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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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people stand on an overlook on the Acushnet River at The Sawmill
32 Mill Rd., Acushnet, MA 02743
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At the edge of New Bedford’s urban North End sits The Sawmill, a 19-acre former lumber yard on the Acushnet River.

Size: 19 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area; additional on-street parking
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch, Learning Center (limited hours)
Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge from Tidal Flats Recreation Area in Bourne
33 Canal Service Rd., Bourne, MA 02532
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Explore the Cape Cod Canal from Tidal Flats Recreation Area in Bourne, located at the foot of the iconic railroad bridge.

Parking: Two medium-sized paved parking areas
Facilities: Trash, Picnic Table, Restrooms (seasonal)
vernal pool at the Woodcock Preserve in Mattapoisett
29 Long Plain Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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Tinkhamtown Woodlands and neighboring Woodcock Preserve include over 100 acres in the Mattapoisett River Reserve.

Size: 107 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area on Long Plain Road
Facilities: None
the remnants of a former mill on Tinkham Pond in Mattapoisett
Acushnet Road, Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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History and nature abound at Tripps Mill, a scenic trail and fishing spot on Tinkham Pond in Mattapoisett.

Size: 212 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area on Acushnet Road
Facilities: None
Sippican River at Tweedy and Barnes in Wareham
230 Blackmore Pond Rd., Wareham, MA 02576
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Explore woods and wetlands along the Sippican River at Tweedy and Barnes in Wareham.

Size: 25 acres
Parking: Small gravel parking area; additional roadside parking
Facilities: None
A motorboat pulled onto the sandy beach of Weepecket Island
Gosnold, MA 02543
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Discover island adventures on the untamed shores of the Weepecket Islands, a small island chain north of Naushon.

Parking: None
Facilities: Kayak launch (shoreline)
Spring-fed pond in the woods at Wernick Farm in Dartmouth.
North Albro Avenue, Dartmouth, MA 02747
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Seek out a rich array of plants and wildflowers among woods and old agricultural remnants at Wernick Farm in Dartmouth.

Size: 62 acres
Parking: Two small unpaved parking lots (space for 2-3 cars each)
Facilities: None
Wooden bench in the sun-dappled West Chop Woods
528 Franklin St., Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
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Walk peaceful trails beneath a bird-filled canopy in this coastal forest on the north shore of Martha’s Vineyard.

Size: 90 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking area down the dirt road off Franklin Street
Facilities: Bicycle Rack, Benches
West Falmouth Town Dock
55 Old Dock Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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Boaters and anglers can launch on a Buzzards Bay adventure from the public ramp and town dock on West Falmouth Harbor.

Parking: Limited vehicle parking at the town dock; Medium-sized gravel parking area on Old Dock Road by bike path (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Dock (wood/floating), Trash
trail along Nasketucket Bay at West Island State Reservation
163 Fir St., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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West Island State Reservation's pristine coastal habitats offer a natural retreat that outdoor enthusiasts will love.

Size: 338 acres
Parking: Small gravel roadside parking area by trailhead
Facilities: None
lookout tower at West Island Town Beach in Fairhaven
2 Fir St., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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Set next to windswept salt marshes on West Island, this Fairhaven beach is a paradise for outdoors lovers.

Size: 13.8 acres
Parking: Large gravel parking lot
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal)
East Branch of the Westport River from Westport Town Farm
830 Drift Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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History comes to life at Westport Town Farm, where you can explore a Colonial-era farm along the Westport River.

Size: 40 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area
Facilities: Picnic Tables
Trail through the woods at Westport Woods
573 Adamsville Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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Hike or picnic, explore freshwater wetlands, bird-watch or just watch the clouds pass by in this family-friendly preserve.

Size: 81 acres
Parking: Large paved parking area
Facilities: Picnic Tables
The ruined stone walls of White's Factory and connected channel
110 Hamlin St., Acushnet, MA 02743
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Step back in time at the 200-year-old ruins of White's Factory, a former cotton and saw mill on the Acushnet River.

Size: 2 acres
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area with space for 8-10 cars
Facilities: Picnic Tables
The flat waters of Dundery Brook at Wilbour Woods in Little Compton
100 Swamp Rd. , Little Compton, RI 02837
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Explore lush trails beside a woodland river, then grill up a picnic lunch in this beautiful Little Compton forest.

Size: 84 acres
Parking: Several unpaved pull-off spaces along the dirt road parallel to Dundery Brook
two girls holding a pine cone in William Minot Forest
63 Minot Ave., Wareham, MA 02571
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Take an adventure through hilly pine and oak woods at William Minot Forest in Wareham.

Size: 205 acres
Parking: Large parking lot behind Minot Forest Elementary
Facilities: None
Wing Pond in Falmouth
124 North Falmouth Hwy., Falmouth, MA 02556
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Peace and tranquility define Wing Pond Woods, a well-hidden gem directly off the Shining Sea Bikeway in North Falmouth.

Size: 19 acres
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area
Facilities: None
Winsegansett Marsh in Fairhaven
646 Sconticut Neck Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719
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With a scenic trail through the woods to Winsegansett Pond and a beach, this Fairhaven destination is a gem to discover.

Size: 160 acres
Parking: Roadside parking at trailheads on Sconticut Neck Road
Facilities: None
kids and adults explore the waters of Little Sippewissett Marsh in Falmouth
98 Wood Neck Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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With amazing water views and a lush natural setting, Wood Neck Beach is a summer destination for Falmouth families.

Parking: One medium-sized unpaved parking area; resident beach sticker required to park in summer
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Shower (seasonal)
view of George's Pond from the Wylde Reserve in Dartmouth
61 Barneys Joy Road, Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Follow the path at Wylde Reserve in Dartmouth to the salt marshes of Demarest Lloyd State Park.

Size: 5 acres
Parking: Small roadside parking area on Barneys Joy Road; additional parking at Demarest
Facilities: None

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