Are you and Fido looking for a nice place to take your walks? Consider wandering down the Canalside Trail. As part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, an organization that turns old railways into community trails, the Canalside Trail is the perfect place for you and your canine companion to get some exercise and take in Massachusetts’ beauty. Owners can decide whether or not their dogs are leashed or not, but owners are responsible for their dogs at all times and need to clean up their dogs’ business.
The Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center is a unique place to take your pup. Open from 9:00 a.m. to dusk, with no admission fee, this center has 26 miles of carriage-road-width trails and 6 miles of single track trails. You and your pooch can get some exercise in a fun environment that also offers water at outside faucets. Dogs must be on-leash and cleaned up after. Pets are not welcome during ski/snowshoe season.
Located in Orange, Massachusetts, the North Quabbin Dog Park is a football-field-sized dog park that is divided into three sections: one for small dogs, one for large dogs, and one for training and agility. All sections are double-gated. Water bowls are provided, but restrooms and water are not available. North Quabbin Dog Park is open during daylight hours and is free to get in.
The Mohawk Trail/ Colrain Road area has one of Greenfield’s main attractions. The Green River Conservation Land is a favorite spot among the locals. Although dogs are not allowed in the swimming areas, there is plenty of green space for your pup to enjoy. Take your leashed fur baby for a stroll around the park. Relax under one of the shade trees or stop for an afternoon snack at a picnic table. If you’re paying a visit to Greenfield, there is also a Days Inn nearby. This hotel has pet friendly rooms, perfect for settling in after a busy day.
If your pup is looking for some outdoor fun, the Bernardston Road/ Wayland Drive neighborhood is the ultimate Greenfield destination. Located here is Temple Woods, a forested area with a popular running and hiking trail. Follow the trail to Highland Pond and let your canine companion perk her ears up at the sound of the frogs. Another option is Rocky Mountain Park. This park has three trails, including one to the favorite Poet’s Seat Tower. Griswold Conservation Area is also located nearby. This 200 acre conservation area has a network of trails and a lush variety of trees and shrubs. With interpretive signs along the way, you and your pup are sure to learn a thing or two. Dogs must be leashed in all three parks, but this shouldn’t get in the way of them having a puptastic time!
The Greenfield Road and Briar Way neighborhood has Greenfield’s only dog park. Paws Park is located inside Green River Park. This pawsome dog park has two enclosed areas. One area is a large grassy area for dogs to let loose and run off some energy. The other area is covered in pebbles and has agility equipment for all levels of canine athletes. Two legged patrons can sit on one of the many benches and watch their dogs romp and play. If you’d like to take a forested walk, put the leash on your pup and meander through Green River Park. Walk through the densely vegetated park near the banks of the Green River and enjoy some quality time with your best friend.