If my pups had a favorite season, it would be right now! In honor of their love to get outdoors, we’re introducing Part 1 in a 3 part series describing places around the Seacoast to get out in nature with your pup. Part 1 is for the forest-lovers. Future installments will celebrate dog-friendly beaches and properties that combine water and wooded features for the dogs who want it all. These are some of our many favorite places – according to our dogs! We would love to hear about your favorite place to take your pup and why!
College Woods, Durham
College Woods is a lovely maze of wooded trails belonging to UNH so you are likely to see students in an interactive class or jogging. The trails span approximately 60 acres with multiple parking lots. The main trails are broad, flat, and provide excellent footing. Some will bring you within viewing distance of the Oyster River or over small wooden bridges.
Mount Agamenticus, York
For a hike with a little extra difficulty and elevation gain, check out the aptly named Mt Agamenticus (fondly abbreviated as Mt A by many) off of Mountain Road in York. There is a lower parking lot and you can choose one of the many trails around the base to explore or to ascend. The summit offers impressive 360* views one might never expect from a 692 foot hill! There is also a road to the summit and plenty of trails to explore that are not as demanding.
Vaughan Woods, South Berwick
Woodsy enchantment await at this state park along the Salmon Falls River. There are several trails that allow for a brief 20 minute walk or the creation of a loop for endless hours of trekking. We also recommend this property for snowshoeing!
Our pups have loved exploring new parks with us and the above listings are just a taste of what this incredible region has to offer. All of the walks in this series are also family friendly! When out with your furkids, we encourage you to promote positive impressions of dogs on trails by following leash/voice control rules and cleaning up (and packing out) waste. Happy Trails!