2 mile walk all the way around the resevoir.  Dogs can be off leash as long as they are under voice control. (Thank you Marianne Fennell)

  • Weston Woods.  Woods and walking paths around a fenced reservoir. Location: Ash Street. Directions: Rt 30. (Thank you Amy Conley)

Weymouth

  • Bear Cove Park. Trees, parking, trashcans.

Worcester

  • Boynton Park. Open Field and Trails - wide and narrow, Hills with brook and some benches. Location: Mower Street off of Pleasant Street. Directions: Follow Pleasant street towards Paxton. Take right at 4th "Mower Street" - There will be a sign on the corner with an arrow saying Boynton Park. (Thank you Karen Finnegan