The small town of Simsbury in Connecticut has been around quite a long time, since 1670! The city has come a long way, with multiple awards on its belt as one of the best small towns to live in, and it boasts one of the best educational systems in the nation. Dog-lovers will agree that Simsbury is one of the best places to live in, with two dedicated animal hospitals, plentiful hiking, and many dog-friendly parks.
The town even has its own dog park, called the Paw Meadow Dog Park. This gem of Simsbury boasts fenced-in areas for dogs to run around off leash, separate areas for large and smaller dogs, and even lights to feel safe and to keep playing after the sun goes down. Additional features include water fountains, clean-up stations, benches, and trash bins.
Another famous spot around town is the Stratton Brook State Park Trail, a 1.2-mile trail with scenic views of Stratton Brook and a waterfall along the creek. The path lies in northern Simsbury, and features trash bins and lights in the parking area. Pups must be leashed at all times in the park.
Simsbury is genuinely one the best small towns to live in for dog-lovers, especially with other dog-friendly parks like Drake Hill Park, Belden Forest, and Wilcox Park. With so many options, you'll have trouble deciding where to take Fido!
The Tariffville neighborhood takes up the entire eastern portion of the city, with 800 acres of the neighborhood consisting of the Penwood State Park. The state park provides beautiful views of the vast forests throughout the area and an extensive trail system. Dogs are welcome in the park and picnic areas while on a leash during open hours, which are 8 AM to sunset. On the northern part of the neighborhood is the Talcott Hiking Trail, a 2.6-mile trail that scales Talcott Mountain, with a moderate trail difficulty. Dogs are welcome on the path while on a leash, but owners must bring water and clean-up bags.
The Weatogue neighborhood is a quiet place, filled to the brim with residential homes and dense forests. Some of those woods are part of the Stratton Brook Open Space, a sizeable dog-friendly area with paved and dirt trails and a well-kept open area. Dogs are welcome inside the public area, but must remain on a leash and owners must bring water and clean-up bags. Starting in the neighborhood is the Farmington River Trail, a 14.2-mile trail that was converted from all railroad lines. The path leads south through the town and outside and can provide a quick walk or day-long hike throughout the region. Dogs must remain on a leash on the trail.
Residents can't get any better in the neighborhood of Simsbury Town Center, with a large cluster of different parks. The group of parks includes War Memorial Park, Memorial Park, and Schultz Park. Although all three are separate parks, all three take up about 20 acres together, with eight ballfields, 3 miles of paved trails leading in and out of each park and plenty of open area for Fido to run around. All parks require Fido to remain on a leash, but provide different amenities like lights, benches, water fountains, and trash bins. Fido is even welcome at the pavilion and picnic areas of each park.
West Simsbury is a quiet neighborhood, with fewer residents than the other communities around town, but with exceptional dog-friendly activities like the Massacoe State Forest. The park is 503 acres with a 35-acre pond on the east side of the area. Dogs are welcome into the park and can enjoy the natural trails and dog-friendly fishing holes. There are benches throughout, but owners must bring water and clean-up bags. The Grimes Brook Open Space is south of the state park, and provides another dog-friendly park for walking your pup. Dogs must remain on a leash inside the open area, but can enjoy the dirt trails and splash around in the Grimes Brook.
The Hartford Road neighborhood is one of the most beautiful communities in the city, with vast forests and open plains for miles. The neighborhood holds another state park, called Talcott Mountain State Park. The park is dog-friendly and provides humans and their pups miles of trails through dense forests with sights of Stratton Pond and Hoe Pond. Dogs must remain on a leash throughout the park, and can even head up the 165-ft. tower that offers panoramic views around the park. The Hazen Park is a city park, that provide forested trails like the state park, but has other features like water fountains, benches, and trash bins. Fido must also remain on a leash at this park.