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ALABAMA
Submitted by Cary, Greta and Luna
If you drive out to Fort Morgan near Gulf Shores and stop right before the guard house (they plan for you to do this, its not cheating or anything) you can turn left onto a very narrow paved road. Your dogs are welcome on the beach here as long as they're on leash! Its wonderful to swim and play and there are very few people!


Submitted by Della
In Scottsboro ( Jackson, Alabama) there is the Walls of Jericho. It is about 3.5 miles one way. Pretty difficult. My retired greyhound hated it ,but my terrier loved it. Have to cross two creeks and climb a little. But it is worth the view at the end. No admission, and has horse trails. It is fun.

Submitted by Esther
In Cullman County, there is a nice hiking area called Hurricane Creek Park.  They allow leashed dogs anywhere in the park and are always thrilled to see us come with our dog in tow.  The resident managers have 2 huge dogs of their own. They did have to ban pit bulls because of attacks to other pets and to hikers, any other breed is welcome.

Submitted by Scott
I have two places where I feel comfortable taking my 4 year old border collie, Kade.  One is the Sipsey wilderness.  He loves it out there and even carries his own pack.  We have hiked just about every inch of the wilderness area and have never had a problem.  The other is just around the corner from our house.  Rainbow Mt. Trail in Madison, Alabama.  The trail is short, just two miles, but it is a great location to stay in hiking shape and work on his skills.  We have met lots of great people and their dogs there and have never had a problem.  Kade is off leash at both locations but is a very well trained dog.

ALASKA

Submitted by Natalie
I hiked in Alaska with multiple dogs in the summers of ,02 and ,03. In ,02, we did the Pinnel Mtn. Trail, about 30 miles of trail off of the Steese Hwy. It was great- the dogs were totally in their element! We had two dogs then, and they each carried a backpack with not only their food and water, but the extra stuff we couldn,t carry too. They loved the freedom to roam and were great! The next summer, we did the Chena Dome Trail, off of Chena Hot Springs road with three people and four dogs. Two of the dogs had packs, and carried all the "dog stuff with them. That was a very dry summer, and we had a hard time finding enough water for ourselves, yet the dogs were great at digging out and lapping up groundwater- they even pointed out water for us when we were running low!

These two trails are so great when you have dogs with you, as you rarely run into other people (or other dogs) who could get annoyed by your dogs. The only drawback is that you generally won,t see as much wildlife because the dogs are having so much fun chasing them around about a mile ahead of you. These are very challenging trails- especially Chena Dome, so if you have an older dog who may be slightly arthritic, I wouldn,t suggest it, as even our young healthy dogs were extremely stiff in the mornings. (Not as stiff as we were, though!)

ARIZONA
Submitted by Thom & Major:
Most of Catalina State Park north of Tucson is off-limits for dogs but the Canyon Loop is good desert trail through saguaro stands and small arroyos. It moves up and down and there is also a delightful stream hidden near the end of the loop for cooling off on the hottest days.

Submitted by Alyssa & Pepper & Bingo:
We liked some of the more remote trails in the Petrified National Forest (dogs aren't allowed on all the trails). Trails like Long Logs, Blue Mesa and Crystal Forest are all less than a mile so they are short hikes on hot days - it's wide open and you can see the petrified rocks up close.

Submitted by Fiona:
For "city dogs" I love to take my dog, Sierra, to the Indian Bend Wash! It extends from 92nd St. and Shea Blvd in Scottsdale all the way to Tempe! You can access this paved trail at many places along the route..the trail is shared with bicycles, rollerbladers and walkers but we love an early morning walk with views of lakes, golf courses and big open spaces!

Submitted by Beth:
I have found the circumference trail at Piestewa Peak a great one for dogs. It meets up with the main summit trail, which dogs are not allowed on, but you can just turn around there and head back rather than completing the loop. There are much fewer people on the circumference trail than on the main summit trail. There are some good ups and downs to get a good workout.

ARKANSAS
Submitted by Barbara
I love to hike with my dog at Belle Slough.  I go on down the road and take the trail that goes back into the woods.  Beautiful and peaceful!

I just recently moved to Little Rock and am on a mission to find wonderful trails to walk with my dog/s (leashed).  I mentioned Bell Slough but check out Lorance Creek, about 10 miles south of the city.  It's a boardwalk into a wetland area and only about a half mile in length.  When I need some solitude, I take a dog there with me.  Easy to find and when I was there with my hound dog, Chester, we were the only ones there!  Lovely and peaceful. http://www.naturalheritage.com/areas/hiking-trails/lorance-creek.asp

CALIFORNIA
Submitted by Ginny:
MY FAVORITE PLACE TO TAKE MY DOG IS PISMO BEACH, CALIFORNIA. THERE IS MILES AND MILES OF OPEN SAND DUNES TO RUN A CLIMB (AND SLIDE DOWN). THE WAVES ARE SMALL SO THE DOG CAN GO PRETTY FAR OUT WITHOUT DANGER. THERE ARE TONS OF SEAGULLS TO CHASE. ANOTHER GREAT THING IS YOU CAN DRIVE ON THE BEACH AND CAMP AS WELL.(FOR A FEE OF COURSE!) THERE IS A LEASH LAW, BUT A LOT OF TIMES THERE IS NOBODY FOR MILES ON THE BEACH AND YOU CAN LET YOUR DOG RUN FREE. THANKS FOR WHAT YOU GUYS DO ON YOUR WEBSITE. IT'S NICE TO KNOW THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE OU THERE WHO THINK OF THERE PETS LIKE PART OF THE FAMILY.

Submitted by Ann
Was just browsing your wonderful site and wanted to alert you to "Huntington Dog Beach" in Huntington Beach, California. This is a 1-mile stretch which allows dogs off-leash as long as they're on wet sand or in the water. It's a wonderful spot; has been there for about 8 or 9 years.

Submitted by Georgia and Jake
California's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) allows dogs on all their trails - I didn't see this mentioned at your site, so thought I would share it. In California, we are blessed with many BLM acres to roam on. BLM trails are pretty well marked, but trails are not 'groomed'. Re Katie's various swimming holes...you missed Clear Lake, California's largest natural lake - where Jake enjoys kayaking and boating! He has to wear his doggy life vest as he is not the greatest swimmer.

Submitted by Kristie
Just wanted to let you know of a great place in Southern California to take your dog for a hike. It's called Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve and dogs are permitted off the leash in this area. A great hike!

Submitted by Sue & Lee & Jessie
My husband and I and Jesse, our beautiful shepherd/collie mix, look forward every fall to a fabulous 7 mile round trip hike at the top of Rock Creek Road in the High Sierras (Tom's Place exit off Highway 395). This easy hike begins at about 10,000 feet with an elevation change under 500 feet - and takes us past 8 beautiful lakes! Jesse is a big swimmer and runs enthusiastically into the very cold water of each lake, and we enjoy the crisp fall air and golden aspens.


Submitted by Bryan, Anne, Benson & Cisca
On old Hwy 40, Soda Springs, park behind ASI (Alpine Skills Insitute) and hike the Pacific Crest Trial north or south. The fall hikes are just awesome. With the leaf colors and the cool clean air and a great view from Donner Peak or Mt Juda. Very friendly hike for dogs and their hiking companions. Bring water and a love for clean air, the only limits you will experience is time. The late spring hikes can be a real adventure with snow fields that can be crossed safely. Going south you have the Benson Hut provided by the Sierra Club that allows over night shelter. If you like the long hike park a car at Squaw Valley and hike from ASI to Squaw giving yourself about 8 hrs to do. All hikes are very dog friendly.

Submitted by Stacy, Mila and Ollie
Hi, I just wanted to recommend another place to take your dogs. I recently took my dogs up to Lake Gregory in the San Bernardino mountains and they really enjoyed it. There is a trail around the whole lake perfect for beginners. The lake has dog poo bags provided at points along the trail and there was plenty of wildlife for them to check out. Just wanted to share the info because it is always a concern of mine that I will drive my dogs somewhere and they won't be allowed in!!!


Submitted by Paul and Mojo
If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically the east bay there are so many great places to take your dog hiking. My favorite is Sunol Regional Wilderness which is part of the east bay parks district and dogs are allowed on and off leash, never crowded and always beautiful you can park at the end of the road where you will cross an old train bridge across the creek and proceed on the fire trail for just under a mile you will hear waterfalls. This is where my dog LOVES to go swimming, a little spot called "Little Yosemite" where there are many waterfalls and it's easy to get to. Just take a right at the top of the hill off the fire trail, just after you cross a cattle barrier- this is approx. 1 mile, maybe less from the gate and old bridge where you start. If you want you can continue all the way to Del Valle lake in Livermore which is probably 20 to 30 miles with an overnight camping spot halfway- the only easy bay park where you can go wilderness backpacking. To get to Sunol Regional Wilderness you take 680 either north or south,
you will get off at the Calaveras Rd. / Highway 84 exit and head east on Calaveras Rd. about 4 or 5 miles and there is a sign to tell you where the park is, a left turn off the road with a ranger station just a 1/4 mile or so after the left turn.

Submitted by Edward
We travel with our dogs in our motor home. We have visited many beaches all through the country. Those that allow dogs and those that are not posted to prohibit dogs but allow them on leashes. The BEST beach we have ever been to and continue to return to is Coronado Dog Beach located on Coronado Island, San Diego County California. This is truly a dog friendly, off the leash dog beach. There are no time restrictions and plenty of doggie bag stations with trash cans placed on the way to the beach. Visitors are asked to pick up after their pets and most comply. Treat your best friend and yourself to this wonderful beach where the summer water temp. is generally in the high 60's to the low 70's and the waves break gently on the shore. You will not regret nor forget the time spent here.

Submitted by Jerri
We had a great time today at Clark Creek hiking with our dog. This was her first trip and we had a blast! Thanks for allowing dogs to come along as we have a hard time here in LA finding a place that allows dogs. She had so much fun following the creek, jumping over logs and rocks. It was fun to watch her figure out how she was going to get across some of the areas that were jumbled with logs and rocks. Great Day!


COLORADO
Submitted by the Capp Family
Bogey Crested Butte

Submitted by Stan & Webster
We always like the Fish Creek Falls National Trail outside of Steamboat Springs. It goes about five miles up Fish Creek Canyon to Long Lake; starts with long wooded inclines and then you pick your way up a steep rocky climb before levelling off in a mountain meadow and ending up in Long Lake. A little bit of everything and Webster can still find pockets of snow even in the summer.

Submitted by Barbara
Horsethief Park between Divide and Cripple Creek, Colorado on highway 67. This winding, roller coaster trail crosses back and forth over a stream. + Lovell Gulch Trail in Woodland Park, Colorado: dark forests, meadows and lots of trees; carry doggie water. + Seven Bridges Trail in Cheyenne Canyon in Colorado Springs, Colorado: lots of water, trees, meadows and roller coaster hiking. Beautiful vistas. + Boatman's Loop at Rampart Reservoir in Woodland Park, Colorado: starts out steep and then levels off, lots of water and beautiful scenery, shaded and high altitude for a hot summer day's hike. + Cantamount Trail, Green Mountain Falls, Colorado: year 'round hike, fairly steep, follows a stream up to a great water fall. Lots of shade and views the back side of Pikes Peak.

