Worthington is a rural town which lies in the beautiful Berkshire mountain range. Settled in 1764, Worthington is rich in history and is part of the original Massachusetts Bay Colony. This community has chosen its ambition to protect and conserve its land while enhancing its ecological value. The town welcomes visitors to experience its small-town charm. Although there are no veterinarians located in Worthington, there are four vet hospitals in nearby Goshen.
Worthington offers 17 beautiful walking paths to enjoy a stroll. Try the Dingle Road easy terrain 1.6-mile path, or for more of a challenge, take the Lindsay Hill Road 2.2-mile path. You are sure to find the perfect one for you and your pup. Grab a backpack filled with water and snacks, and take your dog exploring along these pup-tastic paths which connect to the surrounding communities.
Within the town, you will find Liston’s Bar and Grill. Although not set up to accommodate you and pup, you can head over to dog-friendly Galaxy restaurant in the neighboring town of Easthampton. Their 20 outdoor patio tables are perfect to enjoy their locally-sourced favorites like crab cakes and baked brie!
There is so much to offer both you and your pup in Worthington!
Head west of Worthingont to the town of Peru to visit the dog-friendly Peru State Forest. Located in the Berkshire mountain chain, this forest features year-round activities on its 2,750 acres of land. For summer outings, hike the trails to scenic vistas or to the top of Garnet Hill, fish or do some birdwatching. For winter recreation, it is a snowmobiler’s paradise. No food, restrooms or water are available here, so plan accordingly. Or visit Frances Rice Wildlife Refuge to hike on its wooded trails of various terrains for all pup-skill levels. Be sure to pack a lunch and water, and keep Fido on-leash here!
The Russel Memorial Park, east of Worthington in the town of Chesterfield, is where you and your leashed pup can relax or wander in its open space, playgrounds, sports fields and skate park. Restrooms are on-site. For a more adventurous day, check out the Chesterfield Gorge Reservation. This nature reserve has long trails for great hiking, places where you and Fido can swim or just cool off in the water, and a spectacular view of the gorge. For this outing, be sure to pack a picnic lunch, water and a leash if your fur-ever friend is not solid with voice commands.
In the Blandford-Chester area, just south of Worthington, you will find The Blandford-Chester State Forest, home to nature at its finest. You and your pup are welcome throughout this dog-friendly state park. Many outdoor activities await you both, such as fishing and hiking in summer, and snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in winter. Fifi will love this 2,308-acre forest’s two scenic waterfalls, Goldmine and Sanderson Brook Falls with a 200’ drop. Take the Marsh Trail to its 1,200’ summit, or easy Boulder Park Trail through this 15,000-year-old glacial area. Pack plenty of food and water. No restroom facilities are on site.
Glendale Falls is the feature spot for you and your pup in the town of Chester, just to the south of Worthington. This is the third tallest fall in Massachusetts, and is the highlight of this 60-acre nature preserve. Although the trail is just .3 miles long to the waterfall, it is lightly trafficked and makes the perfect spot to take Fido for an on-leash walk. This is a moderately-rated trail, so plan accordingly. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch to share, bottled water, clean-up bags and your camera, as Glendale Falls is picturesque and a natural bird-watching location.
In the town of Huntington, southeast of Worthington, you will find two stunning areas to spend the day. The C.M. Gardner State Park offers miles of walking trails, picnicking spots, a launch to put in your canoe, and great trout fishing on the Westfield River. And don’t miss the Knightville Dam and Reservoir. This area boasts 2,430 acres in the Berkshire foothills where you and yor pup can enjoy several miles of trails and 250 acres of fields. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch and clean up bags. Restrooms and water are on-site at both of these great nature areas.