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For dog owners, part of the fun of outdoor exploration is having your faithful companion by your side. Fortunately, there are lots of dog-friendly parks, trails, and beaches in the Buzzards Bay region where you and your four-legged friend can get some fresh air and exercise.

For any of the places below, make sure to follow all posted rules for dogs. Some spots allow dogs “under voice control,” whereas others require dogs to be on a leash at all times. Wherever you go, always pick up after your pet to keep our local waters clean.

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Mattapoisett River at dusk
81 Mattapoisett Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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Hunt for remnants of an old settlement among fields and forest along the Mattapoisett River at Church's Field in Rochester.

Size: 32 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area
Facilities: Picnic table
boardwalk through a cedar swamp at Copicut Woods
1700 Indian Town Rd., Fall River, MA 02790
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Part of the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve, Copicut Woods in Fall River showcases unique natural features.

Size: 516 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area on Indian Town Road; small unpaved parking areas on Yellow Hill Road and Copicut Road
Facilities: Picnic Tables
boardwalk through marsh at Cornell Farm
530 Smith Neck Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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The idyllic pastures and sweeping salt marsh views at Cornell Farm in Dartmouth will captivate nature lovers of every age.

Size: 130 acres
Parking: Medium-sized crushed-shell parking area
Facilities: Picnic tables
Town of Acushnet Conservation Area sign at Davis Park
Lantern Lane, Acushnet, MA 02743
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With its short trail through the forest, Davis Park in Acushnet is perfect for a brief escape to nature.

Size: 16.5 acres
Parking: On-street
Facilities: None
ferns growing on a Sarah's Rock in Delano Memorial Forest
191 Marys Pond Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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An easy walking trail circles through peaceful Delano Memorial Forest, passing by the placid waters of the Sippican River.

Size: 110 acres
Parking: Small parking area off Marys Pond Road
Facilities: None
stone wall at Destruction Brook Woods
160 Slades Corner Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Don’t let its name fool you: Destruction Brook Woods in Dartmouth is packed with unparalleled beauty.

Size: 283.8 acres
Parking: Medium-sized crushed-shell parking area on Slades Corner Road; small dirt pulloff on Fisher Road
Facilities: None
people walking on the trail at Doggett's Brook in Rochester
55 Dexter Ln., Rochester, MA 02770
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The Doggett's Brook nature trail tucked into the woods behind the ball fields in Rochester is perfect for a walk after a game.

Size: 100 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking area at Dexter Lane Field
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Playground
freshwater Weweantic River at Westgate Conservation Area
29 Papermill Rd., Wareham, MA 02576
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If you want to explore a classic Wareham landscape, Westgate Conservation Area is an ideal spot.

Size: 49 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area off Papermill Road
Facilities: None
kids and families on the East Fairhaven School Trail
2 New Boston Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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This engaging nature trail in Fairhaven is a welcoming spot for the whole community to discover nature's classroom.

Size: 13 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lot at school
Facilities: Picnic Table
trail easement through Eastover Farm in Rochester
169 Clapp Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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With fields, stone walls, and golden yellow barns, East Over Reservation is a reminder of Rochester’s rural character.

Size: 75 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area
Facilities: None
bog boards on the trails at East Over Reservation Hales Brook and Sippican River Tracts
285 County Rd., Marion, MA 02738
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These two tracts are part of a network of local conservation areas in Marion and Rochester that you can explore.

Size: 322 acres
Parking: Medium-sized parking area along County Road
Facilities: None
pond at Flora B. Peirce Nature Trail in New Bedford
Falmouth Street, New Bedford, MA 02745
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A natural oasis hidden in the North End of New Bedford, Flora B. Peirce Nature Trail takes visitors on a tour of forest life.

Size: 148 acres
Parking: Roadside parking on Falmouth Street
Facilities: None
cannons along the water at Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven
Green Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719
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With beautiful harbor views, a sandy beach, and a historic coastal fort, Fort Phoenix is a treasure for local residents.

Size: 9.3 acres
Parking: Three medium/large paved parking lots
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Showers (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Playground
Fort Rodman and bike paths at Fort Taber Park in New Bedford
1000 South Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02744
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With a sandy beach, bike path, and fishing pier, Fort Taber Park offers sweeping Buzzards Bay views that are steeped in history.

Size: 50 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lot
Facilities: Pier (concrete), Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash, Playground, Learning/Visitor Center, Food/Concession (seasonal)
a wooded pond near sunset at Four Ponds Conservation Area in Bourne
140 Barlows Landing Rd., Pocasset, MA 02559
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Explore tranquil ponds, wetlands, and woods at Bourne's Four Ponds Conservation Area and Town Forest in Pocasset.

Size: 280 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area
Facilities: None
boardwalk through the woods at Frank Knowles Little River Reserve in Dartmouth
637 Potomska Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Nestled along the Little River in South Dartmouth, this large hiking area is a must-see for outdoor explorers.

Size: 194 acres
Parking: Small crushed-shell parking area; additional roadside parking
Facilities: None
Profile Rock at Freetown-Fall River State Forest
110 Slab Bridge Rd., Freetown, MA 02702
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For a true adventure, head to vast Freetown-Fall River State Forest, part of the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve.

Size: 5,441 acres
Parking: Large paved parking area at forest headquarters; Medium-sized unpaved parking areas at Profile Rock and on Copicut Road and Bell Rock Road; Roadside parking at trailheads throughout forest
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash
shoreline of the Slocums River in Dartmouth from Gaffney Road Landing
2 Gaffney Road, Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Take a paddling adventure on the gorgeous Slocums River in Dartmouth from this small town-owned landing.

Parking: Small gravel parking area (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: None
A view of Buzzards Bay between two World War II lookout towers at Gooseberry Island in Westport.
West Shore Road, Westport, MA 02790
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Explore nature, history, and spectacular coastal beauty along the rugged shores of Gooseberry Island in Westport.

Size: 73 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking lot (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch, Restrooms (seasonal)
A man looking out over farmland from the trail at Great Neck Conservation Area in Wareham.
36 Crooked River Rd., Wareham, MA 02571
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From hilly glacial remnants to lush salt marshes, Great Neck Conservation Area in Wareham has something for everyone.

Size: 104 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area
Facilities: None

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Sat, April 28
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