Milton, New Hampshire lies to the west of the border with Maine . Incorporated in 1802, this town is full of history and old-world charm. Originally called Three Ponds, this area is known for its boating opportunities on Town House Pond, Milton Pond and China Pond, all located within the town of Milton. Take Fido for a cruise on the water! Dog-friendly throughout, your pup will be well taken care of at the one veterinarian in town.
You and your pup can plan a full day’s adventure at the Jones Forest located here. This 227-acre forest is where you can really go ‘off road’ on their miles of wooded land. There are no groomed trails, so you can pave your own path! Navigating through the woods can be fun, but it is best to bring either a compass or GPS to make sure you end up back at the entrance! Your pup can enjoy roaming off leash if he is good with voice command. Be sure to bring snacks or a picnic lunch, and plenty of water.
There is plenty to do here in Milton, a one-stop getaway for you and your fur-ever friend.
Head to the town of Brookfield, north of Milton, to spend some outdoor time with your fur-ever friend. The wildlife management area of Ellis R. Hatch Jr. is made up of terrain perfect for any skill level. You can hike up hills or stay mostly on the flat ground through the three mountains. Moose, Perkins and Rand Mountains all have trails that wind throughout. Be sure to make your way to the tops of the ridges for views of Mountain Pond and Jones Pond below. Be sure to bring your water and clean up bags, and stay awhile to enjoy this beautiful scenery!
The Oak Ridge neighborhood of the city of Rochester, south of Milton, is home to William H. Champlin, Jr. Forest. Perfect for you and your pawtastic friend to spend the day in nature, these woods span over 185 acres. Take the Upper or Lower Pond Trail, both of which run along Clark Brook, for a short one-mile hike. Or head to the Reservation Trail which is a 2.2-mile loop that meanders through the forest. All trails are pup-friendly and are accessible year-round. Hungry yet? Head to The Garage restaurant at Governor’s Inn and dine at their four pet-friendly outdoor tables!
Head to New Durham, a town which lies just west of Milton. Dog-friendly Cooper Cedar Woods is the place to go to relax. This area is a 133-acre swamp, and home to the rare white cedar tree and other endangered plants in this damp habitat. Take the short hiking trail that runs around its edge on a boardwalk, or take Esker Trail to look down on the swamp. Next, head to Meetinghouse Park where there are three short loop trails passing by the historic 1772 Town Meetinghouse. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch for your New Durham adventure and plenty of water.
Adventure awaits both you and your fur-ever friend in Farmington, a town southwest of Milton. Here you will find the Farmington Recreational Rail-Trail in the Blue Job Mountain State Forest. There are six miles of trails to suit any ability, composed of gravel, dirt and sand trails. The trails meander through forested areas and along the former railroad lines of Farmington. Walking, mountain biking and horseback riding are great summer activities, and snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are popular in the winter. You could easily spend the day here, so why not pack a picnic lunch and relax in nature with your best friend?
In the town of Middleton, situated northeast of Milton, your pawtastic friend will love to visit the Moose Mountain Reservation. Dog-friendly throughout, this is a great place for those who love to hike. There are eight miles of trails where you can take your pup exploring through the woods or open areas. These trails vary in skill level, from paved foot paths, dirt trails, old gravel roads, and even trails made for snowmobiling. There are even some unmarked ones to ‘make your own’ adventure through. Why not pack a picnic to enjoy together? Leashes are optional, but mutt mitts are not!