Hi! I'm Chrissy! I just moved to Chicago from New Jersey and am an avid animal lover. Back at home, I have two amazing rescue beagles (Shiloh and Pepsi). I recently worked for the Humane Society of the US as a fundraiser and I frequently volunteer for shelters and rescue groups.
East Granby is a small town nestled in Hartford County. Dating back to the mid 1600s, this rural community used to survive off tobacco and dairy production. Although the farming industry has greatly decreased, the town’s pastoral charm still remains.
The 62 mile Metacomet Trail runs through East Granby. This pup-ular trail provides scenic views of Connecticut’s quintessential beauty. Clip on your dog’s leash and follow this trail along the Metacomet Ridge. You’ll discover woodlands, lakes, farmlands, and waterfalls. Be sure to stop by the intersection near Newgate Road and Route 20, as this particular spot is a great place for panoramic views of the Farmington Valley. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water for your furry hiking buddy, she’s sure to need a big drink after exploring this trail.
East Granby dogs are privileged to have the Frontier Wellness
Center in their town. This clinic focuses on a pup’s overall wellbeing and
incorporates different type of medicine. Besides the traditional diagnostic and
therapeutic services, they also employ homotoxicology, acupuncture, and Magna
Wave PEMF Therapy. They also have an in house laboratory and pharmacy. There’s
no doubt about it, these folks want your pooch healthy, stat!
If your pup is begging for a walk, clip on his leash and head over to Cowles Park. A favorite among local dogs, this wooded park is a perfect place for some afternoon cardio. Not only will your pal get some much needed exercise, he’ll also get to spend some time in nature. Two loop trails run throughout the park. With various short cuts and side trails, you can cover anywhere from one to three miles of terrain. Let your pup be the guide as you wander through the giant white pines down to the banks of the Farmington River.
Next time your four legged pal needs to stretch her legs, pay a visit to Granbrook Park. This beautiful park sits right on the banks of Salmon Brook and is surrounded by groves of trees. Park amenities include sport courts, ball fields, and picnic areas. You’ll also find plenty of green space for sniffing, so take a few laps around the park and let your pup’s nose get to work. This is a pawsome place for getting in some quality time with your pooch. Pack a lunch, plenty of water, and her favorite treat and just chill out by the river banks. You’ll probably even see some Canadian Geese!
Granby D.O.G.S. Park is a pupperific place for dogs that need to burn off some energy. This off leash park is located in the neighboring town of Granby, and offers plenty of space for running, chasing, and fetching. Your buddy will love meeting new four legged friends while also getting in some exercise. This park does not separate large and small dogs, so if you have a petite pooch, make sure he’s comfortable romping around with his larger peers. During the warmer months, water is available, but if you come during the winter, bring your own water. The park also has benches, shade trees, and even a faux fire hydrant. Sounds puptastic!
Penwood State Park is only eleven miles south of East Granby in the nearby town of Bloomfield. This 800 acre natural space is just waiting for you and your furry hiking friend! Grab some water, a leash, a few snacks and head over for some adventure on the park's large network of trails. Depending on your dog’s energy level, you can take a quick hike or stay for a few hours. If you happen to come during the spring, you’ll be treated to a beautiful display of wildflowers. Also, keep your eyes peeled for birds, as woodpeckers, vultures and even bald eagles frequent this park.
If your pooch feels like being in nature, head 12 miles south to Talcott Mountain State Park. This park is located in Simsbury and sprawls over a vast 500 acres. The center feature of the park is Talcott Mountain, and the Heublein Tower which sits at its summit. Leash up your pup and make the 1.25 trek to the top of the mountain. Dogs are not allowed inside the Tower’s museum, but your pal will be able to enjoy stunning views of the valley. Picnic facilities are available, so go ahead and pack your lunch. Just remember to bring some water (and a treat) for your furry hiking friend.