3 photo collage of dog owners & their dogs
Left to right: "Massachusetts Shelties" visit for their annual hike to the Pogue; Dogs on the Green ready for the Peak to Peak Hike, Papillons and Tibetan Terrior take a bench break (NPS Photos)
Ranger at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Mount Tom with hiker who has a dog on leash
Ranger Scott with hiker and dog on leash on Mount Tom (NPS Photo)

General Guidelines and Tips:

►Dogs are required to be on a leash at all times.

►Yield the right of way when hiking with your dogs - not all hikers are comfortable around dogs. Yield the right of way to horseback riders & horse-drawn carriages.

In Winter dogs and walkers may use the multi-use trails only. Dogs must be kept on a leash for the safety of wildlife and enjoyment of trails by all. (See: Winter Sports for more information.)

►In all seasons, this is a "leave no trace park". Pet excrement must be collected and removed by pet owners from trails and park gardens and lawns. There are no trash cans in the park for disposal.

Hiking is hard work for a dog. Watch your dog for signs of stress and fatigue, and give it plenty of water and rest.

►Never leave pets unattended inside vehicles, especially during summer.

The Green Mountain Club has a four-part video series on Hiking with Dogs:

Walker with small white dog at the Pogue (lake)
Enjoying a late summer nature walk with canine companion (NPS Photo Credit: L. Shahi)

Last updated: November 5, 2020

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