Exeter, Rhode Island is a small town located on the Connecticut border. Settled in 1742, most of the industry of this forested area was centered around timber, but today, the resident's of Exeter consider it a dog-friendly town, where you and your pup will find plenty to do. For any health concerns, the Wolf Rock Animal Health Center is ready to provide care with their holistic approach to animal medicine.
Plan a pawtastic day at the area's parks. Beach Pond is where you and your pup can relax while you do some well-deserved fishin’ and catch some trout for lunch!
For a more adventurous day, head to Arcadia Management Area’s 14,000 acres. Here you will find trails for hikers, equestrians and bikers. This multiple use area is well-defined with miles of trails. Your pup is allowed off leash, but under voice control for everyone’s safety. More fishing is offered here with the stocked Wood River and multiple ponds, and canoes and kayakers can try their skills on the Class I and Class II stream here.
Afterwards, in the nearby town of Richmond, you will find Billy Hill’s Roadhouse where pup-friendly dining is welcome at this made from scratch kitchen, or Lickety Splits for a cone! Make Exeter your next pawtastic place to visit!
Exeter Hollow is a neighborhood in the northeast part of town. For some great summer fun, head to Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge for some fur-iendly scenic exercise. This nature preserve is well-known for its amazing hiking trails which wind amongst ponds and by waterfalls, for a picture-perfect day. Be sure to keep your pup on leash, and bring a picnic lunch, bottled water and clean up bags to keep this refuge pristine. No restrooms are available at this wildlife preserve, so plan accordingly. Don’t forget your camera to remember this day with Fifi forever!
Puptastic adventures await you in the town of West Greenwich, just north of Exeter. The Fry Pond Conservation Management Area is a canoer’s paradise. Put in your craft in Cedar Swamp or take your pup for a walk on their informal trail system throughout. Or try Tillinghast Management Area’s four interconnected nature trails. You and Fifi can choose the ½ mile loop for a quick walk, or take all the other 2 ½ mile loops for a full 10-mile day hike past ponds, and 1800’s farmsteads. Plan ahead as there is no food, water or restrooms available at either location. Leashes optional!
Head to the Goddard Memorial State Park in East Greenwich, north of Exeter, and experience 490 dog-friendly acres of outdoor adventure. It is full of picnic sites, open spaces and wooded and open hiking trails. There is even a 9-hole golf course! Restrooms and water are on-site! Or hike the trails at Frenchtown Park that meander over bridges and through the woods. Please keep Fido on leash at both locations. When your tummies start growling, your pup will love dining alongside you on the patios at East Greenwich’s two pup-friendly seafood restaurants - Blu on the Water and Finn’s Harborside. Bone Appetit!
The Richmond Dog Park is the place to be in the town of Richmond, south of Exeter. Your pup will enjoy his freedom to run in the fenced, grassy areas, while you relax on the outdoor chairs and tables. It is the perfect place for Fido to make friends. For more together time, try Beaver River Preserve, known for its hiking trails along high ridges, with gorgeous views of the surrounding valley. There is a variety of terrain for every skill level. Keep your pup on leash and bring water and clean-up bags. Grab a bite afterwards at the dog-friendly Village Pizza!
Full of pawtastic places, North Kingstown, just east of Exeter, is where you and your pup can plan a perfect day. Crawley Preserve offers dogs and owners three 1-mile long walking trails in this 99-acre preserve. The Browning Woods Trail is a great place to take a longer hike. It meanders through swamps, streams, wooded areas and through the local historical Browning Woods Farm, covering 165 luscious acres. Be sure to pack water, snacks and mutt mitts! When you’re finished, head to dog-friendly Jitter’s Café for a muffin and some coffee, or try Shayna’s for great meals all day long.