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Great Places to Hike with Your Dog

Nothing beats the freedom of getting out there on the trail — and that’s true for you and your best friend. Luckily, in Connecticut, we’ve got easy access to some of the most beautiful and diverse hiking in New England — that's why we're named #1 in the U.S. for hiking! Here are just a few of the places you can safely take your dog for a long walk, run or swim they’ll love (some even off-leash!) As well as a few places to “pawse” and enjoy a little downtime. This is by no means a full list, just a few suggestions.

Find more pet-friendly ideas here.

Hearts Beating and Tails Wagging!

You know hiking is good for you. But according to, taking your dog for regular walks benefits the dog’s digestive system and can reduce excitability and destructive behavior like chewing, digging or scratching, too! Find the kind of trail that works best for both of you, and get out there!

Sights to Be Seen

Your dog may not notice the beautiful scenery, but you will.

Worth the Climb

a boy and his dog sitting on a rock overlooking a river at sunset

Like a view from the top? Check out these trails that offer great views.

Happy Trails for You and Fido

Responsible pet owners and well-behaved dogs are welcome to hike in places like these throughout Connecticut. Just be sure to bring extra supplies, like food and water, as well as any first aid supplies and a shovel/enough plastic baggies to pick up after your dog.  

It’s common sense to keep dogs on a leash or under strict voice control at all times, for their safety, as well as the safety of any other hikers, dogs or wildlife.  And be sure respect wildlife and vegetation — Connecticut’s many hiking trails contain an amazing variety of natural beauty enjoyed by people and pets alike.

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