Submitted by Jessie
Just wanted to add the Bear Peak Canyon hike in Boulder to your list. We did the trail yesterday with my nuttie Aussie, Blackjack. The trailhead leaves from the National Center for Atmospheric Research parking lot, where it's "dog on leash" area (boo; hard on my leash arm even with the Gentle Leader). But within a mile or so from the trailhead the area is designated as "dog under voice control" (hooray). The last ascent to the summit is brutal (for me, but not my dog), but the hike down is gradual and crosses Bear Creek repeatedly. Lots of happy wading holes for the dogs.

Submitted by Stephanie and Demi
Demi and I love the Herman Gulch hike, because it's gorgeous (lot's of wildflowers in the summer, and great views of the surrounding mountains), there's a lot of water, and she can be off leash. The trail starts on an old sawmill road, located just west of Georgetown on I-70. The parking area and trailhead are located at the northeast corner of exit 218. The hike starts at 10,400 feet, and emerges out of the forested trees within a mile of traveling. The sub-alpine flowers add beauty to an otherwise rocky terrain. Towards the top of the trail, rock cairns lead the way to Herman Lake. The trail ends at 12,000 feet, so there's 1,600 feet of climbing at high elevation. Be sure to wear your sunscreen and bring plenty of water for the humans. It can be a fairly heavily traveled trail.

Submitted by Paul
On the 4th of July this year (2004) we took our two dogs on a very nice hike to "The Crags". It is a voice command trail, and the view from the top reminds you of why you live in Colorado. To get there, take Hwy 24 west to Divide. Head south on Colorado Hwy 67. After about 4 miles, turn left at sign saying "Rocky Mountain Camp". Go about 1.5 miles past the campground to trailhead. It's a pretty rough road...vehicle with high clearance is best.

Submitted by Bailey
Since time is always an issue during the week our favorite in town (Denver) hike is along the South Platte River bike path starting at the nature conservatory parking lot (Mineral and Santa Fe) heading south toward Chatfield State Park to the "Dog Lakes." This is a leash optional park for retrieving, swimming and socializing with other dogs, it can also be accessed by car via the West entrance to Chatfield then north past the dam to the lower parking lots. Dogs may be off leash as long as they are well behaved and under your control.

Submitted by Sharon
Living in Crested Butte, Colorado provides us with many beautiful hiking trails. At 9,000 feet (base) you will need plenty of sunscreen and water. There are plenty of creeks and lakes for your dogs to play in and drink from. The trails are not heavily traveled, so voice command is usually all we need. July is the perfect time for wildflowers as is September for fall colors. There are also many campsites around our area for visitors to enjoy. Summer temperature is usually around 70-75 degrees. Bring a raincoat just in case.

Submitted by Emily
City Creek is a great place to hike. You have many trails in the area that you can choose from. There are on-leash areas and off-leash areas too. They provide Poop bags, and ask you to clean it up. It's a great location to take your dog. Lot's of dog's come to the area, so watch where your dog goes when you're on your hike.

CONNECTICUT
Submitted by Larry & Sport
We enjoy the hiking in Sleeping Giant State Park, north of New Haven. The Tower Trail is a gentle climb to the Mount Carmel summit and once on top Scout can climb the concrete ramps of the old Norman-style square stone tower there. Plenty of other trails are available. Most are wide and easy to walk, others call for rock scrambling. There is swimming in the rocky pools of the Mill River and the 40-stop Nature Trail is one of the most challenging I've been on.

Submitted by Pamela
Here in Northeast CT we enjoy hiking with our Brittanies on the Airline Trail - a former railbed converted to a trail for horse, dogs, and bikes (the non-motorized kind). We do a 2-4 mile hike a day. The local conservation comittee has plans to link this trail to Mashomoquet State Park.

There are already small trails running off this which take us to old farmhouse foundations, great views, streams and old stone walls.


The trail itself runs through fields, farms and forest, and is a doggie delight. I believe the entire trail spans some 50 miles, but sections can be done, as the trail crosses roads which have pull-off areas. If anyone would like more info, directions, or tips, please feel free to mail me at Peters7199@aol.com. My Brits would be happy to answer any questions you may have.


As a treat, on Rt 97 there is a wonderful home-made ice-cream place for after your hike!!


Submitted by Bryan
You may wish to add Connecticut Explorer's Guide (http://www.ctxguide.com/) to your Connecticut page.  CTXGuide is a comprehensive outdoor adventure resource featuring free online maps and guides with hundreds of miles of hiking trails that are dog friendly.

Submitted by Joe:
San Francisco Mid-Peninsula Open Space:
http://www.openspace.org/activities/ideas_for_dogs.asp. Pulgas Ridge has a 17 acre off leash area and most parks allow hiking with your dog on leash.

Submitted by ?
The Aspetuck Land Trust's contiguous Trout Brook Valley, Crow Hill Preserve, and Jump Hill Preserve in the towns of Easton and Weston in Fairfield County offer 1,009 acres and 20 miles of marked trails that range from easy to fairly challenging. Heavily wooded with a variety of terrain. Great fun for people and dogs ... but there are bogs in which Fido will delight, and you may regret when it comes to clean-up time. Link at
www.aspetucklandtrust.org.

DELAWARE
Submitted by Gene and Brandy
Brandy really likes Killens State Park, but she also enjoys Breaknock Park in Camden. And, as you know, anyone can buy a Dewey Beach dog license and thereafter your dog can romp on the beach all year long, not just during the off season!

Submitted by Tracey
We have just discovered an awesome place to take our dogs to the beach. We rent a vacation home in South Bethany that is pet friendly (there are only a few) on the canal side of Rt. 1 (cheaper than ocean side). It is a short walk to the beach. Or, we have a parking pass for the streets of South Bethany. We park at the southernmost end near Logan Street and walk down the vehicle access path out onto the Delaware Seashore State Park beach. We are just south of the life guarded beaches of South Bethany. I believe that there is also a parking area/dune crossing just South of this spot as well (if you don't have a parking pass.) We love it because it isn't crowded and we can take all 5 of the dogs out with all us day, even during the summer. We take lots of water, umbrellas for shade, and plenty of retrieving toys...makes for a wonderful day. We do try to keep them on leash as much as possible, so use tie out stakes, but we do take them off leash to play in the water as long as they are behaving themselves. There are surf fisherman and some 4WD vehicles on the beach, but they are usually to the south of us. Weekends are a bit busier, but still pleasant. We are thrilled to have discovered this great place!


FLORIDA
Submitted by Afton & Bo & Luke
Just wanted to let you know about Siesta Key, Turtle Bay, etc - a tiny little area on the coast of Florida. This county has at least 4 dog parks, one on the beach, and a few restaurants that allow dogs in patio seating areas. We went last September and really enjoyed it. Thanks for all the great info on your site!

Submitted by Ellen & Rocky
Dogs aren't allowed on the beach at St. Andrews State Park so we like to take the Heron Pond Trail on the other side of the park. It is about a mile loop through the rolling dunes and we wind up at the shallow Grand Lagoon where Rocky can enjoy the beach and water like everyone on the other side of the breakwater!

Submitted by Sara & Raver
I live in Sarasota, FL and they do have one designated dog beach in Sarasota County. Itís actually in the town of Venice (about 30-40 miles south of Sarasota) at Browhard Beach. It is the best dog beach that I have been to in the state. They have the greeting area that is not on the beach where there is a little park and washing stations for the dogs, and you can choose to walk down a small pathway to the beach and let them run right on the beach. Our dog, Raver, loves it to death. He gets himself so tired from running in the waves with other dogs that he sleeps all night long! Itís a great dog beach and we try to take our dog there whenever we can. There is also another dog beach on Bonita Beach in Collier County (it may be Lee County) that is nice as well.

Submitted by Rhea & Cricket
Sarasota and Bradenton allow dogs along causeway beaches and De Soto park in Bradenton has dog trails and a nice stretch of beach for dog and owner to walk.

Submitted by ?
my daschund lucky celebrated his first birthday at the beach in cape san blas, florida...this beautiful white sand beach is on the gulf of mexico...it's near panama city...very nice..people were very friendly and there were dogs everywhere..i think all the people there had atleast one dog..lots of fun..nice big wide open coastline..beautiful condo that was gated and very pet-friendly..check it out!

Submitted by Jim & Blueberry, Bambi (Doodle) & Babe
I live in Florida and I noticed the previous reference to Ft. Desoto Park. Yes it is nice and it is convenient but it is a far cry from the Ft. Myers beach area. First there are a number of beach front motels that allow guests with dogs. During the magnificent sunsets (Ft. Myers is on the west side of Florida on the Gulf of Mexico) you may find your dogs being teased in the water by dolphins just a few feet away. The sand is magnificent and the beach area is probably 4 times deeper than what Ft. Desoto offers. The entire beach (except for the pubic beach by the pier) is dog friendly - that translates into miles of dog beach. The dogs must be on a leash but only once have I encountered a warning when the dogs were running free and that was on a holiday weekend by a friendly beach patrol. At night the dogs love to run and chase birds illuminated only by the moonlight.

Now for the real treat - head further south about 10 miles or so from Ft. Myers Beach to Lovers Key state park and at the south end is a paradise of leash free beaches for the pups. I think it is actually a county beach at the end of the state park property.


http://www.floridastateparks.org/loverskey/default.asp

You may encounter 2 dogs or 50 as they run and splash in the shallow water. My Aussies and Border Collie come home so trashed and covered with sand they are barely able to make it back to the car. Ft. Myers is probably the most beautiful area in Florida and one of the few truly natural areas left. I lived here over 15 years before I discovered Ft. Myers. It is also one of the most reasonable tourist stops and features many excellent restaurants.


Another place closer to Tampa is Honeymoon Island state park which is on the Gulf near Dunedin.


http://www.floridastateparks.org/honeymoonisland/default.asp

There is a daily fee but you can take your coolers, beach chairs and dogs for a day in the sun. One end of the island's beach is reserved for dogs on a leash. It falls somewhere in between Ft. Desoto and Ft. Myers as far as beaches are concerned. I don't know much about the Atlantic side of Florida's dog beaches - does anyone have any favorites??


Submitted by Pam
We recently moved to the Tampa Bay area. We took Ivy, our yellow lab, to Pinellas County's Ft. De Soto Park. November is off-season here, I guess. We had the place pretty much to ourselves, at least on the weekday that we were there. There is a nice Paw Playground there, fenced and divided for small and large dogs, with water and a cooing off station. Disposal bags are provided. Just aound the corner is an off leash dog beach. Ivy had a blast, chasing the ball, swimming, and "protecting" us from another lab. Dogs must be under voice command at all times and you must, of course, "pick up" after your dog. The handful of other owners there were doing this, thankfully. We found the dog beach very clean and the park beautiful. There is a paved main trail where you can hike with your dog also. The north beach area was voted number one beach for 2005 by Dr. Beach, but no dogs are allowed there. It is fantastic, though.

Submitted by Jennifer
There is a wonderful dog beach in Venice, Florida. There is an enclosed area with a bath station. From this area you can exit to a beautiful beach where your dog can run free and play with other dogs. Good for us we have friends that live near there and found it by chance.

Submitted by Patti

You can also add in St. George's Island and Cape San Blais in Florida as having very dog friendly beaches. They're both east of Panama City.


Submitted by Anne
On beautiful Cape San Blas, on Gulf of Mexico, in Florida's panhandle, dogs are allowed on the beach.   Cape San Blas beaches were named number 1 beach in the USA in 2002 by Dr Beach.  There are a lot of pet-friendly accommodations which you can rent.

