Northampton is situated in Hampshire County. Known for its bustling art scene and charming New England atmosphere, this mid-sized town is a pup-ular destination for tourists. As home to Smith College, it is also an academic stronghold with a college town vibe. Local dogs love all the trails and open space in town. They also feel at ease knowing there are four pawsome veterinary clinics to keep them feeling furrific!
Treat your pal to a walk in one of Northampton’s
conservation areas. The Barrett Street Marsh
is a short boardwalk along Barrett Brook. It’s a perfect path if you are short
on time. Rocky Hill Greenway is another pupperific option. Paths lead through a
wooded area and near a small pond. Your pooch will also love wandering through the
Terrace Trails. With three loops, a butterfly garden, and peaceful groves of
trees, a walk through this park will reinvigorate his spirits.
There are many pet friendly restaurants in town that you can bring your pup to. Sylvester’s specializes in breakfast dishes. Menu items are created with locally sourced fresh ingredients. Order some eggs or pancakes and dine with your pup at one of outdoor tables. Be sure to also check out Mosaic Café, Pie Bar, and Coolidge Park Café.
With hours of walks and pawsome dog friendly eateries, Northampton is sure to make the top of your pup's list!
Looking for a new place to walk your dog? Leash up your pup and pay a visit to the Mineral Hills Conservation Area. As you wander through this wooded area, you’ll completely forget that a busy college town is just minutes away. Your pooch will feel like a four legged explorer as he follows trails like Creek Bed Trail, Oogamak Trail, and Stagecoach Trail. Follow him through the wetlands and up forested hills to the beautiful ridgetop views. There’s also an abandoned rock quarry. Keep your pup close since the area is home to coyotes, porcupines, and bobcats.
Look Memorial Park is a park lover’s dream come true. This 105 acre park has everything. Two legged visitors can enjoy mini golf, pedal boats, a steamer train, a playground, and even a zoo. Fur-tunately, four legged friends are also welcome, so clip on your pup’s leash and spend an afternoon in this pawsome park. Your pal will be most interested in the 1.2 mile paved path. Stroll down this trail to get an idea of just how beautiful this park is. Cross covered bridges, walk around Willow Lake, and meander through trees and gardens. No bones about, your dog will love this park!
If your pal is begging for a walk, make your way over to the Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area. This gorgeous slice of nature is a perfect combination of forest, open meadows, and wetlands. There is also a 40 acre lake in the center of the property. Your furry BFF will love getting his exercise in such a pupperific locale. Swamp Forest Trail and the Marian Street Trail take you past a marsh while Lake Trail leads to an area with a variety of shrubs. Take your pup on the self-guided nature trail to learn more about the park’s flora and fauna.
Since the eastern border of Northampton is the Connecticut River, you can’t visit this town without taking at trip to the riverfront. The Connecticut River Greenway Riverfront Park is the perfect place to enjoy the river with your four legged friend. While the park is used by local boaters to launch canoes and kayaks, there is also a nature trail that showcases the riparian habitat. Your pooch can mosey alongside the river, or a he can get his heart rate going with a brisk walk through groves of pine, maple, oak, and cedar trees. This park will definitely make your pup a happy hound!
Childs Park is the place to go if your pooch needs to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. He can clear his head as he saunters through this tranquil park. With several gardens to explore, this park is full to the brim with blooms of all shapes and sizes. Your pal can get some exercise as you wander around large meadows and through the pines and giant ferns. Two natural ponds make this place even more magical. After your walk, find a spot on the grass and chill out with your pooch. Bring a lunch and some biscuits for your pup and let the afternoon drift away.