As the daylight hours are getting longer and the warm weather gets closer, it’s about that time we can start looking forward to taking pups on hikes! Whether you’re looking for a quick walk through the woods or a longer hike, there are a bunch of great options close to Arlington. Here’s some of our favorites:
- Middlesex Fells Reservation, or the Fells, offers 2,575 acres and has a variety of trails. The best part is that there are a lot of different ways to access the Fells, since it is so large and runs through Winchester, Medford, Malden, Melrose, and Stoneham. There are several pull-off spots where you can park, jump out of the car, and be on a trail in seconds. The Fells also has parking lots, but these tend to crowd up on sunny weekend days and some parking lots require a fee to park, so be sure to check before you start your hike. Check out this map before you visit, which includes parking options. Sheepfold meadow is a popular off-leash spot for dog owners, but since this area is not fenced in, dogs must have good recall training. Wright’s tower also offers great views of Boston, if you and your pup are up for the challenge, as this hike is rocky in spots.
- Whipple Hill is 120 acres and has 4.3 miles of trails in Lexington. You can start your hike from Skyline Drive in Arlington or park in the small pull off parking lot on Winchester Drive. Most trails are flat, but it can be steep and rocky in spots, especially if you’re looking to reach the summit, which is the highest point in Lexington! Check out the trail map here. You and your pup can enjoy bird watching at Locke Pond, peaceful woods, and unique vegetation. Dogs are allowed to be off leash on the trails as long as they are under voice control and within your sight.
- Beaver Brook Reservation, accessible from Belmont and Waltham, is 59 acres of open fields, wetlands, and woodlands. While the trails here aren’t as extensive as the options listed above, the north section of the park has a waterfall, ponds, and is great place for low-intensity walks with your pup. Dogs at Beaver Brook should be leashed. There is a parking lot on Mill Street, but parking can be tight in the summertime. Take a look at the map for more info.
If you’re looking for more places to take your dog as springtime comes, be sure to take a look at our previous blog post about top spots in Arlington to walk your dog. Don’t forget the water, treats, and a toy to play fetch with! After walks, especially those where you’ll be spending a lot of time in the woods, it’s a good idea to check for ticks and make sure your pup has time to take breaks, particularly on very warm days. Share in the comments section below if you have other favorite spots to take your dog in the area!