Connecticut

Dog friendly hikes in Connecticut!

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Bear Mountain Salisbury Easy/Moderate ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ Really enjoy this hike. It is a loop and about 6 miles long. Great views and really beautiful area More Info
Birge Pond Bristol Easy ⋆ ⋆ Cute and short day hike. The trail that loops the pond is about 1 mile More Info
Case Mountain Manchester Easy/Moderate ⋆⋆⋆ Fun hike, lots of trail options, range from 2 mile loop to 10miles. Nice view at the summit. More Info
Crescent Lake Southington Easy ⋆⋆⋆ Big fishing spot and bow hunting area, careful of pups in season. The loop around the lake is about 2 miles and pretty easy. More trails in the back area away from pond leads to some nice views looking over Crescent lake More Info
Devil’s Den Weston Easy ⋆⋆ NOT DOG-FRIENDLY – WILDLIFE PERSERVE More Info
Devil’s Hopyard East Haddam Easy ⋆⋆⋆⋆ Chapman falls is right across from the parking lot, beautiful waterfall! Lots of trail options and really cute picnic area set up. Fun easy day hikes for the whole family More Info
Gay City State Park Hebron Easy ⋆⋆⋆ Nice 6 mile loop around the park. Middle has a cute beach area. Dogs aren’t allowed in designated swim area but plenty of space on the other side for your pup to swim. More Info
Giuffrida Park Meriden Easy/Moderate ⋆⋆⋆⋆ I really enjoy this hike. Giuffrida Park consists of Lamination mountain and Chauncey peak. Both are fun hikes with great views. Love watching the sunset from Chauncey Peak. More Info
Hammonasset Beach State Park Madison Easy ⋆⋆⋆ Scenic walking path, great place to take your pup for a swim. Beach area isn’t dog friendly in season but can still enjoy the trails in the area. More Info
Henry Park Vernon Easy ⋆⋆ Cute little Connecticut park. Lots of pups running on open fields in the area. More Info
Hubbard Park Meriden Easy/Moderate ⋆⋆⋆⋆ Nice area, lots of trail options and good views from the summit. Castle Craig is at Easy Peak summit and Radio Towers at West peak summit. More Info
Indian Council Caves Barkhamstead Easy ⋆⋆⋆ In and out easy hike. No real elevation gain. Cool to see the caves though. More Info
Mt Higby Middlefield Easy ⋆⋆⋆ In and out hike. Nice views along the edge. More Info
Kent Falls Kent Easy ⋆⋆ Cute family picnic area. Most of the Falls are roped off. Short hike that loops the falls. More Info
King Phillip’s Cave Simsbury Easy ⋆⋆⋆ Awesome climbing spot. Rope hangs down from the cave year round to climb into the cave. Don’t recommend climbing up if your pup is with you. More Info
Macedonia Brook State Park Kent Moderate ⋆⋆⋆⋆ Love this area of Connecticut, very scenic and fun hike. More Info
Mile of Ledges and Tory’s Den Burlington Easy/Moderate ⋆⋆⋆ Nice loop hike with some rock scramble sections. More Info
Nevers Park/Sand Hill South Windsor Easy ⋆⋆⋆ Cute little Connecticut park. Lots of pups running on open fields in the area. Hiking trails in the back. More Info
Penwood State Park Bloomfield Easy/Moderate ⋆⋆⋆ More Info
Peoples State Forest Barkhamsted Easy ⋆⋆⋆ More Info
Rails to Trails Across CT Moderate ⋆⋆⋆ Lots of bikers and runners on this trail More Info
Ragged Mountain Berlin Moderate ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ My favorite Connecticut hike! Great views, challenging climbs, 6 mile loop around. More Info
Rockwell Park Bristol Easy ⋆⋆ Bark Park in Bristol for dogs run around off-leash More Info
Sessions Woods Burlington Easy ⋆⋆⋆ Relaxing walk through the woods. Not very challenging. More Info
Sleeping Giant Hamden Easy/Moderate ⋆⋆⋆⋆ Great hike. Easy path straight up to the tower and more challenging trails all along the outside of the tower. More Info
St. Johns Ledges Kent Moderate ⋆⋆⋆ Beautiful area of CT. Great views. More Info
Talcott Mountain Simsbury Easy/Moderate ⋆⋆⋆ Great hike. Easy path straight up to the tower but offers other trails and a nice loop. More Info
Valley Falls State Park Vernon Easy ⋆⋆ More Info

**Difficulty rating is based on my own judgement and is not calculated using and science, so do what you will with my judgement of the hike.

 

CONNECTICUT DOG BEACHES

The beaches of CT on Long Island Sound are not known for being dog-friendly. But many aren’t that friendly to people either, with restricted access being common.

Clinton
Town Beach
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH

East Haven
Town Beach
DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH FROM LABOR DAY TO MEMORIAL DAY

East Lyme
Rocky Neck State Park
DOGS NOT ALLOWED ON BEACH BUT ARE ALLOWED ON TRAILS

Fairfield
Jennings Beach
DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH FROM OCTOBER 1 TO APRIL 1

Penfield Beach
DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH FROM OCTOBER 1 TO APRIL 1

Richards Beach
DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH FROM OCTOBER 1 TO APRIL 1

Sasco Beach
DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH FROM OCTOBER 1 TO APRIL 1

Southport Beach
DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH FROM OCTOBER 1 TO APRIL 1

Groton
Bluff Point Park
DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH

Esker Point Beach
DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH EXCEPT DURING NIGHTS WITH CONCERTS

Main Street Beach
DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH

Madison
East Wharf Beach
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH

Hammonasset Beach State Park
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH; GRASSY FIELDS ONLY

Surf Club Beach
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH

West Wharf Beach
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH

Milford
Gulf Beach
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH

Silver Sands State Beach
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH

Walnut Beach
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH

New Haven
Lighthouse Point Park
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH BUT ARE PERMITTED IN GRASSY AREAS

New London
Ocean Beach Park
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH

Old Lyme
Sound View Beach
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH

Old Saybrook
Harvey’s Beach
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH

Town Beach
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH

Stamford
Cove Island Park
LEASHED DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH

Cummings Park
LEASHED DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH

Stonington
Dubois Beach
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH

Stratford
Long Beach
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH

Russian Beach
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH

Short Beach Park
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH

West Haven
Altschuler Beach
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH

Bradley Point Park
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH
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Dawson Beach
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH

Morse Beach
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH

Oak Street Beach
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH

Peck Beach
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH

Seabluff Beach
NO DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH

Westport
Burying Hill Beach
DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH NOVEMBER 1 TO APRIL 30

Canal Beach
DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH NOVEMBER 1 TO APRIL 30

Compo Beach
DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH NOVEMBER 1 TO APRIL 30

Old Mill Beach
DOGS ALLOWED ON BEACH NOVEMBER 1 TO APRIL 30

Sherwood Island State Park
LEASHED DOGS ALLOWED IN PARK OCTOBER 1 TO APRIL 14

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