Middleboro is the self-proclaimed “Cranberry Capital of the World,” with large cranberry bogs within its borders. About 30 miles from Boston, the town also serves as a commuter haven. Replete with American history, this is also a place where outdoors-minded folks and their canine companions can find lots to do and see, from wildlife preservation areas to rivers and trails. And while no one expects Fido to need medical care, it’s comforting to know that with two animal clinics within Middleboro, he will be well cared-for should an injury or illness slow him down.
The pup-friendly Rocky Gutter Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is 3,200 acres of remote forest featuring 15 miles of logging trails that wander through woodlands and swamps. These flat pathways wind through pine forest and past cranberry bogs where you’ll find deer, wild turkeys, coyotes and other wildlife, and the wetlands around several small streams provide sightings of frogs and other amphibians, along with several species of birds. Be sure your fur-pup is secure via leash or voice control to avoid him getting into trouble. Parking can be found at both ends of Rocky Gutter Street and at a third small parking area on Wildlife Area Access Road.
Whether you are a resident or
just visiting, Middleboro offers you and
your fur-baby furbulous natural resources to explore, so get out there! Woof!
The Middleboro Town Center is where you’ll find the Frederick Weston Memorial Forest, a 220-acre park featuring 3 walking trails that traverse very different terrains, including forest perimeter, along a scenic ridgeline and through pine groves and grassy meadows. This is a popular horseback riding destination as well, so be sure to keep skiddish pups on leash. The overlapping, looped trails provide several options of hike length and terrain as you leave the parking area on Purchase Street. Birds and other wildlife abound here, pawrfect targets of Fido’s eyes, ears and nose as you roam along Shorts Brook and through the trees. Whether your walk is for an hour or half of the day, you and your pup will enjoy every minute!
This neighborhood is home to the Pratt Farm Conservation and Recreation Area whose 160 acres is rich in wildlife and many species of trees and undergrowth. Composed of woodlands, wetlands and fields, the park features a dog-friendly multi-use, looped trail of about 2 miles where you and your fur-buddy can explore its natural beauty. Mostly flat, and in most spots nicely shaded, the trail passes near a lake where you and he can cool off. Located adjacent to a residential area and East Main Street, this is a woofderful oasis of natural solitude and peace!
This unincorporated neighborhood within Middleboro (which locally is also referred to as Middleboro Center) is where you’ll find the Nemasket River with its active dam and stone bridge. The river is the perfect place to take your fur-baby on a kayak or canoe trip through tranquil, secluded wetlands and gentle currents. During certain seasons the river can be a bit turbulent in spots, so be sure to equip yourself and Fido with life vests. Before it empties into the Taunton River, it provides 11 miles of water adventure from birding to watching for riverside waterfowl and other wildlife, to viewing the annual herring run from the rocky shoreline. And if your adventure leaves you yearning for some nourishment, be sure to head over to Dave’s Diner, where you’ll find an outdoor table for you and your furry friend. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner from a menu that features old favorites as well as some new twists. Pawlicious!
This Taunton neighborhood, just a few miles west of Middleboro, is home to 1,200-acre Massasoit State Park, which features several pawsome hiking, biking and cross-country skiing trails for you and Fido to explore. With convenient parking at trailheads and the main contact station, there are several approaches to the 4 looped and interconnected trails that take you through forest, to cranberry bogs, and around 6 lakes and ponds. There is also a boat launch on Lake Rico where you can put in a canoe or kayak for a paddle with your furry bestie and explore the shorelines for waterfowl and amphibians! If you’d like to stretch your visit over multiple days, the park also features sites for primitive camping where Fido is more than welcome! Arf!
Carver is a small town to the east of Middleboro, and in its town center neighborhood you’ll find the Myles Standish State Forest, which it shares with neighboring Plymouth. This large dog-friendly park offers year-round activities that are sure to excite you and your fur-pup, including hiking, cross-country skiing, paddling and camping. Featuring 7 separate camping areas, this is a great start and end point for day hikes on the park's 13 miles of trail and canoe trips on one of the 4 beautiful ponds. The park supplies picnic areas and shelters with grills for those al fresco meals with your furry bestie. Woofderful!