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Randolph is a town in central Vermont that serves as the commercial center for the rural farming communities nearby. Surrounded as it is by many natural resources, including two branches of the White River, the town also provides opportunities for plenty of outdoor fun for dog-loving humans and their fur-babies. And if the unthinkable happens and your pup becomes ill or injured, rest assured that help is close by, with 2 animal hospitals in Randolph.
The Allis State Park is a camping and recreation area that was formerly a farm, located on the top of Bear Hill, from which the 360°view from a fire tower is furtastic! The Bear Hill Nature Trail is a .75 mile loop that will take you there. Leashed dogs are welcome throughout the park, which is mostly pastureland surrounded by forest. Stone walls crisscross the property, reminding you of its legacy as a farm. Several hiking trails depart from the park's campground, which boasts 18 tent/RV sites and 8 lean-to's. The campground also features hot showers, toilets and a secluded group camping area for business retreats, reunions and family getaways. Part of the park is for day use, from dawn to dusk, and it features picnic tables, while a large pavilion with grills and a fireplace provides shelter for 100 people, has electricity and is accessible to all. Grab your fur-buddy and head over to Allis State Park, spend a day or more, and watch for the birds and other wildlife you’ll find there! Pawsome!
Whether you live in Randolph or are just visiting
the area, you’re sure to find something to occupy you and your furry bestie in the outdoors! Arf!
Randolph is home to town forests that provide short or long retreats from day-to-day life and allow for time in the outdoors with your pup near downtown. South Pleasant Street Woods is one of those quiet retreats, 120 acres of woods with paths that wind among the trees. Your fur-pal is welcome to join you on his leash. The Sayward Forest on Tatro Hill features 73 acres of wilderness hiking and camping, with a trail along the top of a ridge with pawtastic scenic views. Hunting is permitted here, so be sure to bring along blaze orange gear in season! Amid a hay-scented carpet of ferns among many mature maple trees, you’ll find the 38-acre Ellis Reserve. This is a pawrfect spot for a picnic and some great southern views from the top of the park’s ridge! Or, for a bite to eat after your adventure, take your pup over to one of the dog-friendly restaurants in Randolph, both of which feature outdoor seating so you can share! Saap Restaurant serves up Northern Thai delicacies including old standards. And at One Main Tap and Grill you’ll find seasonal farm-to-table dishes from local farmers. Bone Appetit!
This eastern sector of Randolph is where you’ll find The Rabbit Track Trail, which is 55 acres of forest wilderness away from downtown. Originally a separate village, it’s now incorporated into Randolph, but is very different in its features and environment. Hiking its paths with Fido, you’ll come upon a stream and a waterfall that are especially impressive during the early spring runoff season, and which attract animals looking for water. You and your pup can also take advantage of the cooling stream! An old stone bridge from a former mill will greet you as you hike further in, and if you wish to make the forest a temporary home, feel free to bring along some food and a tent. A farm sits at the entrance to the trail, and the owner often locks the gate at night, so be sure to check in with him if you wish to leave after dark! Arf!
The town of Bethel is just to the southeast of Randolph and is home to the Bethel Town Forest, which is spread out over 3 different locations. The Camp Brook Town Forest is 230 acres, Branliere Town Forest east of downtown is 70 acres, and the 3rd is a 160-acre park near Lilliesville named Rindge Hill Town Forest. All 3 dog-friendly municipal forests feature hiking trails, nature watching, and hunting in season. If exploring with your fur-pup makes you hungry, head over to Bethel’s Cockadoodle Pizza and claim one of their outside tables! Pizza is at the top of the menu, but they also serve salads, sandwiches, pasta and other deliciousness, including ice cream for dessert! Arf!
Williamstown is northeast of Randolph, and here is where you’ll find the Limehurst Lake Campground, a full-service camping park where pets are welcome. The campground even provides a leash-free fenced dog park! Woof! Featuring RV and tent camping, along with cabins and lean-to's, you’re sure to find just the right sleeping accommodations for you and your fur-baby. If you’re traveling with the human members of your family, there’s plenty to occupy them on the playground and in the game room or on the beach while you and Fido take some hikes around the property. Located on the Limehurst Pond shore, the campground also rents boats for your water adventures with the pup! Woofderful!
This small town northwest of Randolph is home to the Roxbury State Forest, with 5,500 acres of forestland, mountain slopes, rolling hills, and streams that flow to the Connecticut River. The forest features a maintained and marked trail that leads to the dam and pond that were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps after World War II. The remainder of the forest is open to back country hiking and primitive camping with your fur-buddy in tow, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter. Hunting is allowed on the property, so be sure to stay aware of hunting seasons and prepare for safety. A log-cabin style lean-to atop Cram Hill is available for camping on a first-come basis, too. Pawrfect!
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