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Dog Areas in Ridgefield, CT

1 Park
1 Trail
5 Eateries
4 Groomers

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.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Ridgefield, CT

  1. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 700/sq mi

    #1 Ridgefield City Limits

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    The City of Ridgefield has a dog park with just about anything a dog or dog companion could want. The Bark Park, located at 60 Prospect Ridge, is a picturesque dog park. The grassy fenced enclosure comes equipped with watering stations, waste receptacles, and lots of room for a howlin’ good time. There is separate space for small dogs. The dog park comes with agility equipment for training or just some fun. Benches for the human companion are interspersed in the park. Luc’s Cafe on 3 Big Shop Lane serves European fare in a dog-friendly outdoor patio. The primarily French cuisine is a pawpular restaurant in Ridgefield.
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  2. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 1,986/sq mi

    #2 Fairfield

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    Nineteen miles from Ridgefield is the beach town of Fairfield. Penfield Beach is open to dogs for on-leash runs from October 1st through March 31st. Jennings Beach is also open to dogs from October 1st through March 31st. Jennings Beach allows dogs to run leash-free on the beach as long as their human can maintain control. Dogs must be on leash in other areas of Jennings, including the parking area and boardwalk. Dogs may enjoy some freshwater off-leash running along the shores of Lake Mohegan during the off season. Several pleasant trails give even more scenery in this forested area.
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    Population Density 3,000/sq mi

    #3 Rowayton

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    Fourteen miles southeast of Ridgefield is the suburb of Norwalk called Rowayton. Brendon’s 101 on Rowayton Street is a good place to stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This restaurant has an outdoor patio area for dog-friendly dining any time of day. Popular with the locals, this restaurant features New England fare and some pub-type sandwiches. After eating a bit, run it off at the Rowayton Dog Park, located at 36 McKinley. This large, grassy, fenced-in area gives dogs a chance for a good workout and plenty of opportunities to make some new fur-iends. Waste receptacles are nearby, and watering stations are provided.
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  4. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 1,322/sq mi

    #4 Westport

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    Fourteen miles southeast of Ridgefield, in the town of Westport, is the Winslow Dog Park. This dog park is located at 319 Post Road E. This well-maintained grassy dog park has trails built into the park. Water and poop bags are provided at the park. Other on-leash walking trails can be found in the larger park, as well as picnic areas. Rothbard Ale & Larder is one of several Westport restaurants that cater to guests with four legs. This restaurant is located at 90 Post Road E. and has some dog-friendly outdoor dining. Just the thing to put a curl and wag back in a tail after an exciting day blazing some trails.
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    Population Density 880/sq mi

    #5 New Canaan

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    Approximately 10 miles south of Ridgefield is the town of New Canaan. Spencer’s Dog Run is a fee-based dog park contained in the larger Waveny Park. Spencer’s Dog Run has a fenced grassy enclosure in which dogs of New Canaan and other areas may enjoy. There are waste receptacles and water provided. Dogs must be registered before being admitted, though. The registration forms are available on the city’s website. It is a little bit of extra work, but your dog will meet some new pals. Some free on-leash exercise can be had in the main park. Waveny has almost four miles of walking trails  to give you and your dog a sound workout together.
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