Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Nantucket, MA

There are 10 dog friendly hiking trails in Nantucket. 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 Nantucket.

Pet Friendly Tupancy Links
Tupancy Links Tupancy Links is a pet-friendly walking area in Nantucket, MA. Originally a golf club, the area now features 1.5 miles of marked trails that wind through several of the course's old holes. The paths are popular among local dog owners as they provide wide open spaces for games of fetch. Leashes are recommended around the cliff area as it is very steep. Dog owners are reminded to clean up after pups to preserve the cleanliness of the area. See Details
Pet Friendly Sanford Farm
Sanford Farm Sanford Farm is a very popular, dog-friendly walking area in Nantucket, MA, best known for its popularity with walkers, runners, dog owners and bicyclists for its well marked trails, beautiful vistas and ocean views. You might see turtles in season, hawks, osprey, and other wildlife. For dogs who need a lot of exercise, this is a walk where there are long stretches of open path and fields. It’s also a trail on which you could ride your bike while your dog runs alongside you or in a basket. Some years, in the summer months, Hummock Pond has had some algae issues that are hazardous to dogs. DO NOT let your dog drink from the pond. Please note that there are no public restrooms, water fountains nor telephones on this trail. See Details
Milestone Cranberry Bogs This walk takes you around the many acres of cranberry bogs. It’s wide open mown grass and dirt paths and great for letting your dog run off some steam. It would be a good place to throw a frisbee or Chuckit, too. Sometimes there are deer here, especially in the early evening, so leash up your dog if it is one to chase them. At certain times of the year, the bogs will be closed due to flooding and at other times due to pesticide application.
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Altar Rock Heading out of town on the Polpis Road, look for Quaise Road about 3.5 miles from town on your left. On your right, directly across from Quaise Road, is the unmarked Alter Rock Road. Drive in here, and park in one of the two parking lots. This path is actually a road, and because the parking lot is a tad close to the Polpis Road, you may want to leash up here.

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Masquetuck Trail The trail is very short, but the views of West Polpis Harbor are worth the trek. Take any of the paths and follow them along. You really can’t get lost. Traipse over boardwalks, through a deciduous forest, with mushrooms, ferns, and lots of mossy tree roots. There are a few places where the trail comes out to the shore of Polpis Harbor. At low tide, you can walk along the shore for a bit, or stay on the trail for the beautiful view of the harbor.
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Squam Farm Leashed dogs are welcome on this clearly marked 1.5-mile loop trail along mowed grassy fields. It meanders past the sheep pastures and eventually to the residence where the sheep (and some humans) live. If you go in the spring, you will have the treat of seeing all the lambs cavorting in the pasture. During the later months of summer, however, this walk can be rife with mosquitoes. The trail leads you through portions of deciduous forests, over boardwalks traversing boggy streams, and beside huge bunches of grapes. You can also combine this with the Squam Swamp walk, but remember that no dogs are allowed on that walk. Leash Alert: Because they have recently moved the sheep to three different pastures, dogs are required to be on leash for the entire length of this walk.
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Gardner Farm This walk offers many different routes. It can be as long or as short as you and your dog have time and energy for. Come back again and again and do a different one each time. It actually is connected to the Millbrook Walk, so if it’s a Sunday or holiday and you’re looking for a longer walk, you can double up.

Leash Alert: Some years, during the summer months, Hummock Pond has had some algae issues, issues that are hazardous to dogs. DO NOT let your dog drink from the pond!


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Windswept Bogs There is a lot to like about this walk: different terrains, different lengths of walks, a great pond, active bee hives, cranberries. This can be a long walk if you want. You can also do whatever loops and paths you want and time it to your energy level and schedule. Some options: There are of course the bogs themselves, which have mown grass paths surrounding them. There are about ten or so of these. These are great for letting your dog do long straight runs to release some energy. The Stump Pond trail takes you into in the forest along the right side of Stump Pond. This is a fun, tree rooted, boggy, tangled walk. The absolute best time for this pond walk is the fall, when the mosquitos are dormant and the leaves are turning on the deciduous trees. If you take the trail on the left side of the Stump Pond, it leads to the never-ending moor walk. Leash Alerts: Two places on this walk are possible leash alerts. The bogs closest to Polpis Road as you begin (or end) your walk, are very close to houses. One of these houses has a flock of chickens and/or guinea hens. If you have a dog that chases fowl, leash up along this bog. Additionally, when doing the Stump Pond walk, if you take the right onto the dirt road, you will pass by a horse farm. If you have dogs who will bother horses or run into that yard, leash up. At certain times of the year, the bogs will be closed due to flooding and at other times due to pesticide application.
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Holly Farm Leash Alert: At the beginning of the trail, there is a sheep pasture with an electric fence. Leash up your dog right out of the car. Leave the parking lot and head down the grassy trail. For a beautiful view of the harbor, go straight. To walk the full trails, go left, which brings you by a small pasture of sheep and chickens. This path takes you over boardwalks and through mown fields. You’ll go through an enchanted holly forest, along paths overhung with grape vines, and behind a row of Nantucket summer “cottages.”


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Millbrook If you want a longer walk than the loop, there is a small path that connects Millbrook to the Gardner Farm walk. Mid-loop you will come upon a strange but helpful marker: a blue metal box. When you come to it, instead of continuing with the loop, take the off-shoot path. (If you are at this point facing the front of said blue box, take a right. If you are facing the back, take a left.) Follow this path until you come to a dirt road. Cross over it onto a small grass path through a little wood and you will be on the other walk. One thing to be wary of on this walk is low-lying Hawthorne trees. The thorns on these trees are about an inch or two long and very sharp. In some places, they are very close to the path and at eye-level.'

Leash Alert: Sometimes years, during the summer months, Hummock Pond has had some algae issues that are hazardous to dogs. DO NOT let your dog drink from the pond.
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