Submitted by Judy
Coco Plum Beach in Marathon, FL is much more dog friendly than Sombrero Beach. In Islamorada, Founders Park has a dog friendly portion with a small jetty that does can swim from. Also, on the Gulf coast, you didn't mention the dog park in Venice which also has a wonderful beach.

Submitted by Mark
Smyrna Dunes Park is built on 250 acres at the northern tip of the New Smyrna Beach peninsula. The park is home to a variety of animals, birds, reptiles, marine life and vegetation. Three miles of elevated wooden walks, picnic areas, pavilions and an observation tower allow visitors to enjoy the park while protecting the sensitive sand dunes from foot traffic. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. There is an admission charge of $3.50 per vehicle. Dogs on leash are allowed on inlet side. I have taken my Italian Masitiff "Beren" to this park many times.  Everyone is very friendly and the dogs have great time running and play in the water. The park pavialion has an area you can rinse your dog and provides doggie baggies at the begining of the trails if you forget yours. The web site does not talk much about the dog beach but it is a great place to go.

Submitted by Carolina
Venice Florida has an off leash dog beach...quite nice.

Submitted by Nikki and Harleigh
Me and my Lab Harleigh love hiking. We've been to Falling Creek Falls in White Springs, FL and we loved it. It is a very short hike, but the view is beautiful! Big Shoals Park is also a great place for hikes, we are planning on hitting that up very soon.

Kathryn Abby Hanna Park is a GREAT place to go for dogs. They have dog friendly beach and hiking trails, definitely a win-win. We're planning on visiting as soon as possible, but trying to not go in the middle of the summer crowd.

Florida is pretty dog-friendly, as far as outside stuff goes. You just have to know where to look. Quite a few beaches allow dogs, while some of them allow them at all times (Cape San Blas, St. George Island, Ponte Verde Beach) Port St. Joe, etc), some just allow them at certain times (St. Augustine, Jacksonville Beach, etc.). Plus, there are quite a few "dog beaches" and dog parks spread throughout the state.

Like I said you just have to know where to look and sometimes you have to look hard! =)


GEORGIA
Submitted by Leonard
Shorty Howell Park and Piedmont Park are both excellent places to hike with your dog while in Atlanta.

Submitted by Laura and Nena
In Albany GA there aren't alot of place to hike/pack with your dog. However, My weimeraner, Nena, and I have found a few worthwhile places. Our Personal favorite is Pirates Cove in Lee County. It's tucked away in a residential neighborhood and keep up by the sheriff's department. The trail is rather short, but full of great sights and smells. We've seen white-tail deer, many species of turtles and few snakes. The terrain is quite passable and rather solitary.

Other great place we discovered is the Parks at Chehaw. While it is both zoo and campgrounds, there are numerous trails to hike. A beautiful marsh is within the inner trails, full of waterfowl. Ticks are a problem here, so Nena has her Lyme disease vaccination up to date.

Since stumbling across your website, I have been determined to find dog friendly hiking trails in my area. I plan on visiting a place called the Little Grand Canyon, or Providence Park as it's also known. I am in love with the way my dog acts when she's packing with me. As a weimeraner owner, I am always busy finding new ways to keep her active and happy. Hiking is the right fit for her. I'm glad to give her purpose. Thank you for coming up with such a great site for all the dogs and their owners!


IDAHO
Submitted by Amanda
I enjoyed Mineral Ridge, about 20 minutes east of Coeur d'Alene. The free information booklet is wonderful and there weren't many people so I let my dogs off the leash. The water faucet at the park is sometimes turned off, so bring your own water before hand. A nice easy/moderate 1-3 hour hike with breath-taking views for such an easy hike.

Submitted by Matt
Dogs are allowed on all the trails in the Boise foothills in Idaho. Some of the trails are even off-leash trails. If you are interested in more info let me know. Boise is very dog friendly.

ILLINOIS
Submitted by Heather
While it may not be the ocean, Lake Michigan is a beautiful. My Lab, Wyatt, enjoys going to the beach in Evanston, IL, (first suburb north of Chicago) that is exclusively for dogs. It is well maintained, extremely large, and is full of friendly canines and their friendly owners. I highly recommend it!

Submitted by Marta
Just a note to let you know that the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie (not Grassland) now has about 13 miles of interim trails and is currently allowing dogs on leash on the trails. We do have a lot of habitat for sensitive species of grassland birds, who nest on the ground, so dogs are more restricted here than elsewhere, but are still welcome. Our website is www.fs.fed.us/mntp/

Also, I take my own dog to the Hammel Woods dog park operated by the Forest Preserve District of Will County -- he can run free with other dogs and he loves it!


Submitted by ?
A picnic area with tables and an outdoor privy is conveniently located adjacent to the visitor center parking lot. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own grill for cooking or use one of two near the picnic shelter. Ground fires and alcohol are strictly prohibited anywhere in the park. All park visitors are asked to do their part in safeguarding our environment by utilizing the available aluminum recycling containers. Pets are allowed in this area only. All other areas of Volo Bog State Natural Area are restricted from pets.

Submitted by Art Excursions
Hikes near Chicago.

The Chicagoland area has one of the largest Forest Preserve Systems in the U.S. One of our favorite parts of the Forest Preserve System of Cook County is the Palos area, located Southwest of Chicago. A favorite trail runs the Cranberry Slough/Boomerang Slough/Country Lane Woods. It is so beautiful, you'd never know that you were in the Chicago area. Here is where to park and the route, which was featured in the Trib:

Park: in Country Lane Woods; the entrance is off the south side of 95th Street between U.S. 45 and 104th Avenue/Willow Springs Road.

The route: Take the beige-coded and mildly hilly Old Country Lane trail south. Turn left onto the yellow trail. It will take you past Cranberry Slough, giving you a glimpse of blue water. Then it turns sharply and rises for a delightful overlook of the slough. Continue as the trail crosses 95th Street and passes unmarked Hogwash Slough, a charming pond edged by purple-tinged grass. Then it turns sharply and rises for a delightful overlook of the sun-kissed wetlands of the slough. Continue as the trail crosses 95th Street and passes unmarked Hogwash Slough, a charming pond edged by purple-tinged grasses. The trail turns left and rewards you with Boomerang Slough, shaped like its name and surrounded by meadows. Continue on the yellow trail, then turn left on the beige, Old Country Lane. Cross back over 95th Street and return to the parking lot.

Distance: About 4.3 miles.

Here is the link to the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, which has maps:

http://www.fpdcc.com/

Thanks!


INDIANA
Submitted by Jason & Magic
My dog, Magic, has the time of his life at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Dogs must be leashed but it is a nice break from the flatlands of Illinois and Indiana. This is a great all-weather park for dogs as they stay cool by chilling in the cool waters of Lake Michigan even on the hottest day in July. That said, I find that it's least crowded and most fun when it's snowing as you can "cheat" and let your dog run free. Also, if you're looking for a nice low-impact running workout, you're sure to get one here. It's a beautiful place that's only fifty miles from Chicago and I highly recommend it.


Submitted by Denise & Bo & Dancer
I live in Southern Indiana with my Golden Retriever, Bo and Dancer (even the vet doesnt know her breed). We are blessed with a lot of wooded areas-Harrison Co. Forestry and Hoosier National Forestabout 50 from the road I remove their leashes and they are airbourne. Dancer is the sprinter and I dont think she misses much of anything in the woods. Bo is my swimmer; even if its only a mudhole-- if it has water, then it is worthy of wetting his belly in it. About 45 minutes later, they slow to a walk and sometimes we even have to lift Bo (100 lbs) back into the truck. You may think dogs dont smile, but on the ride back home, as they lay passed out in the back of the truck, I know that look on their faces is definitely a smile of contentment!


Submitted by Erin & Maggie
My dog Maggie and I love Cedar Bluffs. It's a small park near Bloomington. You get a little bit of everything - rocks to navigate near an off shoot of the White River, climbing the bluffs, and the great pines on the top. The view is pretty cool on top and there's usually a breeze so it's nice to go to during the summer. I've brought a small lunch and eaten up there - it was great. I believe dogs are supposed to be on lead, but most aren't.

Submitted by Jim & Rani
I've been taking my dogs hiking at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for 20 years now. I currently have a four-year old female Beagle/Dachshund mix, named Rani. The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is not just beaches; there are also thousands of acres of forested dunes (that may appear to be simply forested hills to the untrained eye). Probably around 30 miles of trails. You can find rugged trails (over the tops of dunes) or flatter trails (that skirt around the bases of the dunes). Rani and me prefer the abandoned roads between Beverly Shores and the Indiana Dunes State Park (not related to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the state park is nice, too).

KANSAS
Submitted by Edward

The Corp of Engineers has a nice 15 mile trail along the Elk City Reservoir over by Independence Kansas, that you can take your dog on. The trail is well marked, and is very nice for Kansas. In fact, I think it is probably the best trail in Kansas!

http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors/projects.cfm?Id=M505360#Activity


KENTUCKY
Submitted by Jo & Jucinda & Buster
Hi there -
Thanks for the info on hiking with your dog. My dog, Buster, and I enjoy hiking together so much, I bought him another dog (Jucinda) so he would have some company while waiting for me to catch up! I wanted to alert you to a small hiking area near me in Kentucky. This is a wonderful place to take short hike with a four-legged companion.

In the southern part of Boone County, off Route 18, there is a small wildlife area known as Middle Creek Park / Dinsmore Wildlife Reserve.
This natural area is about 100 acres, with approximately 12 miles of crude trails that criss-cross over each other, in and around wonderful streams and hills.

I would warn that dogs and horses may come across each other - please remember to always allow the horses to go first and control any over-friendly dog, just in case the horses spook easily. The park is open to the public, though rarely crowded, and it is free. A hiker may run into families taking a walk on the the lower trails, but the ones up the sides of the hills are usually people-free, so make sure to keep an eye out for foxes, deer and tons of birds. I have even come across bear tracks...and to think Cincinnati, OH is less than 10 miles away!


This lovely little piece of heaven is right across the street from the Dinsmore Historical Site for those wanting a little more interaction before or after the hike. (dogs are not allowed in the homestead). Here is a link to their web page: http://www.dinsmorefarm.org/how.htm


Thanks again for your website and the info about other areas in Kentucky that Buster, Jucinda and I can wander.
Take care!

LOUISIANA
Submitted by Nicola
Dogs are allowed in and on the trails in Kistachie National Forest. However, there are several man made beaches within the forest on which dogs are not allowed to roam.

Submitted by Elizabeth
Fontainebleau state park is very dog friendly.  Our dog really enjoys it when we take her camping there. there is a beach on lake pontchartrain that dogs are allowed on.  Our dog likes to bark bark at the waves and try and catch them.

Submitted by Chris
I’d like to recommend Port Hudson State Historic Site as a great place to hike with dogs. There are numerous trails, some more challenging and hilly than others. There is plenty of shade. It’s located on Hwy 61 in East Feliciana Parish, 25 miles north of Baton Rouge. The park is open 9am to 5pm every day, so it’s a great weekend destination. It’s only slightly crowded during the historical reenactments that happen a few times a year. The rest of the time, you can hike for hours without seeing anyone else at all. Port Hudson would make a great addition to the recommendations on your web site.


MAINE
Submitted by Gail & Caleb
My favorite hike in Maine with my dog was Gorham Mountain. It is a 4 mile hike round trip. The views on the way up and from the top are spectacular and well worth the effort of climbing the mountain. Caleb actually did better than I did climbing over the boulders on the Cadillac Cliffs portion of the hike. Be sure to take a camera along on this hike!

