Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Massachusetts

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

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
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
Halibut Point State Park Halibut Point State Park is a dog-friendly outdoor recreation area in Rockport, MA. Leashed dogs are welcome to join you on the hiking trails. The park also offers fishing and bird watching opportunities. On a clear day you may be able to see Mount Agamenticus in Maine and the Isles of Shoals in New Hampshire. See Details
Moseley Woods Moseley Woods along the Merrimack River in Newburyport, MA, offers several dog-friendly trails. Dogs are permitted off leash throughout the park with the exception of the playground, pavilion, and picnic areas. Please visit the park's website for a complete list of rules. See Details
Ellisville Harbor State Park Ellisville Harbor State Park in Plymouth, MA, offers dog-friendly trails through meadows and the red pine forest, to the beach shores. You can let your furry friends off the leash and run wild from October through the end of March. No dogs or other pets on beach from April 1st to Sept. 15th, except service animals. 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
Bourne Farm Wonderful trail to walk your dogs around the cranberry bogs and through the trails by the herring run, located off of 28A and off of the bike path 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
Henry E. Cowdrey Nature Center 300 acres of pet-friendly conservation land with beautiful hiking trails. There is a nice brook running through the middle too. See Details
Purgatory Chasm Just 45 min from downtown Boston!

A unique natural landmark, Purgatory Chasm runs for a quarter of a mile between granite walls rising as high as 70 feet. Popular with picnickers and rock-climbers alike, the Chasm is believed to have its origin in the sudden release of dammed-up glacial meltwater near the end of the last Ice Age, approximately 14,000 years ago.

Trails lead to a wide variety of rock formations, with such romantic names as The Corn Crib, The Coffin, The Pulpit, Lovers' Leap and Fat Man's Misery.

An adventurous playground, equipped with a play structure, swings and a merry-go-round, is now located near the visitor center.

Please be aware chasm rocks and slopes are slippery and deceiving. Wear rubber soled shoes or hiking boots. Please stay away from the edges of the chasm. It is not recommended to hike the chasm after or during inclement weather due to extremely slippery rocks.

Well behaved dogs are welcome, but must be leashed at all times.

"My two dogs loved the area. The were like two gazelles bouncing from one rock to another. There were kids all over to say hi to and get a nice pet from. And we saw tons of other dogs." says Jonathan Cleveland after his first visit to the chasm with his two mutts Bobo and Buddy. "This was our first time here and we will be back, specially since it is only 45 min from Boston. We even finished the day off with a nice picnic overlooking the chasm."
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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
Bare Cove Park Enjoy soaking up the beauty of this scenic walk through the woods with your leashed pet at Bare Cove Park in Hingham, MA. The park features 484 acres located along the banks of the Weymouth Back River, with several riverside and woodland trails, as well as paved roadways. 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
Amesbury Riverwalk The Amesbury Riverwalk 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 Amesbury! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Amesbury Riverwalk. 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
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
Amethyst Brook Conservation Area Very nice series of trails through woods along Amethyst Brook and Mt. Orient. Most of the trails end up in N. Amherst if you're up for a long hike. Lots of friendly dog owners here. The rules say off leash only before 10 am. Know your dog and his/her social abilities and most folks keep them off leash. See Details
Norwottuck Rail Trail The Norwottuck Rail 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 Belchertown! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Norwottuck Rail 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
Bedford Narrow Gauge Rail Trail The Bedford Narrow Gauge Rail 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 Marlborough! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Bedford Narrow Gauge Rail 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
Mount Greylock State Reservation There's loads to do at this scenic state reservation, where leashed pets are welcome to join you as you camp, hike, bird watch or explore. See Details
Assabet River Rail Trail The Assabet River Rail 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 Marlborough! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Assabet River Rail 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
Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park Trail The Blackstone River and Canal Heritage 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 Uxbridge! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Blackstone River and Canal Heritage 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
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