Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Needham, MA

There are 41 dog friendly hiking trails within 20 miles of Needham. 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 Needham.

Pet Friendly Boston Public Garden
Boston Public Garden The dog-friendly Boston Public Garden is a famous botanical garden in the center of Boston known for its swan boats and sculptures. It is the first botanical garden in American. Leashed dogs are welcome. See Details
Pet Friendly Borderland State Park
Borderland State Park Borderland State Park in Easton, MA, features a designated, dog-friendly field near the historic Smith Farmhouse for off-leash fun with Fido. The park also offers over 20 miles of hiking trails to explore on leash and many ponds that dogs can swim in. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that is left behind. See Details
Middlesex Fells Reservation Middlesex Fells Reservation is a dog-friendly, 2,500-acre park on the outskirts of Boston. With a diverse landscape of rocky hills, meadows, wetlands, forests, ponds, and panoramic vistas, the park is a favorite spot for mountain bikers. This area welcomes pets as long as they are kept on leash. There is an area where it is acceptable to let your dog off leash and it is indicated by signage. Those seeking a moderately challenging hike with Fido can descend upon the Skyline Outer Reservoir Loop. This 7 mile route across a great variety of terrain guides hikers past countless rugged rocky outcrops and winds through typically suburban neighborhoods. See Details
F. Gilbert Hills State Forest F. Gilbert Hills State Forest is dog-friendly. You are welcome to bring Fido with you to enjoy this 1000-acre state forest, home to 23 miles of trails that weave through the towering pine and oak trees. The park is also part of the 30-mile Warner Trail, stretching from Sharon, Mass to Diamond Hill State Park in Rhode Island. Other than the pretty paved picnic area in the forest, the park is basically made up of under-developed, woodland trails for you and your pooch to explore. F. Gilbert Hills State Forest is open every day of the week from dawn until dusk. See Details
Blue Hills Reservation There are over 125 miles of hiking and biking trails with scenic views and differing levels of terrain at the dog-friendly Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, MA. Parking is available at Houghton Pond or in limited spots along the road. Leashed dogs are welcome, unless it's a restricted area. See Details
Cat Rock Park Your pet will love to frolic and play off-leash in this park with wooded trails and a swimming pond. Be careful as the park is unfenced. See Details
Southern New England Trunkline Trail The Southern New England Trunkline Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this dog-friendly "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Franklin! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Southern New England Trunkline Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Horn Pond Public Pond/park/trail. Many dog owners walk their dogs here. There are benches to sit, and a trail for bikes and walks. Very family oriented. See Details
Deer Island The HarborWalk at Deer Island includes a 2.6-mile perimeter pathway lined with interpretive exhibits and is perfect for walking, jogging, fishing, picnicking or simply relaxing. From Deer Island's highest vantage point, there are sweeping views of the Harbor and downtown Boston. See Details
Upper Charles Trail (Milford Section) The Upper Charles Trail (Milford Section) is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Milford! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Upper Charles Trail (Milford Section). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Noanet Woodlands This Dover public park is wildly popular with local dog-owners. Noanet Woodlands welcomes up to two dogs per person, and pets must remain on-leash. The Lower Mill Pond is not pet friendly, and guests are asked to not allow their dogs to approach others. The adjacent Powisset Farm does not allow pets. See Details
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University This beautiful park is a Boston favorite with its wooded walkways and trails. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Owners are responsible for removal and disposal of their dogs’ wastes. The Arnold Arboretum’s 281-acre landscape is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year. There is no admission charge, but donations are appreciated. See Details
The Esplanade You and your pup can spend a day of adventure along the banks of the Charles River as you explore the Charles River Esplanade. There are plenty of benches to sit for a rest, abundant green space for picnics, and even pet-friendly canoe and kayak rentals at Charles River Canoe & Kayak. See Details
Rose Kennedy Greenway Rose Kennedy Greenway is a linear green space with five parks nestled in the mile-long ribbon. Dogs are welcome to join their humans as they explore the parks, enjoy the sculptures and public art, picnic, relax on the grass, enjoy a meal from a food truck or vendor, and spend the day or evening in the great outdoors. Dogs must be leashed at all times. See Details
The Reservoir The 65 acre park is home to a 28 acre Reservoir. There is a 1 mile walking trail around the water and parts of this path connect with Hurd Park (bordered by the Minuteman Trail). Dogs are not welcome on Reservoir Beach from June - August, but are permitted on-leash during the offseason. See Details
Mt. Misery Area Trails Leashed dogs are welcome on the trails at Mt. Misery. Bring Fido for a fun hike around Farrar Pond. See Details
World War I Memorial Park and Zoo The WWI Memorial Zoo was started in 1968 with only 2 deer. In 1970, a memorial was dedicated to Pvt. Edward P. Nolan, as his efforts were instrumental in the establishment of the WWI Park. We now have grown to much more. Near the Fire Tower in the playground parking lot is a great lookout point as the park is located 390 feet above sea level and is the highest point in Bristol County, on Watery Hill.

Dogs must be leashed and kept 30 feet back from animals' fences. Please clean up after your dog! The park is open 7 days a week at 365 Elmwood Street, there is no admission fee.
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Camp Acton Bring your dog to walk on Camp Acton's trails in Acton, MA. Leashed pets are welcome. See Details
Oak Hill Conservation Land Oak Hill Conservation Land in Littleton, MA is dog-friendly. The beautiful trails provide an ideal opportunity to exercise and enjoy fresh air with Fido. This parcel is comprised primarily of oak woodlands and has three separate trails. Leashed dogs are always welcome. See Details
Beaver Brook Reservation Pets are welcome on-leash on the trails at this lovely Waltham reservation, which includes ponds and a cascading waterfall. See Details
Neponset Trail The Neponset Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Boston! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Neponset Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Wrentham State Forest Dogs are welcome to join their owners at Wrentham State Forest, a pet-friendly park in Wrentham, MA. The park covers 1,000 acres, and is home to numerous weaving trails through the woodland that can be accessed from the car park. One of the other perks of this park is the links to the Warner Trail, a 30-mile hiking trail through Norfolk County down to Rhode Island. Visitors should keep their pets on a leash for the duration of their visit and clean up any mess after them. The park is open daily. See Details
Reformatory Branch Trail The Reformatory Branch Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Concord! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Reformatory Branch Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Breakheart Reservation Let your pet run free in the fenced dog park at this beautiful, woodland reservation area. See Details