Situated between the larger cities of Nashua and Salem, Pelham is an evolving New England town that sits on the border of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. A former farming community with a rich history, it is home to the Abbott Bridge, the state's oldest double arched stone bridge. While Pelham does not have any animal hospitals, the nearest ones in neighboring Windham and Hudson are easily accessible and only 10-15 minutes away.
Conveniently located behind the town offices and police station, the Dennis P. Lyons Memorial Park is a nice spot to take Fido for a walk. Let your pup sniff the grass and go for a leashed stroll on the paved paths before you start your day. Lyons Park also features a skate park, a playground, basketball courts, and athletic fields.
For a longer walk, head to the George M. Muldoon Park. Though best known for serving the local youth sports leagues, Muldoon Park houses a paved walking path that encircles a pond, which is great for getting some exercise in. Here, you'll also find a nature trail that will take you and Fido through the woods, around the disc golf course, and to Beaver Brook.
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Veterans Memorial Park is a residents-only park that provides access to the town beach. While dogs are not allowed on the beach, Fido is welcome to join you on the 2 miles of hiking trails that meander around the forest. As the site of a summer day camp, Veterans Memorial Park can get busy in July and August, so it's best to visit on the weekends and evenings during those months. For non-residents, stop by the adjacent Frederic Cutter Merriam Conservation Area. Though it may feel far from civilization, the area has well-marked trails that allow for a peaceful stroll in nature with your pup.
Go on a daytime excursion with your best friend at the Kirby-Ivers Town Forest. Spanning 86 acres, this beautiful northern hardwood forest provides a furrific opportunity for a nature getaway. Follow the hiking trails to check out the area's diverse landscape, which includes wetlands, large ledge outcroppings, and stone walls. Kirby-Ivers Town Forest has a “carry in, carry out” policy and no trash receptacles, so bring waste bags for picking up after your pooch. After exploring the forest, take a short drive to Dimitriou's Family Restaurant for dinner. Frequented by locals and tourists, Dimitriou's has an outdoor patio that welcomes four-legged guests.
Does Fido's social life need some improvement? Bring him to the Hudson Dog Park to meet other puppers! Located within Benson Park in the neighboring town of Hudson, the Hudson Dog Park gives your pooch an opportunity to romp off-leash in a secure environment. There are two separate sections for large and small dogs, though visitors say that the small dog area could be bigger. If your pooch isn't comfortable playing with large dogs, take him for a leashed stroll around Benson Park instead. The pride of Hudson residents, this 166-acre site offers plenty to see and do, including paved pathways around the park and easy walking trails in the woods.
Cross the border to Massachusetts to visit nearby Lowell and let Fido burn off all that extra energy! The Lowell Dog Park is another spot where your pooch can run and play off-leash. If playing at the dog park isn't enough to tire Fido out, go for a scenic stroll on the Merrimack River Bike Path. Located on the Merrimack River, this 3.4-mile, out-and-back trail is accessible all year round and can also be used by canines. Just remember to keep your furry buddy on a leash and clean up after him. Another thing to take note of is that there is no shade on the trail, so prepare accordingly.
Be inspired by the largest artists community on the East Coast, and bring your four-legged best friend along with you! Located in nearby Lowell, Massachusetts, the Western Avenue Studios and Lofts is a 5-acre complex comprising 3 brick mill buildings where over 300 artists and makers work and/or live. See different media and styles of art at this pawmazing space with your pooch. If you enjoy craft beers, don't forget to stop by Navigation Brewing Co., which is also located within the complex. They have a patio with picnic tables, but well-behaved and leashed doggos are welcome in the taproom, too.