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Dog Friendly Activities in Essex, CT

There are 2 dog friendly activities in Essex, and 43 more nearby. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Essex.

Pet Friendly Paw Dog Park at Viney Hill
Paw Dog Park at Viney Hill Near the beach in lovely Viney Hill park is a fenced off-leash dog area where your pet can romp and play. Includes separate dog area, benches, and agility equipment. See Details
Pet Friendly Connecticut Valley Railroad State Park
Connecticut Valley Railroad State Park Connecticut Valley Railroad State Park is a pet-friendly historic place to take Fido. They welcome pets on a leash under seven foot on the section of park north of Route 82. See Details
Devil's Hopyard State Park Taking its name from the round holes that appear in the waterfalls, dog-friendly Devil's Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, CT, is a perfect place to enjoy a day in nature. You and your dog can hike, picnic, bird-watch and fish in the stream. Just keep Fido on a leash at all times. See Details
Gillette Castle State Park Dogs are welcome at the picnic areas and on the hiking trails of Gillette Castle State Park. Although Fido can enjoy the trails that loop and wind around outdoor art exhibits and an historic historic estate that is reminiscent of a castle, you're not allowed to take them inside any of the buildings. Constructed by playwright and actor, William Hooker Gillette, the focal point of the whole area is the estate building. Gillette Castle State Park is open every day of the week from 8am until sunset. See Details
Hammonasset Beach State Park Leashed dogs are welcome in picnic areas, ball fields, nature trails, and bike paths year-round at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, CT. Dogs are only permitted on beaches from November 1st to the end of March. Visitors with pets are subject to fines if caught on the beach from April 1 to October 31. See Details
Bailey's Dog Park Bring Fido to Bailey's Dog Park, which is open to all sizes of dogs that are up-to-date on vaccinations. Parking is readily available at Ethel Peters Recreation Complex. The Dog Park features running water, waste bags, shade and sun. Follow all rules posted at the entry. Bailey's Dog Park is open daily from dawn until dusk. See Details
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company Dog-friendly Greenport Harbor Brewing Company tasting room welcomes Fido to join you for a pint or a flight inside their original brewery and tasting room or at an outdoor sidewalk table. The brewery is located in Greenport Village in a renovated 1860’s firehouse. See Details
Harkness Memorial State Park Harkness Memorial State Park is dog-friendly. The centrepiece of this state park is the elegant summer mansion of the Harkness family. The big colourful building and the surrounding gardens, lawns, and trees were made into a state park in 1952 and certain parts of it can be enjoyed by dogs and their owners today. Pets on a leash are permitted in picnic and lawn areas, but are not allowed on the beach or in formal gardens. Harkness Memorial State Park is open every day of the week from 8am until sunset. See Details
Inlet Pond County Park Inlet Pond County Park offers a well marked trail system (about 1.5 miles) through woodlands, open areas of shrubs and vines, and mature oak forest. Leashed dogs are welcome on these easy to follow trails. The trail leads to freshwater Inlet Pond that has an observation platform with seats. In late summer, hundreds of Bull Frog tadpoles inhabit the freshwater pond. Herons and egrets forage around the edge. The pond also hosts a pair of Mute Swans each spring for nesting and raising their cygnets. Tree Swallows and Red-winged Blackbirds nest around the pond. Beyond is a Long Island Sound. See Details
Lavender by the Bay Lavender by the Bay is pet-friendly. This outdoor lavender farm in located halfway between Greenport and Orient Point. Dogs are allowed on the grounds. Handmade lavender products, lavender plants and home grown lavender honey are available for purchase. Check the website for seasonal opening hours. See Details
Bozrah Farmers Market Bozrah Farmers Market is pet-friendly, as long as dogs are on a leash and well-behaved. Wander the aisles of vendors and enjoy live music and a bite to eat from the food trucks. With 40 vendors, there's something for everyone. The market runs every Friday from July through October See Details
Grace Grace is pet-friendly. Shop with your dog at this women's clothing store in East Lyme. In addition to tasteful threads, you'll find bath and body items, candles, gifts, jewelry and a selection of pooch themed socks. Leashed dogs are welcome inside to help you sniff out the best items. Grace is open every day of the week from 10am to 7pm. See Details
Nehantic State Forest Leashed dogs are welcome at the pet-friendly Nehantic State Forest in East Lyme. This was the first state park in New London County and is home to wooded areas, Norwich Pond, and Uncas Lake. You and Fido can relax next to the water at one of the picnic areas on the park. The park is open daily. See Details
Wadsworth Falls State Park Wadsworth Falls State Park is dog-friendly. You can bring Fido with you to enjoy the hiking trails and picnic areas in the area. Some of the interesting trails in the park will lead you through wooded areas and alongside the Coginchaug River, located on the western side of the park. The park is open every day of the week from sunrise to sunset. See Details
Colchester Dog Park An off-leash dog park was just approved for this spot and should be under construction soon. Stay tuned! See Details
Rocky Neck State Park Rocky Neck State Park is pet-friendly. Feel free to go on a hike with Fido or eat some lunch in the picnic areas north of the train tracks. Rocky Neck State Park has a tidal river that is home to a variety of different types of fish. You'll also spot herons, cranes, and lots of other wildlife in the air and on the ground around the park too. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed in campgrounds, south of the train tracks, on the beach, or on the boardwalk. The park is open every day of the week from 8am until sunset. See Details
Stenger Farm Dog Park This fun off-leash dog park includes separate areas for large and small dogs. Be sure to bring water, and be aware that shade is limited. See Details
Chatfield Hollow State Park Enjoy searching for caves used by Native Americans, picnic by refreshing water, hike through the forests, enjoy pond and stream fishing and more at Chatfield Hollow State Park. Fido is welcome to join the fun, but keep him on a leash at all times. See Details
Yankee Cider Company The dog-friendly Yankee Cider Company in East Haddam is Connecticut's first farm cidery tap room with a beautiful old barn and outdoor area where Fido is welcome on a leash. They offer handcrafted hard ciders made with fruit grown on the farm. See Details
Machimoodus State Park Dogs are welcome at Machimoodus State Park, 300-acres of uplands, woodlands, and meadows that surround a pretty river. The hiking trails are pet-friendly, so you and Fido can take in this picturesque area together, as long as they remain on their leash under six-feet. Machimoodus State Park is open every day of the week from 8am until sunset. See Details
Lavender Pond Farm Leashed dogs are welcome to tour Lavender Pond Farm with you in Killingworth, CT. Enjoy strolling through the lavender fields, shopping in the store and riding the LPF Express at this pet-friendly attraction. There is also corn hole, chess and plenty of spots to sit and relax. Please clean up after your pets on the farm! See Details
Millers Pond State Park Reserve Millers Pond State Park Reserve is dog-friendly. You'll discover some wooded paths and trails that lead to the main draw, a spring-fed lake. Millers Pond State Park is open every day of the week from sunrise to sunset. See Details
River Highlands State Park River Highlands State Park is a pet-friendly recreation area that overlooks the Connecticut River. You and Fido can use one of the dog-friendly trails to get to an overlook and bluff that is 150 feet above the river below, check out the noises made by the interesting blowhole, and cross over the numerous wooden bridges. River Highlands State Park is open every day of the week from 8am until sunset. See Details
Haddam Meadows State Park Haddam Meadows State Park is pet-friendly. You can bring Fido with you on a leash to enjoy these pretty meadows on the banks of the Connecticut River. There are a number of picnic areas where you can put your paws up and take a break from wandering the trails in the area. Haddam Meadows State Park is open every day of the year from 8am to sunset. See Details