Windham is a suburban bedroom community close to Manchester and Boston, and the town is surrounded by parks and open land that should make outdoors-loving folks and their fur-babies very happy. Should your pup become unhappy because of an injury or illness, rest assured that there is someone to help. Windham has four animal hospitals that will keep your pup ready for the next adventure.
Windham is home to the dog-friendly Windham Rail Trail, a segment of the Granite State Rail Trail. The trailhead and parking are in Windham at SR 28 and Broadway, and the trail travels over 4 miles to connect with the Derry Rail Trail in Derry. This is a multi-use trail where you and Fido might meet cyclists, in-line skaters, horses and wheelchairs, and maybe even a few geese! In winter, the trail is pawrfect for cross-country skiing, with Fido in tow, of course. It’s paved with asphalt, and is flat and easy to maneuver, passing through woods, around 2 marshy areas, over 3 bridges and a shale ledge cut through a 30-foot hill for the old train’s passing. This section is called the Rainforest Ledge and is a naturally air-conditioned passage in summer. In winter, dripping water conjures up ice flow sculptures to admire. Old stone walls, a granite archway and cellars remaining from old mills make this hike interesting, as well as good exercise!
Whether you and your pup are residents of the area or just visiting, you’re sure to find lots to explore in and around Windham! Pawrrific!
The Town Center in Windham is where you’ll find Griffin Park, a dog-friendly spot with a nicely marked walking path around the park’s perimeter, along with lots of activities for other members of the family while you and the fur-pup take a stroll. This is a great park for a picnic, with plenty of room for kite-flying, ball- or frisbee-tossing, or just throwing down a blanket and watching the clouds go by while your pup snoozes by your side. The kiddos will love the playground with its large variety of climbing, sliding and swinging equipment, too. If a picnic doesn’t appeal, head on over to the 33 Hilltop Restaurant, where you can have a casual meal at an outdoor table with your pooch. Chow down on sandwiches or a slice of pizza! Bone Appetit!
This neighborhood is home to the Windham Town Forest, a dog-friendly park with 2 looped trails comprised primarily of forest floor, and dotted with large granite boulders that Fido can climb on and sniff under. Look for small mammals and frogs, or even a snake or two. The canopy of trees provides shelter and shade, and several small brooks and pools provide cool water for splashing. There is an old steam shovel abandoned in the forest that's big enough to walk into and explore. This is also the Windham neighborhood where you’ll find Foster’s Pond Natural Area, 190 acres with 2 main trails with side paths that lead to and around the pond, totaling about 5 miles. Woofderful!
The town of Hudson is adjacent to Windham, and its town center is where you’ll find Benson Park, a popular place to take the family for some play on the playground, or to walk the trails with your fur-baby in tow. With 160 acres, there are lots of options for length and direction. Benches are scattered throughout the park, and there is lots of open area to walk and romp with a leashed Fido, too. Best of all, there is an off-leash dog park just for pups! With separate sections for large and small dogs, canine socializing and exercise are within reach at Benson Park!
This neighborhood in nearby Salem is home to the Salem Town Forest, a 200-acre park that welcomes doggos to join their humans in exploring without needing to be on a leash. Open year-round, the park features ample parking at the entrance on Shadow Lake Road, and a kiosk with maps and other information on the 5 miles of trails within the park. Most of the trails are easy for walking and riding, with a few steep sections to challenge you and your fur-bud. You’ll come upon vernal pools and wetlands, and a few stone walls as well. Keep an eye out for wildlife as you hike or bike. You'll see small mammals scurrying in the underbrush and lots of birds, too! Woofderful!
Just northeast of Windham is the town of Londonderry, which is host to the Leslie C. Bockes Memorial Forest, a state park of 226 acres. This park features a network of trails that meander through forested land on well-established and maintained logging roads, and access off Mill Road. The almost 4-mile round-trip walk is easy, and the views from parts of the trail are furbulous! This is a fine park for Fido to sharpen his senses and be on the lookout for small mammals like fox, fisher and raccoon, too! Please be sure your pup stays leashed the safety of all animals. In the winter, take your pooch cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on these same trails. It’s then that this park becomes a winter wonderland!