Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Connecticut

If your dog likes to ruff it, bring Fido hiking in Connecticut. Our dog friendly hiking section includes everything from easy one-hour walks to fantastic overnight trips in Connecticut that won’t be soon forgotten. Seriously, go take a hike!

Pet Friendly The Cascades at Lake Mohegan
The Cascades at Lake Mohegan This is a beautiful dog-friendly recreation area in Fairfield, Connecticut. The trails surround a lake and waterfall/creek called the cascades on acreage donated by the G.E. corporation. There are waste bins for doggie cleanups, so bring your baggies. See Details
Pet Friendly Housatonic Rail-Trail - Trumbull (Pequannock Valley Greenway)
Housatonic Rail-Trail - Trumbull (Pequannock Valley Greenway) The Housatonic Rail-Trail - Trumbull (Pequannock Valley Greenway) 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 Trumbull! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Housatonic Rail-Trail - Trumbull (Pequannock Valley Greenway). 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
Peterson Park & Mattatuck Trail Leashed dogs are welcome at this small family park. There is a dog-friendly paved walking trail around park. The park also serves as the entrance to the Mattatuck Trail. It is a beautiful wooded trail that spans many miles through many towns. The entrance to the trail is located behind the skate park. See Details
Bear Mountain Reservation Pets may join you off-leash on the hiking trails of this beautiful wooded reservation with lovely views of Candlewood Lake. See Details
Timberlands A wonderful place to enjoy a hike, rock cropings, Mountain Laurel, ferns, pine groves, and some peace and quiet. The trails are mostly level with a few steep grades. There is also a wonderful stream and a lake for the dogs to swim in. See Details
Bluff Point State Park At Bluff Point State Park, you and Fido can enjoy saltwater fishing, boating, hiking, and more. Just keep Fido on a leash at all times. See Details
Cranbury Park Large Estate (Gallaher Estate) that has an open area in the back of the property for dogs to run off-leash. No fee for residents otherwise $5, which is unusual as most of the parks in NY/CT require you to be a resident and/or pay a fee to enter. Dogs are welcome on the trails that run throughout the property either on or off-leash at the dog owners discretion and ability to control the dog. There are areas of the estate, Great Lawn or near the mansion, playground or pavilion, that are not permitted to have your dog on so be diligent about knowing that as the rules are very strict. There is a park attendant that drives around to make sure you are compliant and he is no-nonsense!. Overall it is a very pleasant place to take your doggie. See Details
Kettletown State Park Pets on a leash are permitted in the picnic areas and hiking trails at this 605 acre state park. Pets are not allowed on the beach or in the campground. See Details
Housatonic Valley Rail-Trail - Monroe The Housatonic Valley Rail-Trail - Monroe 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 Monroe! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Housatonic Valley Rail-Trail - Monroe. 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
Central Bark Dog Park at Copp Family Park Locals rave about this fenced off-leash dog park with separate small dog area, chairs and tables for owners to relax on, and shade trees. See Details
Young's Pond Your pet will go wild for a chance to run and play off-leash in the fenced dog park at this lovely Branford park. See Details
Burr Pond State Park Go swimming and have a picnic at Burr Pond, then hike the trails in search of the bronze tablet marking Connecticut's role in the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution. Dogs must be leashed at all times. See Details
Branford Supply Pond A refuge for hikers, meanderers, bikers, runners, nature enthusiasts, historians and four-legged friends, the Branford Supply Pond sprawls over 350 acres.

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Farmington River Trail The Farmington River 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 Farmington! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Farmington River 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
Babcock Preserve The Babcock Preserve is open to the public during daylight hours for hiking, walking, jogging,
cross-country skiing, nature study, picnicking and horseback riding on designated trails. The 4.1 mile loop features forested land filled with a wide variety of wildlife. Leashed dogs are welcome.
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Collis P. Huntington State Park Collis P. Huntington State Park is a perfectly tranquil setting in which you can enjoy hiking, canoeing, and pond fishing in five ponds with your pup. Just keep your dog on a leash at all times. 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
Larkin State Park Trail The Larkin State Park 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 Southbury! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Larkin State Park 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
Southford Falls This family-friendly park has a waterfall, an open area with picnic tables, a few trails in the woods, a small covered bridge, and a lake for fishing. See Details
Eisenhower Park Eisenhower Park has nature trails, a pond, a dog run, as well as many other family friendly recreational activities. See Details
Branford Trolley Trail The Branford Trolley 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 Branford! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Branford Trolley 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
Devil's Hopyard State Park Taking its name from the round holes that appear in the waterfalls, Devil's Hopyard State Park 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
Rockland Preserve Located in North Madison, Rockland Preserve is an area of rounded, rocky hills, steep gray cliffs, ledges, and lovely wooded areas. Long abandoned ancient roads offer easy access for the walker and hiker. Dogs welcome on leash. See Details
Stratton Brook State Park Trail The Stratton Brook State Park 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 Simsbury! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Stratton Brook State Park 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