Open the windows! Long days and warm weather are just around the corner! It’s time to begin enjoying the spring season with our furry friends and soak up some sun.

With the 1st day of Spring just around the corner, State Parks are a great place to spend some quality time together. These national treasures are part of America’s history and a favorite pastime for many families. However, it can be ruff bringing Fido along for the ride if you’re not aware of the best pet-friendly parks to explore!

Here are just five of the many National Parks that make it easy to bring your family’s favorite pet along for the ride!

  • Grand Canyon National Park – Arizona

Imagine how happy your pet will be exploring one of the seven wonders of the world! There are 13 miles on the South Rim Trail that you can explore together!


  • Yosemite National Park – California

Yosemite is known for its grandiose views, cliffs, waterfalls and streams. There are many sights to see from the dog-friendly paved trails in the valley.


  • Mammoth Cave National Park – Kentucky

Mostly known for the caves and its preservation of the Green River Valley. There are also over 70 miles of hiking trails that include valleys, hills, rivers, lakes and waterfalls – a perfect place to embark on many adventures with your dog!


  • Acadia National Park – Maine

This park includes mountains, an ocean shoreline, woodlands and lakes just ready for exploring! There are 100 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of carriage roads in the park where pets are permitted.


  • Shenandoah National Park – Virginia

Shenandoah National Park is one of only a few national parks that allow pets on trails. Only 20 of the more than 500 miles are off limits to dogs because of the rock and difficult walkways.


These are just a few places that you can enjoy with your furry friends! Here are a few pet travel tips to help make this a wonderful adventure for you and your beloved pets!

Research before you go to make sure you are aware of the different regulations at each park that protect your pet from wildlife and other natural elements in the park. Most parks require that you keep your dog on a 6-foot long leash.

Plan ahead to find a pet-friendly cabin or hotel where your pets can stay with you so they aren’t required to spend the night in a kennel.

Always hydrate because both you and your pet will be thirsty from all of that quality outdoor playtime!


Bring along your pet activity tracker so you can monitor your pets activity as well as the calories they’ve burned during your adventure!
Soak up the sun and fresh air by staying active together! Your pets will be healthier and happier.

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