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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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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
view of Red Brook Harbor from Dimmick Waterfront at Cataumet Greenway in Bourne
1 Post Office Square, Bourne, MA 02601
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See a sampling of all of Bourne’s vibrant natural scenery on one walk when you visit Cataumet Greenway.

Size: 95 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area at the Cataumet Post Office; two additional small unpaved parking areas on Red Brook Harbor Road
Facilities: Picnic Table, Playground
people sitting in the sand on a sunny day at Chapoquoit Beach in Falmouth
158 Chapoquoit Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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“Chappy,” as locals call Chapoquoit Beach in Falmouth, is a sandy, secluded spot far from Cape Cod's crowds.

Size: 1.6 acres
Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area; resident beach sticker required to park in summer
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Shower (seasonal)
wooded pond at Washburn Park in Marion
Washburn Park Place, Marion, MA 02738
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Marion’s popular Washburn Park hearkens back to the historic town common where locals can walk and play.

Size: 132 acres
Parking: Several unpaved parking areas throughout park
Facilities: Bicycle Rack, Restrooms, Trash, Picnic Tables, Playground
people walk along Cherry & Webb Beach in Westport
168 Cherry and Webb Ln., Westport, MA 02791
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With rolling waves and a long, sandy shoreline, Cherry & Webb Beach is a favorite summer destination for Westport residents.

Size: 80 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking area; resident beach sticker required year-round
Facilities: Picnic Tables, Bicycle Rack
picnic area in a grove of trees at Church Wildlife Conservation Area
193 Marion Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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With a cozy picnic table nestled in a grove of trees, Church Wildlife Conservation Area in Rochester is a lovely picnic spot.

Size: 21 acres
Parking: Small dirt parking area off Marion Road
Facilities: Picnic table
kids playing on Church's Beach on Cuttyhunk Island
Blue Heron Drive, Cuttyhunk, MA 02713
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Take an island excursion to Cuttyhunk and discover Church's Beach, a Buzzards Bay paradise with crystal-clear waters.

Parking: None (boat and foot access only)
Facilities: None
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
A group of turkeys in the trail at Collins Woodlot at Falmouth
141 Blacksmith Shop Rd., Falmouth, MA 02536
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Collins Woodlot in Falmouth offers great hiking along two miles of trail through wild-feeling forest.

Size: 130 acres
Parking: Small unpaved pull-off on Service Road; small unpaved pull-off on south side of Brick Kiln Road
Facilities: None
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 swamp 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
Stairs along the trail at Dunham's Brook Conservation Area in Westport
1510 Main Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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Explore forest, streams, wetlands, and a summer corn field, all at Dunham's Brook Conservation Area in Westport.

Size: 159 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area
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

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