Ridgefield is a town full of dog lovers – just ask the locals who use the town’s dog park. In 2014, an anonymous donor (and user of the park) gave the town enough money to fully renovate the park, including the installment of a 500-pound modern art doggy sculpture by artist Chris Cuman. Interestingly, the donor chose to remain anonymous but remain actively involved in the renovations, giving a dog lover's perspective to the much-needed project.
Now, the new and improved dog park is complete, with a permeable walkway, built-in toys, washing stations, sanitary stations with doggie bags, yard hydrants, and a small-dog area.
Ridgefield has over 5,000 acres of open space for dog-lovers to enjoy. Aldrich Park covers over 60 acres and features multiple walking paths that provide stream views. Nearby Bennett’s Pond has walks that range from easy to rough and steep. For a moderate hike, try the Florida Refuge, which traverses beautiful wetlands complete with large boulders – perfect for sitting, resting, or enjoying a picnic.
Pine Mountain is arguably the area’s most strenuous hike, so it’s perfect if you have an energetic dog you need to wear out! At the top of the mountain is a beautiful vista of the Long Island Sound. This hike will take an estimated two hours for experienced hikers – it is fairly rocky and steep.