Hours: Trails are open dawn to dusk; dogs can be off-leash at all times EXCEPT during public operating hours of 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
This well-managed nature center and coastal reserve has extraordinary water views and five miles of trails through unspoiled forest and salt marshes. The Lloyd Center offers a variety of recreational and educational opportunities for families, birders, school-children, hikers, scientists and nature enthusiasts of all ages. Dogs may be off-leash except when visitors, especially schoolchildren, are using the visitor center. Usually, visitor center is closed Sundays and Mondays. It may be open Mondays in warm seasons. See dog policy on home page of website.
Stodder's Neck Dog Park
457 Lincoln Street (Route 3A)Hingham, MEPhone: 617-727-5293
Stodder's Neck Dog Park is not fenced and it is a great off-leash place for dogs. It has access to the water for swimming. The park is grassy and has trails for walking and play. It is on a peninsula in tidal water off Hingham Bay. It has one gated entrance. There benches and picnic tables for people to enjoy. Bring your own water and refuse bags.
East Foxboro Street, between Cedar and Gunhouse streets, opposite the ball fieldsSharon, MAPhone:
One of the few fenced-in dog parks in the area, the Sharon Dog Park is a place for dogs of all breeds to run, frolic, catch balls, wrestle, and have fun. The dog park is fully fenced in with double entry gates and a smaller area park for smaller dogs. The ground cover is wood chips. From April to November the park has running water and waste bags. The park welcomes dogs and their owners from all towns whether you are local or just passing through the area.
Entrances at Fort Hill Street and Beal StreetHingham, MAPhone:
Hours: Dawn to dusk
This park occupies more than 400 acres along the Weymouth Back River. There are three miles of paved roadways for hiking, bicycling, and jogging, as well as wooded paths. Dogs are welcome, but they must be leashed. Owners must pick up dog waste.