6 Best Dog-Friendly National Parks
Living in Chicago definitely has its perks. We have a bunch of diverse neighborhoods, countless dog parks, unbeatable pizza, and of course, your pup’s favorite dog daycare. But if there’s one thing we’re lacking its nature. No, Montrose Dog Beach and Lincoln Park don’t count. I’m talking about wide open spaces, tall trees, fresh air, and breathtaking views.
If you’re considering taking a trip this year are hoping to include your four-legged companion, exploring the sights and smells of the great outdoors can be a thrilling adventure for both you and your pup. Whether you have two feet or four, everyone can use a break from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle once in a while! As luck would have it, there are quite a few dog-friendly national parks that allow you to do just that. Here are a few of the best dog-friendly national parks sprinkled throughout the U.S.
Grand Canyon (Arizona) Looking for a beautiful view and lots of exercise? You and your pup will love visiting the Grand Canyon. Leashed dogs are welcome on trails above the rim, Mather Campground, Desert View Campground, and more.
Acadia (Maine) If you have a dog that lives to run, Acadia National Park on the coast of Maine is the spot for you. With over 100 miles of dog-friendly hiking trails and 45 miles of carriage roads, there’s plenty to see and smell at this national park.
Cuyahoga Valley (Ohio) You don’t have to travel far from Chicago to be one with nature. Located in northeastern Ohio, Cuyahoga Valley National Park allows dogs on the main trail alongside the Cuyahoga River. A tranquil retreat right here in the Midwest.
Great Sand Dunes (Colorado) You’ll feel like you’ve been transported across the world once you arrive at the unique and beautiful Great Sand Dunes National Park. Dogs are welcome in the most commonly used areas, but make sure she’s leashed at all times.
Mammoth Cave (Kentucky) Though dogs aren’t allowed in the actual caves, Mammoth Cave National Park does allow canine companions to join their owners on the 70 miles of hiking trails. Don’t miss the view at Green River Valley!
Shenandoah (Virginia) If cascading waterfalls, spectacular views and quiet wooded hollows are what you crave, look no further than Shenandoah National Park. Dogs are allowed throughout the park with a few exceptions.
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