Located just 20 minutes away from Providence at the northeastern edge of the county, Cumberland offers a multitude of green space, recreational sites, and trails that both people and doggos will love. The town has four veterinary hospitals, so you can rest assured that your best friend will be taken care of if needed.
There's no better place to experience nature and a bit of history in Cumberland with Fido than on the Blackstone River Bikeway. This peaceful, 12-mile paved trail travels along the historic Blackstone River from Woonsocket to Pawtucket, connecting a total of 14 cities and towns. Notable sights along the way include the Blackstone Canal, Pratt Dam, a large brick textile mill, the Kelly House Museum, and the active Providence & Worcester Railroad.
For trails less traveled, visit the Blackall Preserve, a hidden treasure tucked away on one of the town's most historic roads, Old West Wrentham Road. The 132-acre site contains both marked and unmarked hiking trails that will lead you and your pup under tree canopies and to a pond filled with lily pads. While you're in the area, take Fido for a leashed walk along Old West Wrentham Road and admire the elegant historical homes that date back more than 200 years.
Come on down to Cumberland to enjoy nature and history with your dog!
Old Mendon Rd is a dream neighborhood for puppers who love to go exploring. A truly unique place to check out is The Monastery, which used to be the site of a Cistercian monastery. The 482-acre property now houses the town's library, playgrounds, gardens, a veteran's memorial, and a number of walking and jogging trails. Developed by the monks for recreation and work, the trails can be confusing, so it's best to obtain a map first. Adjacent to The Monastery is the Geddes Bowen Preserve, a minimally developed conservation area with short trails, wildlife, and native plants. Remember to always keep Fido on a leash and clean up after him.
Deriving its name from the mica-laden rocks that glitter in the sunlight, Diamond Hill Park is a dog-friendly gem that used to be a ski area. Today, it is home to athletic fields, picnic areas, and 3.8 miles of marked trails that lead visitors up “The Big Hill.” Next to the southeastern portion of the park is the Diamond Hill Reservoir, which offers beautiful water views. After walking around Diamond Hill Park, cross the street to The Ice Cream Machine where you can enjoy a cool treat with Fido at one of their outdoor picnic tables. The old-fashioned ice cream parlor serves homemade ice cream, low-fat yogurts, and non-dairy sorbets.
Nestled along the banks of the Blackstone River, Valley Falls Heritage Park is a 2.5-acre scenic park and historical site with a picnic area and winding walkways. Take your best friend for a leashed stroll under the trees and next to the water, and check out the educational interpretive panels along the way. Since Valley Falls Heritage Park also serves as a boat launch for hand-carried boats, you and Fido might see people getting their canoes and kayaks into the water if you're standing on the railed stone wall that overlooks the river's edge. Make sure Fido stays leashed as you explore the park.
The Little Pond neighborhood is home to a number of preserves where you can follow various hiking trails and enjoy Cumberland in its natural state with your four-legged companion. To see a variety of habitats, stop by the High Rock Preserve, which comprises open fields, upland forest, and a large wetland area. The High Rock Preserve is attached to the bigger Scott Brook Preserve, which features wetlands and streams that connect to the Blackstone River. Not far from High Rock and Scott Brook is Otis Smith Farm, where hints of Cumberland's rural past, such as a house and barn from the 1800s, still remain. Follow the old farmers cart paths and you and Fido will come across an old irrigation ditch, wild plants, and Lippitt Pond.
Located near Cumberland High School, Tucker Field is a mixed use space that features multiple athletic fields, tennis courts, and running trails that are used by the school. So if you walk Fido around the area, you will likely catch the local students practicing and playing their favorite sports. If you'd like to spend some quiet time alone with your furry buddy, you'll be pleased to know that a larger part of the area is composed of undisturbed wetlands and wooded areas. Just look for the trailhead at Tucker Field and follow the hiking trails that travel around the 110-acre site.