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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 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
Mattapoisett River from Shoolman Preserve in Rochester
204 New Bedford Rd., Rochester, MA 02770
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This farm and forest along the Mattapoisett River in Rochester was preserved for birds — and explorers like you!

Size: 79.74
Parking: Roadside parking along New Bedford Road
Facilities: Picnic table
a family walks down the sand at Silvershell Beach in Marion
1 Front St., Marion, MA 02738
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With pretty views and peaceful waters, Silvershell Beach is a favorite summer spot for families in Marion.

Size: 2 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking area; Marion or Rochester resident privilege sticker required to park at all times
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Playground
A wooden bench beside the water at Simmons Mill Pond Management Area in Little Compton
206 Coldbrook Rd., Little Compton, RI 02837
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Known for its educational signs, this Little Compton reserve is popular among hunters, hikers, paddlers, and curious young explorers.

Size: 433 acres
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area on Coldbrook Road; small unpaved parking area on John Dyer Road
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
view of the Slocums River from the Slocum's River Reserve in Dartmouth
285 Horseneck Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Soak up the spectacular natural beauty of the Slocums River at the Slocum’s River Reserve in South Dartmouth.

Size: 47 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
view of Nonquitt Marsh from observation deck at Smith Farm in Dartmouth
355 Smith Neck Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Smith Farm offers a peek at Dartmouth's coastal habitats, from forested swamps and ponds to scenic salt marshes.

Size: 140 acres
Parking: Small dirt roadside parking area on Smith Neck Road
Facilities: None

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