Rochester, New Hampshire was founded in 1749 and has close to 30,000 inhabitants. Colonial Governor Samuel Shute named the town after his friend, the Earl of Rochester, Laurence Hyde. Salmon Falls, Isinglass, and Cocheco Rivers surround Rochester. In addition, the people of Rochester have an estimated 6,683 dogs as pets, so there are many dog-friendly places to take Fido while you are in town.
Rochester Dog Park on Taylor Avenue has one acre of fenced area with agility equipment, water fountains, waste bags, benches, and plenty of friendly dogs and their humans. The park also has a separate area for small and large dogs and a double-gated entrance for safety. Longhill Dog Park on Longhill Road has a big beautiful area with two sections for large and small pups, lots of tall trees and wooded areas for Fido to roam in, picnic tables, and concrete walk areas for the humans.
If you like hiking, take a look at Pickering Ponds on Pickering Road that has over two miles of easy to moderate trails by the Cocheco River and Beaver Dam. There are plenty of benches along the path, and it is a major bird watching trail in the state of New Hampshire. Besides birds, you can also see foxes, squirrels, rabbits, deer, and much more.
On the banks of the Cocheco River is Hanson Pines, a great park to take your dog for a nice walk or jog. Hanson Pines has an outdoor swimming pool, bathhouse, playground, and two basketball courts, so there is no shortage of people out and about here! There is a pawsomely well-defined wooded walking trail your pup will love to explore, and a footbridge over the Cocheco River. Make sure that while you are visiting the park, your dog stays on leash and you clean up after him since the park can get busy during popular hours.
Across from Skyhaven Airport is a wilderness waiting to be explored. The William H. Champlin, Jr. Forest is a large green space that houses woodlands, fields, pools and wetlands, and of course, trails for you and your pup to traverse. A kiosk leads the way to the the varied trails here that are marked with yellow blazes, and range from flat land to moderately sloped. The William H. Champlin Jr, Forest Reservation Trail is the longest at 2.2 miles, and offers spectacular and up close views of the many diverse plants and wildlife inside this pawsome space. Be sure to bring your own water, as there is none available for drinking on site.