Amherst is a quaint community of about 11,000 in southern New Hampshire. Tucked away in Hillsborough County, Amherst is just an hour from Boston and forty minutes from Concord — New Hampshire's capital. This prime location makes Amherst close to many pup-friendly amenities for you and Fido to enjoy!
Just twenty minutes southeast of Amherst is Mine Falls Park. This gorgeous, wooded park is over 300 acres and is beloved for its many trails and its proximity to the city. Even better, the gorgeous Nashua River runs right through it, so the park includes both forest and wetlands. You and your best furry friend are bound to have a wonderful time at this beautiful nature area — just be sure to keep Fido on a leash!
Just twenty miles northeast is another beautiful nature area: Livingston Park. Known for the mile-long loop around its pond, Livingston Park is a great place to take your pup for a leashed walk. This park offers complimentary doggie bags, ample trash bins, and public restrooms.
If you're not in the mood for a walk, try one of several pup-friendly restaurants in Amherst; The Black Forest Cafe & Bakery and PastAmore are two of the most popular, and both restaurants offer pup-friendly outdoor seating.
Just fifteen minutes north of Amherst is West Bedford, New Hampshire. This community, hence the name, can be found west of the town of Bedford and is home to two parks. Benedictine Park is nearly thirty acres of open field that's open to winter sports, hiking, picnicking, and -- of course -- dog walking. Two of its trails (Perimeter Trail and Cobb Trail) are both under a mile, making them a great distance for a walk with Fido. Less than a mile southwest is Muller Park which, like the Benedictine Park, is maintained by Bedford Parks and Recreation. The two parks actually connect, and trash cans are available at both for quick cleanup.