Just 14 miles north of the state capital of Hartford, Granby lies along the north central part of the Massachusetts/Connecticut border. This mostly rural residential community has one veterinary hospital that keeps the town's critters in top health.
If you and Fido love the outdoors, don't miss the McLean Game Refuge, a nature preserve that was established by former Connecticut Governor and US Senator George P. McLean. Covering a whopping 4,400 acres, this wildlife refuge spans the towns of Granby, Simsbury, and Canton. Endless trails and gorgeous scenery make the McLean Game Refuge the pawfect place to take your best friend for a leashed walk. Be sure not to disturb the flora!
Looking for pet-friendly eateries in town where you can grab a bite to eat with your furry buddy? Lite-N-Up is a cozy cafe located in the heart of Granby, with indoor and outdoor seating. With a focus on local and seasonal ingredients, Lite-N-Up offers soups, salads, sandwiches, baked goods, and daily lunch specials, with vegetarian options.
If you have dietary preferences or restrictions, head over to The Sweet Beet, a vegan and gluten-free store and cafe. Grab an outdoor table with Fido and enjoy a hot soup, made-to-order salad, or gluten-free sandwich. Don't forget to try their bestselling mini cupcakes as well!
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Let Fido run off all that excess energy, and make new friends while he's at it, at the Granby Dog Park! Located within the 116-acre Salmon Brook Park, the Granby Dog Park is a large off-leash area with shade trees, picnic tables, pet waste stations, and a spigot in the form of a fire hydrant. The local dog parents are also very friendly and responsible, ensuring a woofderful experience for everyone. Behind the dog park, you'll find the West Branch of the Salmon Brook where puppers can go swimming. Note that this area isn't fenced, so keep an eye on your pooch!
The Enders State Forest is another furrific place in Granby where you can spend some time in nature with your best pal. Extending into the neighboring town of Barkhamsted, the Enders State Forest comprises diverse forests, wetlands, and multiple waterfalls. Though it's a relatively easy hike that can be completed in less than an hour, there are some steep slopes and the rocks near the falls are slippery when wet. Use caution and common sense, but also have fun! Beautiful views and great photo ops await for not much effort. As always, keep Fido on a leash and clean up after him.
The Holcomb Farm in West Granby is more than just a working farm that provides organic produce throughout Greater Hartford. This 367-acre farm also serves as a community gathering place and is home to miles and miles of trails that meander through scenic, varied terrain. Available year-round, the trails at the Holcomb Farm will lead you and Fido through forested highlands, sloping meadows, grassy flatlands, and rocky ledges. All trails are loops, so you can make your hike as easy or as challenging as you wish. If you participate in geocaching, several caches are hidden at the farm as well. Remember to keep your pooch leashed and refrain from physically interacting with any wildlife you encounter.
Spanning the towns of Granby, Barkhamsted, and Hartland, the Tunxis State Forest encompasses 9,152-acres of woods divided into sections on either side of the Barkhamsted Reservoir. If you need to “get away” with your pooch, quiet and expansive Tunxis is the place to go. Depending on which part you're in, the trails can be easy or a bit more challenging. Either way, you and Fido will come across beautiful scenery and maybe even some wildlife such as geese and moose. Don't forget to bring food and water, keep Fido on a leash at all times, and wear orange or reflective material during hunting season.
Puppers who love to hike are in for a treat in this neighborhood in nearby Simsbury. The Stratton Brook State Park welcomes leashed dogs on its hiking trails and in the picnic areas, so grab Fido's leash and favorite treats and spend a few hours exploring this beautifully wooded state park. Another spot that's worth checking out is the Massacoe State Forest, a 370-acre site composed of two separate blocks of woodland. The larger block, Great Pond, features the biggest standing body of water in town. Follow the trails that encircle the beaver pond for an easy hike. Massacoe is a pretty flat location, since there are no hills or mountains in this area.