Nestled in the Litchfield Hills, Litchfield is considered to be the best surviving examples of a typical New England town from the late 18th century. There are five animal hospitals in Litchfield, so you can have a worry-free stay with your pup in this picturesque town.
Located in the heart of the Litchfield Historic District, the Litchfield Green is a nice spot to go for a leashed stroll, relax, and to take in the charming views with your best friend. Originally used as a common pasture ground, it now serves as a venue for outdoor concerts and other events in the summer.
After checking out the green, cross the street to DiFranco's Restaurant & Pizzeria to grab some lunch. Share an outdoor table with Fido at the patio, which is partially walled and shaded by umbrellas.
To see more of Litchfield's beautiful natural scenery, head to the Topsmead State Forest, the former summer estate of Ms. Edith M. Chase. With an English Tudor-style house, formal gardens, beautiful grounds, and several trails, Topsmead has become a top destination for picnics, photography, weddings, and dog walks. Fido is welcome to join you in the picnic areas and on the trails as long as he stays leashed.
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Go on a camping adventure with your pooch at Hemlock Hill Camp Resort, where you'll find modern comforts in a natural setting. Hemlock Hill comprises a mountain brook, ponds, campsites, and tent sites, with amenities that include swimming pools, bathrooms, showers, a basketball court, and a full-service store. Always keep your pup on a leash when you're outside your vehicle. If you're not into camping but need a place to stay in town, the Litchfield Inn welcomes pets of any size for an additional fee. Get ready to make yourselves at home in this colonial-style boutique property, but do call first to reserve a pooch-friendly room.
Comprising 4,000 acres of forest, fields, and wetlands, the White Memorial Foundation and Conservation Center is a woofderful place to spend a day in nature with your furry buddy. Situated in the hills of northwestern Connecticut, White Memorial offers 40 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities, without charge. The most popular one is the Little Pond Boardwalk Trail, an elevated, 1.2-mile wooden walkway that lets you and Fido explore the wetlands around the pond. If you visit in the spring or fall, you'll be able to see bird migrations as well. Four-legged visitors are allowed on White Memorial property as long as they remain on a seven-foot leash.
One of the oldest state parks in the system, Mount Tom State Park is a great place to bring the family, including four-legged members. The lower section of the park is composed of a small beach on a lake, but since Fido isn't allowed in this area, just head straight to the hiking trails. The main trail, which is only less than a mile long, leads up to an old stone tower that sits on top of the park's namesake mountain. A popular attraction among hikers, the tower offers a stunning, 360-degree view of the surrounding countryside. The trail can be steep and rocky in some places, but visitors say that the views are well worth the climb.
Doggos that are up for a more challenging hike will enjoy the trails at Black Rock State Park in nearby Watertown. This 439-acre site was used by Native Americans in the past, as confirmed by the arrowheads and stone implements that were unearthed here. Today, Black Rock is used by outdoor enthusiasts for various activities such as camping, hiking, picnicking, and fishing. If you and your pooch are hiking up to the overlook, expect some incline and steep sections. Once you get to the summit, you'll be greeted by beautiful views of the valley. While Fido is welcome on the trails and in the picnic areas, the beach and campground are off-limits.
Camp Columbia State Park is a hidden gem in the neighboring town of Morris. One of the most recent acquisitions of the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, the park is still being developed to improve its accessibility and recreational opportunities. The department is also working on an interpretive trail system that will highlight the park's unique and interesting history of having been part of Columbia University for nine decades. For now, you and your canine companion can check out the marked trails and stone observation tower. Dogs are welcome at Camp Columbia State Park as long as they're on a leash no longer than seven feet.