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Take Your Dog For A Walk: The Top 5 Best Dog-Friendly Places in East Haddam

With tons of open space parcels, East Haddam is an ideal destination for anyone looking for an adventure with their dog. We've put together the top five dog friendly places in East Haddam:

1) Wolf's Den Family Campground - 256 Town Street, East Haddam

Wolf's Den Family Campground is located in a beautiful section of southern East Haddam right between Devil's Hopyard State Park and Gillette Castle State Park. The wide open campground means that there is plenty of space for you and your friend, but the campground asks that dogs be kept on a leash for the safety and courtesy of others. The winding paths, fishing pond, and being one of the only places to stay in East Haddam for dog owners definitely makes it worth while though.

2) East Haddam Dog Park - 291 East Haddam - Colchester Turnpike, Moodus

If you're looking to make friends with some of the locals, look no further than the East Haddam Dog Park. The Park is located right alongside the East Haddam Town Beach, built on the historic Moodus Reservoir. That means that there is plenty of water to cool off after a hot day of play! This spot is a local favorite and dogs of every breed can often be found here.

3) Gillette Castle State Park - 67 River Road, East Haddam

Once the home of Sherlock Holmes actor William Gillette this abundant estate is now open to the public throughout the year. Dogs are not allowed inside the castle museum, which is open seasonally, but you are more than welcome to explore the trails with your dog so long as they remain on a leash. The hiking trails throughout Gillette Castle State Park follow the old rail line of Gillette's narrow gauge railroad. Along the paths you'll find several trestles and even a train tunnel!

4) Machimoodus State Park - 128 Leesville Rd, Moodus

Even more abundant in size than Gillette Castle is Machimoodus State Park, a park that includes Mt. Tom (the highest point in East Haddam) and over 300 acres butting up against the equally-sized Sunrise Resort State Park. Dogs are welcome on a leash and there are several ponds for cooling off after a hike. Walking along the rocky escarpments you and your buddy might even find some garnets, which are found in abundance in this area.

5) Yankee Cider Company - 23 Petticoat Lane, East Haddam

If a wade through the water doesn't cool you off, you can chill out and relax at the Yankee Cider Barn, home to Yankee Cider Company. The restored barn houses a tap room featuring hard ciders made entirely from apples and fruit grown on the East Haddam farm. Dogs are welcome on a leash, both inside the tap room and outside. The cidery only asks that you remember to pay attention to your furry friend while enjoying a drink. Ask at the bar for some water and they'll bring some out for your dog!

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