Near the Vermont State Line, on the western edge of New Hampshire, lies the town of Acworth. Settled in 1766, this town was originally a farming and cattle community, but is now a thriving economic area. You will find a welcoming atmosphere here, especially for pups! And if you are looking for care for Fido, the closest veterinarian is in the nearby town of Charlestown, 8 miles west of Acworth.
For some outdoor fun, the Pillsbury State Park is the place to be. There are 7 ponds scattered throughout and lots of hiking trails which meander through this wooded gem. The Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway runs through this park, offering a whopping 51 miles of hiking past many 1700’s farm settlements. For shorter walks within the park, choose the Mad Road Trail to the Mill Pond Dam, the Five Summers Trail to North Pond, or the Bear Pond Trail to Bear Pond. No matter which path you take, it will be a day to remember with your pup. Canoe and kayak rental are available to take Fido for a ride as well! Pack plenty of water to share.
Visit Acworth for some hiking fun in New Hampshire.
The Connecticut River State Park, in the South Charlestown neighborhood, in the town of Charlestown, 8 miles west of Acworth, offers a fantastic hiking trail for you and your pawtastic pup. Fido is welcome to roam off leash throughout this park where you both can enjoy a rustic hike through forested lands. The first mile of the trail is considered moderate to difficult, but levels out afterward, so be sure it is suitable to your pup’s fitness level. You will see plenty of local wildlife so don’t forget your camera. Pack plenty of water for your outing with your pup!
In the town of Goshen, 13 miles northeast of Acworth, lies the Goshen Trail, just waiting for your and your fur-ever friend to enjoy. This trail is well marked along the entire length of this former logging road which meanders through the forest and leads to the summit of Mount Sunapee. The terrain is rated as moderate and can get muddy after rainstorms or during the winter months, so plan accordingly. You pup will enjoy this rustic hike through beautiful lands. Fido can roam off leash here. Be sure to bring plenty of water and food on your day’s adventure together.
Check out the Charlestown Town Forest, in the town of Charlestown, 8 miles west of Acworth. Also known as the Hubbard State Forest, this green space offers 6 hiking trails groomed for your enjoyment, including the Nature Trail, the Great Meadows Trail and the Connecticut River State Forest Trail. Most are rated as easy or moderate. You can also visit the Spaulding Wildlife Management Area, which offers 54 acres of outdoor exploration for you and your pawtastic friend. And lastly, the Perry Mountain Trail runs through Charlestown for a scenic easy hike. Fido is allowed off-leash on most trails.
The Long Pond Town Forest, in the South Lempster neighborhood, in the town of Lempster, 7 miles east of Acworth, offers fishing, hiking and boating opportunities along the shores of Long Pond. There are 1826 acres to explore here with your fur-ever friend by your side. Stunning views of the Silver and Bean Mountains can be seen during your hikes. You can hike to Silver Mountain, which is rated as difficult or take the easier route to Long Pond or Sand Pond, perfect for all pup-abilities. Put in your canoe or let your pup swim here in the cool waters!
Check out the Lempster Town Forest, in the North Lempster neighborhood, of the town of Lempster, which boasts the Northern Newfoundland Water Trail. You can bring your own canoe or kayak, or rent one to enjoy paddling along the scenic waters with your pup. This is also the perfect place to enjoy a paddleboard. Take your pawtastic water pup for a ride along this water route for a scenic, fun day together. Don’t forget to bring your camera for some awesome pics. Be sure to pack water, snacks and a leash.