Spring is here and we’re all so excited to take advantage of this beautiful weather! Take a stroll and you’ll surely see neighbors walking their beloved dogs. According to a 2013 American Veterinary Medical Association survey, there are over 500,000 dogs in Connecticut. That’s a lot of pups! As your local dog-loving professionals, we’re here to help identify some of the best pet-friendly walking routes in our service area and today we’ve focused on the best places to walk your dog in Oxford, CT.
The Larkin Bridle Trail
The Larkin Bridle Trail is an approximately 10 mile trail snaking through four Connecticut towns. The trail is a local favorite, attracting horseback riders, joggers, dog walkers and families alike. The terrain is mostly flat and gentle, making this beautiful path acessibile to hikers and walkers of all ability levels.
Much of the trail is under tree coverage but expect some sun exposure. Certain portions of the path are prone to flooding and mud and the trail is not maintained in the winter. Be sure to prepare your pup appropriately for the seasonal conditions!
Dogs must be leashed while on the Bridle Trail. The path is typically wide, making it easy to move to the side for bikers, horses or other dogs – perfect for keeping your pup safe and out of trouble!
If you’re in the mood for more of a hike than the relatively flat Bridle Trail, the trails at Jackson Cove might be a good in-town alternative for you. While not impossible, the trails here can present a bit of a challenge with inclines and narrow paths. Be sure to assess your dog’s fitness level before jumping in!
Jackson Cove is only open for a portion of the year – the gates are locked from November 15th until May 15th. During peak season, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, access is by permit only. Residents of Oxford can purchase an annual pass and out-of-towners can purchase a day pass.
Typically, even leashed dogs are not allowed during peak season. If you’re a permit-holding Oxford resident, we recommend checking with the Oxford Parks and Rec Department with specific questions regarding the town’s canine access to the trails.
Want to meet a friend and grab some ice cream after? Look no further – Oxford’s Quarry Walk is your answer. Previously a stone quarry, the Quarry Walk has developed into a beautiful part of the town and is home to business of all kinds including a supermarket, Goodwill, a local pet store, restaurants and more.
Surrounding the large Quarry Walk plaza is a walking trail. While still under expansion at the time of writing, the completed parts of the trail are accessible and a great place to meet your local pet parents for a stroll. When completed, the trail is expected to be around 1.5 miles. After your walk you can head over to Country Creamery and the Better Beagle Co to grab a sweet treat and a new toy – what could be better?
As a bonus, there are also plans for a dog park to eventually make its way to Quarry Walk. We will keep you updated as we learn more!
Get Out There!
The possibilities are endless when it comes to walking your dog in Oxford, CT. The Larkin Bridle Trail, Jackson Cove and Quarry Walk are just a few amazing examples of how many places you and your pooch can explore in the dog-loving town, including your very own neighborhood. What places do you like to walk your dog in Oxford? We want to know!