The small town of Derry in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, is one of the most populated areas in the state despite its size. And besides its love for its resident furry friends, this pawsome place has a pretty unique claim to fame. Alan Shepard, the first American astronaut in space, was born in this town. This dog loving community also has two veterinary clinics that help keep local pups in tip top shape.
Take your pup out to the Derry Rail Trail for a brisk walk on this 3.2 mile path. Not only will your pal get some much needed exercise, she’ll also enjoy stunning scenery. The path leads through woods and wetlands, and passes the homes of many creatures, so keep your pal on leash throughout. Keep your eyes open for birds, beavers, and maybe a turtle or two. If your pup needs to rest her paws, take a break on one of the benches located along the way.
Just because you have a hankering for Italian food, doesn’t mean you have to leave your pooch at home. Clip on your pup’s leash and head over to Sabatino’s North Italian Restaurant. Choose from delectable dishes like Lobster Ravioli or Shrimp Scampi, and dine with your pooch at one of the outdoor patio tables.
From space fame to outdoor adventures, there's lots to love about Derry!
The Derry Dog Park is where all the cool canines hang out. Don’t let your pup miss out on all the fun and take her over for some off leash excitement. She’ll love romping and playing with all her new four legged friends. If she’s a petit pooch, she can cruise around the separate small dog area without worrying about the larger breeds. Toys, tunnels, and kiddie pools make this park extra special. Sit on one of the benches and watch your pooch have the time of her life. Water is available, so make sure she gets a long drink after her play session.
If your pup is craving a walk in the woods, grab her leash and pay a visit to the Town Forest. Enjoy 30 acres of wetlands and uplands with hardwood trees. Listen to the birds and breathe in some fresh air as you meander down the hiking paths. This area is also home to the Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail. Hop on this trail and head toward Ballard Pond. Take a break by the pond and let your pooch rest her paws. For a little history, continue on to Taylor Mill Historic Site and step back in time as you walk around the grounds of this old mill.
Next time your canine companion needs a walk, head over to the Albert W. Doolittle Conservation Area. This area sprawls over 94 acres so you’ll have plenty of room to roam and explore. Let your furry friend be the guide as you walk through the hickory, oak, and pine trees. He can hunt for the perfect stick while getting some much needed exercise. Manter Brook flows through the area creating wetlands. This area is also open for cross country skiing in the winter. Stop by once the snow falls so your pup can romp around in the fluffy flakes.
If your furry friend needs a walk, clip on his leash and head over to Hood Park. Not only does it sit right on the shore of Hoods Pond, this park also features several sport courts, a playground, and shuffle board courts. Your beloved pup can cruise around this park for a little doggy cardio. For a little taste of nature, wander through the wooded area. To add more miles to your walk, follow the Windham Depot to the Derry Rail Trail. After your walk, stop by Moo’s Place for some ice cream. Get your cone to go, or hang out at one of the pet friendly outdoor tables.
If you’re looking for a new place to walk your canine companion, check out the Salem Town Forest. It’s located in the nearby town of Salem and is only a 15 minute drive from Derry. Immerse yourself in nature as you wander through the network of trails. The 200 acre forest not only contains wetlands and ponds, it also sits right on the banks of the Hitytity River. Your pal will absolutely love getting his workout in such an amazing setting. Don’t forget to bring some water, as all that walking will make him one thirsty pup!