Granby is quaint town nestled in Hampshire County. This agricultural town was first settled back in 1768. Today, it maintains its long standing tradition of being a farming community with beautiful open spaces.
You can’t come to Granby without spending some time in the Mt. Holyoke Range State Park and the adjacent Skinner State Park. Together, they make up 3,000 acres of pristine wilderness. Pack some water, snacks, and a leash and take your pal over for some furrific hiking. Lithia Springs is a pup-ular 2.2 mile trail that leads to a stunning reservoir. If you want something a little longer, try Rattlesnake Knob. This trail clocks in 4.4 miles. No matter what trail you decide on, you’ll have a scenic hike through thick forests and past babbling streams that your pup will love.
Be sure to also check out the Mount Norwottuck Loop. Since it is a little steep on the way up, this hike will get your pup’s heart rate pumping. The views at the top are spectacular. You'll also have the option to take a side trail to the Horse Caves, some impressive rock formations. There’s no question that pups living in this rural town get to live it up in the great outdoors!
Take your pup over to the Dufresne Dog Park inside of the Dufresne Recreation Area and let him run sans leash. He’ll love the chance to romp and play with new four legged friends. Small and large dogs play together at this park. So if you have a petit pooch, make sure he’s up to frolicking with his bigger peers. Since water isn’t available, be sure to bring some H20 for your thirsty pal. When your canine buddy is done playing at the dog park, take him around the wooded trails of the Dufresne Recreation Area, or hang out by the pond for a bit. Picnic facilities are also available, so bring a sandwich and stay awhile.
The Chicopee Memorial State Park is only a 15 minute drive south of Granby in nearby Chicopee, and is just waiting for your dog to explore it. Clip on your pup's leash and head out for some doggone good exercise. Warm up with a trip around the Snake Brook Trail. Once your pup’s blood is flowing, venture out onto one of the four other trails. You’ll encounter wetlands as well as wooded areas. The terrain can be hilly in places, so expect some leg work. When you’re four legged hiking buddy is ready for a break, find a spot on the shore of the Chicopee Reservoir and relax.
If your pup has some pent up energy, head over to the Holyoke Community Dog Park. Located in the Community Field Park in Holyoke, this place is perfect for some canine romping and playing. Your furry BFF can scamper around with his new playmates or chase a ball. He can even put his athletic prowess to the test on the agility equipment. Water is not available, so be sure to bring some from home. When he’s done at the dog park, clip on his leash and follow the walking trails in Community Field. By the time you head home, he’ll be dog tired.
Just 15 minutes north of Granby, you’ll find the Norwottuck Rail Trail. Located in the neighboring community of Belchertown, this trail stretches for 10 miles so your pooch will have plenty of room to stretch her four legs. As you head north towards Amherst, you’ll pass woodlands and wetlands. The trail runs alongside the Lawrence Swamp, so keep your eyes open for some wildlife. You’ll also have the option to veer off onto the Robert Frost Trail or Caroline Arnold Trail. After all that walking, you furry friend will be thirsty, so be sure to bring plenty of water.
Next time your pup is craving the outdoors, head over to the Holland Glen Conservation Area. This beautiful space is in Belchertown, and only a 15 minute drive from Granby. The trail is only about a mile round trip, but it definitely delivers on spectacular scenery. Your canine buddy will love hiking through the fragrant coniferous forest and searching for the perfect stick. The final destination is Hop Brook Falls, a medium sized waterfall that cascades into a pool. You can also hike to a view point that looks down on the falls. No bones about it, this hike will make your pup’s tail wag!