Woofy's Favorite Dog Walking Destinations in Merrimack, New HampshireWasserman Park
Located at 116 Naticook Rd, Wasserman Park is a great place for dog owners to enjoy the outdoors with access to nature trails in the conservation area as well as Naticook Lake. The multitude of areas to explore is reason enough for me to rank Wasserman Park number one on my list of favorite places for dog walks. However, when you’re in the mood for company, or simply find yourself lacking the energy to keep up with your pup, Wasserman also features a dog Park!
Wasserman Dog Park is a wonderful place to socialize your pups with other dogs and people. There are two separate sections: one for large or very “playful” dogs and one for small dogs. There are typically good crowds from 8-10am and 4-6pm. The dog park is free, and I believe it’s one of the best in southern New Hampshire due to the amount of fenced in space, running water to keep the pups hydrated on hot days and wonderful conversation with other dog owners!
Horse Hill Nature Preserve
Horse Hill Nature Preserve includes over 560 acres of space to traverse including trails of varying length and difficulty and a wide variety of plants and wildlife supported by streams, ponds, and swamps. With so many trail options to choose from, Horse Hill is a super fun place for dog walks!
Wildcat Falls Conservation Area
Though not as expansive as Horse Hill, Wildcat Falls Conservation Area offers up close views of Waterfalls. The walk from the parking area to the falls is a short one with your pup although the terrain as you get closer to the falls can be steep so be prepared. But if you and your furry friend can make it there, the scene is beautiful!
Access to Grater Woods trails can be found behind Merrimack Middle School. Like Horse Hill, Grater Woods offers a wide variety of plants and wildlife for you and your dogs to explore together. Per merrimackoutdoors.org, “Contained within this parcel are habitats for beaver, fisher, deer, moose and turkey as well as unique features such as vernal pools and beaver ponds. The Grater Woods Forest, together with other forests in the region, provides a wildlife corridor (greenway) that allows animals to freely migrate in and out of the forest.”