New Hartford is a picturesque rural town nestled in Litchfield County. Surrounded by mountains, forests, and lakes, this is dream community for outdoor loving pups.
The lucky dogs that live in New Hartford get to enjoy
plenty of hiking and outdoor recreation. Antolini Woods consists of two main trails;
one is just under a mile and the other clocks in at 1.4 miles. Leashed pups will
get their paws dirty while wandering through forests of hemlock and old sugar
maple trees. The nearby Surdam Farm Preserve is a lush natural space with moss
covered stone walls and trees with large above ground roots.
While in the area, be sure to check out Jones Mountain. Groves of hemlock trees and majestic white pines create an enchanting atmosphere. Your four legged BFF can sniff her way through the fern lined trails while breathing in fresh mountain air. Choose from three trails that range from just under a mile to 2.5 miles. Streams, moss covered rocks, and the sound of chirping birds make this preserve pawsitively magical.
Goula Open Space Area is also a pupperific spot for exercising your pooch. This natural space is open year round and features trails for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. No bones about it, your pup will love New Hartford!
Is your pup ready for an adventure? Grab your pooch and head over to East New Hartford and pay a visit to Nepaug State Forest. This beautiful state forest is chock full of Norway spruce and hemlock trees. Let your pup be the guide as you wander through the wooded terrain. Tunix Trail, Tipping Rock Loop, Valley Outlook Trail and Shelter 4 Trail are all just waiting to be explored. Nepaug is also a popular backpacking spot, so bring your tent and stay the night. For even more adventure, check out the puptastic hiking of Nepaug Reservoir. Trails range from under a mile to a three mile loop trail. Be sure your furry pal always has enough water to stay hydrated.
West New Hartford is home to Brodie Park, one of New Hartford’s most pupular places. Situated on the shores of West Hill Lake, this park has amenities such as sport courts, playgrounds and picnic areas. Dogs are not allowed on the beach but, don’t worry, there’s still plenty for your furry friend to do. Just across the road from the main park is 150 acres for hiking and horseback riding. Clip on your pup’s leash and follow one of the trails. Choose from a two mile loop or the little bit longer option of 2.5 miles. Your canine companion is sure to have a woofin’ good time!
Just 12 miles west of New Hartford is Paugnut State Park. Situated in the Burville and Drakeville area of Torrington, this stunning state park also contains Burr Pond State Park and Sunny Brook State Park. With triple the beauty and triple the trails, your pooch will be in paradise! Spend the day hiking through forests of white pines and hemlocks. John Muir and Walcott Trail, Jenkins Trail and Peninsula Trail offer spectacular views and will definitely get your pup’s tail wagging. Keep in mind, pets are not allowed on the Burr Pond beach, but they are invited to use the 2.5 mile trail that circles the lake.
Is your pup in the mood for some outdoor fun? Head over to the West Barkhamsted neighborhood of Barkhamsted and spend some time in American Legion and Peoples State Forests. Only four miles outside of New Hartford, these state forests are not to be missed. Visitors come from all over to enjoy camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing. Fur-tunately, leashed dogs are also welcome. Spend some time with your favorite furry hiking buddy on one of the eight trails. The Agnes Bowen Trail runs 2.5 miles and is perfect for dogs with a bit of energy to burn. The Walt Landgraf Trail is only .2 miles and is suitable for pups just looking for an afternoon stroll.
Nothing beats spending time at the park with your canine companion. So pack up your pooch and head over to Found Land Park. Located in the Avon neighborhood of Lovely Street and Northgate, this park is a pupperific spot for a little doggy cardio. Your pal will love getting his exercise on one of the loop trails that winds through oak and hickory trees. Be sure to also check out the nearby Countryside Park. Two ponds and a covered bridge make this picturesque park ideal for an afternoon stroll. You can also pick up the pace on the paved walking trails. For a longer walk, follow the trails over to Huckleberry Hill Recreation Area.