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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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great blue heron on the Agawam River in autumn
20 Knowles Ave., Wareham, MA 02538
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The Agawam River Trail in East Wareham offers a peaceful stroll, vistas of the Agawam River, and a paddling launch.

Size: 8.5 acres
Parking: Small parking area along the end of Knowles Avenue
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
Benson Brook in autumn from trail at the Radio Tower Parcel in Marion
Benson Brook Rd., Marion, MA 02738
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Explore the remnants of World War II-era radio towers among Marion's woods and wetlands.

Size: 109 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area
Facilities: None
bird box next to a cranberry bog in autumn at White Eagle in Marion
Parlowtown Rd., Marion, MA 02738
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Explore a Marion cranberry bog that has been actively cultivated for over 80 years, with stunning views of woods and wetlands.

Size: 248 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area
Facilities: None
a woman hiking past a large boulder at Beebe Woods in Falmouth
60 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, MA 02540
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Explore Falmouth’s fascinating glacial past at Beebe Woods, a 400-acre swath of protected forest near Woods Hole.

Size: 400 acres
Parking: Medium-sized paved parking lot at Cape Cod Conservatory; Small unpaved parking area off Ter Heun Drive
Facilities: None
view of Assawompset Pond from Betty's Neck in Lakeville
Bog Access Road, Lakeville, MA 02347
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Betty’s Neck in Lakeville offers miles of secluded trails and freshwater views in the Assawompset Pond Complex.

Size: 350 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area
Facilities: Picnic Tables, Visitor Center (limited hours)
Big Sandy Pond in Plymouth in winter
20 Gunning Point Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360
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The deep, clear waters of Big Sandy Pond in Plymouth are a delight for freshwater anglers.

Size: 134 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area
Facilities: Boat Ramp
people walking through Birch Island Conservation Area
Station Street, Wareham, MA 02571
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Birch Island in Wareham isn’t actually an island. But with river views in every direction, you might mistake it for one!

Size: 20 acres
Parking: Medium sized parking area at the end of Station Street
Facilities: None
pumpkin patch at Bourne Farm in Falmouth
6 North Falmouth Hwy., Falmouth, MA 02556
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Peek back into West Falmouth's agricultural history with a walk through Bourne Farm's open fields and hilly woodlands in .

Size: 35 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking lot
Facilities: Water Fountain, Trash
oil barge and tugs on Cape Cod Canal from bikeway
145 Sandwich Rd., Bourne, MA 02532
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Bourne Recreation Area is a gateway to fishing, walking, and bicycling along scenic Cape Cod Canal.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking lot
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic tables, Trash
a little boy holds a magnifying glass to his face in the forest at Bourne Sisters Woodland
221 County Rd., Bourne, MA 02532
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Discover quiet, hilly woods that feel forgotten by time at Bourne Sisters Woodland in Bourne.

Size: 22 acres
Parking: Small parking area on the east side of County Road; additional parking across the road at the Leary Property
Facilities: None
sandy beach at Brainard Marsh in Marion
344 Delano Rd., Marion, MA 02738
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Take a short, scenic walk to the sandy shores of the Weweantic River at Brainard Marsh in Marion.

Size: 6.1 acres
Parking: Small gravel roadside parking area
Facilities: Bicycle Rack
two people looking out over a salt marsh from an observation platform at Brandt Island Cove District in Mattapoisett
Anchorage Way, Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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Discover spectacular coastal scenery among protected woods and wetlands at Brandt Island Cove District in Mattapoisett.

Size: 132 acres
Parking: Roadside parking at the end of Anchorage Way and Whalers Way
Facilities: None
A peninsula with several pine trees extending into a shallow freshwater pond
588 Blacksmith Shop Rd., Falmouth, MA 02536
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Hike, picnic, or bird watch among some of the Cape’s most unusual habitats at Breivogel Ponds Conservation Area in Falmouth.

Size: 68 acres
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area on Blacksmith Shop Road
Facilities: None
ducks in the pond at Brooklawn Park
1997 Acushnet Ave., New Bedford, MA 02745
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Located in the urban North End of New Bedford, Brooklawn Park is refuge for local residents seeking some fresh air.

Size: 85 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lot; additional on-street parking around the park
Facilities: Restrooms, Trash, Picnic Tables, Playground
a woman standing on a rock looking at a stream on the Westport River at Brookside Conservation Area
1013 American Legion Hwy., Westport, MA 02790
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Enjoy the peaceful beauty of Bread and Cheese Brook along Brookside Conservation Area's streamside trail in Westport.

Size: 9 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area (space for 3-4 cars) off Route 177
Facilities: None
dog retrieving a ball in Buttonwood Park
425 Hawthorn St., New Bedford, MA 02740
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Known as the “crown jewel” of New Bedford, Buttonwood Park is an oasis of nature and recreation in the city.

Size: 97 acres
Parking: Two large paved parking lots (open 6am-10pm); additional on-street parking around the park
Facilities: Restrooms, Trash, Picnic Tables, Playground
a man fishes from the shore of Cape Cod Canal next to the railroad bridge in Bourne
110 Main St., Bourne, MA 02532
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Explore the Cape Cod Canal from Buzzards Bay Recreation Area in Bourne, located at the foot of the iconic railroad bridge.

Parking: Large paved parking area
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Picnic Tables
people bicycling and fishing along Cape Cod Canal next to the railroad bridge in Bourne
Canal Service Road, Bourne, MA 02532
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If you want to take an easygoing, scenic bike ride, look no further than the Cape Cod Canal Bikeway in Bourne.

Size: 7 miles north side/6.5 miles south side
Parking: Medium/Large paved parking areas at all recreation areas along bikeway
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Picnic Tables
small footbridge across Herring River at Carter Beal Conservation Area in Bourne
20 Bournedale Rd., Bourne, MA 02532
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From the fish ladder to the glacial moraine, explore Bourne's natural history at Carter Beal Conservation Area.

Size: 29.7 acres
Parking: Small dirt parking area
Facilities: Benches, Trash
A flat stream reflecting the trees in green woods at Carvalho Farm in Fairhaven
201 Shaw Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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An array of stunning habitats fit into a small package at this Fairhaven preserve, featuring fields, forests, and wetlands.

Size: 61 acres
Parking: Street parking on the south side of Shaw Rd. next to the Carvalho Farm field
Facilities: None

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