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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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picnic table next to Leonard's Pond in Rochester
359 Mary’s Pond Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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Take in a lovely view of Leonard’s Pond in Rochester from the shores of these two small waterfront properties.

Size: 4.1 acres and 2.95 acres
Parking: Two small roadside parking areas along Mary’s Pond Road
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch, Picnic Table
entrance sign for The Let Conservation Area on the Westport River
Westport, MA 02790
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Accessible only from the Westport River East Branch, "The Let" is a perfect resting place for a mid-paddle picnic and a stroll.

Size: 63 acres
Parking: None (not accessible by vehicle)
Facilities: None
Trail signs on a tree at Lionberger Woods in Rochester.
75 Haskell Ridge Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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With captivating streams and wetlands hidden in a quiet forest, Lionberger Woods in Rochester is easy to fall in love with.

Size: 43.3 acres
Parking: Roadside parking by trailhead
Facilities: Picnic Tables
People walking on the trail through Little Bay and Monks Park in Bourne.
Valley Bars Circle, Bourne, MA 02559
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Visit Bourne's Little Bay Conservation Area to discover a walk that captures Buzzards Bay’s unique coastal geography.

Size: 21.33 acres
Parking: Two small unpaved parking areas off Shore Road and at the end of Valley Bars Circle
Facilities: Kayak Launch, Picnic Table
Mother and child walking along the rocks at Little Bay Conservation Area in Fairhaven
12 Little Bay Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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Branch off from the main route of Fairhaven’s Phoenix Bike Trail to explore the scenic shoreline at Little Bay Conservation Area.

Size: 70 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area at the end of Little Bay Road
Facilities: Pier (concrete), Trash, Picnic Tables
Trail along the salt marsh shoreline at Little Buttermilk Bay Woods in Bourne.
295 Head of the Bay Rd., Bourne, MA 02532
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Peaceful Little Buttermilk Bay Woods in Bourne hits all the right notes in just under a mile of walking trails.

Size: 10.86 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area
Facilities: None
trail through the woods at the Lloyd Center in Dartmouth
430 Potomska Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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This environmental education center in Dartmouth is also a destination for outdoor exploration on the Slocums River.

Size: 82 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area
Facilities: Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Trash, Learning/Visitor Center
view of Cuttyhunk and the Elizabeth Islands from Lookout Park
Tower Road, Cuttyhunk, MA 02713
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See views of Buzzards Bay, Vineyard Sound, and the Atlantic Ocean from the top of the Bay at Lookout Park on Cuttyhunk.

Size: 0.5 acres
Parking: None
Facilities: Trash, Picnic Tables
Red Brook and the Lyman Reserve in winter
110 Red Brook Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360
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The Lyman Reserve's diverse paradise of woods, wetlands, and salt marshes shelter rare sea-run brook trout in Red Brook.

Size: 210 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area
Facilities: Picnic Tables, Trash
a woman rollerblading on the Mattapoisett Rail Trail
24 Mattapoisett Neck Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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The growing Mattapoisett Rail Trail offers a mile-long flat, paved bike path and a short footpath to the Mattapoisett River.

Size: 1.5 miles
Parking: Small paved parking area at Mattapoisett Town Landing (Mattapoisett resident/property owner parking pass required); one unmarked pulloff space next to path at Brandt Island Road (reserved for people with disabilities, infirmities, or parents with small children); free parking along Phoenix Bike Trail in Fairhaven
Facilities: None
red maple swamp in winter at McBratney Reserve in Dartmouth
667 Smith Neck Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Don’t let this Dartmouth reserve's small size fool you – it's full of interesting natural features, like a cultivated blueberry patch.

Size: 5 acres
Parking: Roadside parking along Smith Neck Road
Facilities: None
water view from Megansett Beach in North Falmouth
239 County Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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With its wide expanse of sand, Megansett Beach is a great spot for Falmouth residents to sit and watch sailboats on the harbor.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area; resident beach sticker required to park in summer
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Pier (wood), Restrooms (seasonal), Trash
boat ramp at Megansett Harbor Landing in North Falmouth
298 County Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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For boaters on Cape Cod, Megansett Harbor Landing in North Falmouth is an awesome gateway to Buzzards Bay.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area (vehicles only; no trailer parking); resident beach sticker required to park in summer
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Pier (wood), Shower (seasonal)
Sandy shoreline of Little Bay at Monks Park in Bourne
Valley Bars Circle, Bourne, MA 02559
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Explore rolling pine-and-oak woods by the edge of Bourne’s Little Bay on the network of trails at Monks Park.

Size: 9 acres
Parking: Two small unpaved parking areas on Valley Bars Circle; additional parking at kayak ramp (with town of Bourne beach sticker)
Facilities: Kayak Launch
Kids playing in the water at Monument Beach in Bourne
22 Emmons Rd., Bourne, MA 02559
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For a full day of swimming, boating, and playing by the Bay, look no further than Monument Beach in Bourne.

Parking: Large paved parking area
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch, Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Food/Concession (seasonal)
a man and a dog on a large rock at the Munn Preserve in Mattapoisett
189 Mattapoisett Neck Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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For a leisurely walk out to one of Buzzards Bay’s quietest coves, look no further than the Munn Preserve in Mattapoisett.

Size: 18.5 acres
Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area on Mattapoisett Neck Road by trailhead
Facilities: None
people walking through the woods at Myles Standish State Forest
194 Cranberry Rd., Carver, MA 02366
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With over 12,000 acres to hike, bike, fish, camp, and hunt, you'll never run out of ways to have fun at Myles Standish in Carver.

Size: 12,400 acres
Parking: Several paved parking areas throughout forest
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash, Visitor Center
the shoreline of Nasketucket Bay from Nasketucket Bay State Reservation
94 Brandt Island Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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Nasketucket Bay State Reservation's 200 acres of coastal forests in Mattapoisett are a treasure for all ages.

Size: 371 acres
Parking: Large gravel parking lot
Facilities: Picnic table
trail through pine trees in Acushnet
Nestles Lane, Acushnet, MA 02743
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This wooded conservation area on Nestles Lane in Acushnet offers local residents a lovely walk along mossy stone walls.

Size: 85 acres
Parking: Two small roadside parking areas along Nestles Lane (south of the property) and near the intersection of Nestles Lane and Butts Lane (north of the property)
Facilities: None
People walking and jogging on the New Bedford CoveWalk.
1087 Cove Rd., New Bedford, MA 02744
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Stroll along a creative connection of nature, community, and art on the CoveWalk, part of The Blue Lane in New Bedford.

Parking: Small paved designated parking area on Cove Road at center entrance; medium-sized paved shared parking area on West Rodney French Boulevard at east entrance; small unpaved parking area on Cove Road at west entrance
Facilities: Trash

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