New Milford, Connecticut is a small town located on the Housatonic River in the westernmost part of the state. There are many recreational opportunities in New Milford, which also contains portions of the Apestuck River, the Still River, and Lake Candlewood.
In fact, the local dog park is named after Lake Candlewood. The “Candlewoof” Dog Park was opened in 2010 after much hard work by a local non-profit, composed of pet lovers who wanted to create a safe, fun space for dogs to play off-leash. The park is open from sunrise to sunset daily. It is located in the field behind the John Pettibone Elementary School. Amenities include doggie bags and agility equipment.
Interested in a more strenuous hike? The Housatonic Range Trail ends in New Milford, on top of Candlewood Mountain. The six-mile path begins in Gaylordsville and meanders through beautiful woodlands, scenic outcroppings, a small cave, and large rock formations. Part of the trail even runs through a naturally occurring tunnel, although there is a side trail since the tunnel may be overwhelming to claustrophobic humans or nervous dogs.
For less intense hiking, try the Baldwin Park nature paths or the 140-acre Lovers Leap State Park, which both allow on-leash dogs. The state park has several scenic trails that are good for longer trips.