While a large part of the grounds are farmed by the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, the area has become a haven for dogs and their owners to enjoy. As an unofficial dog park, access to the Former Northampton State Hospital Grounds is open to the public at no cost, and found right off of Burts Pit Road.
The 280 acres here consists of wide open grass areas and meadows, and wooded sections. The property is home to many hiking trails, as well an 18-hole disc golf course. Areas on the Mill River provide some water fun for dogs who love to splash in the shallow places. This land is a pupular spot for dog walkers who gather daily for social time and some physical activity for their beloved pooches. Since there are no official rules for the area, many owners let their dogs run off leash, so be aware. To ensure the continued safety of all pets, it is best for all dogs to be fully vaccinated and in possession of a city dog license.
As a closed hospital facility, there are no on-site amenities provided, so be sure to bring any essentials for a day of outdoor fun, including water to share, and clean-up bags.
To learn more about an interesting piece of Massachusetts history and make some new canine pals in the process, plan a visit to the Former Northampton State Hospital Grounds!