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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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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
Bog boards beneath bright green leaves on Ross C. Mathieu Nature Trail
100 Jordan St., New Bedford, MA 02745
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Family-friendly fun awaits in the fields and forest of Pulaski Park, located in New Bedford’s North End.

Size: 14 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking area off Jordan Street
Facilities: Playground, Benches
Bench at the edge of Red Brook Pond in Bourne.
Thaxter Road, Bourne, MA 02559
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For a peaceful walk through classic Cape Cod scenery, head to Red Brook Pond Conservation Area in Bourne.

Size: 40 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area on Thaxter Road
Facilities: None
a man and a dog walking through the woods at Ridge Hill Reserve in Dartmouth
739 Collins Corner Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02747
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Hilly wooded uplands at this Dartmouth preserve capture the natural spirit of nearby Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve.

Size: 210 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area
Facilities: None
A sweet birch with new green leaves next to the Rochester Town Forest trail
476 North Ave., Rochester, MA 02770
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This wide, easy-to-follow woodland trail is a great place to walk, jog, or try out cross-country skiing.

Size: 17 acres
Parking: Parking Lot A, a large paved lot
Facilities: Trash, Bike Rack
flat trail through the forest at Rocky Gutter Wildlife Management Area in Middleborough
Rocky Gutter Street, Middleborough, MA
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Take a wild adventure through thousands of acres of remote forest and swamp at Rocky Gutter in Middleborough.

Size: 3,178 acres
Parking: Two small unpaved parking areas on either end of Rocky Gutter Street (Purchase Street and France Street); a third small unpaved parking area on Wildlife Area Access Road at Purchase Street and Faye Avenue
Facilities: None
sandy beach on Clarks Cove at Roger Street boat ramp
2 Rogers St., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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A bustling summer boating spot, this sandy public ramp in Dartmouth offers access to Clarks Cove and Buzzards Bay.

Parking: Large paved parking lot (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
people on Round Hill Beach in Dartmouth
Round Hill Beach Road, Dartmouth, MA 02748
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With calm waters and sweeping views, Round Hill Beach is a stunning summer destination for Dartmouth residents.

Size: 30 acres
Parking: Parking along paved Round Hill Beach Road
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal)
trail through the woods at Rounseville II Preserve in Rochester
15 Mary’s Pond Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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Discover woods, wetlands, and wildlife on the easy loop trail at Rounseville II Preserve in Rochester.

Size: 48.3 acres
Parking: Large gravel parking area by ball fields
Facilities: None
Saulnier Memorial Bike trail along Clarks Cove in the South End of New Bedford
Rodney French Boulevard, New Bedford, MA 02744
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With spectacular open-water views, the Saulnier Memorial Bike Trail is the best route to tour New Bedford's scenic South End.

Size: 3.5 miles
Parking: Large paved parking lots at Hazelwood Park, Fort Taber Park, and East Beach; small paved parking area at New Bedford Harbor Walk; street parking along East Rodney French Boulevard and West Rodney French Boulevard
Facilities: Bicycle Rack, Restrooms (seasonal), Trash
Wooden picnic table and bench beside tall pine woods
Savery Ave., Carver, MA 02330
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Feel immersed in deep pine woodlands at this town-owned picnic area and trail in Carver.

Size: 33 acres
Parking: Two small unpaved parking areas (space for 3-4 cars) along Savery Avenue
Facilities: Trash, Picnic Tables
beach and boat ramp at Seaview Avenue in Fairhaven
65 Seaview Avenue, Fairhaven, MA 02719
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The beach and boat ramp at Seaview Avenue in Fairhaven grant explorers access to Nasketucket Bay.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Canoe/Kayak Launch
Blue waters peek out through the trees along the trail at Shallow Pond Woodlands
218 Thomas Landers Rd., Falmouth, MA 02536
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Traverse hilly woodlands with lovely water views at Shallow Pond Woodlands in Falmouth.

Size: 70 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking lot on Thomas Landers Rd.
Facilities: None
red barn next to Shaw Farm Trail in Fairhaven
97 Shaw Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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Stretching for nearly a mile, Shaw Farm Trail offers hikers a place to explore Nasketucket Bay’s coastal farms and forests.

Size: 0.9 miles
Parking: Street parking on Shaw Road in Fairhaven; Large unpaved parking area at Nasketucket Bay State Reservation
Facilities: None
Shining Sea Bikeway through a salt marsh in Falmouth
Depot Road, Falmouth, MA 02556
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Take a journey of discovery down the Shining Sea Bikeway, a 10.7-mile paved bike path through Falmouth.

Size: 10.7 miles
Parking: Gravel parking areas on County Road, Old Dock Road, Depot Avenue, Woods Hole Road, and Oyster Pond Road
Facilities: Restrooms (portable), Picnic Tables, Trash
salt marsh along Nasketucket Bay shoreline in Fairhaven
721 Sconticut Neck Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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Shipyard Farm in Fairhaven packs a scenic punch in its short trail across farmland to serene Nasketucket Bay.

Size: 53 acres
Parking: Small roadside parking area near entrance sign
Facilities: None

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