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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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A woman sitting by the edge of Great Quittacas Pond at New Bedford Waterworks in Rochester.
247 North Ave., Rochester, MA 02770
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Discover a peaceful beech tree forest and remarkable freshwater views at New Bedford Waterworks, part of the protected Assawompset Pond Complex.

Size: 842 acres
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved lot at the North Rochester Congregational Church (near entrance gate R10); roadside parking at any fire road entrance gate (R1-18) not marked “no admittance” (do not block gates/fire lanes)
Facilities: None
Two women walking on a trail of bog boards through a muddy part of the woods.
325 New Boston Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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Groves of stately beech trees shade New Boston Trail in Fairhaven, where you can take in peaceful views of forest and wetland habitat.

Size: 66.9 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area
Facilities: None
Sign for the Cape Cod Canal on the trails at Nickerson Conservation Area in Bourne
12 Aptucxet Road, Bourne, MA 02532
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Discover a hidden gateway to the Cape Cod Canal along the wooded trails at Nickerson Conservation Area in Bourne.

Size: 8 acres
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area at Aptucxet Trading Post
Facilities: None
Nobska Lighthouse from across the street at Nobska Point
233 Nobska Rd., Falmouth, MA 02543
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Tour Falmouth's historic Nobska Lighthouse, standing since 1876, or explore the shoreline and go fishing on Nobska Point.

Size: 4 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area (space for 5-6 cars)
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Learning Center
Looking up at the tall white pine trees of Noquochoke Conservation Area in Westport
418 Pine Hill Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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Walk through lush forest scattered with old stone walls in the woodlands of this former camp in Westport.

Size: 20.7 acres
Parking: Small dirt parking area
Facilities: None
Man standing on the Falmouth Moraine Trail.
523 Nathan Ellis Hwy., Falmouth, MA 02556
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Take an invigorating hike through steep, rocky hills along the Northern Moraine Conservation Area in Falmouth.

Size: 255.6
Parking: Unpaved parking area (space for 7-8 cars) on south side of Route 151
Facilities: None
A misty dawn over the wildflowers of Old Aucoot District in Mattapoisett
18 Bowman Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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Travel miles of trail through wildflower meadows, coastal forests, and wetlands at Old Aucoot District in Mattapoisett.

Size: 307 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area at the end of Bowman Road; small unpaved parking area on east side of Prospect Road, across from Spruce Avenue; small unpaved pull-off near kiosk on west side of Hollywoods Road
Facilities: None
Stone walls in colorful autumn woods at Old Harbor Wildlife Refuge in Westport
383 Old Harbor Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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Walk through forests crisscrossed with old stone walls and discover spring vernal pools at Westport's Old Harbor Wildlife Refuge.

Size: 79 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area off Old Harbor Road
Facilities: None
gull flying over Old Silver Beach in Falmouth at sunset
296 Quaker Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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For a classic sandy beach to enjoy in summer, Old Silver Beach in Falmouth is a top destination on Buzzards Bay.

Parking: Two large paved parking areas: one reserved for Falmouth residents and another for public parking
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Showers, Food/Concession
View of Acushnet River from Keating Woods
71 South Main St., Acushnet, MA 02743
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Discover a slice of secluded nature along the urban Acushnet River at P.J. Keating Woods.

Size: 21 acres
Parking: Best parking in rear lot at Acushnet Council on Aging (59 1/2 South Main St.)
Facilities: None
Observation platform behind a field scattered with yellow goldenrod at PT Marvell
90 South Shore Rd., Little Compton, RI 02837
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Discover a coastal ecosystem rich with native plants, birds, and butterflies from the meadows and observation platform of this Little Compton preserve.

Size: 11.5 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area (space for 5-6 cars) on South Shore Rd.
Facilities: None
daffodils at Parsons Reserve in Dartmouth
33 Horseneck Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02743
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Known for its stunning daffodil field, Parsons Reserve in Dartmouth holds many more beautiful surprises in its woods.

Size: 32 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area at Russells Mills Landing
Facilities: None
freshwater marsh along the Paskamansett River in Dartmouth
280 State Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747
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Paskamansett Landing is an oasis of nature and history in the urban center of North Dartmouth.

Size: 0.72 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking lot
Facilities: Canoe Launch
canoe launch on the Paskamansett River in Dartmouth
879 Russells Mills Road, Dartmouth, MA 02748
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With a canoe launch, picnic table, and bench by the river, Paskamansett Park is a peaceful streamside setting.

Size: 6.7 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area
Facilities: Canoe Launch, Picnic Table
Old granite bridge over Paskamansett River at Gidley Woods in Dartmouth
21 Chase Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02747
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Walk from suburban woods into dense forest and over a historic granite bridge at Paskamansett & Gidley Woods in Dartmouth.

Size: 11 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area (space for about 6 cars)
Facilities: None
view of Blankenship Cove and Sippican Harbor from Peirson Woods in Marion
644 Point Rd., Marion, MA 02738
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Marion's Peirson Woods has an observation platform where you can view sailboats, salt marshes, and sea birds on the water.

Size: 30.34 acres
Parking: Small roadside parking area at trailhead
Facilities: Bicycle Rack, Picnic Table
farm field at Peterson Farm
McCallum Drive, Falmouth, MA 02540
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Discover one of Cape Cod’s oldest farms at Peterson Farm in Falmouth, a working farm with grazing sheep alongside miles of trails through fields and forest.

Size: 88 acres
Parking: Small parking area at the end of unnamed road off McCallum Drive
Facilities: Trash
two cyclists on bike path in Fairhaven
15 Main St., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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The 4.5-mile paved Phoenix Bike Trail is a gateway to Fairhaven's coastal forests and salt marshes.

Size: 4.5 miles
Parking: Medium-sized paved parking areas on Main Street and Arsene Street
Facilities: Bicycle Racks, Trash, Picnic Tables
rocky beach at Planting Island Causeway in Marion
Planting Island Road, Marion, MA 02738
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Planting Island Beach’s rugged, rocky shoreline offers a panoramic view of Sippican Harbor and Buzzards Bay.

Size: 3.75 acres
Parking: Three small unpaved roadside parking areas; resident privilege sticker required at all times
Facilities: None
two fishing vessels in the distance on Buzzards Bay
98 Manhattan Ave., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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A small, secluded spot on Priests Cove, Pope Beach in Fairhaven offers sparkling views of Buzzards Bay.

Parking: Small unpaved roadside parking area
Facilities: None

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