30.3% of all households in New Hampshire own at least one dog, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. While this number is comparatively small or low compared to the country average, it still means that there a large number of dogs running around in the town of Keene, New Hampshire, also known as Elm City.
It is therefore not a surprise that the people of Keene are looking forward to the construction of its very own off-leash dog park. The initial land surveys have already been done, and the planning of the park is well under way.
Until the Keene Dog Park is completed, dog owners can turn to off-leash dog parks in nearby cities or towns or follow the nature trails in one of the regional parks. Dogs have to be on a leash at all times outside the home. These parks nonetheless offer a great opportunity for dogs and owners to go for a walk.
The Ashuelot Rail-Trail, in particular, is a great way to explore the beauty that the Keene region has to offer. This trail is one of the 1,600 rail-trails that are spread over the entire country. These multi-purpose trails follow the old railroad tracks and offer amazing historical and natural sights. Keene, New Hampshire, is one of the starting points of this trail.
If you and your pooch are foodies and are looking for the next stop for your growing Instagram, then check out Royal Ave which has a few dog friendly restaurants for you and Fido to enjoy together. Prime Roast has top-notch java and welcomes with your dog to relax on their patio with you. Twenty-One Bar and Grill has a menu packed with flavorful options, including beef and vegetable soup, and mac and cheese bites. They also have cold draft beers, house wines, and 21 styles of martinis and your dog is more than welcome to join you on the outdoor patio. Kilkenny Pub is a casual hole in the wall dive bar that invites your dog onto their patio while you enjoy a cold one.
North Swanzey is a perfect spot to take your pup, especially since they have the Ashuelot Rail-Trail. This Rail-Trail is itself an adventure waiting to happen, but it also includes hiking trails, biking areas, horseback riding, and even snowmobiling. The trail features historical markers that you can read along the way. After a great hike, take your pooch to Joe Peanut’s House of Wings and enjoy some delicious wings. Joe’s Peanut’s welcomes your dog at their outdoor tables, and the two of you can decide between 22 of their homemade sauces.
Brick Yard Pond is a wonderful spot to take Fido to cool down and get some exercise before the sun sets on your day. After a great swim session, mosey down the street to Amicci’s. If you and your pup agree that pizza is life, then Amicci’s is where you want to go and grab a slice for the both of you to enjoy. Amicci’s serves traditional American style pizza by the slice, and also offers specialty pies, calzones, hot and cold subs, and salads. They welcome your dog to sit at one of their outdoor tables and enjoy the greatness of pizza with you.
Robin Hood Park is on the outskirts of Keene and offers an amazing trail experience for your dog. Be sure to keep your dog on leash while enjoying the many trails that Robin Hood Park offers. Besides hiking trails, Robin Hood Park has a small pond for you pup to splash around in, as well as numerous ledges and boulders for some pawsome Instagram worthy photos. If you are wanting to stay a few days, Robin Hood Park has some campgrounds that your dog can stay in with you, plus picnic tables, tennis courts, and playing fields. Neither one of you will feel shorted on fun activities to do!