MASSACHUSETTS

National Parks

Cape Cod National Seashore
Dogs are allowed on the beaches in non-nesting areas but not on any of the 11 nature trails

 

State Parks With Hiking
http://www.mass.gov/dcr/

Dogs are not permitted in Walden Pond State Reservation or Boston Harbor Islands State Park and are restricted at Moore State Park, Plum Island State Reservation (from April 1 until October 1) and Sandy Point State Reservation.
Otherwise dogs are allowed in Massachusetts state parks except in swimming areas.

Ames Nowell State Park
ames.htm 

Bash Bish Falls State Park
bash.htm
 

Beartown State Forest
bear.htm

Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park
blst.htm
 

Borderland State Park
bord.htm

Bradey Palmer State Park
brad.htm
 

Callahan State Park
call.htm

Cape Cod Rail Trail
ccrt.htm 

Chester-Blandford State Forest
chbl.htm 

Clarksburg State Park
clsp.htm

Connecticut River Greenway State Park
crgw.htm 

D.A.R. State Forest
darf.htm
 

Demarest Lloyd State Park
deml.htm
 

Dighton Rock State Park
digr.htm

Douglas State Forest
doug.htm
 

Dubuque, Kenneth Memorial State Forest
dubq.htm 

Dunn Pond State Park
dunn.htm
 

Ellisville Harbor State Park
ells.htm

Erving State Forest
 ervf.htm

F. Gilbert Hills State Forest
 fgil.htm

Fort Phoenix State Reservation
 ftph.htm

Freetown-Fall River State Forest
free.htm
 

Georgetown-Rowley State Forest
grow.htm
 

Granville State Forest
gran.htm
 

Great Brook Farm State Park
gbfm.htm

Harold Parker State Forest
harp.htm
 

Holyoke Range State Park
hksp.htm
 

Hopkinton State Park
hpsp.htm
 

Lake Dennison Recreation Area
lden.htm
 

Lawrence Heritage State Park
lwhp.htm
 

Leominster State Forest
lmsf.htm
 

Lowell Heritage State Park
llhp.htm 

Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest
ldtf.htm 

Manuel F. Correllus State Forest
corr.htm 

Massasoit State Park
mass.htm 

Maudslay State Park
maud.htm
 

Mohawk Trail State Forest
mhwk.htm 

Monroe State Forest
mnro.htm 

Moore State Park
more.htm 

Mt. Everett State Reservation
meve.htm
 

Mt. Grace State Forest
mgrc.htm
 

Mt. Greylock State Reservation
mgry.htm
 

Mt. Sugarloaf State Reservation
msug.htm 

Mt. Tom State Reservation
mtom.htm 

Mt. Washington State Forest
mwas.htm
 

Myles Standish State Forest
mssf.htm 

Natural Bridge State Park
nbdg.htm

October Mountain State Forest
octm.htm 

Otter River State Forest
ottr.htm
 

Pearl Hill State Park
phil.htm

Pittsfield State Forest
pitt.htm 

Purgatory Chasm State Reservation
purg.htm
 

Robinson State Park
robn.htm 

Rutland State Park
rtld.htm 

Sandisfield State Forest
sand.htm 

Savoy Mountain State Forest
svym.htm 

Shawme-Crowell State Forest
schr.htm 

Skinner State Park
skin.htm
 

South Cape Beach State Park
socp.htm 

Spencer State Forest
spen.htm 

Tolland State Forest
toll.htm

Upton State Forest
uptn.htm
 

Wachusett Mountain State Reservation
wach.htm
 

Wahconah Falls State Park
wahf.htm 

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
wbnr.htm 

Wells State Park
well.htm
 

Wendell State Forest
wndl.htm
 

Willard Brook State Forest
wilb.htm
 

Willowdale State Forest
wild.htm
 

Windsor State Forest
wnds.htm
 

Wompatuck State Park
womp.htm
 
 

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Your Dog's Favorite Hikes In Massachusetts

Submitted by Dianne
I just want to share my two favorite places to hike with my dog. I live on Cape Cod in Pocasset, Ma. which is part of the town of Bourne. There is a
set of trails called "The Four Ponds Conservation Area". There are four different trails of different difficulities and length on this 300 acre
conservation area. There are streams with little wooden bridges to walk over. Dogs must be leashed. But, usually no one else is on the trails so I let
him go off-leash. You can get trail maps at the Bourne Town Hall on Perry Ave (508) 759-0623 .
Directions: From the Bourne Bridge rotary take Rte 28 towards Falmouth. At 3 miles look for Pocasset/Wings Neck exit. (If you reach another rotary, you,ve gone too far.) Take a right here onto Barlows Landing Rd. and continue for < mile. The parking area is on your right and it's free.
My other favorite place is along the Cape Cod Canal which runs between the Bourne and Sagamore bridges. It is a 7 mile paved path. It is beautiful to walk along the ocean and sea all the boats and different types of birds. Dogs must be leashed. There are picnic tables, park benches and restrooms. There are several different ways to get to the canal. It depends upon where you live.
Submitted by Christopher
I would like to let you know of a wonderful place in Massachusetts for hiking with your dog. The Tully Trail is very dog friendly. It is a scenic 18 mile loop trail. The northern portion of the trail is very underutilized making it enjoyable to take a dog off leash.
Their website is http://www.thetrustees.org/pages/37_tully_trail.cfm
Submitted by Seve
Nunes Farm is an undeveloped area that has been acquired by the State of Massachusetts. It is on the border of Mattapoisett and Fairhaven. There is a main access road (partly gravel paved) and several trails cut through the woods. The main road curves towards Buzzard's Bay, leading to the beach. It's probably less than a mile from the parking area. If you hiked all the trails, it probably comes to 2.5 to 3 miles, not including perhaps a half of mile of beach. Don't know if there is a leash rule. We generally go to Nunes Farm in the fall/winter season and let the dogs run.
Directions:
From 195, take exit 19 (Mattapoisett) and go south approximately 1 mile on North St. Go right (west) at the light at the Rt. 6 intersection. Proceed approximately 1.6 miles to Brandt Island Rd., turning left (south). Go approx. 1.25 miles on Brandt Island to a parking area on the right. If you know the area, you can also come east from Fairhaven on Rt. 6. Brandt Island Rd. is just over the Fairhaven/Mattapoisett line on the right.
Submitted by Jessica and Thor
We just love Cape Cod.. particularly Provincetown National Seashore at Herring Cove Beach.
We vacation in this area every year and it is fantasticly dog friendly.   We spend the day at the beach with our Weimaraner Pup Thor in tow.  He loves to dig a hole in the cool sand under the umbrella and take a nap with Dad.  On beach BBQ's are allowed so you bet Thor is always ready for a 'hot dog" or two.  Swimming in the ocean is a breeze here.  The rule is dogs allowed 24/7 on a leash.  Looooooooooong leashes are seen quite often around here.  In the cool evenings the people leave the area and if you pick an isolated spot the rangers tend to turn an eye to off leash dogs.  Just make sure you are far way from people.
About a mile away from the far end of the parking lot area is a wonderful lighthouse surrounded by tidepools galore.  Doggie heaven.  I am attaching a photo of Thor sniffing out a crab in the water during our last vacation.
We just love this place.  The main street in Provincetown is also commercial street.  A 3 mile stretch of sidewalks and stores.  The nightlife here is interesting and the favorite local pastime is people watching.  This is also a great place to walk and walk with your dog.  In this area there is also several park trails such as Beech Forest which is a 2 mile loop around a pond.  Camping is nearby which is also dog friendly even for tent campers.
 
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