Bedford is located in Middlesex County, just 15 miles northwest of Boston. As is true with many New England towns, Bedford is rich in history. The Bedford Flag is the country’s oldest known surviving intact battle flag, and was said to have been taken into the Battle of Concord in 1775. That’s woofin’ amazing!
The lucky dogs of Bedford have access to several trails, parks
and open spaces. Hartwell Town Forest is a pawsome place to spend some time
with your favorite four legged friend. Two main trails and a couple side paths
run through a mature forest and wetlands. Your pooch will love sniffing his way
through the mile and a half main trail. If he’s a bird lover, he’ll have plenty
of chances to view some feathered friends. This place is home to several migratory
birds, including great horned owls.
While in town, also check out Elm Brook Conservation
Area. You’ll find even more trails through wetlands and groves of red maple. A
short trail follows Elm Brook and Mongo Brook. After your walk, chill out on
the banks of the brook with your tired pup.
Be sure to check out all the other trails this dog loving town has to offer!
Next time your pal needs a walk, head over to the Altman Conservation Area and take a stroll through some beautiful scenery. Your pup can stretch his four legs while breathing in the fragrant air of the forests and wetland swamp. A short trail winds through the area leading you past open fields, pine plantations, native plants, and a vernal pool. Benches are scattered throughout the park, so take a seat and soak in the pupperific view. Buehler Ponds are also in the area. Follow the trail around the ponds. You’ll pass through more forest and by glacial rock outcroppings.
This area is home to both the Dellovo Conservation Area and the Vanderhoof Conservation Area, so leash up your pup and head over for some outdoor fun! Start your adventure by following the main trail at Dellovo. Your dog will love strutting his stuff through a poplar grove and red maple swamp. You’ll also enjoy silver maple, wild rose and ferns. Continue on to Vanderhoof for more red maple groves. From end to end, the trail is about a mile and a half. If your pup still has energy to burn, hop on the Massport Trail and keep walking. By the time you head home, your pooch will be all tuckered out!
If your canine buddy is itching to get outside, grab his leash and head over to Clark Conservation Area. A half mile trail outlines a large open field, inhabited by grassland birds. Your pooch will love getting his daily exercise in such a lovely setting. After a couple laps around the trail, take a seat on the bench and let your pup rest his paws. Little Meadow Conservation Area is just across the street where a half mile trail circles another open field. Since you may encounter horseback riders, be sure to keep your dog leashed at all times.
If you’re looking for a new place to walk your pooch, take her over to the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail. Its southern access point is right next to Paige Field and across the street from Depot Park. The trail heads north for three miles to the Bedford-Billerica town border. Right before you cross Great Road, take a short detour through Veterans Memorial Park. Take a minute to check out the memorials before strolling around the gardens and shade trees. When your pooch is ready, hop back on the Rail Trail and continue north. The trail will eventually lead you past Fawn Lake, a beautiful lakeside park with a trail.
The Reformatory Branch Rail Trail is a perfect spot for some doggy cardio. Clip on your pup’s leash and treat him to a jaunt down this scenic trail. The unpaved trail stretches four miles to the west and ends up in Concord. Go for as long as your pup’s paws can handle. Not far from the start, a side trail leads to Elm Brook Conservation. If your dog is in the mood for a detour, head down this trail for some beautiful scenery and nature trails. Be sure to carry some water, all that walking is sure to make him one thirsty pup!