Glocester is an interesting place to visit and a beautiful place to live. It can be tough to pin down on a map for the simple reason that Glocester incorporates two communities who are still known by their names: Harmony and Chepachet. The united population is almost 10,000, but this area maintains a lot of country charms. Try stopping by the one animal hospital if your dog needs some small town care, and you’ll see for yourself.
If you want to see exactly what Glocester has to offer, look no further than the Walkabout Trail Trailhead. This trail is close to a lake beach and extends near the water in an easy, but beautiful hike. Your leashed dog will love the opportunity to stretch his legs and really cover some ground!
If you want to make the day of it, try the George Washington State Campground. There are a variety of trails that will cater to every difficulty level. You can go the distance or go for a stroll, whatever you and your dog require. Leashed pups are allowed on the paths and at the picnic areas, but have to avoid the beaches. You can still get a great view, and see just what makes Glocester special!
The Casimir Pulaski Memorial State Park in West Glocester is a must-see in the area. In the summer, you can see the water from a distance, but pups aren’t allowed on the beach during the peak season. In the winter, you have more freedom--not that anyone wants to swim! There are a variety of trails that are great for year-round hiking, so you can choose the length of your stay. Walk briskly to work up a sweat in under an hour, or take the day to relax. Your dog will love the ample open spaces, so even a leashed walk will be worth it!
There are two amazing places to walk your dog in East Glocester. Start with Heritage Park & Fitness Trails. These trials are designed to offer you a varied and appealing way to work out. Leash up your pup and head into the trails for a quick workout. Just remember you’ll be sharing the trails with joggers, bikers, and maybe other dogs, so it can be a lot for a shy pup. If you have more time, try Steere Hill Glocester Land Trust Trailhead instead. You can find the trail maps online. They have a variety of lengths and difficulties, but bring your own water!
East Smithfield is home to an amazing place to walk your dog: the Ken Weber Conservation Area at Cascade Brook. The park is only a 10 minute drive from Glocester and is over 27-acres that contain several hiking trails neatly organized. You can take the one mile trail for an easy path that takes you to the high points on the property, most particularly the bubbling brook for which the area is named. Be aware that the brook does sometimes dry up, particularly the height of summer. Even if you can’t see the waterfall, your pup will love the room to roam!
Snake Den State Park in North Johnson is just 20 minutes from Glocester by car. The drive is totally worth it if you and your dog have a long day of fun planned. Snake Den State Park is over 1,000-acres, so you can give up any hope of seeing it all in a day. There’s always so much to see and do, from tracking squirrels through the underbrush to walking the many trails. One key draw is in the Autumn, when the leaves change and make everything gorgeous. For your dog, of course, every day is the best day to visit!
Sprague in Glocester is home to the sprawling Sprague Farm Town Forest. This 1,200-acre retreat is perfect for exploring with your four-legged friend. There are several miles of trails, from single foot paths to wide farm roads through the area. There are picturesque stone walls and an old family cemetery. Best of all? Dogs are allowed off leash! They are required to be under voice control, however, so practice at the park to make sure your friend can come when called. With plenty of trails, leashed dogs can have just as much fun at Sprague Farm Town Forest. Bring your own water, too!