Picture of Cranbury Park, a dog friendly attraction in Norwalk, CT. Photo by @caymanthecoconut.
One of the trails behind the mansion
Picture of Cranbury Park, a dog friendly attraction in Norwalk, CT. Photo by @_dani_vanegas.
Picture of Cranbury Park, a dog friendly attraction in Norwalk, CT. Photo by @alexnovi.
Picture of Cranbury Park, a dog friendly attraction in Norwalk, CT. Photo by @caymanthecoconut.
One of the trails behind the mansion

Description

Large Estate (Gallaher Estate) that has an open area in the back of the property for dogs to run off-leash. No fee for residents otherwise $5, which is unusual as most of the parks in NY/CT require you to be a resident and/or pay a fee to enter. Dogs are welcome on the trails that run throughout the property either on or off-leash at the dog owners discretion and ability to control the dog. There are areas of the estate, Great Lawn or near the mansion, playground or pavilion, that are not permitted to have your dog on so be diligent about knowing that as the rules are very strict. There is a park attendant that drives around to make sure you are compliant and he is no-nonsense!. Overall it is a very pleasant place to take your doggie.

Reviews

BringFido Traveler Rating

Cranbury Park has received a rating of 3.0 out of 5 bones by 2 canine critics on BringFido.

  • More than one year ago.
    Great place for dogs (and owners)

    The park is really nice with plenty of trails. As correctly pointed out unless you are resident you pay a fee. That only applies between April 15 and later fall. There is a water fountain for both dogs and owners fairy close to the parking. Doggie bags are placed on several spots more on voluntary bases. Please clean up after your dog as you will notice there are some irresponsible dog owners. We visit the park almost daily. The dog loves it. Keep an eye for ticks.

  • More than one year ago.
    No longer "Free"

    One must have Norwalk proof of residence when entering/ a beach park sticker or you will be charged $5. It is a nice place, but quite a few residents that come to walk without dogs, Bicycles, and watch out for the Frisbee Golfers, who will pitch Frisbees at their goals in the woods where you walk. I have known a dog and two people who have been hit in the head...if you have a large breed dog, make sure it is under good voice control, for people who do not like friendly dogs or have smaller dogs they are walking. Dogs are not allowed in the main field or on the playground, and watch out for the weddings, which may be taking place at the Tea house, next to the trails....there are no fences either, not truly a "Dog park" and Coyotes have been spotted frequently.

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