The Asticou Trail in Acadia National Park in Maine is a great forest hike. It is a less frequented trail, thereby making it a peaceful and solitary hike. You can access it from the Jordon Pond parking lot, hike the 2.2 miles and return via the shuttle bus (that dogs are welcome on) or make the return hike back. The day I hiked this trail, I only encountered one other couple and their two dogs.


Submitted by Megan & Anna
Ocean Park, Maine (near Old Orchard Beach) has a very liberal policy regarding dogs: Dogs are banned only between 10am and 5 pm from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and there is no posted leash law. Many people bring their dogs first thing in the morning and then at sunset. The sand is soft, and my dog Anna loves to play in it!

Submitted by Susan & Fred & Trixie
My pups and I just came back from a lovely day at Popham Beach, Maine. Popham Beach State Park DOES NOT allow dogs. However, if you continue past the state park entrance on Route 209, you dead end at Fort Popham Historic Site. The town beach to the right or east, allows dogs. Go early to get a parking spot. Clean up after the dogs with your own bags or retrieve Mutt Mitts from the beach entrance behind Percy's Store (where you can also park for $5 and they have excellent lobster rolls). The beach is long, sandy, and runs along the Kennebec River (salty) where it empties into the Atlantic. People are very dog friendly with some good dogs playing ball off leash! There are no facilities to obtain fresh water, other than the adjacent restaurant or Percy's, so pack a big water jug for your pooch. Also, there is no shade, so plan accordingly. There are several small islands off the beach, and during low tide, you can walk to one of them and your pup can swim. Be very careful of rip tides, though!! We thought that our planned beach day at Popham Beach State Park was going to be a bust, when we stumbled onto this doggie paradise. Remember to clean up after your dog, though, so we don't ruin a good thing!!

Submitted by Linda (Summer 2010)
Contrary to Fred and Susan's email, dogs are not welcome at Popham Beach below Fort Popham. Beyond Spinney's and Percy's the beach is privately owned to low water and only residents' dogs are permitted. To view the beach access law go to: www.mainelaw.maine.edu/mli/ Beach owners (who have to pay taxes on this beach property) DO own to low water and have private property rights including the right to charge for trespassing including arrest. The dog waste has become a health hazard to our children, some people do not leash and control their dogs, therefore, like the state park dogs are no longer welcome.
The Popham Beach area near Fort Popham along the riverside, beyond Spinney's and Percy's, is privately owned and dogs are not welcome contrary to your information. This area of the beach is privately owned to low water, view property rights at:
www.mainelaw.maine.edu/mil/
Dogs have become a health hazard to our children on the beach and are no longer permitted except residents' dogs. An owner may charge trespass resulting in an arrest.

Submitted by Sweetie
Hi I live in Maine and have 6 dogs, you failed to mention that Maine has over 100,000 acres of White Mountain National State Forests here. With campgrounds, trails and rivers for all owners and dogs to enjoy. As long as they are under voice command they can be off leash. I like Evans Notch the very very very best as it has many miles of trails and campgrounds, lakes and rivers to spend time with my dogs. Please feature this on your site :0)

MARYLAND
Submitted by Karl and Soapy
At Antietam National Battlefield, try the Snavely's Ford trail. Well maintained but empty even on a very busy day (140th battle anniversay commemoration weekend, Sep 2002). 2.5-mile loop is at extreme southern end of battlefield; start from Burnside Bridge/Georgians' Overlook parking. Easy walk follows Antietam Creek downstream from Burnside bridge before paralleling the route of the final Union advance back to the parking area. Trail is forested/shady with paw-friendly dirt or grass walking surface most of the way. Benches at several points along the way.

Submitted by Sharon
Travelers may want to take a day to stop at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, Maryland. There is hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, children play areas, gated dog play areas for both big and small dogs. But, most important of all, there is a dog beach and there is a nice rinse off station to rinse your pooch after a rewarding swim in the South River! All of this for a $5.00 entrance fee to the park. So, grab a picnic lunch and make a day of it!

Submitted by Lucy and Yoda
Thank you so much for your books! I found the Ten Best Places near Baltimore list on line, and it changed our lives (Yoda and me and the rest of the family). We live near Robert E. Lee Park, but only knew about the peninsula at the south end, not the trail! Now all I have to do is say "Yoda - park!" and we are ready to go for a nice, long off-leash walk only 6 minutes from the house. Today Yoda, the kids, and I went to the beach below the bridge, and had a great morning in the water.

Sumbitted by Areti
Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, Maryland It offers two large fenced in areas for small/large dogs and a private dog beach. Entry to the park is $5 per car or $25 per season.

Sumbitted by Ken
Just wanted to let you know that there are two beaches in Anne Arundel County Maryland that are for dogs only.  They are Downs Park and Quite Waters Park.  Both allow dogs to swim in the Chesapeake Bay.  Quite Waters is also located near historic downtown Annapolis.

Submitted by Keely (June 2010)
Just wanted to let you know that the beach at Quiet Waters Dog Park, Annapolis, MD is currently closed due to erosion.
http://www.aacounty.org/RecParks/parks/quietwaters/

Please post on your site…I drove an hour to take my pup to the beach and all I got was a nice dog park. Off to our next adventure!


MASSACHUSETTS
Submitted by Dianne
I just want to share my two favorite places to hike with my dog. I live on Cape Cod in Pocasset, Ma. which is part of the town of Bourne. There is a set of trails called "The Four Ponds Conservation Area". There are four different trails of different difficulities and length on this 300 acre conservation area. There are streams with little wooden bridges to walk over. Dogs must be leashed. But, usually no one else is on the trails so I let him go off-leash. You can get trail maps at the Bourne Town Hall on Perry Ave (508) 759-0623 .

Directions: From the Bourne Bridge rotary take Rte 28 towards Falmouth. At 3 miles look for Pocasset/Wings Neck exit. (If you reach another rotary, you,ve gone too far.) Take a right here onto Barlows Landing Rd. and continue for < mile. The parking area is on your right and it's free.


My other favorite place is along the Cape Cod Canal which runs between the Bourne and Sagamore bridges. It is a 7 mile paved path. It is beautiful to walk along the ocean and sea all the boats and different types of birds. Dogs must be leashed. There are picnic tables, park benches and restrooms. There are several different ways to get to the canal. It depends upon where you live.


Submitted by Christopher
I would like to let you know of a wonderful place in Massachusetts for hiking with your dog. The Tully Trail is very dog friendly. It is a scenic 18 mile loop trail. The northern portion of the trail is very underutilized making it enjoyable to take a dog off leash. Their website is http://www.thetrustees.org/pages/37_tully_trail.cfm

Submitted by Seve
Nunes Farm is an undeveloped area that has been acquired by the State of Massachusetts. It is on the border of Mattapoisett and Fairhaven. There is a main access road (partly gravel paved) and several trails cut through the woods. The main road curves towards Buzzard's Bay, leading to the beach. It's probably less than a mile from the parking area. If you hiked all the trails, it probably comes to 2.5 to 3 miles, not including perhaps a half of mile of beach. Don't know if there is a leash rule. We generally go to Nunes Farm in the fall/winter season and let the dogs run.

Directions:


From I-95, take exit 19 (Mattapoisett) and go south approximately 1 mile on North St. Go right (west) at the light at the Rt. 6 intersection. Proceed approximately 1.6 miles to Brandt Island Rd., turning left (south). Go approx. 1.25 miles on Brandt Island to a parking area on the right. If you know the area, you can also come east from Fairhaven on Rt. 6. Brandt Island Rd. is just over the Fairhaven/Mattapoisett line on the right.


Submitted by Jessica and Thor
We just love Cape Cod.. particularly Provincetown National Seashore at Herring Cove Beach. We vacation in this area every year and it is fantasticly dog friendly.   We spend the day at the beach with our Weimaraner Pup Thor in tow.  He loves to dig a hole in the cool sand under the umbrella and take a nap with Dad.  On beach BBQ's are allowed so you bet Thor is always ready for a 'hot dog" or two.  Swimming in the ocean is a breeze here.  The rule is dogs allowed 24/7 on a leash.  Looooooooooong leashes are seen quite often around here.  In the cool evenings the people leave the area and if you pick an isolated spot the rangers tend to turn an eye to off leash dogs.  Just make sure you are far way from people. About a mile away from the far end of the parking lot area is a wonderful lighthouse surrounded by tidepools galore.  Doggie heaven.  I am attaching a photo of Thor sniffing out a crab in the water during our last vacation. We just love this place.  The main street in Provincetown is also commercial street.  A 3 mile stretch of sidewalks and stores.  The nightlife here is interesting and the favorite local pastime is people watching.  This is also a great place to walk and walk with your dog.  In this area there is also several park trails such as Beech Forest which is a 2 mile loop around a pond.  Camping is nearby which is also dog friendly even for tent campers.

MICHIGAN
Submitted by Susan & Georgia Peach & Dolly
I actually got a ticket ($80.00) for taking my dog to the beach at Ludington State Park on Lake Michigan. I was along the road, no where near any controlled beaches. "But" I take my dogs all the time to Muskeygon State Park. The unoffical "dog" beach is on the south side of the park along the road. You have to climb over the guard rail and climb over rocks to get to the beach, but there are always people there with dogs. The beach is wonderful, especially at sunset. The best beach in Michigan for dogs is the Lake Michigan Recreational Area between Lundington and Manistee. It is a national forest area with a rustic, but wonderful campground. You climb over a dune to get to the beach and there are two direction, one way for dogs and the other, no dogs. So, everyone is happy. This shoreline is totally natural as far north and south as you can see and there are lots of trails for hiking. Nearby Manistee is good for ice cream and groceries. If you love to hike and swim with your pooch, this is the place.

Submitted by Mary Kay, Paul and Lucy
My husband, springer spaniel Lucy, and I spent 4 days camping in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The area abounds with wonderful campsites, state parks and national forest campgrounds. We did two favorite hikes; one was along the North Country Trail which winds in and out of the woods along the shore of Lake Superior. It's a bit difficult with only one vehicle since there aren't too many circular routes in this area. My husband ended up driving the car about 15 min., dropping it at a road crossed by the North Country Trail and running back 4 miles to meet us. We then hiked the 4 miles back along the trail to the car.

Another terrific place for dogs in the U.P. is Tahquamenon Falls
State Park. Dogs are allowed on all the trails and we saw many there. The paths to the falls themselves (Upper and Lower) are paved and handicap-accessible. There are also a number of circular backwoods trails in this park, some passing through some old-growth (relatively) forest. The North Country Trail follows parts of these through the park. One great thing about Tahquamenon Falls State Park that is a bit unusual is the micro-brewery at the Upper Falls, at Camp 33. There is a very large outdoor deck with picnic tables, rockers and an outdoor fireplace, and dogs are welcome there. So you can order beer (or other beverages) and food at the micro-brewery and take it outside and enjoy it with your well-behaved dog snoozing under the picnic table.

One other area where dogs appear to be allowed, at least so far, is
the Seney Wildlife Refuge, with hiking trails winding along the banks of the Fox River (known for its trout fishing). We didn't have a chance to do this area but will save it for next time. I found nothing that says dogs are not allowed here (which may be wrong as it is, after all, a wildlife refuge, but so far it appears to me that it's okay!).

