Norton is nestled in Bristol County, and home to the Dell Technologies Championship, a PGA Tour that is typically held on Labor Day weekend. Norton was originally founded in 1669, and was once called North Taunton because of its location on the Taunton border. Later, the town was renamed Norton after Norton Oxfordshire, England, where the original settlers had come from.
Norton is a fantastic spot to bring your pup to since it is home
to three veterinarians that your dog can get a health check-up at. Grab
your sneakers and take your furry friend out for a great walk in one of the
fantastic parks that Norton has to offer. Woodward Forest is a beautiful nature
preserve that has fun trails to hike along and a creek to jump around and splash
If you and your furry friend are looking for another place to hike and enjoy the fresh air, then head to Johnson Woods. Your dog is welcome to join you for a walk, but he needs to stay on leash. Johnson Woods is known for vernal pools which are important for amphibians to lay their eggs, and these should not be disturbed. Your dog will love the wooded hike and wetlands that Johnson Woods has to offer, plus all the great things he can sniff. If you want to continue your hike, Johnson Woods will lead into Henrich Woods. Make sure to bring water for Fido.
The Nickerson Walking Woods Preserve is a pawsome park to take Fido to for a fun walk or hike. The park is 48-acres with an inner trail loop that is a ½ mile, and an outer loop trail that is 1-mile long, and both are perfect for first time hikers. Locals love how the trail tends to be quiet and is a great distance for a quick walk with your dog. The trail is surrounded by beautiful local wildflowers and some native animals to the area. Make sure to bring water for you pup while you hike and don’t forget the clean-up bags.
Five miles out of Norton is the Attleboro Dog Park in Attleboro. Your dog will love the short car ride to the dog park since he is allowed to run around off leash and meet some new friends. The park has two separate areas, one for large dogs and one for small, plus they offer water for the dogs, agility equipment, and there is tons of grass for Fido to roll in. The park does have benches for owners to relax on and watch their dogs have a great time before having to head home. Don't forget your clean-up bags.
The Norton Reservoir is a great spot to take Fido and let him get his paws wet. The reservoir is 529-acres and contains a lake that is composed mainly of shallow waters. The reservoir is usually populated with people fishing and boating, although since the water is swallow, there isn’t a lot of motor boats. Grab a kayak and take your water dog out on the lake for a relaxing afternoon. The lake has several smaller islands that you can stop in and explore, and you can pack a picnic lunch and have a nice meal out on an island with Fido. There are usually ducks and cranes that populate the area as well, so make sure to keep an eye on Fido while you explore.
Ten minutes out of Norton is Mansfield, a great place to take your furry friend to grab a bite to eat with you. Mansfield is home to Cosi which serves delicious flatbreads that are made every twenty minutes. If sandwiches aren’t your thing, they also offer soups and salads which you both can enjoy. If your both looking for some great American comfort food then head into TGI Fridays which offers classics like burgers, wings, salads, and pasta. Both restaurants have outdoor patios which welcome your dog to eat a tasty meal with you and maybe you can sneak them a fry.
Borderland State Park is in nearby Easton, and only five miles out of Norton, and . The park is a fantastic spot to let Fido roam around off-leash. Filled with trails, ponds, and fields, you and your dog will have a lot here to explore together and get a days’ worth of exercise in. The park is open from sunrise until sunset, giving you more then enough time to have fun and hike the great trails. The hiking trails range from moderate to difficult, and combined are over 20-miles long. If you’re a beginner, you may want to take it easy on these trails and watch the time.