Situated along the banks of the Connecticut River, Rocky Hill is just eight miles south of the capital city of Hartford. Rocky Hill has one animal hospital to keep your canine companion in good shape while you're in town.
Puppers who are up for an outdoor adventure will have a barking good time at Quarry Park. Located on a former trap rock quarry, this 84-acre park is now home to an easy trail system that is suitable for all skill levels and is accessible all year round. Beautiful views of Hartford, Glastonbury, and the Connecticut River will greet you and your dog along the way.
Another spot that both you and Fido will enjoy is the Dinosaur State Park, a dinosaur-themed park that celebrates the Connecticut Valley's long history of fossil track discoveries. The park sits on the site where hundreds of tracks were uncovered in 1966. Fido is welcome to explore the park grounds but is not permitted on the nature trails or in the Exhibit Center.
If you need to spend a few days in Rocky Hill, check into the pup-friendly Sheraton Hartford South Hotel, which allows two pets of any size for no extra fee. They'll even provide Fido with bowls and a doggie bed, so make yourselves at home!
Visit Rocky Hill with your pooch today!
Whether you and Fido are passing through or staying in town for a while, be sure to stop by the Rocky Hill Dog Park! Located within Elm Ridge Park, this pooch park is a puptastic place for your best friend to get some off-leash exercise and meet other doggos. There are separate areas for large and small canines, both of which are covered in grass and provide more than enough room for your furry buddy to run around. Running water for the canines and benches for the humans are available as well. Remember to always clean up after Fido and only unleash him once you're inside the dog park.
Soak up the sun and take in the views at Ferry Park, which sits right on the Connecticut River. Home to the nation's oldest continuously operating ferry, this relaxing spot is pawfect for taking Fido for a leashed walk along the water and enjoying a packed lunch in the shade. Another historic location that you and your pup shouldn't miss is the Dividend Pond Trails and Archaeological District, where you can go for an easy walk in nature while having a history lesson. You and Fido will come across 10 archaeological sites in this 68-acre park, including Bulkeley Dam and the Butler & Sugden Shear Factory.
Clean and well-maintained, Maxwell Park offers lots of open space for Fido to walk and sniff around, as well as a picnic area where you and your best friend can share some snacks and just hang out. It also houses various athletic fields and courts, so you will most likely catch the locals playing tennis or soccer while you're strolling around. After exploring Maxwell Park, take a quick drive to the nearby Pazzo Cafe or Romano's Pizzeria to grab a bite to eat. Both places have outdoor seating, so you can dig into some Italian fare while Fido relaxes by your side.
Keep Fido's tail wagging by taking him to the Wethersfield Dog Park in nearby Wethersfield! This off-leash dog park inside the 122-acre Mill Woods Park is another great place where your best pal can socialize and play with other pups. The Wethersfield Dog Park features separate areas for big and small pooches, benches, and picnic tables. Sometimes there's even a small pool for the dogs. Locals also love the trees that provide ample shade on hot days. Waste bags and drinking water are supplied, so you and Fido can just hop in the car and head straight to the dog park.
For the most pawsome views of the Connecticut River, head to the River Highlands State Park in the neighboring town of Cromwell. Once the site of farm fields and pastures, this 177-acre parcel is now a completely wooded park nestled between a growing suburban landscape and the Connecticut River. Various trails will lead you and your pooch into mixed woodlands, over streams, across wooden bridges, and along the bluffs. From the highest vantage point 150 feet above the water, you and Fido will be able to see up and down the river. If you go down to the water's edge, you'll find a unique geologic feature known as a blowhole.