Submitted by Kelly
Just was reviewing your wonderful site.I am a dog lover and have 3 of my own. I live in St. Ignace Michigan and take my dogs to the Sand Dunes of Lake Michigan located on US-2 in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  The dogs love it and I certainly pick up after them!  I did notice on your site that Mackinac Island was dog friendly and I certainly had to tell you about St. Ignace.  St. Ignace is on the North side of the Mackinac Bridge and Mackinac Island is just a ferry boat ride away.  We love our animals and have many hotels that are pet friendly. Please visit www.stignace.com to view the hotels.  Hope to see St. Ignace on your site soon.

Submitted by Lisa
Riverfront Park in Niles, Sw Michigan 8 miles north of the University of Notre Dame.   Lovely city park rambles along the banks of the St. Joseph River.  Park as two Mutt Mitt stands for cleaning up after fido plus a doggie water fountain.  Please keep your pup on a leash.

Submitted by Pat
Hi there,
Dogs are allowed on most Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park trails in summer, but in winter they are not! You might want to note that in your piece. The only dog-friendly trail in winter is the hike to the Treat Farm, south of Empire. It's my understanding that the NPS keeps dogs off the trails in winter to keep cross-country skiers happy.

Happy trails (and tails),

Submitted by JoAnna

Try the Oakland County Parks:
www.DestinationOakland.com

MINNESOTA

Submitted by Tom:
So.. 60% of families in MN have dogs, and the state parks favorite trails for your dogs to hike on has 1 trail in the entire state? That my friends is sad and silly. I have hiked with my dog for years and years, no damage to wildlife or people. Dogs NEED exercise that doesn’t come at human speed on a leash. They need to sniff and chase sticks etc. In Wisconsin they have hunters trails where off leash walking is allowed and they are great.

I sat at a regional park in Minnetonka this fall and counted cars for 30 minutes. There were acres of land in this park and a boat landing. There was also a very small off leash area allowed in some swamp land. During my 30 minutes 90% of the cars were bringing dogs to this postage stamp piece of swamp land the remaining 10% were launching boats. The rest of the park sat unused because most people who like to hike have dogs and like to hike with them… not without them

There is something seriously wrong with the priorities in this state and its park system. Why don’t we address issues with dog training and have a certification and licensing program for off leash dogs.. where the owner demonstrates voice control of the dog and the dog demonstrates a safe temperament and we let those dogs be dogs?!!



MISSOURI
Submitted by Cathy
Thanks for creating this website!
Our dogs love to hike in Queeny Park, which is part of the St. Louis county park system. Queeny has miles of wooded trails and is a favorite for St. Louis area dog lovers. Dogs are required to be on leash.
http://www.stlouisco.com/parks/parkmaps.html - click on the Queeny link to see an aerial map of the park.

Submitted by Cinder in St. Louis
Our dogs trail run with us, and a favorite is Castlewood State Park. There are miles of trails of differing terrain, from gravel, to packed dirt to sand. Hills, bluffs, flats and river bottoms, with access to the river for cooling off and swimming (dog and human!). It's especially nice during the week when fewer people and mountain bikers are there. Close access to St. Louis and highway 44.

MONTANA
Submitted by Ellen:
For a great view and a good stretch of the legs with your dog (and about 10-50 others dogs, depending on the time of day/week), try Bozeman, and their "Peet's Hill" trail. Bozeman has MANY trails in and about the town, but Peet's Hill, overlooking the entire town/valley has spectacular view and is dog friendly....great for socializing your dog OFF-LEASH. Most dogs are well-mannered (and their owners), giving it the name "doggie-daycare" with the walkers. You can do several laps around the trails and get in 3-5 miles for exercise!!!

Submitted by Jenna:
Am submitting a great hike along the Lewis and Clark trail just outside of the Fish Creek House Bed and Breakfast in Whitehall Montana... It just borders the Beaverhead Deer Lodge National Forest and it's got great wildlife and deer sightings. Great views of the Tobacco Root Mountains. Dogs can explore all along Fish Creek and the hike can be anywhere from 1/2 mile to 6 miles (ONE WAY! ) ... So you can go as long as your canine or human friends want to go.

Then we went back to The Fish Creek House for some great refreshments and awesome views on the wrap around porch. Fish Creek House will even supply homemade hiking sticks and apres dog treats too

For trail info you can contact them directly at http://www.fishcreekhouse.com

NEBRASKA
Submitted by Tara:
Wilderness Park, south west side of Lincoln, Nebraska
We love a day-long hike, or even a quick hour or two, amongst cottonwood trees alongside Salt Creek. The trail is over 22 miles long round trip. There are several different parking areas but the prettiest place to start is off 14th Street, south of Yankee Hill Road. Heading on the trail north of the parking area, there is lots of rushing water and thick groves of cottonwoods.

Submitted by Tara:
Indian Cave State Park, along the Missouri river Preferably when ticks aren't in season, trail 10 takes you straight up for a beautiful view and a workout to trail 11, which leads you to the Indian Cave and a dip in the river. Come back by trail 11, then you can head off in several trail options in thick woods, back to camp or the car!

("The trail compels you to know yourself and to be yourself, and puts you in harmony with the universe. It makes you glad to be living. It gives health, hope and courage, and it extends that touch of nature which tends to make you kind." Enos A. Mills, from "Your National Parks")


NEVADA
Submitted by Bob
Rocky and Apollo at Red Rock Canyon (Las Vegas area):


NEW HAMPSHIRE
Submitted by Angela
I came across your great website and became very excited. I have two beautiful German Shepherds and have been eagerly searching for public places to let them romp. I have had zero luck. Your site gave me hope.
Odiorne has always been one of my favorite summer spots. Seeing them on your list of dog friendly places, I called them up. The recording says No Pets Allowed. I was saddened.
I just thought you might want to know so you can update your list. I have yet to check other parks on the list, but I did a drive through of Bear Brook and at every entrance I was greeted with a sign that says No Dogs Allowed. That figures.

Submitted by Beth
Hi. As an fyi, I went to Ordione in Rye, NH last weekend and there are signs all over (including the beach section) that says "no dogs". I brought my dog on the paved path but never ventured into the park. It's a bummer because it's a nice park. The signs are new this year because I was able to bring my dog in the past. Just thought I'd pass it along.

Submitted by Melissa
This is so frustrating, having so many good hiking places kept out of bounds for dogs.
I just found this list on the web also:
http://www.nhstateparks.org/library/pdf/state-parks/pets.pdf

Submitted by Candace
Hello!
Thank you so much for having a site for dog friendly hikes. My favorite hikes with my pug mix are at Rollins State Park(Mt. Kearsarge) and Mt. Sunapee State Park. I grew up hiking these trails and am very happy that they are still dog friendly as my dog loves to hike also! Happy Trails(or Tails). ; )

Submitted by Diane
Bear Brook Park: I was there with my dog 6/9/09 and had a relaxing woodland walk, dogs were restricted in some areas.

Submitted by Joyce
I thought I would pass along a very small spot to go. It is called Livingston Park in Manchester, NH, on DWHY. It is directly across from the “Belwether Credit Union”. There is a giant clock on the front of the building, directly on the corner at the park entrance. The “Puritan Back Room” restaurant is also just a few buildings down and is known for it’s chicken fingers and ice cream. During the summer they have a take out window that is convenient when you have your dog!

At the park, there are two sections of playgrounds that are shaded…(toddler/older children). There are a couple large fields that are used for soccer and the last I knew, there was a large community pool….Not sure if that is still there.

Back to the dogs! There is a pond with a trail around it…Maybe ¾ mile total. There are sections of bridges and wooden paths that are very well constructed. People take strollers, bikes, you could probably even take wheelchairs through without any problems. It is a very nice path for the kids.


NEW JERSEY
Submitted by Kim and Max and Roxy
Our favorite hiking is on the Batona Trail. The dogs love the sand trail and swimming in the tea-colored Mullica River. When we need to disappear into the wilderness this is the place we go!

Submitted by Andy and Maggie
There are alot of great hikes in this area but we always enjoy the well-worn Red Dot Trail up the steep grade to the top of Mt. Tammany for the views of the Delaware Water Gap. We prefer the Blue Blaze Trail going down - it's about 2.5 miles. The Dunnfield Hollow Trail is a great walk through a dark hemlock-and-fern ravine along a rushing creek.

Submitted by Darla
We love taking our dog up to South Mountain Reservation up in Essex county. There is a leash law but when no ones around we let him lose. He loves the hills and the running water. There is also a dog park near by that he loves to romp and play. The dog park has an agility course for dogs also some boulders they can play on running water and two seperate areas for big and small dogs.

Submitted by Eddie T
Took my 2 pooches (Koda + Jove) yesterday 05/23/09 to pyramid mountain, just before returning to the parking lot I gave my dogs the once over and found a couple ticks, as I examined further I pulled no less than 50+ ticks off the dogs. They were piggybacking each other at times, every toe had 2-3 ticks. Returning home and hosing them down spending almost 2 hours grooming them I found 12-15 more, thinking that was the end of it late into the evening I recovered 4 more crawling on or around the dogs. BEWARE OF TICKS AT PYRAMID MOUNTAIN! It’s infested. I have been going here for years and have never seen it this bad.

Submitted by Frank and Jaime
We hike with our two [85 pound babies ] in Mercer County Park, NJ. the park is 280 acre's which is a mix of woods ,trails, lake, paved walking areas and lots of sports fields plus cleared areas where you and your pet can Play. You can get off by yourself and the pooches  or be with others.

Submitted by John
I just wanted to write to fill others in on our hiking experiences.
 Our favorite place to take our trail worthy dog is Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area near Boonton, NJ: http://www.morrisparks.net/parks/pyrmtnmain.htm They provide very clear and accurate maps of the trails free of charge. There are many different trails that could be combined to make varied loops. It is a very popular place for hikers, young children and trail runners so well behaved trained dogs are best suited for here. We've been here many times and I haven't found a tick yet.  
Last weekend, May 28, 2006, we took our dog to hike at High Point State Park in Sussex, NJ:
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/highpoint.html
After paying the $10 per car entrance fee we were told the best hike to take our dog would be the trail that loops around the monument. After only minutes of hiking we spoke with hikers coming from the opposite direction. They warned us to watch out for ticks because their dog got covered by them last year on the same trail. We appreciated their warning, and continued on ­ we're used to finding a few ticks on the trail. We should have turned around. We spent the rest of the day pulling around 50 or so ticks from our dog. Luckily our dog is treated with Frontline, immunized and vaccinated ­ or that short one-hour hike could have been even more of a nightmare. I recommend keeping your dog far away from High Point State Park.
 We also take our dog to hike at Ringwood State Park in Ringwood, NJ: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/ringwood.html
They have many, many trails suitable for a hiking dog. The map the park provides is not accurate, as of April 2006 they say they are working on new park maps. Buy the good map the NYNJ Trail Conference sells; it's more accurate and easy to understand. Usually we cross paths with a few ticks on the trails, but I think the most we've found on our dog in a day was around six.
 That's all I got for now I just really want to warn people about High Point. I saw several very surprised and unhappy dog owners there. What a shame. They should really warn people at the gate.
 Thanks a bunch,

NEW MEXICO
Submitted by Laura
We just found this excellent ski resort, Enchanted Forest Area, near Taos and Red River, New Mexico (short drive from Santa Fe) that has 5 km of dog trails.  We have not been yet but are excited about hiking with our retrievers in their first snow.
  http://www.enchantedforestxc.com/
  From their website: Enchanted Forest presents an area especially for our four footed friends. 5k of trails, smooth groomed for easier skiing and varying from 6 to 12 feet. Open to both skiers and snowshowers with their pet pals. Doggie waste bags are provided and are expected to be used along the trail system. Leashes are required in the parking area and dogs must be in at least voice command on the dog trails. If your dog cannot "play nice" under voice command a leash will be required. Dog trails are provided as a service of the Enchanted Forest for guests who want to ski or snowshoe with their dogs. Please respect the posted rules for the use of the dog trail system for the continued enjoyment of all our guests. You are not required to have a dog to use trails. The dog trails are fun for all skiers and snowshoers.

