If you’re like most dog lovers, you naturally want to share as many of your recreational and leisure experiences as possible with your furry friend. Adventuring with man’s best-friend at your side is a unique vacation experience and gives you both a chance to bond with nature and your own instincts in your own way. The following are seven of the best canine-friendly hikes in the country, appropriate for most all skill levels.
Acadia National Park
Most trails in Maine’s Acadia National Park allow dogs on leashes. The fall foliage and rugged coastline hikes here are gorgeous. Don’t miss out on some of the prettiest East Coast options here.
William B. Umstead State Park
This park features short trails that are ideal for those seeking a relaxing stroll among abundant natural beauty. Inspiration Trail is perfect for beginners, or those who simply want an easy walk.
The Great Smoky National Park
Most trails in the Great Smoky National Park are off-limits to dogs with the exception of the Gatlinburg Trail on the Tennessee side of the park. Dogs must be kept on leashes no longer than six feet. Before heading out onto the trail with your furry friend, schedule a visit to an Edmonton vet clinic to ensure that all systems are go. When exploring wooded areas is on the agenda, ask your vet about Lyme disease prevention strategies.
Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area
If you’re visiting Las Vegas with your canine companion in tow and want a break from the bright lights of the city, grab your furry friend and head out to Red Rock Canyon Conservation for a nature break. It’s just a short 30-minute car trip from the Las Vegas Strip. Be sure to bring along some water for both you and your dog.
The Appalachian Trail
The Appalachian Trail spans 14 states and runs from Maine to Georgia. Most of the trail is dog-friendly, but hikers are advised to wear bright orange clothing as well as equip their furry friends with bright orange vests during deer hunting season to avoid being mistaken for a deer.
This city park in historic Philadelphia offers an ideal environment for visitors and residents alike who need a natural oasis in the middle of a busy city. Featuring 215 miles of trails that range from easy-peasy to rugged, Fairmount Park offers something for everyone.
Monrovia Canyon Park
California dreamers and their best friends love this short, yet-spectacular trail in California’s San Gabriel Mountains. The walk to the top ends at Monrovia Falls, where you can relax in a pristine setting with a gorgeous natural waterfall as the focal point.
Training your dog to be a good citizen on these trails ensures that canine friends continue to be welcome on them. Use a leash, bring plenty of food and water, and take care that their feet don’t get too sore along the way.