Our National Parks are one of the greater things the United States has to offer. They are usually serene and always full of some kind of adventure. Even though they may be under attack they make a great place to create an adventure with man and woman’s best friend. Taking your dog with you into the beauty of these protected areas is beneficial to the both of you. Take a gander at some places that allow dogs in more areas than just campgrounds lead in by paved roads and picnic sites.

(Flickr | Jonathan Willier)

Shenandoah National Park | Virginia

There are over 500 miles of trails in the Shenandoah National Park. Of those miles, 101 of them are part of the Appalachian Trail. There are hundreds of thousands of trees which makes finding a stick for fetch an easy find. And, out of all of the trails in the Shenandoah National Park, only 20 of them are off-limits to your dog.

(Flickr | FRE Lens)

Acadia National Park | Maine

Even though your pooch isn’t allowed on the beaches in Acadia National Park, there are many trails leading to the beach that they are permitted on. On Mount Desert Island dogs are allowed on all 45 miles of rustic roads. There are stone roads and bridges along the way. The Ocean Trail is gives you and your trail partner great views of the Atlantic Ocean and walks on Cadillac Mountain.

(Flickr | fPat Murray)

Grand Canyon National Park | Arizona

The Grand Canyon was the first National Park in the United States. Since then it has become one of the most popular destinations for stunning views. And, your pup can join you along the way. You can take your pooch with you on trails above the rim, Mather Campground, Desert View Campground and Trailer Village. They are not allowed below the rim or in park hotel rooms. If you want to head to the bottom then take the North Kaibab Trail.

(Flickr | ungard)

Cuyahoga Valley National Park | Ohio

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park gives you a different experience than most National Parks. Most of the trails run through farmlands, neighborhoods and highways. The main trail is 20 miles long and runs through the park. The north end of the Cuyahoga Valley is where a five mile trail crosses the Tinkers Creek Gorge. Great views for you and your pooch.

(Flickr | theilr)

Great Sand Dunes National Park | Colorado

If you’re looking for a place for your pooch to run, dig, and play, then the Great Sand Dunes National Park is the place to go. It is 100% accessible to you and your pooch. The sand can get hot during the summer months. So, keep that in mind when you’re making your way up to The High Dune–the most popular spot of the park.

(North Cascades National Park: U.S. National Parks Service)

North Cascades National Park | Washington

Inside the North Cascades National Park, dogs are only allowed on one trail; the Pacific Crest Trail. It is ranked moderate to difficult. If you find it is too difficult for you and your pooch then there are some backup plans nearby. The Ross Lake National Recreation Area and the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area have less strenuous trails and are managed by the National Park.



Josh is a freelance writer based in Nashville, Tennessee.

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