Trail along the beach area
Walking Trails in Hammonasset Beach
Swimming at Hammo
Trail along the beach area
Walking Trails in Hammonasset Beach


Leashed dogs are welcome in picnic areas, ball fields, nature trails, and bike paths year-round. Dogs are only permitted on beaches from November 1 to the end of March. Visitors with pets are subject to fines if caught on the beach from April 1 to October 31.


BringFido Traveler Rating

Hammonasset Beach State Park has received a rating of 4.0 out of 5 bones by 4 canine critics on BringFido.

  • More than one year ago.
    Better for dogs in off-season

    I live in the area, so I bring my dogs to Hammonasset all the time (and they get so excited when they realize that's where we are going). I prefer going in the off-season, though, because it's less crowded and dogs are allowed on the beach (October 31-April 1, I think). I don't go on hot, sunny summer days because the park is full of people and it's just too hot for the dogs, since most of the trails are in direct sun.

    People aren't always good about picking up after their dogs (eew) and I don't think bags are provided any more, but there are dumpsters around the park to dispose of waste year-round and there's no excuse for leaving it behind or bagging it and leaving the bag on the side of the trail.

    The nature center is great, too, and if your dog is well-behaved, they will let him/her come in and you can look at the fish, marine invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, and birds.

    Remember, dogs are NOT allowed on the beach in the peak season and there are rangers at the park who will enforce this rule. Also, do not let dogs go on sand dunes/grasses (people shouldn't, either) or into protected shorebird habitat.

  • More than one year ago.
    Wish the beach was pet friendly

    I wish there was a negative rating, I would have used that. After paying $9 to get in (after Labor Day), we were told pets were not allowed on the beach at all. Not so pet friendly!!

  • More than one year ago.
    Great place for a long walk!

    Great place to walk your dogs on trails while in season and off season. There is 2 miles of boardwalk to enjoy! Activities like swimming and running on the beach are best off season, otherwise you will be asked to take your dog off the beach by a ranger.

  • More than one year ago.
    Tons of space

    In the off season this place is great for you and your dogs! There's a ton of space to walk, run, and play fetch, and you can head to the huge stretch of beach. It's a nice spot if you don't want to be run over by other dogs because people tend to spread out.

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