There are a number of places to bring man's best friend for play time, hikes and swims in Fairfield County, Ct. and here are a few of our favorites.
In Rowayton there is the dog park that is behind the Rowayton Library, plenty of parking in at the lower lot. The park is fenced in on three sides with a stone wall on the forth side. For current news visit the Rowayton Dog Park Facebook page.
In New Canaan there is Spencer's Run at Waveny Park that has a fenced in dog area where off leash is allowed. The dog park is 1.5 acres and is open from dawn to dusk. The rest of the 250 acre park has walking/jogging trails but dogs need to be on leash.
In Darien there is Woodland Nature Preserve, a 64 acre area with trails for walking, dogs are welcomed on leash. Also in Darien is Cherry Lawn Park, 27 acres, and home to the Darien Nature Center. Cherry Lawn has a playground, community garden, tennis & basketball courts, walking trails and maintained sport fields.
There are a number of nearby land trusts, parks, preserves for hiking with your dog, remember to always bring a leash and poop bags, all these wonderful spots are open to the public with a carry in-carry out policy, keep it clean.
In Norwalk, Ct. there is Cranbury Park, 190 acres of woods and fields with trails and Taylor Farm. Taylor Farm is located at Beach Road, across the street from Calf Pasture Beach.
In Westport there is Winslow Park, Located on Rt 1. A special area is allocated for off lease dogs but no fence. Also in off season at Compo beach dogs are allowed in a designated area.
In Fairfield, Ct. there is Lake Mohegan, 118 acres, hiking trails and swimming. Also during the winter months dogs are allowed on Fairfield Beach.
In Stamford & Greenwich, Ct. there is Mianus River, 750 acres, Swimming in river but please be aware of the fishermen, hikes and trails.
In Weston & Easton, Ct. there is Trout Brook Land Trust is another great hiking area.
In Redding, Ct. there is Collis P. Huntington State Park, 883 acre state park that has hiking trails, five ponds fields and dense woodlands.
At Cross River, junction of Route 35 & 121 there is Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, 4,315 acres, 35 miles of hiking trails, $8 day fee.
Compo beach and Fairfield Beach allow dogs during off season in marked areas.
Devil's Den, 1,756 acres with 20 miles of trials in Weston, Ct. Sorry NO dogs allowed but great hikes.
Photo's published with permission by red-dog Cali Vizsla.
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