Sharon is a historic town that is part of the Greater Boston and Providence metro areas. It was part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony Settlement, and played a significant role in the Revolutionary War. Many buildings still standing today attest to this history, but the town is primarily a commuter bedroom community for workers traveling to Boston and Providence. What interests outdoors-loving people and their dogs is that it contains many conservation lands, therefore many trails and parks that are pawrfect for outdoor adventure. Also plentiful in the Sharon area are veterinarians to care for your pup should she become ill or injured. With one in Sharon itself, there are also facilities in nearby Walpole, Canton, Norwood and North Easton to see that she feels better soon!
Over 60% of Borderland State Park resides within Sharon, with the other 34% in North Easton. This pawsome park contains more than 20 miles of trails ranging from moderate to difficult, and are perfect for hikes with your favorite pup. The trail system is comprised of 18 separate, but intersecting trails that meander around the 6 ponds in the park, as well as through wetlands and wooded areas. One of the most popular is Split Rock Trail, which leads to a dramatic 20-foot high glacial boulder that has split down the middle and is a very impressive sight, indeed. Best of all, there are 2 fields where your pup can romp and run off leash! What pawsome fun!
Whatever your reason for being in the Sharon area, you’re sure to find some woofderful outdoor adventures here!
The Sharon Town Center is host to some of the most well-used outdoor attractions, including the Deborah Sampson Park, named after a hero in the Revolutionary War. Besides sports facilities for organized recreation, the park features wooded walking trails that are pup-friendly, and the Sharon Dog Park. Built with 2 separate, double-gated areas for large and small dogs, this park also features lots of shade trees over a wood chip surface. Equipped with benches for the humans’ comfort, as well as drinking water, waste bags and receptacles, and information kiosks, this dog park is a treat, for sure! Bring your pup’s favorite toy and be prepared to have a tired, but happy dog on the way home!
This neighborhood in Sharon is home to the dog-friendly Beaver Brook Trail, part of the Bay Circuit Trail which travels from the suburbs of Boston to Duxbury, 200 miles away. The Beaver Brook Trail features several interesting characteristics, including its path along the Amtrak commuter rails from Boston which sometimes affords the view of a very close train zipping by in the woods. With 3 bridges over small streamlets, and a boardwalk over more extensive wetlands, the trail takes you through an old growth forest with downed trees and ancient lichen growing on trunks. Part of the path leads up a steep hill, at the top of which is an old firepit. Fido will love spying the ducks in the brook, as well as the birds flitting among the trees and the small mammals skittering among the leaves on the ground. This is a pawrrific place for an afternoon’s walk. Be sure to bring your pup’s leash and some water for both of you!
This neighborhood is where you’ll find Lake Massapoag and the Massapoag Trail. While dogs are not allowed on the beach at Lake Massaspoag, they’re welcome on the trail which begins at the north end of the lake. Start at the intersection of East and Quincy Streets, and walk with your leashed pup past Mann’s Pond and Devil’s Rock. Lots of birds and animals live here, so be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled! A bridge will take you over Massapoag Brook, and the trail continues past Trowel Shop Pond, ending at N Main Street. If all this walking has made you hungry and thirsty, head on over with your furry bestie to one of the dog-friendly outdoor tables at Coriander Bistro, where you’ll find the best of Indian food, including tandoori, naan, meats and seafood served in casual style. Bone appetit!
This neighborhood of nearby Stoughton is home to Stoughton Memorial Conservation Land, which includes the Bird Street Conservation Area, a hidden gem not far from downtown Stoughton. With 630 acres of woods, wetlands, fields and ponds, you and your fur-buddy will see wild animals and many species of woodland plants and trees. In this wilderness-like park, you’ll encounter old stone walls and trees seemingly growing out of and around boulders, plus ponds and vernal pools. The ponds are pawrfect for Fido to cool off in, and the huge boulders are fun to climb and create a great photo-op! Venture on to the quarries where non-stop rock surrounds you dramatically. Pawsome!
This neighborhood in the town of Foxborough is where you’ll find the F. Gilbert Hills State Forest, 1000 acres of forest with 23 miles of trails. Open year-round, it’s a great spot for cross-country skiing in the winter, and hiking or biking in warm weather. If you like to take your special fur-baby out on the water, you can launch a kayak or canoe from one of the trails onto Sunset Lake for a paddle. Climb to High Rock with your bestie and catch the expansive view of the surrounding forests, wetlands and fields. Or go in search of one or more of the numerous species of birds and wild animals that reside in the Forest. What an adventure for Fido! There is free parking and restrooms, along with picnic areas and grills to enjoy after your hike, so come on over! Arf!