NEW YORK
Submitted by Andrea and Harley
Our favorite hike in the Lake Placid area is up Mt. Van Hoevenberg. It starts on the south end with a wide, pine-laced opening trail that is flat. After you pick your way around a swamp you start on a horseshoe-shaped climb that is pretty easy and tops out at 2,876 feet. At about 2 miles you pop out onto a rocky summit with great quiet views of the High Peaks of the Adirondacks.

Submitted by Lilly-

I have recently started hiking with two German Shepherds, 2 yrs and 5 yrs old, at 13th Lake/Siamese Pond in Warrensburg/North Creek NY. The dogs jump into the lake to cool off after a good 2-5 mile hike. This hike does have some steep areas, but nothing a medium to large size dog can’t handle. If you have a small dog be prepared to carry them at times. Normally I have my dogs leashed because they will take off on me at home, but when we are on the mountain their good ole German Shepherd instincts kick in and they scout ahead (50 feet) and return to let me know the coast is clear. Hiking has increased their confidence (as if they needed that) and also stimulated their problem solving skills – they’ve learned to jump and maneuver through some pretty interesting things which they would never do in the concrete city. If I had known what a positive effect, physically, mentally, and emotionally, hiking would have had on my dogs I would have started this years ago!

Submitted by Jennifer and Cubby
My dog Cubby and I hike through the Swangunk Mountains. They are so beautiful in the fall. We hike through Bear Mountain in the summer and fall also. We hike through Lake Mohonk - it is by Swangunk Mountain. This area in upstate NY is beautiful and quite private.

Submitted by Eva
A fun local area to hike is the Skaneateles Conservation Area on Old Seneca Turnpike norh of the village of Skaneateles NY. Plenty of parking well away from the road, probably about 2 miles of trails, and a pond where your dog can swim.
http://www.townofskaneateles.com/conservation.shtml
(The website says New Seneca Turnpike but it's wrong) Also the Guppy Falls parcel is contiguous with the area on Old Seneca Turnpike, but there is a seond parking area there. Trails connect the two areas.


Submitted by Heather
I take my dogs to the Interloken trail in Hector, NY. It is a trail on government land so it is out in the country. But, it is beautiful and if you love nature, then you should try it. We go there every summer and hike past trails, animals, and beautiful ponds.

Submitted by Karen
I love to bring my dog to the Piermont Pier, located in Piermont NY. This flat, paw friendly pier extends 2.25 miles into the Hudson River. Rich with history, this place was the embarktation point for GIs going to the European Theater during WWII. Teeming with wildlife, one can see birds, deer, and fox along parts of the path. There are many locals and fisherman who use this path so it is seldom deserted, and there are many dog-friendly "scooper-bag" stations and trash bins along the pier. Dogs must be on a leash.

Submitted by Gail and Caleb
One of my favorite places to walk with my dog is along the Erie Canal in the Rochester area. You can access the Canal Path at many locations in the area. It is easy walking and there are places to stop and rest as you enter villages in the area and the many parks that are adjacent to the Canal. It is great fun watching the boats floating by and to meet people and their dogs walking the Path.

Submitted without name
Gardiner Manor Park in Bayshore (Long Island) New York, is a very dog friendly park. The area has open meadows, wooded trails, and a wide path that leads to the Great South Bay, where your dog can go swimming.

Submitted by Susan
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/harrimanhike/ we have a dog hiking group in the greater NYC area, mostly we hike in harriman park. if you are in this area check us out. all our hikes are dog friendly. Susan and the Wolves

Submitted by Joe and Ziggi
My dog ziggi loves the Valley View walking trails in Sidney, NY. It is all cleared grass in the woods. Also the greenway trail in Oneonta, NY. Which is 99.9 percent flat.

Submitted by Kate, Albert and Grendel
We also like to take our dog hiking in the Finger Lakes National Forest. The Interloken Trail can be accessed from a number of points between Hector and Burdett, NY, and offers hikers varied terrain (woodlands, marshes, gorges, meadows) and beautiful views of Seneca Lake. The trail is about 12 miles from end to end, so you can carve out several wonderful out-and-back trips along different sections. The various spur trails (i.e. the Backbone Trail, the Gorge Trail) are also worth exploring, though the horse trail should be avoided-- it's very muddy, and occasionally runs along the shoulder of the road. Keep in mind that the trail doesn't offer much in the way of amenities, so you'll need to bring water for your pooch. And, if your return trip takes you along Route 79 West into Burdett, stop by the Grist Mill Cafe--this dog-friendly establishment makes a mean peanut butter biscuit (not to mention good people food, too--the sandwiches are excellent).

Submitted by Marjorie
Our Oneonta Susquehanna Greenway website http://www.oneontagreenway.org has a page showing our trail being used by dogs and their owners. The page is called Greenway Dogs. Check us out.

Submitted by Matthew
We like to take our dog to breezy point, its the end of the rockaways closest to coney island in brooklyn. you must exit before the rockaways and drive all the way down to the fisherman's parking lot. If you have a 4x4 you can drive out onto the sand. Otherwise it is a very nice beach and a nice walk out to it.

Submitted by Gary, Molly & Maggie
For NYC dog owners - Metro North trains out of Grand Central allow dogs without cages. There are weekend stops at "Appalachian Trail" where more visual variety is to be found hiking W. and S. from the whistlestop..."Breakneck Bridge"..and Bear Mtn. Bridge from "Manitou". Accessing the flat Old Croton Aqueduct Trail is also easy from Greystone. If you can get your hands on a car,  I recommend the small beach front off of the Whitestone Bridge/Queens side & Teatown Lake Preserve in Ossinning.

Submitted by Linda and the new dog
I do enjoy the Hudson Valley and foothills of the Catskills. Lots of trails. Would like to know about upstate...Adirondacks.

Also, where in the Hudson Valley or Catskills are dogs allowed to swim? anybody? please?

Submitted by Art Excursions
Just visited the World Headquarters of PepsiCo this past weekend. We and our Shih Tzu had a great time at the Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Garden at PepsiCo. We spent a couple of hours here enjoying the beautiful landscaped grounds. The sculptures were gorgeous--a top shelf sculpture collection. I am so glad (and amazed) that dogs are allowed there. Please abide by the leash rule as I want to be able to visit with my dog here in the future. It's a world-class sculpture garden visited by people from all over. (You know how it only takes one non-dog lover to complain about off leash dogs and that's the end of it for all of us, unfortunately.)

This was an excellent place to visit with our dog and can't wait to return. By the way, it's free.

Submitted by Martha
Hi! Just a comment on the recent article about hiking mt marcy. We used to live north of the adirondacks and our dog Flash hiked many peaks in his life there. There are leash laws for trails in the eastern high peaks and they are enforced. If the rangers see you dog off leash in these areas you will be fined. There are many parts of the adirondacks without this restriction and really the nicer hikes are the less well known ones. The popular peaks (marcy, huricane, cascade, and others) can be very crowded on a nice day in the summer and early fall. I enjoy your hiking with your dog books!

Submitted by Pat
Gardiner's County Park,  is several acreas of woods in a coastal park which has several wooded trails located in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York. The trails all lead to the Great South Bay.  Dogs must remain leashed or face a $50 fine, although it seems to be permissable if the dogs loves to swim because they are the only ones off leash here.

There are poopy bags, benches throughout for those who want to sit a spell, a water fountain for thirsty dogs and a brand new park for children. Best of all it's FREE!

Here is a link to a map for those who visit the area or live here and didn;t know about our little slice of heaven. Hope it comes up for you!
http://maps.yahoo.com/maps_result.php?q1=Sagtikos+Manor,+Montauk+Highway,+West+Bay+Shore,+ny

NORTH CAROLINA
Submitted by Rebecca and Slappy
We like the interpretive trail at Roanoke Island. It rolls up and down through the forest and touches on a small beach which is great for playing fetch. The history of the trail is also a bonus.

Submitted by Larry and Rascal
Head up Route 12 to the north part of the Outer Banks for great beachwalking.

Submitted by Tim and Max
Our favorite short hikes on the Blue Ridge Parkway are at Linville Falls. The hike to the bottom of the gorge can be taxing but the swimming pool at the bottom for Max makes the climb back up worth it!

Submitted by Meghan
Hi there, ran across your site while doing some research. Wanted to mention that we welcome pets at Chimney Rock Park…

Submitted by Barb
I have taken my dog(s) to the Outer Banks of North Carolina two different times some years apart.  The last time I was there was May 2005.  We have always rented houses and have had no trouble finding plenty of oceanfront houses to choose from.  We stayed in the town of Duck, NC the last time.  It has the advantage of a walking path by the road if you want a change of pace from walking the beach.  I was amazed at the variety and amount of wildlife that was to be found right in town on early morning and dusk walks.  The first time we took a dog to the beach we stayed in Avon, NC which is nice too.  CAUTION !!  Be sure to check the rules for each separate town and/or beach area.  They have very specific times that dogs are allowed.  Some areas do not allow them and some are very liberal about dogs.  Please remember that summer on the beach can be VERY HOT for both you and your dog. Don't forget to at least rinse your dog after he has finished his dip in the ocean.  Unless your dog is a seasoned, experienced ocean swimmer, I would suggest keeping him very close to shore and on a leash attached to a harness.  Ocean currents are very powerful.  North Carolina has other walking/hiking opportunities nearby, but I can never pry myself off the beach to enjoy them.  Happy Hiking !

Submitted by Wendy
I just wanted to let you know about our favorite vacation spot to take our pups!! Topsail Island!! It is a little island in North Carolina, between Wilmington and Myrtle.  It is the most fabulous place.  Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round and all day long.  It is very quiet there, a perfect getaway to relax with your best friend. Check it out!!! Thanks for all the info!!

Submitted by J.J.

Just found your site, it was mentioned in this month’s issue of the Carolina ACD newsletter. A GREAT GREAT place in NC is DuPont State Forest. As the name suggests, it was donated by DuPont. It is located near Brevard and the lower portion of the Pisgah Nat. Forest (which is also great). DuPont is full of waterfalls and is set up with numerous trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Three of the falls in the forest were used in The Last of the Mohicans movie. There are plenty of campgrounds nearby. It’s about 10 miles from the SC state line.
http://www.dupontforest.com/

Submitted by Sheley

Not to be confused with *Georgia's* Stone Mountain, NC's Stone Mountain is located in Roaring Gap, NC (straddling across both Alleghany and Wilkes County, NC, just S of the Blue Ridge Parkway). My Aussies and I love this park. There are a variety of trails to do and we've done the Stone Mountain Loop Trail, a 4.5mi loop with stunning views and a rating of "strenuous". The pool @ the bottom of Stone Mountain Falls is a fabulous place for both human and canine alike to cool off. Also, someone tipped us off to check out the Widow's Creek Falls trail/area and that is truly a "don't miss" item. Widow's Creek is a few miles down the road but we found not only a great place to cool off BUT also kids sliding down the rocks like NC's other famous attraction of Sliding Rock.

