DENNIS is where it’s at this month! Now I know why people rave about the beaches in Dennis……it rocks!!! Being from the upper cape, we are used to having a lot of rocks under our beach blankets but not here. What fun we had exploring this huge town with so much to offer the pet friendly world! This is the first month the snow is GONE! Now we deal with mud here on Cape Cod.
The first week Brya and I head out to Crowe’s Pasture Conservation Area (Clue #1)
Located on South Street just off Route 6A past the Quivet Cemetery, this beautiful piece of conservation is a cooperative project that results in heaven. We started from the first parking lot after the cemetery, but if the first lot is full there are other opportunities to park along the road. As we meandered along the woodsy trail that had beautiful glimpses of Culvert Creek to our right we were thrust into an open field just before joining the off-road trail leading to the beach. Although the beach ground remains rockless, what lends to the beauty of this location are the rocks that jet up along the waterline. Brya loves to climb so she was so thrilled to do so and run and play in the waters of Cape Cod Bay. Best news—-leashed dogs are allowed YEAR ROUND on this property. Yay!
Another beautiful white sandy beach is Mayflower Beach (Clue #2).
Located on Dunes Road also off Rte 6A, is not as easy to find as you think but there are signs so just be on alert or use your GPS. This is a great flat beach walk with beautiful stone jetties. Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted Memorial Day through Labor Day on this beach, so get out there quick or mark this on your calendar for Fall!
Very different from the beach atmosphere, yet with plenty of opportunities for swimming is the conservation at Flax Pond (Clue #3)
This property was surprisingly large and we were able to do a 4 mile walk, but you can mix and match your route for a longer or much shorter walk. The parking lot is located on Setucket Road and has plenty of parking. I am told this place is well attended in the summer for its shady trails and access to the Pond, so I would recommend going early or later in the day to avoid crowds. Trails are marked by either a white or red arrow affixed to tree bases. Starting from the trailhead, take a right when you dead end at the pond. It would be hard to get lost in here as most trails intersect or loop around to dump you back to the main trail. If your dog is a mud seeker, beware as there are several swampy areas in the middle of the tract…..or be prepared to get the shampoo out when you get home.
A much smaller walk, but ever so beautiful, Swan Pond Overlook Conservation Area
is located on Center Street (from Rte 134, take a left on Upper County Road and left on Center Street…parking lot on right). This property is GORGEOUS and all 4 loop trails give you a quick woods walk and if your pup is a swimmer you can certainly tire them out on Swan Pond! A great find!
Pet Friendly Eateries
Box lunch Patriots square, Route 134, Dennis-sandwiches, outdoor seating
Kreme & Cone Corner Rte 134 & Rte 28, on Swan River, Dennis-great fried clams!
The Dog House Outdoor picnic tables with umbrellas, 189 Lower County Road, Dennisport
Remember to ask if you see the restaurant has an outdoor patio, most will allow you to have your dog join you there!
Other quick notes:
Fresh pond dog park-Route 134 small fenced area, very close to road, ramp for swimming on Fresh Pond
Cape Cod Rail Trail-also on Route 134-huge parking lot! This trail is well shaded for the upcoming summer months. Keep in mind that as we get to the warmer months it will be increasing in traffic and you will be expected to share the road with bikers and rollerbladers.
Remember your bike path etiquette and stay to the right and pass on the left.