West Torrington is a large city in Litchfield County, Connecticut. Downtown Torrington is home to the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts and the Warner Theatre, which makes it pawfect for cultured canines. West Torrington and its neighboring cities also offer several dog-friendly activities for everyone to enjoy! If you need veterinary care, you'll find a few clinics and animal hospitals in nearby Torrington.
John A. Minetto State Park is a prime example of the beauty you will find in Torrington. Leashed dogs are allowed to join you while hiking, fishing, and playing during a visit to the park. You can also visit Topsmead State Forest with your Fido. Topsmead is filled with beautiful flowers and is the perfect place to relax with your dog. The forest is free to visit and has the highest elevation in Litchfield.
The nearby cities of Bristol and Canton also have dog-friendly lodging options and highly recommended restaurants and bars that welcome dogs. Firefly Hollow Brewing in Bristol allows dogs both indoors and outdoors and offers a wide selection of alcohol. LeSalle Market is a beautiful sidewalk café in the middle of the historic city of Collinsville. This restaurant serves a variety of American comfort foods including pizza and sandwiches.
If you're down for a car ride, hop in the car and head 22 miles to Farmington River Trail. Fido will pawsitively bark about all the great things that Rails-to-Trails have done for this area. Each part of the trail system is perfectly scenic as it winds in and out of the wooded areas. Even in the summer, you will find these walkways to be cool and relaxing. The Farmington River Trail encompasses over 20 miles of trails that are paved and waiting for you to grab your leashed dog and explore. This is a historic and scenic area made better by the Rails-to-Trails system.
Peterson Park & Mattatuck Trail is a quick 18-mile trip from West Torrington and the perfect getaway for the entire family. Pack a picnic and share a snack at the picnic areas here. There’s a skate park for your teenagers to enjoy, and a jungle gym system for your smaller tots. Grab your leash and explore the trail systems this park has to offer. If you get too hot, cool off in the shallow brook that runs through the park. This is the pawfect place to enjoy the great outdoors and spend a day with the whole family -- furry members included!
Clatter Valley Park is a quick car ride of about 25 miles, but once Fido sniffs around this furrific green space, he might just decide it was worth the trip! You can enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities here, from fishing and hiking to cross-country skiing and horseback riding. This expansive park also has some picnic areas where you can refuel before playing again. This is a pawfect place for Fido to dip his paws in the river! Clatter Valley Park is also just a skip and a hop from Lovers Leap State Park, which also welcomes leashed dogs to explore.
When you need a classic dog park, something built just for Fido, 30 miles isn't too far to drive. Cheshire Dog Park is calling Fido’s name! This park has agility equipment which can help your dog get in shape and show off his skills. There are two areas so that smaller pups can get away from the big boys and just run and play. Cleaning stations and shaded spots to sit are aplenty in this park! There are also watering holes for you and your dog to stay hydrated while you play together. This is the pawfect space to let your dog do what he does best!
Just 17 miles from West Torrington lies the Hoppers-Birge Pond Nature Preserve. If this park could be described in one word, it would be "open." This large, open meadow has many walking trails for you and Fido to explore. The official rules state that all dogs must remain on-leash on the trails and in the open areas, but locals note that many dog owners let their pups off-leash. Use your best judgment, and ensure your dog responds well to vocal commands. Fido can also play in the pond when he works up a good pant. Can you think of a better way to spend the day? We can't!