Dedham, Massachusetts is a rural town noted for its’ rich, four hundred year history, and the ever-improving quality of life. The pets that live in this town have a lot to do – from well-kept parks to beautiful strolls and hiking paths, there’s always something for a four-legged companion to enjoy.
Dedham is currently in the process of building a dog park for town residents to enjoy. As for right now, there is a temporary dog park located at the Dolan Canter on Common Street. It’s open until 3 pm on Monday through Thursday, and on the weekends from 7 am to dusk. This park will be open for several years until a permanent location is found.
The town has several beautiful trails to explore. On-leash dogs are allowed. For adventurous hikers who don’t mind the rough terrain, there’s the Town Forest. Covering over 77 acres, this space was maintained in the 1970’s with several hiking trails, but is now overgrown. Cutler Park features a 9.5-mile walking loop that wanders through natural and residential areas. Wilson Mountain is a stunning 120-acre space and is the highest point in the town. At the top, hikers (and their furry companions!) can see scenic views of Boston and the local communities.
Cutler Park Reservation is a great spot to let your pup stretch her legs. Located in the Riverdale and Dedham Island area, this 600-acre reservation has trails that meander through forest, marsh and water scenery. Dogs and people alike will enjoy viewing the muskrats, blackbirds, ducks and geese that live in the area. Although dogs must be on leash, they will still get plenty of exercise as they enjoy the tranquility and fresh air of this outdoor haven. Not far from this puptastic park is locally owned and operated Twickenton Dog and Cat Grooming. These professional groomers can rinse off muddy paws and have your dog looking her best in no time.
The High Street neighborhood of Dedham is an active dog’s paradise. With two pawsome options for exercising energetic pups, this area will not disappoint. The large open expanse of Dedham Dog Park provides lots of room for sniffing and tail wagging, not to mention running, leaping and jumping. Be sure to register your canine with the Dedham Parks and Recreation Department before using the park. If trail walks are more of your thing, Wilson Mountain Reservation is also in the area. Put a leash on your furry companion and take a trip through the white pines, birch and oak trees to the top of Wilson Mountain. Even dogs will appreciate the view of the surrounding area.
The Mother Brook Trail network can be accessed in East Dedham. This trail system is popular with the locals, so social dogs will enjoy meeting plenty of four legged and two legged friends. There’s a good chance a canoe or two will be seen floating down the brook. Be sure to stop and enjoy a snack and some water at one of the picnic tables along the banks of the stream. East Dedham is also home to Blue Ribbon Grooming. Whether your dog needs a nail trim, a bath or just a good brushing, the folks at Blue Ribbon are ready to help.
When it comes to taking your canine companion for a stroll, Dedham Town Center has a pawsome place to stretch those four legs. The Wigwam Pond area lets your pup enjoy beautiful waterfront scenery while getting some fresh air. From the parking lot, follow the paths that have been worn by the locals and take a trip around the pond. There will be plenty of natural smells to get your dog’s nose sniffing and tail wagging. Dedham Town Center is also home to Turn Around Training. If your pup needs some help with his manners, check out their group or private classes.