dog running on south beach in chatham


Dogs are allowed on Chatham beaches during the offseason only, from September 16 – april 30 each year. DOgs are not allowed during the summer!

Cockle Cove Beach

Forest Beach

Harding Beach

Jackknife Harbor Beach

Oyster Pond Beach

Pleasant Street Beach

Ridgevale Beach

South Beach

Lighthouse Beach

dog-friendly hotels in chatham

Chatham Bars Inn

297 Shore Road, Chatham MA (508) 945-0096
Chatham Bars Inn has rooms that allow dogs.  Well behaved, civilized dogs who don’t chew on luxury hotel pillows or scratch expensive hotel floors.

There’s a $40 per night charge for you pet as well as a $100 fee for pets between mid-June and Labor Day.  Dogs must be leashed outside of your room and are allowed in designated areas only; they’re not allowed on the beach.

view Chatham Bars Inn dog rules

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dog walks and hiking trails in chatham

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge

click to view map of monomoy island

view pamphlet and map from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

monomoy island is 2750 acre wildlife refuge off the coast of Chatham that makes a very rewarding day trip by boat. it is perhaps one of the best ways to experience the natural environment of the cape shoreline.

The pristine shorelines are muddied somewhat by the overpopulation of seals. Swimming should be done cautiously as the waters around monomoy are prized hunting grounds for great whites. Learn how to avoid getting bitten by sharks.

Monomoy Island has evolved from a series of smaller sand-spit barrier island in the late 1800’s to become connected to the mainland in the last century. The island split in two during the 1978 blizzard, and continue to evolve today.

Noth Monomoy is about 2.5 miles long, and South Monomoy is 6 miles. There is a great diversity of species, so it is essential that your dog stays under your control and doesn’t disturb nesting birds or other wildlife. Clean up all pet waste, and leave no trace.

Morris Island Trail

view pamphlet and map from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

map of morris island trail in chatham ma
click to view larger map of morris island trail

Morris Island is a much easier way to experience the natural wonder of the Monomoy Wildlife refuge.

Connected to the mainland, this 50 acre area offers a 3/4 mile walk highlighting the different habitats of the cape cod shoreline:

  • beach
  • sand dunes
  • forest
  • salt marsh
  • tidal flats

Old Colony Rail Trail

map of old colony rail trail in chatham
click to view pdf map of old colony rail trail in chatham

view rules and map

Dogs are allow on the old colony rail trail, but keep a close eye and a short leash to avoid getting tangled up with bikers in the busy summer season.

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