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Middlesex Fells Reservation

Leashed dogs are welcome at Middlesex Fells Reservation, a pet-friendly, 2,500-acre woodland park that ranges through multiple towns, including Medford, Malden and Stoneham, MA. You and Fido can explore a multitude of different trails and landscapes, including ponds, forests, streams and scenic views. There are even some off-leash areas that are clearly posted throughout the park. Visit Website

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Middlesex Fells Reservation has received a rating of 4.4 out of 5 bones by 11 canine critics on BringFido and 4.5 out of 5 by 57 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Lauren
    Dec 14, 2023

    Sheepfold off leash area is amazing. The dogs have a blast there !

  • Laura
    Jun 14, 2022
    Beautiful hiking but a maze!

    Don’t get me wrong I live for a good long hike and so does my girl but dang this place is like a maze and a half! Barely any signs with words saying this way to this. I’ve gotten lost here multiple times and thankfully had some really lovely people adopt me and Haven into their group and help us out- (Also found out google maps is a godsend there!) but yes if you go bring water, snacks, charge your phone and hopefully they start to add better markers to the trails! I still plan to go back since she loves it cheers to hopefully not getting lost again.

  • Araceli
    Feb 21, 2021
    Loved This In The Fall!

    Didn’t get much pictures of the surrounding area, but it was a beautiful open space with trees every where for the dogs to just run free. We went during the fall and the trees looked so beautiful. Upset with myself for not taking pictures!

  • Gina
    Jul 9, 2019

    The field is connected to a reservation for hiking. It is technically an on leash reservation but many people walk without it. Park rangers will come buy and tell you to put the dog back on leash, but I have only experienced this once out of many times going.
    I love bringing my dog here as there is lots of space for him to run and it is not confined. I see many people bring their puppies to teach them off leash commands and how to follow a pack.

  • Devan
    May 14, 2019
    Lots Of Room To Roam

    Great off-leash open area to play ball

  • Bex
    Aug 11, 2018
    Off-Leash Field in the Woods

    This is a beautiful natural area surrounded by trees. Dogs can run freely in the Sheepfold Dog Park area and there is tons of space. It's also conveniently located amidst the Middlesex Fells Reservation, so whenever you're done, you can leash your dog and take off on one of the many hiking trails. Being a woodsy area, make sure you bring bug repellent. There are two small lots for parking.

    Note: The Sheepfold Dog Park is off-leash; however, as soon as you head down one of the trails, your dog must be leashed.

    There are a couple things, though, that keep this from being a 5-bone review. Parking in the designated lots is a bit limited, especially on a weekend afternoon, and parking is strictly prohibited on the main road. (There are people patrolling, so watch out.)

    Additionally, the dog park is not in an enclosed fenced area, so sometimes dogs run off and get dangerously close to the parking lot. So long as you keep an eye out on your pup, you should be fine.

    Last but not least, because it's such a large area, it can be hard to keep a vigilant watch on your pup. The vast majority of owners are incredibly responsible, but there are occasions when someone will neglect watching their dog, which can lead to small fights or dogs running off - all the normal risks a dog park poses, of course. Personally, I have never seen anything absolutely terrible happen here, but we have had other dogs scrape our pup up on occasion. Just be aware.

    Overall, though, this park is fantastic, and I highly recommend it, especially if you enjoy natural areas and hiking with your dog!

  • Sarah
    More than a year ago

    Love this! It's easy to get to from the city and has free parking. Great system of trails for being so close to the city. It's has doggy bags at the trail heads but no garbage cans which is a bummer! Anyway it's definitely a good change from walking in city streets

  • Happy
    More than a year ago
    Great Place

    My dog loves to hike here. He always has so much fun.

  • Tucker
    More than a year ago
    Off Leash open area

    Sheepfold has a clearly signed off leash open area. If you walk the trails, it is on leash. The off leash open area is awesome - a couple acres of open land, on the whole very responsible dog owners who monitor their dogs.

  • Earl
    More than a year ago
    On leash park

    The walks are on easy almost flat tarian. Yet, it is on leash park that was strictly enforced by the roving rangers.

  • Azalea
    More than a year ago

    Sheepfold is an extremely wonderful dog-friendly park. There is a field area with tall grass for the dogs to run around unleashed. Off of the field, there are many fantastic trails to take. I absolutely loved this this place. It is now my favorite park!

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