I have enclosed a picture of my Aussie, McGrady (who just so happens to have been born DEAF also and is a fabulous hiker BTW!). He is pictured @ the bottom of Stone Mountain Falls!
http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/stmo/main.php




OHIO
Submitted by Sammantha and Gunnar
Our favorite hikes in Ohio are Mohican Park, the Park of Roses, Hoover Reservoir, Goodale Park and my personal favorite - Kokosing Gap. Gunnar is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Sometimes he gets a little tired out, but for the most part he is happy to go on a squirrel prowl.

Submitted by Tim
The Wagtrail is a 1.6 mile loop through fields and woods. It is part of the Battele Darby Metro Park in Central Ohio. It is 1/2 mile south of Georgesville. It is the only nature trail in this park that is open to dogs. Great place for to be out doors with your dog.

Submitted by Lora
My dogs LOVE to hike more than just about anything. We are about 40 miles from A.W. Marion State Park so we go often. Attached are a few pictures from our last hike there. My shih tzu Chloe is an older dog and has to be carried some and hates to get her feet wet! Levi, my poodle runs most of the trail, makes sure he hits all the water spots and can hike for 20 miles in a day.


Submitted by George
Cleveland is a great area to hike with your dog. We may not have any national parks here, but are blessed to have a park system that practically surrounds the city. Two exceptional parks on the east side are the North Chagrin Reservation, and my favorite the Chagrin River Reservation.

Submitted by Jess and Shaina
One of our favorite places to hike in is the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, stretching between Cleveland and Akron. Shaina, a samoyed/chow mix, and I love the Ledges trail, the Kendall lake trail, and her favorite - the Quarry trail! We also paw our way down trails in the Cleveland Metroparks (such as Rocky River and Hinckley), and nearby state parks, such as Edgewater - not only a trail, yet also a beach that allows dogs!

Submitted by the Moores
For CENTRAL OHIO, you have many choices. We love the paved and wooded trails of central Ohio Metro Parks. Three creeks has miles of paved trails and a couple shorter wooed and lake trails. PraireOaks also has an extensive trail system with many PAVED and gravel trails and a SWIMMING spot for dogs! We just visited Slate Run for a mile and a half or so trail that was a mixed wooded treasure, as well as a nice paved walk by the lake. I was dissappointed with the CLEAR CREEK trail as it seems to be an old road going straight, not very scenic. Close by was the HOCKING HILLS with many other choices ROCK HOUSE was a treat. Conkles Hollow is a State Preserve and you can't take your dog there but ASH CAVE (some is handicapped access too) , CEADAR FALLS , OLD MANS CAVE and CANTWELL CLIFFS  (click on names for a hyperlink MAP of park) Don't overlook the Buckeye trail and many connecter trails for the Hocking hills.

OREGON
Submitted by Annalee and Hank
Hello! My dog Hank and I run at least four times a week in Shevlin Park, a fabulous, shady park in Bend, Oregon. Hank is a Doberman/Setter/? mix and is a sleek boy; we get lots of questions about his lineage and comments about how handsome he is. He loves to get drinks and cool off in Tumalo Creek as we run along the trail. There are various loops to try, but it's a "leash only" park.

Submitted by Mary and Charles
Hi! Charles and I love to hike in the Rouge-Umpqua Divide Wilderness area. Our favorite hike starts at skimmerhorn trailhead and is a loop trail around grasshopper mountain. We pass through old growth forests, Grasshopper meadow, climb to the top of the cliffs, then down to the beautiful, green lakes of Cliff and Buckeye. This trail is moderate and very well maintained. Charles is a lab- austrailan sheppard mix who packs his own food and drinking water. We both enjoy our encounters with other hikers and horse riders. Charles has been hiking since he was four months old and has better trail manners than a lot of people. I can't imagine a better hobby than hiking with my dog.

PENNSYLVANIA
Submitted by Mike & Barney
Ricketts Glen State Park was supposed to be a national park but plans fell through in World War II which means we can take dogs down the Falls Trail which works its way past 23 named waterfalls on two branches of Kitchen Creek. I think the east branch is prettier, the west is steeper and more dramatic. The two trails can be connected at the top with the Highland Trail. After the hard work on the Falls Trail we enjoy the Evergreen Trail around Boston Run. It is wide and easy on foot and paw. About a mile in length.

Submitted by Mike and Barney
The heart-stopping High Rock Trail in Worlds End State Park is one of the most challenging short trails in Pennsylvania. It is narrow and steep in places but most dogs won't have much problem. You wind up high above the Loyalsock Creek Gorge where they built the first road along the steep ridges that made travelers feel as if they had reached the end of the world. Across the road there are miles pf wooded mountainside trails in the Wyoming State Forest.

Submitted by ?
We find a little bit of everything in a little state park called Susquehannock south of Lancaster. There are five miles of wooded trails and plenty of steep climbs. There is access to the Susquehanna River for swimming and an outstanding view up and down the river from the top of a 400-foot cliff. The main trail leads through thick rhodedendron bushes that make you feel like you are in a dark jungle.

Submitted by Alex and Bruce
Everytime we drive through Philadelphia we make it a point to get on the Forbidden Drive in Fairmount Park - it is like a national park in a big city!

Submitted by Loretta and Shelby
My dog Shelby and I walk along the Delaware Canal Towpath in all seasons. The summertime is best because of the shade from the trees and all of the beautiful wildflowers. There are plenty of butterflies to chase and you can even watch the fish swimming in the canal. Shelby likes all of the attention from our fellow hikers that stop to pet him and chat!!

Submitted by Karen and Barney
Kings Gap in Cumberland County has a multitude of trails but there are 2 that are our favorites.  Barney is a yellow lab and LOVES water so both of our favorite hikes follow water for at least part of the hike.

Option 1 Park at the Pond Parking Lot (it is the 2nd parking area heading toward the mansion). There are maps at the parking site. Follow the Watershed Trail to the Boundary Trail.  There is a stream for the first mile or so.  Then the elevation starts to go up and you lose the stream for the next mile.  Cross from the Boundary Trail, across the paved road to the Kings Gap Hollow Trail. Follow this back to the pond area (there is a stream the entire way back).  Total hike3.5 miles.   On the way down the mountain, stop at the General Store at the park entrance (across the street)There are excellent sandwiches and hand dipped ice cream!


Option 2 Park at the 3rd large parking area (there are maps) it is about 2 miles past the Pond area just before the road splits at the Mansion. Follow the Scenic Overlook Trail.  This goes down to the Pond parking lot.  There is not water until you get to the Pond lot but it is a beautiful, scenic route and shaded the entire way.  At the Pond, cross the main road and follow the Kings Gap Hollow Trail to the left (away from the Mansion).  Follow the Creek until you get to the Overlook Trail (on your right purple markers).  Follow this around (it is steep but the view is worth it).  There are boulders at the top which Barney likes to climb over and sniff around.  Follow this trail down to the Mansion trail.  This is a very short trail that takes you to the Mansion.  At the mansion, you can walk around the herb garden (nice and shady with benches).  Then walk down the hill about mile to your car. Total hike about 4 miles.  


Barney is 5 months old so he cant do very long hikes yet but as soon as hes able, we will head over to Colonel Denning State Park for the Cider Path, Warner Trail to Flat Rock trail hike (park at the lower trail parking lot).  This is about 7 miles round trip and there is some water about half way up to Flat Rock and again close to Flat Rock.  The Warner Trail follows an old logging road for quite a distance.  Watch for snakes.my deceased golden found a rattlesnake ( a VERY LARGE one) on one hike. 

Submitted by Pam and Cali
Cali Sue my Jack Russel and I tread many trails together. One of our favorites is the Yough River Trail in Fayette County, PA and the Sheepskin trail which you can access off the trail on route to Ohiopyle, PA. Although, listed as a bike trail these are wonderful well accessed trails.


RHODE ISLAND
Submitted by Carol
I always go to Rome Point in Wickford.......it's a great place to let my 2 dogs roam. We also have an enclosed dog park here in Newport.

Submitted by Rose in Providence
Just wanted to make others aware that there are now NO DOGS ALLOWED signs posted at Snake Den State Park in RI. Don't want anyone else to make a wasted trip.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Submitted by Jennifer & Jack
Edisto Island is a wonderfully dog friendly place. During off-peak season, you can even have the dog off-leash and under voice command! Jack and I went everywhere off leash and everyone stopped and talked to him, even when they were reading a book by the ocean. An awesome place!

Submitted by Lee
hello, great topic, thanks! in North Carolina, Ocean Isle Beach (located approx. 12 miles from the NC/SC border) dogs are allowed on the beach ANYTIME between Labor and Memorial day and are also welcome during the summer months, but only after 5 pm... Of course they require that you leash your dog. Its not a big beach, but they are somewhat dog friendly there... I just thought id pass it along happy trails !

Submitted by Patti
Great site. I was in Myrtle Beach in April and you can take your dog on the beach as long as it's leashed. I don't recall any restrictions on certain areas.


SOUTH DAKOTA
Submitted by Leslie
A couple of years ago we went to the Black Hills for vacation with our 2 chocolate labs.  We camped for seven days and hiked the area.  We really loved hiking up to Harney Peak.  The dogs could be off leash and they had a blast!  Sylvan Lake was great too and the dogs could swim to cool down after the hike.

TENNESSEE
Submitted by Bobbie and Bear
When we are in the South Fork Recreation Area we always like to take the Angel Falls Overlook Trail. You follow the John Muir National Trail across and down the Cumberland River. The wide dirt trail is easy walking under the tall trees. At the 1.5-mile mark the trail goes up in switchbacks to high bluffs overlooking the river. There is a little stretch of rock climbing so you may have to lift your dog if he isn't used to jumping on rocks.

Submitted by Brenda
Just wanted to drop you a line to tell you about another Tennessee park that allows dogs (on a leash). Frozen Head State Park (see link above). Great hiking, beautiful wild flowers and not very crowded. Love your website.

TEXAS
Submitted by Roger & Mia
Most parks in Texas that we've found require dogs to be on leash. However, if you're looking for a safe place where the dogs can run off leash and don't mind a 2+ hour drive from Houston, Matagorda Beach is simply awesome.

You'll need to purchase a beach pass for your vehicle (about $5). Once on the beach, head east away from the pier. You can drive on the beach for several miles. Suggest that you drive along the beach for 2-3 miles minimum in order to limit the number of vehicles driving along.


Once you find a spot, you'll have miles of beach and ocean for the dogs to run and play. Please remember to pack a picnic and bring plenty of fresh water, toys, and plastic bags to clean up after your pets!


Fall and winter months are best if you want to avoid crowds but the surf tends to be rough and the winds blow.


Have fun with this trip - our two "girls" love the place!


Submitted by Laura
While it is true that you can hike with your dog on all of National Park missions, you may not allow your dog on the grounds of the Alamo (owned by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas). I know this because a police officer informed that I could not bring my golden retriever on to the grounds. So I picked up my 50 pound dog and carried her through the Alamo.

Our favorite site in Houston is the Millie Bush Bark Park in George Bush
Park, lease free. Two large swimming ponds for dogs and short hiking loop around the park (bring plenty of towels). The smaller, more timid dogs even have their own fenced area.

Thanks for providing this great service.


Submitted by CK
Dogs are welcome at state parks in Texas.  I have found those in the Hill Country very good for hiking with a dog.  In west Texas I've found boots for the dogs very useful to protect from rock and cactus.  State parks require the dog be on a leash but this is loosely controlled.  At Lake Houston State Park a ranger told me he needed to go tie up his dog when he saw me arrive with a dog.  For the most part, once well onto the trail I find the dogs can run lose without a problem.  I'll leash them if other people are around.

