The town of Weare, New Hampshire, lies in the south-central part of the state, and is the very essence of a typical New England town. Originally settled by the Quakers, this town is dedicated to preserving its heritage as well as welcoming all to enjoy its small-town charm. Dog-friendly throughout, Weare is home to the Weare Animal Hospital who are ready to take care of all your pet’s health care needs.
Here you will find many opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Perkins Pond State Wildlife Management Area and the Weare Town Forest comprise hundreds of acres that welcome hiking, fishing, boating and all winter activities. Or take your pup to Clough State Park, home to 107-acre Everett Lake, miles of hiking trails, and is a pristine fishing location. Why not throw in a line and catch some dinner? This park’s winter hours are weekends only, so plan accordingly. Another area pup-tastic favorite is the Wood Family Forest which covers 207 acres and is the perfect place to take Fido on a leisurely hike. Dogs should remain on leash throughout town parks, but can be off leash in the state park.
Visit Weare and enjoy a puptastic time with your fur-ever friend!
The town of Goffstown, sitting southeast of Weare, is home to Bernard Park and Roy Park which offer sports courts, picnic pavilions and swimming pools at both locations! For those more active pups, head to the Rail Trail which runs for five miles and offers an excellent place to hike. Water and restrooms are available at these locations. Or if you and your pawtastic pup are more avid hikers, head to Namaske Lake or Glen Lake where the scenic beauty will amaze you both. Be sure to pack a lunch with plenty of water for these more rural adventures.
Many recreational opportunities are available for you and your pup in the town of Dunbarton, east of Weare. The Natalie and Willcox Brown Forest offers 159 acres of hiking fun. Or try the Dunbarton Town Forest or Kuncanowet Town Forest with over 1000 acres of nature to enjoy. And don’t forget the Stark Pond Recreation Area to take advantage of their variety hiking trails for many skill levels throughout, as well as fishing on the pond. Why not make a day of it and pack a picnic lunch to take with you? Bring plenty of water and clean up bags.
The town of Deering lies to the west of Weare and offers dog-friendly outdoor adventures for you both. The Deering Wildlife Sanctuary covers a sprawling 485 acres and is a bird watchers paradise! This nature preserve has miles of trails which are perfect for a day of hiking. There are plenty of easy loops for the beginner pup or harder hikes for the more experienced dog! See rare birds and mammals that make this location their home. Be sure to bring binoculars, a camera, and plenty of water and food. Keep Fido on leash for the safety of the wildlife.
If you and your fur-ever friend enjoy walking, why not visit the Coontoocook River Walk in the town of Hillsboro, just northwest of Weare for some leisurely time with your pawtastic pup! This 3-mile, roundtrip journey is perfect for a warm summer day to meander alongside its namesake river past open, grassy areas and through wooded spots. The dedicated trailhead has restrooms and water available. Pups to be kept on leash. In the wintertime, this river walk is popular with snowshoers and cross-country skiiers. Be sure to take along some lunchtime snacks for you both.
If you are wanting an outdoor adventure, look no further than in the town of Henniker, northwest of Weare. There are four state forests in this town for adventure-seekers. Take your pup to either Totten Trails, Buehler/Salmen, Craney Hill, or Ames State Forest and enjoy nature at its finest. All places offer miles of hiking trails for all skill levels, and winter adventures such as snowmobiling, tubing and cross-country skiing! Be sure to pack lots of water! When your tummy starts growling, head to the Country Spirit Restaurant and Tavern where you can dine at their three outdoor pup-friendly tables.