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Become a Saugus Iron Works B.A.R.K. Ranger

Two people sit on the grass petting a black and white dog in front of the Saugus Iron Works sign
Learn how to have a “pawsitive” experience in unfamiliar environments

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Do you want to explore Saugus Iron Works with your leash-holding companions? Weave around the historic buildings, follow the Nature Trail next to the Saugus River, or take in some sunshine on the upper lawn? You can! Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site is a pet friendly park.

Interested in getting your very own B.A.R.K. Ranger dog tag? We made it easy for your human to help you get one. Just follow the B.A.R.K. Ranger principles!

B.A.R.K. stands for:

B = Bag Your Waste           

Have your human pick up after you

A = Always Wear a Leash               

No more than 6 feet (2 meters)

R = Respect Wildlife               

No barking, digging, sniffing, or chasing

K = Know Where You Can Go           

Except for buildings, you can go anywhere your human can


Once you learn the principles of B.A.R.K., find a park ranger to receive your very own B.A.R.K. Ranger dog tag!

Park rangers offer bark ranger tags during the summer months, usually mid-May through October. However, you can explore Saugus Iron Works with your dog year-round.

Details
Depending on where you want to go, the walk can be short or long.
Once you learn the principles of B.A.R.K., find a park ranger to receive your very own B.A.R.K. Ranger dog tag!
Pets are welcome in the outdoor spaces including grounds and nature trail, but are not allowed in any park buildings. 
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

In the 1600's, on the banks of the Saugus River, something extraordinary happened! Explore the place where European iron makers brought their special skills to a young Massachusetts colony. Saugus Iron Works is a twelve-acre National Historic Site that includes working waterwheels, forges, mills, a historic 17th century home, and a lush river basin.

Accessibility Information
Gravel paths weave throughout the property. The upper and lower portions of the park are relatively flat. The lower industrial portion of the site is accessible by stairs and an inclined path. There is a 0.25 mile earthen nature trail that parallels the Saugus River.

Last updated: March 3, 2021