East Longmeadow is nestled in the Pioneer Valley in Hampden County. During the colonial period, this town was a pastoral community. Now, it is a thriving community with access to several dog friendly locations.
Pups living in
East Longmeadow know that if they get injured or sick, they’ve got top of the
line care readily available. At VCA Shaker Road Animal Hospital, your pooch’s
wellbeing is top priority. Their preventative care, wellness exams, and
laboratory services all aim to keep your four legged pal in tip top shape. East
Longmeadow Animal Hospital is no different. They even have dentistry, geriatric
and surgical services.
If you’re looking for a place where you and your canine can dine together, East Longmeadow has you covered. Center Square Grill is a local establishment that serves up hearty comfort food like burgers, sandwiches and pasta. If the weather is nice your pooch can join you at one of the outdoor tables. Frigo Food is another pet friendly restaurant in town. Not only do they sell their own line of gourmet foods, they also serve delicious sandwiches and salads. Your pup can hang out by your side while you nosh at one of the outdoor tables.
Is your four legged pal ready to get out and run? Take her to the Heritage Dog Park for some off leash excitement. Located in the Main Street and Westwood neighborhood, this park is the local canine hotspot. She’ll have plenty of room to romp and play with her new furry friends. Petite pooches have a separate area, so they can enjoy the park at their own pace. You also have the option to walk your pup around Heritage Park. Your dog will love trotting around the green space and wandering by the pond. Keep her on leash in this area of the park, as there are usually geese and ducks waddling around.
Six miles southeast of East Longmeadow is Minnechaug Mountain. Located in southern part of Hampden, this area offers some pupperific hiking for those with two legs and their four legged friends. A network of eight trails allows hikers to explore the 908 foot mountain and the surrounding woods. Choose from trails like Bob’s Trail, Tom’s Trail, or the short and steep Billy Goat Trail. The Old Coach Trail is the longest and flattest trail, so if your pooch is in the mood for a casual jaunt, this is the trail to take. Remember to keep your pup on leash at all times.
If your four legged friend is ready for an adventure, check out Rice Nature Preserve. This slice of nature is located just seven miles northeast of Longmeadow in the Wilbraham neighborhood of Mileoak. Bring your pup over so he can commune with nature while getting his daily dose of doggy exercise. The trail system is made up of seven trails and totals 3.4 miles. For scenic views of the Connecticut River Valley, follow the Rachel Phelps Trail. Or head out on Brookside Trail and hike next to a babbling brook. Whatever you choose, make sure your pup is leashed and has enough water to drink.
White Cedar Swamp is situated seven miles northeast of Longmeadow in the town of Wilbraham. Your canine buddy will love sniffing her way through the acres of forested wetlands and around a small cedar bog. Short spur trails wind through the area, so take your time discovering new routes while enjoying the beautiful scenery. The Crane Hill/ Twelve Mile Recreation Area is also nearby. Leash up your pup and check out the four miles of trails that make their way through forests of mature pines and hemlocks. No bones about it, your furry friend is sure to have a tail waggin’ time!
Shenispsit State Forest is 10 miles southeast of East Longmeadow and well worth a visit. Nestled in the Town Center area of Stafford, this state forest is chock full of mature red oak trees. Leash up your pup and let him get his daily exercise on one of the beautiful trails this park has to offer. The Shenispit Forest Trail is a five mile loop trail that features seasonal wildflowers. For a shorter hike, follow the Soapstone Mountain Trail. At only 2.4 miles, this trail gives you all the amazing scenery without all of the mileage.