A typical New England town is what residents call Belmont, New Hampshire. Filled with community spirit and proud of its heritage, Belmont is happy to welcome visitors to its charming area. Dog-friendly throughout, this town provides its residents with countless outdoor recreational activities on its many acres of conserved land and parks. There is also one veterinarian ready to take care of all of your fur-ever friend's health concerns right in town.
The town wants its residents and visitors to reap the many benefits the outdoors provides, so it has pledged to offer as much open space as possible. Keeping with this thought, take your pup to the Jeff Marden Town Forest with its 65 acres dedicated to hiking. Penstock Park and Pop’s Woods are also spaces that are ready when you are for some ‘off-road’ fun on their many walking trails.
For a scenic view of this New England town, head to the Tioga Rail Spur Trail and River Walk with its two covered bridges. Here, you and your pup can enjoy bicycling, hiking, skiing and sledding opportunities.
Why not take a picnic lunch to enjoy while visiting Belmont for a memorable day with your pawtastic pup!
The Winnipesaukee River Trail, located in the town of Northfield, south of Belmont, runs 5-miles along the river and even passes through a one-of-a-kind, upside down, covered bridge! This bridge passes over a whitewater kayaking area and is perfect for watching all the excitement. Next, visit the Knowles Pond Conservation Area and the Northfield Town Forest, adjacent to Sondogardy Pond, to hike on both their extensive system of trails. And don’t forget beautiful Arch Park which offers a perfect picnicking area for you and your pup to enjoy! Be sure to pack snacks and water for this puptastic day’s outing!
The Sanbornton Town Forest is the perfect place to take your fur-ever friend in the town of Sanbornton, northwest of Belmont. This dog-friendly recreation area is small, but has wonderful features you both will love. For those skilled hikers, climb to the top of Sanbornton Mountain for spectacular views of the area. For the more laid-back hikers, meander on the trails that travel along one of the many streams that run through this forest. No restrooms are provided, so plan accordingly. Bring a picnic lunch and plenty of water, and clean up bags to help keep the forest pristine.
In the City Center neighborhood of the town of Franklin, east of Belmont, head to Odell Park for pup-centered fun! There are playgrounds, sports fields, a gazebo, and a winter ice rink. In the summer, fish off the piers and catch some trout for dinner! A paved walking path meanders around the entire park’s perimeter and runs along the Winnipesaukee River boasting beautiful scenery. Or take your fur-ever friend to the Franklin Falls Dam. Its 3,900 acres on the Pemigewasset River offers canoeing, fishing, and hiking! Take a picnic and plenty of water. Keep your pup on leash at both locations.
Lying northeast of Belmont, the City Center neighborhood in the town of Laconia offers four forests, including Swain, Hamel and Prescott State Forests. They all sport dog-friendly trails, and tons of outdoor adventures for any season. Dogs are allowed here off leash. Or head to Ahern State Park which boasts 128 acres of fun on Winnisquam Lake. You can take a walk on its 3,500 feet of shoreline, or hike on its many trails, or try your hand at fishing! Head to C.J. Avery’s, the Water Street Café, or Laconia House of Pizza afterwards for some dog-friendly dining!
In the Town Center neighborhood of the town of Gilford, northeast of Belmont, outdoor adventures abound! You and your pup are welcome at the Belmont State Forest and the Winsheblo Forest, both of which have hiking trails through the forest and open spaces galore to roam. Or for more structured and flatter hiking paths, take your fur-ever friend to Weeks Woods, in the Weeks Forest where there are two loops on old logging roads that make for easy walks! Afterwards, head to Sawyers Restaurant, or the Tower Hill Tavern featuring live blues music, for some dog-friendly dining on their outdoor patio tables.