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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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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
Three egrets in the salt marsh at Egypt Lane in Fairhaven
Egypt Ln. & Hyland St., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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This popular birdwatching hotspot in Fairhaven offers sweeping salt marsh views from atop the stone dike.

Size: 3 acres
Parking: Street parking available on side roads along the Phoenix Bike Trail
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
Marshes along the edge of Flume Pond in Falmouth
317 Sippewissett Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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Walk through birdsong-filled woods to the edge of rich salt pond habitat at Flume Pond in Falmouth.

Size: 28.6 acres
Parking: Small parking area across Sippewissett Rd. at Kelly Woodland
Facilities: None
Trees reflected on the surface of Forge Pond in Westport
235 Forge Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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From fishing to hiking to paddling, discover a variety of activities on this eight-acre Westport property.

Size: 7.8 acres
Parking: Small pull-off area along Forge Road, on north side of Forge Pond
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 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
Young girl at Frances A Crane Wildlife Management Area
744 Nathan Ellis Hwy., Falmouth, MA 02536
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The wildlife-rich forests and fields of East Falmouth's Frances A. Crane welcome hunters, hikers, bikers, and equestrians alike.

Size: 1,800 acres
Parking: Small pull-off on north side of Route 151 (western area); Large unpaved parking area at end of dirt road off Route 151 between Hamilton Tree and Allietta softball field (eastern area); Small unpaved parking area on Hayway Road (southern 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 Dartmouth, Frank Knowles/Little River Reserve offers miles of hiking trails.

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
Two dinghys on a storage rack at the Gifford Street Boat Ramp
110 Gifford St., New Bedford, MA 0240
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The Gifford Street Boat Ramp provides boaters and paddlers with easy access to the protected waters of inner New Bedford Harbor.

Parking: Large paved parking area (parking for vehicles with trailers only)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Canoe/Kayak Launch, Dinghy Storage
The sunset reflected in the waters of flooded wetlands at Goldavitz Bog in Marion
Parlowtown Rd., Marion, MA 02738
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Discover a former cranberry bog and the birds, turtles, and mammals of the wooded wetlands at Marion's Goldavitz Bog.

Size: 75.57 acres
Parking: Two small roadside pulloffs by bog
Facilities: None
People gathered on the sandy beach and swimming in the waters of Grews Pond, at Goodwill Park in Falmouth
Goodwill Park Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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Families flock to Goodwill Park in Falmouth to enjoy grassy lawns and sandy beach along the cool waters of Grews Pond.

Size: 86 acres
Parking: Three free parking areas on Goodwill Park Road
Facilities: Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Grills, Trash, Pavilion, Playground
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)
Atlantic Ocean from the shores of Goosewing Beach Preserve in Little Compton, Rhode Island
South Shore Road, Little Compton, RI 02837
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Escape the crowds for windswept dunes and crashing waves at Little Compton's Goosewing Beach Preserve.

Size: 75 acres
Parking: Large paved lot at South Shore Beach; fee to park, Memorial Day – Labor Day
Facilities: Learning Center (seasonal)
The wetlands at Grassi Bog in Marion
813 Mill St. , Marion, MA 02738
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Take in the sounds of frogs and singing songbirds in a former cranberry bog on the trails around Grassi Bog in Marion.

Size: 36.55 acres
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area
Facilities: None
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
A man and his dog crossing over a fallen tree at Hagemann Woods in Marion
603 Point Rd., Marion, MA 02738
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Walk through wetlands and a red maple forest with long ties to Marion’s history at Hagemann Woods.

Size: 23 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area (space for about 5 cars)
Facilities: None

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