Dog Parks & Hikes ~ Fairfield County, Ct.

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Hiking at Huntington Park, Redding, Ct.

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.Cherry Lawn, Darien, Ct.

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 fisWinter at Trout Brook Valley, Weston, Ct.hermen, 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, Westport, Ct.

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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David Popoff is a Connecticut license real estate agent in lower Fairfield County. He has lived and worked in the area for over 30 years and now reside in Darien since 2004.

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Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Hi David, we used to have a Saint Bernard - an awesome breed! So gentle around kids and so easy around the house but he loved to go and socialize! We always had to travel quite a ways to get to a good dog park - next time we move I'll be putting that on my list of must-haves in the area!

Jan 13, 2012 12:41 PM #1
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi David - I can't believe how much open space is available to the public.  That is wonderful.

Jan 13, 2012 10:18 PM #2
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

We are pretty lucky around here if you know where to look.

Jan 14, 2012 03:40 AM #3
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Dog parks, something that some communities seem to forget about! GREAT choice for a post!

Jan 15, 2012 01:27 AM #4
Barbara Altieri
Kinard Realty Group - RealtyQuest Team, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

David -- What a valuable post for owners of our furry friends in lower Fairfield County. Our dogs need to get out of the house and take in some fresh air and exercise probably more than we do since that's instinctive by nature. Having such a great number of choices makes it easier.  I used to frequent the Lake Mohegan/Cascades area years ago with my dog. He was so exhausted when he came home he was out of it until the next day!....but he LOVED it!  Great post!

Jan 15, 2012 03:03 AM #5
Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

Oh my dogs would love any of these activities that don't involve snow or cold :)

Jan 15, 2012 04:26 AM #6
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

They say if you eat vegetables daily you will live an average of 2 years more, if you live with a dog that will add an average of 7 years.

Jan 16, 2012 04:43 AM #7
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

David, I find it amazing that dogs, that would otherwise be aggressive towards eachother, seem to play so well at dog parks.

Jan 16, 2012 10:16 AM #8
Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC

David, Who wouldn't prefer dogs over vegetables?  Doy think we get 7 years for EACH dog?  I'm gonna be around for a long time!

Jan 17, 2012 06:07 AM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Very good information for prospective home buyers. We sure could use some dog parks in our area.

Have an outstanding month and be sure to have your camera in hand to capture the special moments. 

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Jan 17, 2012 11:02 PM #10
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi David,

We have several dog parks in our area and the community loves to take their dogs there...especially the big dogs as they need more room to run but be safe. Thanks for sharing and I really enjoyed your post and your pictures.

Jan 18, 2012 05:54 AM #11
Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
Royal Pro Real Estate Network - Langley, BC

Fairfield County looks to have wonderful dog parks and walks available - great localism post, David!  Are those pooches yours?

Jan 18, 2012 07:11 PM #12
The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville - Lansdale, PA

Hi David,

We have several dog parks in our area and I have always wanted to take our Bandit to one but haven't yet.  He loves other dogs and loves to run and play so I think it would be great.


Jan 19, 2012 01:42 AM #13
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Dog parks are not just for the pooch, I meet so many of my neighbors and new friends there as well.

Jan 21, 2012 03:33 AM #14
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