The Middlesex Fells Dog Owner Group Welcomes You
The DCR Middlesex Fells Reservation comprises 2,575 acres and over 100 miles of trails in Malden, Medford, Stoneham, Melrose, Winchester, MA. Note: The lands surrounding the North, Middle, and South Reservoirs west of Rte. 93 are the property of the Town of Winchester.
Dogs are allowed off-leash according to posted rules in the designated off-leash area at Sheepfold.
In all other DCR areas dogs are required to be on a leash no more than seven feet long (350 CMR 2.01).
On June 17, 2013 the Winchester Board of Selectmen voted to allow public access in a designated area around the North Reservoir for walking and hiking activities as well as for dogs on leashes for a trial period continuing through November 2013, at which time the policy will be reviewed by the Board of Selectmen. In all other areas, the Winchester reservoir lands are posted "No Trespassing".
The Fells Dog Owner Group advocates for a revision of the policy regarding off-leash dogs on the trails of the Middlesex Fells. The MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has found that dogs can outnumber hikers at any given time in the Fells and that 85% of the dogs at the Fells are off leash. Annually there are fewer than five dog-related incidents at the Fells, including less than one bite or fight. While we are actively working to reduce the number of incidents, under the status quo, the majority of off-leash recreationalists poses no threat.