Dog Friendly Conservation Areas

The Town of Dennis has a Pooper Scooper bylaw requiring owners & keepers of dogs to pick up solid waste and dispose of it properly, and a Leash and Restraint bylaw pertaining to dogs. All dogs are required to be leashed or under immediate voice control of a responsible owner or keeper. There are fines for violations of these bylaws ranging from a written warning to $100.00, so please be respectful of other walkers and follow the rules. The beach areas may be closed seasonally due to protected shorebird nesting and reopen after the babies have fledged and left their nests. Thank you for not allowing your dogs to disturb the nesting sites, which are protected by law.

Crowe’s Pasture Conservation Area and Beach: Crowe’s Pasture is full of beautiful dirt roads to walk, scrub oak woods, meadows, and marsh land for viewing of our local wildlife and birds. Be careful to watch for occasional approaching 4 wheel drive vehicles, with the beach itself at the end of the mile long road. The dirt road is deeply rutted and rough for passenger cars, so you should opt instead to park at the beginning of the road near the cemetery and enjoy the lovely walk. Dogs must be on leash at all times. Directions to Crowe’s Pasture: Take Rte. 6A in East Dennis to School St. (across from Airline Rd, just before the Brewster Town Line), the first right onto South St., and go straight through the stop sign, the cemetery is on the right.

**Dogs are prohibited from beach when active Piping Plover nests are present**

Indian Lands Conservation Area: This area has a dirt road, power lines, and woods path leading through hundreds of endangered Ladyslipper flowers in spring, beside Bass River for great views of the river and marsh with lots of squirrels to chase! Please stay on the marked paths as there is private land to the left of the power lines.

The Cape Cod Rail Trail: This extensive trail is a former railroad bed that begins in Dennis and stretches through several Cape towns. The tarred trail is straight and level, and has dirt sides for horseback riding, hikers, and dog walkers, which provides easy walking for the dog owner who may have difficulty getting around on other wooded paths (including elderly or disabled people and dogs that still enjoy an outing). Beware of approaching bicyclists and other walkers as this is an area with frequent foot traffic. It is highly recommended that dogs be kept on leash to avoid accidental encounters with cyclists, pedestrians, other dogs, or horseback riders.

Directions from Rte. 6: Take Exit 9A (Rte. 134 South) and drive straight through 2 traffic lights, the Rail Trail is on the left, across from Hall Oil Co.