Northwest of Hartford, North Canton is a small, forested community with about a dozen veterinarians available within a ten-minute radius. Although North Canton itself doesn’t have many dog-friendly amenities, neighboring Canton and Barkhamsted both offer lots of outdoor activities for dogs and their parents.
If you have a water-loving pup, head on over to Lake McDonough, just six miles from North Canton. This recreational area is a local’s dream: leashed dogs are allowed in the non-sandy areas of the beach, and visitors can take advantage of the trails around the water. Bring some food to grill and make an afternoon of it!
If you’re looking for a drier activity, consider visiting American Legion State Forest. This top-rated park has trails as short as a half-mile long, so you can take a leisurely stroll or a long hike. Also nearby is the Farmington River Trail. This lengthy trail is a total of fifteen miles, but it has several trail end points and a smooth asphalt surface, making it perfect for biking alongside Fido.
For an excellent lunch or dinner nearby, consider bringing your pup down to Reno’s Drive-In (just ten minutes south of North Canton). Known for their delicious hot dogs, cheesesteaks, burgers, and chili fries, you’re sure to find a meal you love.
The city of Simsbury is 5 miles south of North Canton, and is home to Paw Meadow Dog Park, located at 22 Iron Horse Blvd. This dog park features two fully fenced enclosures for dogs to run leash-free. One of the enclosures is set aside for the small dogs. The ground is mulch chips. There are a few trees in the enclosures, and water is available on-site. Benches are positioned under the trees, providing shade for the human companions. Other benches are placed around the dog park. Waste bags are supplied, so keep the park as clean as you found it and use them. Trails outside the dog park let a person with a leashed pup enjoy nature together while on a hike.
The city of Granby is 9 miles north of North Canton. Salmon Brook Park offers visitors many activities for dogs and people, and also features a fully fenced dog park. There is no separate area for small dogs, though, so be mindful of that. The surface is mulch. Trees line the dog park and provide nice shade on hot days. Benches are positioned around the dog park for the human companions. Dogs also have access to the brook and take a dip on hot days. There are great hiking trails in the main park, but dogs must be on leash to explore them. The dog park is open from dawn to dusk.
South Windsor is 23 miles east of North Canton. South Windsor Bark Park is located at Nevers and Sand Hill Road. This dog park lets dogs leave that leash behind and have a bit of fun and exercise. The dog park has two enclosures. One is set aside for the small dogs. The ground is wood chips. Pieces of agility equipment adds to the fun of the dog park. There are water fountains designed for people and dogs, and waste bags are also supplied by the park. A few permanent benches give people a place to watch and supervise their dogs. Plastic chairs can be moved to take advantage of shade. The dog park backs to a forested area. A walking path around the dog park is a pleasant way for the human companion to get some exercise, too.
Enfield is 28 miles west of North Canton. Enfield Dog Park is located at Ecology Drive and Town Farm Road. This dog park has a fully fenced enclosure for dogs to get free of the leash and socialize and have some fun. There is a separate enclosure for the small dogs. The surface of the dog park is mulch covered. Trees grow within the enclosures and provide some scenery and shade. Water is available in the dog park, and waste bags are well-stocked. A few benches for the human companions are positioned within the enclosures. The dog park is open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., making it the pawfect place for a walk no matter what time of day you visit.