I have been an animal lover and owner my whole life. I owned a Siberian Husky. I have walked professionally in Boston for 2 companies and feel comfortable with dogs of all sizes, needs and breeds!
Rockland is a pretty rocky place to be, with a hilly landscape and gravel terrain throughout the town. The rough surrounding areas didn't stop the town from pawspering though, and is has become a suburb of Boston, which is only 22 miles away. The town doesn't have an animal hospital, but there are two just 2 miles east in Abington. Whether providing for guests or residents, the town also shows how welcoming it can be to its four-legged companions, with parks, trails, and other outdoor attractions waiting to be explored!
The Rockland Town Forest and Conservation Land is the best places to head with Fido. With over 43 acres of protected land and wildlife, the park provides gorgeous trails with natural areas, wooden boardwalks, picnic shelters, trash bins, and a small parking lot. Don't forget to keep your pup on a leash 6 feet or shorter while visiting.
The city also offers the Hanover Branch Rail Trail for a puptastic adventure, an old trail made from a logging railroad track that extends over 2.6 miles. Surfaced with crushed stone and asphalt, the trail starts on Birch Street, with nearby parking, and extends east throughout the city. There are trash bins, benches, and a water fountain in the parking area, and Fido has to remain on a leash.
Despite being a small town, Rockland is expanding every day and making new ways to show just how much they care for their four legged besties!
Central Rockland can get pretty busy during the day with kids playing, adults going to shopping districts, and your pup looking for a walk. The Reed Street Field is a great option for a fast walk, offering 2 acres of recreational field to go and play on, with a paved path, water fountains, and benches. Leash up your pup before heading out though! For something a bit bigger, head over to the Jefferson Saint Conservation Land, a larger park with surrounding trees and an open field in the middle. There's also a playground, baseball field, water fountain, benches, and trash bins.