Living in and around Woburn, MA, we are lucky to have so many great places to walk our dogs such as my absolute favorite, Horn Pond! Pet walking is really amazing in this area of the state. Additionally, having the New England weather, we are able to enjoy the best places to walk your dog in all four seasons.
The 5 best places to walk your dog near Woburn, MA are must try dog walking areas. My personal favorite dog walking spots are Horn Pond, Mill Pond Reservoir, The Fells, Whipple Hill, and Breakheart Reservation.
Horn Pond is located in Woburn, Massachusetts, however, parts of the 102-acre area covers Winchester, Massachusetts as well. Walking around the pond itself is approximately 2 miles from start to finish. However, you can walk along other trails within the property to extend your walk.
Dog Walking At Horn Pond
Dog walking at Horn Pond is great. There are paved pathways that run parallel to the pond. Additionally, there are many off-the-beaten-paths that lead you to areas filled with wildlife. The quiet trails are a great escape from the noisy streets that are just minutes away. Taking a walk in nature reduces the stress you feel in your every day life. Just take a look around at the beautiful landscape and leave your troubles behind…at least for 30 to 90 minutes!
Like many ponds in Massachusetts, Horn Pond does not allow swimming for dogs or humans. Additionally, off leash walks are not allowed and frowned upon. Regardless of the on leash only and no swimming laws at Horn Pond, I’m confident that you will enjoy walking your dog there. Dogs enjoy nature and walking on a leash is good for them – it keeps them safe and secure after all. Therefore, those rules won’t ruin a great walk at Horn Pond with your dog!
Mill Pond Reservoir
Mill Pond Reservoir is located in Burlington, MA. It consists of over 140-acres of conservation area including a reservoir. Further, the trails along the reservoir are wooded making it an excellent place to connect with nature.
Dog Walking At Mill Pond Reservoir
The Mill Pond Reservoir loop is approximately 2 miles around. Dogs must remain on leash when walking at Mill Pond and are not permitted to go swimming in the reservoir. Although the water can be tempting to your water-loving dogs, keep them on the outside of the pond. They might be upset at first, but they will get over it when they continue on and explore the smells of all the wildlife, trees, and everything else nature consists of!
Middlesex Fells Reservation (The Fells)
Middlesex Fells Reservation, which many locals call The Fells, is a huge property that expands over 2,200 acres. It’s huge and covers Malden, Medford, Melrose, Stoneham, and Winchester, Massachusetts. The numerous trails are the perfect place to enjoy hiking, walking, running, and bicycling through the wooded trails.
Dog Walking At The Fells
The Fells is a great place to walk your dog. The abundance of trails and the vast scenery allows for an exciting dog walking experience each time you visit. Also, the wildlife at the Fells is impressive. Your dog and you will enjoy checking out the sites of different birds, small animals, and possibly deer on your walks through the forest!
Although there are bodies of water, dogs are not allowed in the water. The water bodies supply drinking water to Winchester, MA. Therefore, swimming of any kind is prohibited in the water found at the Fells.
Sheepfold Meadow aka The Sheepfold
Sheepfold Meadow which is often times referred to as The Sheepfold is an open field of 10 acres located in Stoneham, Massachusetts. It is the unofficial dog park in Medford. Dog owners and dog walkers enjoy bringing friendly dogs there so that they can run and play off leash with other friendly dogs. It is a great open space that allows dogs to release their energy and socialize with their fellow canines.
This 120-acre conservation area on the Winchester and Lexington, MA property lines. It offers 4 miles of trails, a pond & all that nature provides with interesting plants, trees, and animals. Somewhat of a hidden gem for wooded trails, it is a great area to hike, walk, and enjoy bird watching during the warmer months.
Dog Walking At Whipple Hill
Because Whipple Hill stretches through Lexington and Winchester, you can find parking at many locations. The most popular parking areas are on the Arlington side at Skyline Drive and Philemon Street, on the Lexington side at Summer Street, and the Winchester side at Winchester Drive and additional access to/from Wright Locke Farm.
The trails at Whipple Hill offer a variety of levels and range from somewhat flat to fairly steep. As a result, you are able to tailor your pet walk to a leisurely walk or tweak it to more of a robust hike. Further, you can alter the routes to extend the length so that you walk for as long as you wish. One great thing to point out, when walking your dog, is that dogs are allowed off leash on the trails. They do, however, have to have excellent recall and remain within your sight. And as with all Lexington conservation areas, a handler cannot have more than 2 dogs at a time.
Breakheart Reservation is an area that expands over 650 acres. It falls on the line of both Saugus and Wakefield, Massachusetts. As such, Breakheart has parking access in Saugus, near Target and also in Wakefield at Northeast Metro Tech.
The reservation consists of forest, two lakes, stretches of the Saugus River, and scenic views of Boston on top of mountainous hilltops. There is a seasonal swimming and beach area as well as a playground and fenced in dog park.
Dog Walking At Breakheart Reservation
Breakheart Reservation is very dog friendly place to walk. You can take your dog there for a hike, but the dogs must be on leash (like most hiking areas in Massachusetts). There are paved walkways that make it easy to navigate longer walks and easy for navigating strollers, if you are daring enough to walk your kids and your dogs at the same time!
As previously mentioned, there is an actual dog park within Breakheart called Barkplace. Albeit, very small, it is a great area within the woods that is fenced in and allows your dog to run around without the risk of getting lost. Barkplace consists of a double fenced gate, making it safe when someone enters and exits the dog park. Your dog won’t easily slip out of the gate!
Pet Walking Near Me
If you live in the Woburn area such as towns of Lexington, Arlington, Winchester, Burlington, Stoneham, or Medford, you might search for pet walking near me. If you do ‘google’ that, you are likely to find my short list of favorite dog walking areas. Although there are many more places you could walk your dog, Horn Pond, Mill Pond Reservoir, The Fells, Whipple Hill, and Breakheart Reservation are the best areas to walk your pup. And if you love them as much as I do, I’m sure you will keep visiting them and finding new areas to explore each and every time. Nature is a wonderful thing and exploring it with your dog is awesome. Getting exercise in the process is PRICELESS!
If you find that your dog needs to visit places like these, but you don’t have time in your busy life to walk them there, contact one of the best dog walking businesses to you. Assuming you live in the area mentioned here, you should contact Muddy Paws to take your dog on an awesome walk with other doggie friends. We offer a variety of dog walking and pet sitting services and would love to chat more about the pet care you need. For more information, check out our dog services.
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