HomeMember DiscountsMember Sign-UpMake a DonationLost Dog NetworkEmerg. Pet ShelterTown Dog LawsCalendar of EventsBuddy ScholarshipMemorialsVolunteeringCommitteesDog Photo ShowsBeaches and WalksDog Friendly LodgingNewslettersDog LinksDog ParkMission / GoalsMeeting MinutesLost Dog Coord.Contact Us


Dog Friendly Beaches and Walks

Dogs and Owners have broad access to town properties and beaches between June 15th and Labor Day.  Below is a recap of Summer rules. 
 
 
WHERE DOGS ARE PERMITTED

· Rock Harbor, Eastham before 9AM and after 4PM from June 15th to Labor Day (no restriction in the off-season)

-  Bike trail between Salt Pond and Coast Guard Beach from November 1 - April 30

- Cape Cod Rail Trail 

- Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS) ocean beaches

Except as follows:

  1. During the summer on life guard-protected beaches. Passing through to unprotected areas is permitted.
  2. During shorebird nesting periods in seasonally posted locations. Passing through is prohibited.
  3. All fire roads within the Cape Cod National Seashore
  4. Fresh water ponds within the Cape Cod national Seashore (beaches and water), October 16th through May 14th
  5. Designated nature trails at any time because they affect wildlife
  6. CCNS Bicycle trails - except between Salt Pond and Coast Guard Beach from November 1 - April 30.

WHERE DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED

  • Public bay or pond bathing beaches from Labor Day to June 15th  (Town of Eastham)
  • Playgrounds and sports fields
  • See special prohibitions regarding the CCNS above.


 

Remember:

Pets must be on a leash or under the control of a responsible person 

Pick up your pet's fecal matter  - $50 fine - NO WARNINGS GIVEN

Authorities enforce the pet policies for the benefit of visitors and the areas unique environment. Failure to pick up after your pet or keep your pet under immediate voice control (or leashed) may result in a fine



Wiley Park and Cottontail Acres

Download a map of this Eastham trail as it takes you through woods and past kettle ponds in our town park and conservation land. Ed's favorite dog walk and he is not alone in that opinion.

Upper Boat Meadow Conservation Land

Download this map of a hidden gem that has been right under your nose.  Bernie recommended this one for us.

Kent's Point Conservation Land, Orleans

Katrina recommends this 1.1 mile loop.  The link takes you to a Google Books description and map of the area.  Lots of other info too.

Noelle says this is one of her favorite dog walks.  The link will show you a map, give directions and describe the terrain along with other useful information you'll want before you go.

Sandy Meadow Open Space Area

See a satellite photo

Located off of Sandy Meadow Way. From Massasoit Rd, take North Sunken Meadow Rd (Sandy Meadow on your left) trails immediately on your right.

Hawksnest State Park, Harwich MA

largely undeveloped conservation parkland with rough trails and approaches to several ponds. 

Entry is off Rt 134 onto Round Cove Road.  Drive as far as you safely can to find parking. 

click here to download satellite photo of Hawksnest