Dog Friendly Parks and Walking Trails

There’s no better time than Fall in New England to get outside and enjoy the parks and trails around Watertown. If you’re a dog owner, there are lots of great options for bringing the pooch as well! Here are some dog-friendly parks and walking trails to check out this season:

With over 50 acres of conservation land, in Belmont is a popular destination just 15 minutes from Watertown Square. Dogs are welcome on-leash at all times; however, we’ve found that most people with well-behaved dogs get away with ignoring this and having their dogs roam free. Regardless, it’s a beautiful getaway – check out the ponds and waterfall in the park’s northern section.

Only a few miles from Watertown, Cat Rock Park could make you feel like you’ve landed in New Hampshire instead of nearby Weston. Featuring miles of wooded trails and a swimming pond, Cat Rock is an ideal place for dogs to get plenty of exercise. Pooches are welcome off-leash, provided they respond to voice command. Quiet, peaceful, and secluded, Cat Rock is also unfenced – so be mindful when bringing your dog in and out.

Comprised of over 67 acres of conservation land, Newton’s Cold Spring Park is just a 15-minute drive from Watertown. Cold Spring features plenty of wooded trails and open fields where leashed dogs are welcome, as well as an off-leash dog park in its southern section.  And if you’re into bird watching, it’s a great place to catch a glimpse of several local breeds as well!

With over 100 acres and three miles of trails, Lexington’s Willard’s Woods is an absolute gem and great for dogs as well. Its meandering trails take you through open fields and woods, and alongside a small swimming pond. Dogs are welcome off-leash on weekdays only and must be leashed on Saturdays and Sundays.  

Finally, Watertown’s own Filippello Park is currently under renovation but will feature a small-breed dog park when completed.  Keep an eye on ongoing construction updates here.