Amesbury is situated in Essex County, Massachusetts, with New Hampshire on its northern border, and the Merrimack River to the south. Due to its riverfront location, Amesbury was once a busy mill town. Today, it is a welcoming residential community with an abundance of natural areas. Local dogs enjoy the trails and river scenery. They also take comfort knowing that there are two pawsome veterinary clinics located right in town.
Next time you have a craving for Italian, grab your pooch and head over to Ristorante Molise. Here you’ll find traditional Italian cuisine prepared with only the freshest ingredients. Dine al fresco with your pooch at one of the patio tables. For some scrumptious home baking, check out Market Square Bakehouse. Order a sandwich or soup, then cozy up at one of the outdoor tables with your pup. Before you leave, pick up a pastry to go.
After your meal, stop by the Amesbury Riverwalk Trail to burn off some calories. Stretching 1.3 miles, this trail is pup-ular with walkers and joggers. Your pup can stretch her four legs while breathing in fresh air and enjoying views of the Lower Powow River. With pawsome trails like this, it’s no wonder dogs love living in Amesbury!
If your pooch is begging for a walk, grab her leash and check out the Town Forest. With over 80 acres to explore, this wooded oasis is sure to keep your pup busy. She’ll love sniffing around the forest and searching for the perfect stick on the network of trails that meander through the property. With trail names like Scampering Squirrel, Skunk Cabbage, and Lion’s Swamp, you know you are in for an adventure. To extend your walk, follow the trails to the adjacent Great Swamp and the Bartlett Conservation areas. Boardwalks and ridge trails let you and your furry friend see even more of this fantastic terrain.
If your four legged walking buddy loves rolling hills and wide open spaces, then Woodsom Farm is the place to be. Your pal’s tail will wag with joy as he trots along the beautiful trails here. Spanning over 350 acres, this natural area is a favorite among local canines, so chances are your pal will run into a fellow pooch while out and about. Furrific paths take you through marshes, wetlands, and groves of trees. The Powow River runs along the western side of the park and provides a perfect swimming hole for pets and their parents. Your dog can jump right in for a wonderful cool down.
Deer Island sits in the middle of the Merrimack River and is the largest of Amesbury’s islands. Driving to the island is easy thanks to the Derek Hines Bridge. Lucky for your dog, a trail circles the forested area of the island. Head over for a nice afternoon stroll with great views of the river and surrounding area, where he can climb on the rocks, sniff for small critters, and splash in the river. The island is a bald eagle nesting ground, so keep your eyes open for the majestic birds. Since there are also a couple private homes on the island, be sure your pooch stays within sight.
Looking for a new place to walk your pup? Take a trip across the river to Mill Pond Recreation Area. Located in West Newbury, this park is only 15 minutes away from Amesbury. It’s got a great system of trails that is frequented by dog walkers and horse riders. There’s even a wading area for animals. The nearby Riverbend Conservation Area also has some pawsome trails. Indian River Trail runs alongside freshwater estuaries and through patches of beech and oak trees. River Road Trail takes you past some wild rice paddies, and Riverbend Trail crosses stone walls built in the 17th century. That’s woofin’ old!
Next time your dog needs to stretch her legs, head over to the nearby town of Haverhill and pay a visit to Winnekenni Park. This park has everything your pooch is looking for: miles of walking trails, ponds, trees, and rolling hills. There is even a castle on the property. For a pawsome work out, follow the 2.5 mile Dudley Porter Trail. It circles Kenoza Lake, so your pal will get to enjoy some beautiful scenery while she exercises. Castle Trail, Shore Trail, and Plug Pond Trail are also great options, but are a bit shorter in distance. No bones about it, this park will make your pup’s tail wag!