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West Bethel is a small village within the town of Bethel. It’s surrounded on the west and south by mountains, and is located on the Androscoggin River with its pawsome opportunities for water activities both you and your pup will enjoy. It is also ringed by communities that feature resorts and trails for outdoor-lovers and their pooches. Be assured that should your pup become ill or injured while in West Bethel, there are several veterinarians in the area, including in nearby Norway and Rumford. They’re ready and waiting to help get your pup up and running in no time.!
If you’re staying in West Bethel, consider the Pleasant River Campground on West Bethel Road. Pets are welcomed here, on leash when not in their camp site or camper. The campground is wooded, with marked trails that meander through the trees and to the Androscoggin where you can put a boat or kayak/canoe in for some fun on the water with Fido. Featuring restrooms and hookups, including free wi-fi, the campground is a friendly and family-oriented place to stay, with loads of attractions nearby. Come on over!
Whatever your stay in West Bethel holds, be sure to explore the surrounding area and see what adventures await you and your fur-baby – you won’t be disappointed!
If you and your furry best friend are looking for a unique experience among eateries, head down to Sweden on Waterford Road, a short distance from West Bethel, for a visit to Pietree Orchard. This is a pet-friendly place where you can pick your own fruit, then have a seat at an outdoor picnic table to enjoy donuts and coffee, pizza and fresh fruit pies for dessert. Owned by author Stephen King’s wife Tabitha, this is somewhat of a tourist attraction for folks hoping to catch sight of Tabitha and her famous husband, but it’s also a regular stop for locals who want to mix their fruit-picking and buying with some delicious eats! Bone appetit!
Gilead lies within the White Mountain National Forest, and is the nearest town to Caribou Mountain, which features a 9-mile trail that climbs to the summit of the mountain. There, you and your fur-pup will find pawtastic views. This is a looped trail that starts 3 miles west of West Bethel with parking at the trailheads and at the farthest point of the loop in Hastings. Doggos don’t need to be leashed on this trail except at the summit, where fragile alpine plants need protection from trampling. You’ll encounter many signs of wildlife on your way along this lovely hike, so be on the lookout! Fido will surely help you find them!
Shelburne, New Hampshire is about 10 miles from West Bethel, and it’s where you’ll find the dog-welcoming Shelburne Trail, a rail-trail that travels along the Wild River within the White Mountain National Forest. This 1.6-mile out-and-back trail features a waterfall, and is considered a moderate hike. In addition to the Sherlburne Trail, Shelburne contains 2 other pup-friendly trails: the Rattle River Trail, a gentle 3.2-mile walk through the forest lining the Rattle River, where you'll see wildlife and birds galore; and the Kenduskeag Trail, a 2-mile long trail in the White Mountain National Forest. All 3 of these New Hampshire Trails are well worth the short drive from West Bethel!.
Newry, home of the Sunday River Ski Resort, is just north of West Bethel. Not only are fur-pups welcome at the resort in the winter for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing with their humans, there’s lots to do there in the other 3 seasons, too. One of the most exciting is the Chondola, enclosed ski lifts that invite dogs to accompany their humans on the scenic skyway trip from the lodge to the peak. Once at the top, riders have the option of riding the Chondola back to the lodge, or hiking down on one of many trails available. What a pawrrific adventure! And there’s no fee for Fido! Speaking of trails, Sunday River has 9 of them, ranging from easy to moderately hard, from .3 miles to 3 miles! Be sure to visit the Mainely Grill on the slope side patio of South Ridge Lodge for a casual meal with your bestie, too!
Bethel is host to the dog-friendly Bethel Inn Resort, which features a golf course and townhouses, in addition to the Inn where you and your furry bestie can stay. The pawsome views from the grounds include the White Mountains and the quaint town of Bethel. Best of all, it’s a woofderful home base for you and Fido to explore the trails surrounding the town. All are considered easy, and leashed pups are welcome on all of them. The 1-mile, looped Valentine Farm Accessible Trail features wide, paved paths that will accommodate wheelchairs and are even-surfaced for visitors with canes or walkers. The White Mountain National Forest Moose Nature Trail is a short and family-friendly loop, with interactive signage. The Bethel Pathway is an easy out-and-back trail of almost 2 miles, and the Bethel Village History Walk is another 2 miles of networked trails that connects with the Bethel Pathway. There’s no shortage of walking exercise in Bethel!
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