The town of Wolfeboro is located on Lake Winnipesaukee, the largest lake in the state. The town is known as a popular summer destination and has been visited by celebrities, politicians and royalty over the years, for good reason. Its pristine parks and forests crisscrossed with trails are pawrfect for outdoors-loving people and their fur-pups! And with a veterinary hospital in town, and others in the nearby communities of Gilford, Ossipee and Alton, you can be sure your pup will be well cared for should an illness or injury arise. Arf!
Lake Winnipesaukee is Wolfeboro’s crown jewel, with its clear water, over 250 islands, and almost 300 miles of long, rambling shoreline pawrfect for exploring with your pooch. Winnipesaukee is so big, some of its nooks and crannies are called bays instead of coves or inlets.
The shore of Wolfeboro Bay is host to the Sewall Woods Conservation Area, with its multi-use paved trails, and birds and other wildlife to spy.
While you’re pursuing your outdoor passion at the lake, be sure to stop in to one of the great restaurants in town that offer dog-friendly outdoor seating so Fido can join you for a meal. Head over to the Wolfetrap Grill and Raw Bar for seafood or a steak, or Nolan’s Brick Oven Bistro that serves a variety of Italian dishes like pizza and pasta! Bone Appetit!
Regardless of your reason for
being in Wolfeboro, you’re sure to find lots to do here year-round with your
Wolfeboro’s downtown area along the lake’s north shore waterfront is chock full of dog-friendly parks and trails for some fun adventures! Bean Park is a small pocket park that boasts a walking path and benches with views of Back Bay. It’s a pawrific place for a picnic or ice cream cone, or a stroll on the Bridge Falls Path, a .5-mile connector path to other area trails. Cate Park is a waterfront park that is pawrfect for a picnic and a stroll or a pup-friendly outdoor event. The Front Bay Conservation Area lies along the shore of Back Bay and features furbulous birdwatching and a new trail system, along with a canoe/kayak launch and a picnic pavilion. McKinney Park is a quiet wooded point on Lake Winnipesaukee that offers seclusion and serenity on a part of the lake where the water is refreshingly cold and deep, and Fido can swim here!
Wolfeboro Center is north of
downtown and is close to Lake Wentworth, a smaller lake fed by Lake
Winnipesaukee and the location of the 12-mile Cotton Valley Rail Trail, which
ranges along the shores of Wentworth and Crescent Lakes and beyond. The trail
can be accessed in Wolfeboro Center, as well as from the Bridge Falls Path
downtown, and has a gravel surface that supports cross-country skiing in the winter.
Also in this neighborhood is Elie’s Woodland Walk at Reyfield Marsh, which is a
furtastic wildlife viewing spot for marsh-loving birds such as herons and large
mammals like beaver, deer and moose. Wooden boardwalks and observation decks make it easy to get closer to the wildlife, but please remember to keep your pup on leash.
This area of Wolfeboro is home to the dog-friendly Nicholas J Pernokas Recreation Park, known locally as The Nick. The Nick features playing fields and lots of grassy and wooded areas for wandering with Fido, plus a pawrific playground for the kiddos. Pups are welcome to join you on a leash throughout the park except in the playground and track areas, and there’s even a fenced dog park where they can frolic and socialize off-leash! A huge 8 acres, the dog park features picnic tables and umbrellas for the humans’ comfort, along with an agility course, kiddie pool and water for the beasties. Furtastic!
As Wolfeboro’s neighbor to the north, Tuftonboro hosts 4 connected mountainside trails that are pawrfect for those days when you and your fur-pup want to take a shorter than usual hike. Black Snout is a .6-mile out and back trail and rewards with a fantastic scenic view near its end. The Canaan Mountain Trail is almost a mile long and connects with the Dave Green Trail. The Dave Green is 1.5 miles round-trip, but connects with the Sentinel Corridor Trail, which also is about a mile round trip. All of these trails are on Tuftonboro’s Mount Shaw and can be accessed via Old Mountain Road and Canaan Road near Dan Hole Pond. These are furbulous walks for scenic views and wildlife spying! Woofderful!
On the southern side of Lake Winnipesaukee is Alton Bay, a long finger of water upon which sits the small town of Alton, home to the dog-friendly Evelyn H. and Albert D. Morse, Sr. Preserve. The preserve covers 431 acres and features an almost 2-mile looped trail that meanders through forested land and open fields and ascends to the summit of Pine Mountain. When you and your leashed fur-pup get to the top, you’ll find yourself amid public blueberry barrens (go ahead and pick them!) and facing furtastic views of the Belknap Mountain Range, Lake Winnipesaukee and Mount Major. Parking for this preserve can be found at the Mike Burke Forest, which is about 200 feet from the preserve’s marked entrance. Although the preserve is open year-round, parking areas and access roads are not plowed, but cross-country skiing and snowshoeing will provide you and Fido with access! Arf!