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 Cat Rock Park
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
Pet Friendly Henry E. Cowdrey Nature Center
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
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
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
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." See Details
Westville Dam Recreation Area Pets are welcome to join you on-leash on the hiking trails of this beautiful Sturbridge park. 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
Middlesex Fells Reservation The Fells 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. A favorite spot for mountain bikers, this reservation 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. The Fells includes areas in Medford, Winchester, Stoneham, Melrose and Malden, and is easily accessible from U.S. Route 93 or Mass. Rte. 28, numerous bus lines, rapid transit and commuter rail. To get there by car, take 93 North to exit 33(RT28N) for Sheepfold or proceed halfway around rotary and take South Border Road for Bellevue Pond. 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 "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
Breakheart Reservation Let your pet run free in the fenced dog park at this beautiful, woodland reservation area. 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
Salisbury Point Ghost Trail The Salisbury Point Ghost 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 Salisbury! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Salisbury Point Ghost 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
Boston Public Garden This famous garden park in the center of Boston is known for its swan boats and sculptures. Pets welcome on-leash. See Details
Blue Hills Reservation There are over 125 miles of hiking and biking trails with scenic views and differing levels of terrain. 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
Marblehead Rail-Trail The Marblehead 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 Marblehead! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Marblehead 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
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
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
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
Mount Pisgah Conservation Area Small mountain in rural Northborough, MA. On-leash dogs are welcome. Bring doggy bags because you have to clean up after your pet. 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
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
The Grove Conservation Land Enjoy this lovely Marlboro park with your pet. Includes wooded trails, open fields, and even a lake for swimming. See Details
Borderland State Park Borderland State Park is pet-friendly. Dogs, under voice control, can romp off leash in the one spacious designated field near the historic Smith Farmhouse. 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. The park is open every day of the week from 8am to 4pm. See Details
Ellisville This is a dog-friendly trail that leads to a gorgeous beach. You can let your furry friends off the leash and run wild from October through the end of April. See Details