Right on the Massachusetts border lies the town of Suffield, Connecticut. This historic town, begun in the late 1700’s, was once part of what is now the State of Massachusetts. This dog-friendly town welcomes visitors, and here is where you will find country-living at its finest in this typical, colonial New England town, which sits quietly on the picturesque Connecticut River. Pet owners will delight in having one animal clinic right in town caring for domestic and wild animals alike.
Many trails and parks are ready to entertain your pup throughout Suffield. Try the historic Windsor Locks Canal Trail, a 5.5-mile-long adventure that was originally used by horses to pull boat traffic through in the early 1800’s. A portion of the New England Trail runs through Suffield where you and your pup can walk on ridges and cliffs overlooking scenic Connecticut. Head to Stoney Brook or Sunrise Parks for fishing, hiking and skiing.
For some local eats, there are many farms with fruit and vegetable stands, and Kuras Farm lets you and your pup pick your own blueberries and raspberries. It is best to bring a picnic lunch to all the area’s outdoor pup adventures, as Suffield does not offer any dog-friendly dining.
There is something for everyone in this beautiful, historic town, so head to Suffield with your adventurous dog today!
Your fur-ever friend might love some off-leash fun at Granby Dog Park in Salmon Brook Park, located in the Granby neighborhood in the town of Granby. This pawtastic park is entirely fenced for your pup’s safety. It has a brook for dogs to splash around in and picnic tables for you to relax while watching Fido play. There is plenty of shade for those hot summer days! Hiking trails begin here which connect to nearby McLean Game Reserve, where you can hike for miles. Grab some grub after at Lite-N-Up or Lock Stock and Bagel for some outdoor pet-friendly dining.
Looking for adventure? Southwick is the place to be that's just north of Suffield across the Massachusetts border. Take your pup for a hike at he Southwick Wildlife Management Area offering 265 acres of fields and grasslands. Your pup will also love the more relaxing Whalley Park with its sports fields, pavilions and playgrounds. Dogs must be on leash and cleaned up after. When you are hungry, take Fido to Summer House for a burger, or the Daily Grind Coffee House for a cup of coffee, freshly baked breads and pastries, and dine at these establishments' pup-friendly outdoor tables.
Some of the parks awaiting you and your fur-iendly friend in the town of Enfield, east of Suffield, are the Town Farm Open Space with its golfing and sledding areas, the King's Island Boat Launch with direct access to the Connecticut River, and the Veterans Memorial Park’s sports courts and fields. Scantic River State Park is the place to take your pup for extensive hiking and direct access to the Scantic River. All are dog-friendly, but please pack water and mutt mitts. When you get hungry, head to For Love and Food or the Country Diner for a meal at dog-friendly outdoor tables.
Just south of West Hartland, in the Day Street/Firetown Road neighborhood, in the town of Granby, you will find a great opportunity for you and your pup in the open spaces of Enders State Forest. It covers a whopping 1400 acres, full of adventure. You can hike for miles on its dog-friendly trails and cool off in the river where the water pools deep enough to jump in - the perfect thing on a hot summer’s day. Be sure to clean up after Fido and bring a nice picnic lunch to share with your fur-ever friend for a delightful afternoon.