the site where you won't be able to wipe the wag off your dog's tail
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
Massachusetts State Parks
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.
Share A Favorite Hike With Your Dog In Massachusetts
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.
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.
Submitted by Niaz
Thanks for your website. Wanted to add one to your Massachusetts list: Halibut Point State Park in Rockport, MA.
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