Spring is here and it’s the best time for hiking.
I recommend the Lowell/Dracut/Tyngsboro State Forest, a beautiful spot to hike for people of all abilities. Well-behaved dogs are allowed off leash here. This is a massive place, so take care if you decide to let your dog explore off leash.
The walk we took starts at Trotting Park Road in Lowell. This is a dead end street with parking for the state forest.
Make sure to take a picture of the trail map in the kiosk at the entrance. All of the trails are currently marked in white, which means you can come to a 3-way intersection and see each trail is marked the same. I have spoken to a DCR ranger and was informed that there are plans to color code the trails.
Explore multiple trails, enjoy climbing unique rock formations, and let your dog splash in different waterways. There is also a paved road that goes through the park, which is the handicap accessible trail.
If you’re looking for a fun hike with your dog, check out this spot. I’ve met many friendly people and dogs here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Keep in mind that the ticks are out – be sure to use bug spray on yourself and tick protection for your dog.