Dog-Friendly Places in the Sugar River Region

Fun at the Dog Park. Image Credit: zensmom1 on Flickr.

Dog-Friendly Places in the Sugar River Region

Wondering where to find dog-friendly places in Sullivan County? Look no further than to the Sugar River Region, a gorgeous area in and around Sullivan County where adventure awaits both you and your furry companion! With an abundance of dog-friendly destinations and our lively landscapes, the region is perfect for quality time with four-legged friends. Whether you’re a New Hampshire local or a traveler from across the border, the Sugar River Region offers an array of experiences and opportunities for both human and canine adventurers.

People Hiking with Dogs in Forest. Image Credit: Elina Volkova on Pexels.

Dog-Friendly State and National Parks 

Saint Gaudens National Historic Park

Home to the former summer residence of renowned sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, this park boasts lush gardens, scenic trails, and captivating exhibits that celebrate the life and work of the artist. While dogs are welcome to explore the park grounds and outdoor areas on leash, they are not permitted inside the historic buildings or sculpture galleries. However, the extensive grounds offer ample space for leisurely strolls with your pup.

Mount Sunapee Park

Mount Sunapee State Park is renowned for the breathtaking vistas and year-round recreational opportunities. There’s an activity to do here in every season – from having a fun in the sun beach day in the summer to going down thrilling ski runs in the winter. It’s important to note, however, that dogs are only allowed to accompany their owners on the 75-mile long trail of the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway, not at the beach or ski areas (in winter) and must remain on a leash. 

Pillsbury State Park

Pillsbury State Park invites adventurers of all kinds to discover its pristine ponds and dense forests with over 4,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness and extensive network of hiking trails. Dogs are welcome to join their owners on the park’s hiking trails, however, it’s required to keep pets under control and cleaned up after to preserve the park’s natural wildlife habitat.

Little Dog Loves Hiking. Image Credit: Tobin on Flickr.

Dog-Friendly Parks in Claremont: 

Moody Park

Located on Maple Ave, Moody Park provides a spacious green area with several walking trails, picnic areas, and a gazebo at the top of the hill where pups can frolic and play to their heart’s content. 

Barnes Park

Barnes Park is where the high school boys baseball and football teams have their games in the spring and fall and is a lovely place for community – both canine and human. The park features a basketball court and a kid’s playground at the park and a lot of green space for walking your dog around. 

Monadnock Park

Monadnock Park is the largest sports complex in town with multiple facilities, including a track, multiple baseball/softball diamonds, a multi-sport field, tennis courts, and a playground. There are multiple stations throughout the park for god bags to pick up after your furry friend and dispose of waste. 

Arrowhead Recreation Area

Arrowhead Recreation Area has countless hiking trails and rugged terrain, (as it used to be a mini ski hill back in the day) with a spectacular view of the city. 

Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or an invigorating hike, Claremont’s dog-friendly parks promise memorable moments and boundless opportunities for outdoor fun with your pup.

Hiking Arrowhead in Claremont with my Dog. Image Credit: Madeline Ferland.

Shaker Field Dog Park in Enfield

Shaker Field Dog Park in Enfield is a beloved destination for canine companions and their owners and is the only official off-leash dog park in the Sugar River Region. This dedicated dog park provides a safe and spacious environment for dogs to socialize, exercise, and play off-leash. The park features separate fenced areas for small and large dogs, ensuring a comfortable experience for pets of all sizes. Visitors can enjoy amenities such as benches, waste disposal stations, and agility equipment to enhance their time at the park.

General Chain Stores that Allow Pups: 

  • Tractor Supply
  • Home Depot 
  • Harbor Freight

Dog at The Home Depot. Image Credit: BringFido.

Doggy Daycares around the Region: 

If you can’t bring your pup on your day trip, here are some doggy daycares and boarding facilities: 

Dog Star Canine, Georges Mills

331 Georges Mill Rd, Springfield, NH 03284

Phone: (603) 763-3300

Complete Canine Inc, Plainfield 

593 NH-12A, Plainfield, NH 03781

Phone: (603) 675-5901

Cage Free Canines, Croydon 

755 NH-10, Croydon, NH 03773

Phone: (603) 252-1600

Paws in Motion Dog Training and Boarding, Newport 

429 Sunapee St. Newport, NH 03773

Phone: (603) 591-1021 

Fun at the Dog Park. Image Credit: zensmom1 on Flickr.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants around the Region: 

  • Wade’s Place (ice cream), Claremont
  • Sanctuary Dairy Farm Ice Cream, Sunapee
  • Salt Hill Pub Shanty, Newbury 
  • Harpoon in Windsor, VT

Common Courtesies and Best Behaviors

To ensure a positive experience for everyone, always keep your dog leashed unless in designated off-leash areas. Respect the rules and regulations of each location. Be vigilant in cleaning up after your pup, promptly disposing of waste to maintain cleanliness and hygiene. Respect other visitors by maintaining control and preventing excessive barking or jumping. Please also be mindful of your dog’s interactions with other pets and people, ensuring they are friendly and well-socialized. If you are uncertain if a location allows pets, be sure to give them a call before arrival to verify. 

Pets on Leash . Image Credit: Ken Bosma on Flickr.

Do you know of any other dog-friendly places around Sullivan County that we haven’t mentioned here? Or do you own a dog-friendly business and would like to be included? Email us and we will update this blog post!

Written by Madeline Ferland on May 15, 2024.