Forestdale, Rhode Island, is a small village in the town of North Smithfield, south of the Massachusetts state line. Their historic district highlights this town’s contribution to the manufacture of swords for Union Forces during the Civil War. Welcoming to visitors, both human and canine, here you will find the Northern Rhode Island Animal Hospital, ready to care for any health concerns which may arise.
Looking for outdoor fun with your pawtastic pup? You can visit the Fort Nature Refuge in North Smithtown and hike the day away. There are 235 acres of trails designated pup-friendly, offering beautiful strolls throughout the refuge. Take the Blue Trail to the on-site pond for a one-mile walk to the pond. For those pups with more energy, why not try the Yellow or Red Trail for an awesome 4-mile hike around the refuge? All the trails are rated as ‘easy’ and therefore perfect for all pup-abilities, even the old-timers. Be sure to keep Fido on leash here and pack some water for the hike. Cleaning up after them is of utmost importance to keep this refuge pup-friendly. Don’t forget the camera to capture photos of wildlife, and your pup!
Forestdale is your ticket to puptastic fun!
Check out Pacheco Park or Carroll Park in Slatersville Library neighborhood of North Smithfield. Open spaces and sports fields grace these two parks here. Head to Centennial Park which offers a trail for walking. Situated behind the library, you take your pup on the path which will lead you to the scenic Slatersville Reservoir, and then over to the Branch River. An old 1800’s mill complex is situated here and is the perfect place to snap some photos of your day. This trail is suitable for all pup-fitness levels. Be sure to keep Fifi on leash at all these parks.
The Slatersville Village Green, in the Slatersville neighborhood of North Smithfield, is a perfect place to relax with pup by your side. This area is reminiscent of a typical New England village from the 1800’s. Green, manicured lawns with paths that interconnect make this park a perfect place to take a stroll with your pawtastic friend. Be sure to keep Fifi on leash. There are no restrooms or water fountains in this park so plan accordingly. Mutt mitts are required. When you get hungry, stop in at Gusto’s Pizzeria and Spaghetteria for some pup-friendly Italian dining at their seven outdoor tables.
In the Woonsocket/North Smithfield neighborhood of Woonsocket, 3 miles northeast of Forestdale, take your fur-ever friend to Dunn Park which offers plenty of sports courts and sport fields, perfect for letting Fido romp on an extended leash. Or hop on the walking paths which run the perimeter of the park. Next, head over to Globe Park by the elementary school, which features two pup-tastic strolls. Take your pup on either trail and enjoy the views by the pond here. There is a playground for the kiddies to enjoy, and sports courts as well.
Why not visit the Black Hut Management Area Trailhead, in the Harrisville neighborhood, in the town of Burrillville, 9 miles west of Forestdale, for some great hiking and outdoor time with your fur-ever friend? Enjoy the wildlife here on these 1548 acres. Hiking trails and special bird-watching trails meander throughout the forest and wetlands where you will encounter many ponds and streams. Fido is welcome to cool himself in the water You can even jump on the North-South Trail which runs through this area for additional hiking fun with your pawtastic friend. Be sure to keep your pup on leash.
Look no further than the Wolf Hill Forest Preserve in the Smithfield neighborhood, of the town of Smithfield, 7 miles south of Forestdale, for some outdoor fun with your pawtastic pup. There are 6 miles of trails, suitable for all skill levels, throughout these 300 acres. Many follow old farm roads through the forest and offer you and your pup time to relax and unwind while enjoying nature. For those advanced-skill pups, hop on the Mary Mowry Trail for a steep, rocky hike to the summit. Fido is allowed off-leash throughout. Be sure to pack plenty of water to share.