Historical Hopkinton town boasts that it was named after Stephen Hopkins, one of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, and this former stagecoach hub is a doggone great place for wondrous walkies with any tail-wagging sidekick. There is an abundance of pupperific places to sniff out in the area and you don’t have to travel far to fetch some off-leash dog parks, walking trails, and state parks.
Westerly Dog Park is located just 15 minutes from Hopkinton and it can’t be denied, this is a doggone pawfect place to bring your furever friend! There are three designated doggy domains, with one for little lap dogs, one for big barkers and another for pups from the local shelter. Each enclosure is well-sized and satisfyingly secure, and water fountains can be found in all three. You can walk your dogs around the grounds, paws in the seating area or play with your tyke’s toys. Waste bags are provided, and there are bins on-site to dump doggy droppings.
The Arkwright Riverwalk in nearby Coventry follows a one-mile trail along the Pawtuxet River and is a charming woodchip route for roaming. The Ell Pond Preserve Trailhead is accessible from Hopkinton and is another great spot for tremendous treks.
With parks and trails galore, you’d be barking mad not to pay Warwick a visit. Warwick City Dog Park has ample space for your happy hound to run around in and a separate area for the tiniest tail-waggers and biggest barkers. As long as your pooch is up-to-date on vaccines and has a license, any pup is free to come along and mingle. Bring your own water and doggy waste bags. You'll also find some furrific hiking opportunities in greater Warwick. The Belmont Park Trail takes you through the fields that encompass Belmont Park, and the Phenix-Harris Riverwalk links with Coventry and the Arkwright Riverwalk.
A quick spin across state lines to Groton, CT, and you’ll find Central Bark Dog Park at Copp Family Park, and it’s impawssible to find any better! This local treasure is a treat for tykes as it has both a big dog spot and a small dog spot, which means pups of all sizes are free to go mutts! This off-leash park has shady areas for those scorching summer months and ample seating areas for two-legged visitors to chill out in. Doggy waste bags are provided, and there are loads of bins in the enclosure, so you can be sure that this park is kept spick and span! Copp Family Park has trails tracking various terrains for you to try out, too, after socializing!
Westside Norwich is home to Pawsitive Park, an off-leash pooch paradise. This one-acre spread has separate areas for massive Mastiffs and small Scotties, a water supply and poop bags on-site. There are dog runs to race through, wading pools for pups who like to make a splash, and obstacle courses for "tailented" gymnasts. This state-of-the-art park even provides hand sanitizer, so you can mop up after some mucky mutt play. Visiting pooches need to be vaccinated and licensed to avail of this spectacular spot. If you want to enjoy the surrounding trails in this park, pop a leash on Fido and get strolling!
If your barking bestie loves to play on the beach, then North Kingston is a mutts-visit. Compass Rose Beach welcomes all leashed dogs onto its scenic shore, so you and Fido can dip toes and paws into the sparkling sand and sea. This secluded spot is the perfect place to make lasting sun-filled memories with man’s best friend! While in North Kingstown, why not check out the nearby Belleville Pond? This 7.4-kilometer loop offers stunning views of the phenomenal pond. There’s also Quonset Point Bike Path has 2.5 miles of greenway and is suitable for both the fittest of furry friends and any couch puptatoes.
Charlestown Dog Park is a hidden gem in Ninigret Park that offers off-leash frolics to four-legged favorites. There’s one acre for big dogs and half an acre for little ones, but bring your own water to keep your hound hydrated. Doggy waste stations are set up, so no need to stock up if you’re planning a visit. This gorgeous grassy spot has benches and picnic tables for relaxing as well as loads of room for cars in the "barking" lot. There’s no bones about it -- whether you want to sit and watch your darling dog look fetching with their new friends or jump up and play ball, this park has everything you need!