Situated on the Connecticut River, Lebanon is one of the largest cities in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire. Boasting some of the most beautiful country in the state, Lebanon offers residents and tourists, whether human or canine, plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors all throughout the year. There are six veterinary facilities in the city, so travel with ease knowing that your best friend will be taken care of if needed.
Park is a vibrant grassy area located in the heart of the Colburn
Park Historic District in Downtown Lebanon. Lots of shady spots and
paved walking paths make it a puptastic place to take Fido for a
leashed walk. The park also contains benches, picnic areas, picnic
tables, a playground, and a bandstand. During the summer months,
Colburn Park becomes the
venue for concerts, outdoor movies, a farmers market, and other
across the street from Colburn Park is the long-standing Three
Tomatoes Trattoria, where you can share a wood-fired pizza and
outdoor table with your furry buddy. Spending a few days in town? The
Days Inn, Residence Inn by Marriott, and Element all have
dog-friendly rooms. Call first to reserve one!
experience a blend of small town character and big city culture with
Fido at Lebanon!
Outdoorsy dogs will love the Boston Lot, a hidden gem tucked into the woods of West Lebanon beside the Connecticut River. This 439-acre park houses 7 miles of trails that encircle Boston Lot Lake that meander around Honeysuckle Hill, and travel up Burnt Mountain. Stick to the regular trails for a shorter hike, or venture into the conservation area to find the longer and more difficult trails. You can also go for a swim in the lake. No matter how much time you and Fido spend at Boston Lot, you'll surely enjoy its beautiful scenery and abundant flora and fauna. Parking is available at the picnic area across the Wilder Dam.
Just a couple of miles away from the retail stores on N Plainfield Rd is Trues Ledges, a natural area that features a popular swimming hole with crystal clear waters and jumping rocks. The swimming hole may not be the best place to bring your pup due to steep ledges and sometimes slippery rocks, but there is a short, unpaved trail in the area where you and Fido can take a nice, scenic walk. The trail is soft and has good footing, passing by a few overlooks from which you can see Trues Brook. Just be careful not to let your pooch get too close to the edges.
Situated along the Mascoma River, the Riverside Community Park is a favorite family destination among the locals. It houses a pavilion with ample seating, an accessible playground, a horseshoe pit, a picnic area, and the Rusty Berrings Skatepark. Enjoy a packed lunch with Fido or go for a leashed stroll around the Riverside Community Park. From here, you can also access a riverfront trail that connects the park to the PowerHouse Mall, a small but charming retail center with beautiful buildings. Grab an outdoor table at Lui Lui's spacious patio and tuck into an Italian dinner with your pupper by your side.
Hit the Northern Rail Trail with your pup to get some exercise and see some of the best views that New Hampshire has to offer. The longest rail trail in the state, this 58-mile trail spans Grafton and Merrimack counties, beginning in Lebanon and ending in Boscawen. The portion of the trail in Lebanon follows the Mascoma River, providing views of lakes, streams, hills, and forests along the way. The Northern Rail Trail is frequently used by runners and bikers, so always keep your best friend on a leash. If possible, stop by the Packard Hill Covered Bridge before your walk to get a glimpse into Lebanon's past.
If Fido loves apples, then he'll go bananas at Poverty Lane Orchards, where you can pick your own apples during the fall season. There are several different varieties of apples that you can try for free, as well as wide open spaces to explore and picnic tables to relax on. Right across Poverty Lane Orchards is the trailhead for the Farnum Hill Reserve, Lebanon's largest public nature reserve. Farnum Hill contains seven miles of single-track and double-track trails that go up and around three distinct summits. This hilly and rocky 820-acre terrain is home to various wildlife, wildflowers, stone walls, and large boulders.