Dog-Friendly National Parks Worth a Visit

Are you thinking about visiting a National Park (if you aren’t, you should!) but not sure what to do with your furry best friend? You want to take him (or her) with you, but not sure where would be the place to go? Enough with the questions, we’re here to give you some answers. First thing’s first, you need a list of National Parks that are dog-friendly, and that’s where we come in. Here’s a list of the most dog-friendly National Parks around the country you can visit with your fur baby. Now all you have to do is choose the one that’s right for you!

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park offers over 100 miles of hiking trails, 45 miles of carriage roads that are dog-friendly, as well as three different campgrounds that allow pets. While enjoying Acadia National Park with your furry family member, you will need to make sure you’re prepared to pick up any waste and keep your doggo on a leash no longer than six feet.

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

If you’re planning on visiting Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, simply stop by the visitor center to participate in the Bark Ranger program where you’ll receive a dog treat and the whole scoop on exploring the park with your pet. Just make sure to keep your fur baby on a leash! (Diazepam)

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

The only places pets aren’t allowed within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park are in park buildings, the scenic railroad, and the East Rim mountain bike trails. All the park asks is that your pet remains on a leash, which is a very small price to pay for the amazing views.

White Sands National Park, New Mexico

There’s really no place at White Sands National Park where pets aren’t allowed just as long as they’re on a leash. One thing that’s important to mention is to be aware of hot sand temperature before taking your furry family members, as the hot temps can be damaging to paw pads!

Yosemite National Park, California

Without a doubt, Yosemite is one of the most popular national parks around the world. And lucky you – pets are allowed on most paved trails, sidewalks, and bicycle paths. They’re also allowed in the more developed areas of the park; the park also clearly posts where pets are not allowed. Again, just make sure your little travel buddy is kept on a leash.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

Sandy beaches? Lush forests? Inland lakes? Towering bluffs? This park pretty much has it all. And most of these landscapes you can enjoy with your fur baby! There is a small area of the park where pets aren’t allowed in because this is an area where a lot of endangered birds tend to nest and the park is doing all they can to keep them safe. Sleeping Bear has made sure there are signs where pets are or aren’t allowed. Lastly, you guessed it, furry friends need to be on a leash. (

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