Submitted by Mark
There are many miles of open beach for dog owners to hike with their precious friends along Bolivar Peninsula near Galveston Island. I raise and show American Staffordshire Terriers and we often take one of two of our 'kids' for long walks in the sand and surf in this area. With males that get up to 80 pounds, we need lots of room for them to romp and this area is perfect for us.Check out such places as the town of Crystal Beach in Texas on the internet for images and more information of the area.

UTAH
Submitted by Carol & Tramp
The Fisher Tower Trail east of Moab was made famous in old movie Westerns. The trail is three miles long but ends for most dogs after about two miles whne you have to climb a ladder over a rock. The trail dips in and around and under the massive towers and is alot of fun.

Submitted by Georgia and Jake
Jake toured the Bonneville Salt Flats - and the salt sticks to their feet...you need to clean it off so it won't burn...there are no signs there telling you this.

Submitted by Katie
Our yorkie-scottie mix is a little dog with big energy... she LOVES going out to Saltair (just north of Tooele on I-80), where dogs are allowed, seemingly off-leash, in the Great Salt Lake, on the beach, and in the old Saltair night club building (on-leash only inside). It's less busy than the Bonneville Salt Flats, and the beach is made from much softer and less salty sand.

Submitted by Virginia
Hi - here's a good trail just north of Salt Lake City: Adams Canyon Trail (Kaysville, Davis Co. Utah)

This seems like it's too far away, but it's only 30-35 min. from downtown SLC, which is about the same distance as the top of Mill Creek. The bonus: you can take your dog AND there's water after the first 15 min. of hiking ­ oh, and a great waterfall at the top with a pool at the bottom that your dog can splash around in! The round-trip hike, with a few dog-watering stops and a break at the top, takes about 2 ? hours. You could probably do it in 2 if you were really moving. . It's super-shady once you hit the creek, and even at high noon on a 100-degree day, it was pretty cool. There's still a ton of water there.


My friend and I were excited to find that once you cross the shoreline trail and head up the canyon, the trail follows a big creek all the way to the main waterfall. From the parking lot, take the sandy trail just north of the reservoir (there's only one option). The first 10-15 min. of hiking was very sandy, and although it was ok for the dogs when we started around 10:30, our return around 12:30 nearly burned their paws off ­ either go earlier/later, bring enough water to cool your dog's paws, or if you have those little snow booties, they might help protect them from hot sand. The sand stops once the trail levels off for the first time.


After 10-15 min. you'll see the Shoreline trail branch off to the left (north) ­ don't follow this; stay straight/right to head up the canyon. You'll then get to a right-hand branch that crosses a small bridge ­ this is the first water spot for dogs, but don't cross the bridge ­ this will send you southbound on the Shoreline trail. Continue east into the canyon (follow the creek). In some places, the trail is a little hard to follow, but just look around for options if it looks like you've lost it. The waterfall is great ­ 100+ feet high, and it comes down into a shallow pool. There's a little bank where you can sit and have a snack, and cool off with the spray from the falls.


To get there:


Travel north from Salt Lake City on Highway 89 (you might have to get on and off the highway, but stay on 89 wherever you can) and, once you get to Kaysville/Fruitland area, take the first right past Oakhills Road (Layton City Water Tank), which is Eastside Road. Take an immediate right (south) on the frontage road. Keep a sharp eye out ­ the road signs on 89 are hard to see. Park at the end of pavement in a dirt parking lot at fenced off reservoir. Trail starts on north side of the reservoir. This trail has good access to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.


From Jake and Kristin
We loved going to Millcreek Canyon up to Dog Lake during the summer. There are two ways to get to the top: a slightly steeper and shorter version or a more mild longer version. The more mild version has water along the way and both versions are rewarded at the top with a huge lake for dogs to play! Have your sticks, lunches and mosquito repellent and remember Millcreek is OK for off-leash on odd days :)

From Matt
My fiancee is a traveling Surg. Tech. so we are constantly looking for dog parks/hikes. Mill Creek Canyon in Salt Lake City is a very nice area to take the dogs. Salt Lake City is very strict about animals in their watershed but makes an exception in this canyon. There are plenty of trails and off-leash days. I can't remember if it was odd or even but one day is for mountain bikers and the other day is for off-leash. It was 2.50 a day or you could buy a season pass. They also have an awesome dog park. Parley's Historic Nature Park is one of the nicest dog parks I've ever been to.


VERMONT
Submitted by Angela and Rusty
We always enjoy the hike up Camels Hump. We prefer the DeanTrail-Long Trail-Monroe Trail route although there are some steep rock climbs that are for athletic dogs only. It starts with a rolling walk through light woods and then ascends moderately to the fork of the loop. The Dean Trail climbs through thick birches and past a beaver pond at the foot of the mountain to the Long Trail. Eventually you get above the tree line at 4,083 feet. The Monroe Trail is a steady downhill but is easier than the Dean with no rock climbs. The total distance is a bit over 7 miles with Camel's Hump Brook coming into play for dog refreshment. Afterwards the separate View Trail Loop is a nice cool-down walk with a view of where we just came from on top of the mountain.

Submitted by Larry and Hank
I wouldn't call it our favorite hike but it is different. That would be the Elephant's Trail at Smuggler's Notch. It is a wild walk that starts with a climb from the notch up and around Sterling Pond that gets hairy halfway around the pond where you encounter an impassable rock climb for a dog which forces a backtrack and bushwhacking through thick pines to get back to the trail. From there the path is seldom level with hopping from root to rock until you take a little downhill sidepath to Elephant's Head which is a small clearing at the top of a 1000-foot cliff. You finish the 6.5-mile trek by swtching back down the mountain and across a rock slide.

Submitted by Ed
I looked up your site anxious to find hikes in Vermont.  I noticed that you listed no National Parks in Vermont where dogs are welcomed.  Even though Vermont only has one NP (Marsh-Billing-Rockefeller National Historical Park), it is dog (on leash) friendly and offers 20 miles of hiking trails.   If you would like to call to confirm this the phone # is (802) 457-3368.  Thanks.  I think many people would love to share this beautiful area with their four-legged friends.

Submitted by Jim
Great new National Park in Vermont and many dog friendly trails around Woodstock, VT.

http://www.nps.gov/mabi/index.htm

VIRGINIA
Submitted by Holly (from Ashburn)
We love to hike the C&O canal trails

Submitted by Karl and Soapy
Great Falls National Park allows leashed dogs. Site of historic Patowmack Canal passage around the Great Falls of the Potomac. Connects with Riverbend Park to the north.

Submitted by Michelle
Newport News Park has miles of excellent trails to share with your "furry children". Take the Ft. Eustis Blvd/Yorktown exit off of Interstate 64. Left on 143 and the park is right there!

Submitted by Nancy and Newton
Washington was no dummy--he chose the most beautiful hilltop on the Potomac River to build his Mount Vernon, Virginia estate, and, because he and Martha were owners of many pets, Mount Vernon has remained true to that tradition and is very dog friendly. The grounds cover many acres, including everything from a formal garden to a nature trail with glorious ravines. Our dog's nose goes into overload with the combination of smells from old buildings, wild animals (deer, turkeys, etc.) and a myriad of llivestock on the grounds (horses, sheep, cows, pigs). We live right down the street from Mount Vernon and love to go there with our dog Newton. The $11.00 admission fee is steep, but well worth the cost now and again. Mount Vernon seems to have an interesting ability to think about "the work of dogs"as well. A few years ago, they were faced with an interesting problem. They had planted a new orchard, exactly like the one George Washington had. The problem was that the deer would come at night and nibble on the young seedlings. A fence was not a good idea, because everything at Mount Vernon is supposed to be authentic and an effective fence would have been an eyesore. The grounds people, many of them who lived on the grounds and were dog owners themselves, came up with the idea of surrounding the football-field-sized orchard with an invisible fence and putting in small barrels to act as dog houses. They rescued two dogs from the animal shelter and, every night, the dog were put into the orchard to protect it. The dogs loved chasing the squirrels and possums, the deer stayed away, there was no ugly fence and the orchard thrived. The dogs were given homes with the people who live on the estate. So, as a "hiker," when we come across a staff member, he or she is likely to be friendly to our dog, as the whole atmosphere there is one of respect for them.

Submitted by Valerie and Savannah
We love to take our chocolate lab SAVANNAH on the trails in First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach. Several times a week we hike 3-6 miles, and occasionally do more if it's not too hot for the dog. The Cape Henry main trail is busy with runners and bikers, but Kingfisher, Osprey, White Lake, and Long Creek are great for dogs. In fact, on Long Creek & Osprey, you come to the edge of Broad Bay & The Narrows, which is part of the inner bay off the Chesapeake Bay and there are usually several dogs cooling off and enjoying the gentle waves.
It's best to keep your dog on a leash or well controlled by voice, as runners do appear frequently. Also, please pick up your dog waste--with the cypress swamps and bay so close by, it's not only the right thing to do, it's the safe thing to do. Watch for snakes, though most are non-poisonous. There are a few water snakes with venom, see the nature center for details.

Overall, an incredible hiking experience set inside a bustling city, close to the ocean and right on the Chesapeake Bay and inland waters--a true treasure. Entry fee varies, weekday/weekend/holidays, so we just bought a yearly pass for $30 that pays for itself in a just a few visits. Happy hiking!


Submitted by Mike & Tracy
My wife and I like to take our dog up to Dragon's Tooth, a part of the Appalachain Trail in southwestern Virginia. Its a moderate hike, and Daisy, our dog, loves it. We see people all the time with their dogs up there. Its a great hike and great exercise.

Submitted by Ruff
You name the hike in NOVA and our retired racing greyhound "Ruff" has done it. Great Falls has a very nice trail along the Potomac to hike with your four-legged buddy. I would recommed both the VA and MD side of that park. The C&O canal and it's toe path make for a very lesurely stroll. Many shops/restaurants are pet-friendly at Reston Town Center especially during their "Pet-Fiesta" in May. Mount Vernon and the GW Parkway is a nice historical hike. For a short afternoon walk the W&OD railroad park is excellent, just watch out for fast moving cyclist! Also a number of the regional parks in the area are excellent "field-trips" to take with your best bud. A personal favorite of ours is Algonkian Regional Park in Sterling. Great trails and lots of wildlife sightings abound. Guranteed deer sightings on the golf course in the late afternoon/evening. Our old man is completely convinced he is a deer which makes this all the more amusing!

Submitted by Michelle
This is Sully and Scout on top Little Stony Man in Shenandoah National Park.



Submitted by Ted
They have an awesome beach called "dog beach" in FT Monroe in Norfolk, VA. The are planning on closing the base- so it will be available for public access pretty soon.


Submitted by Pam and Ivy
Ivy, our yellow lab, enjoys the nature trail at the Great Bridge Locks Park, in Chesapeake, VA. This is a short trail around the perimeter of the park. Lots of water views and an interesting place to watch many luxury yachts travel though the canal on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Dogs need to be on a six foot leash and there is one flat, beachy place where they can get their feet wet. No swimming though, there is a tricky current there. Nice picnic shelters, take your lunch.

Submitted by Marty
Yesterday we hit Fountainhead Regional Park in Fairfax County, which is 30 min from our Arlington home.  There is a moderate 2 mile loop trail that winds among the beeches and hemlock.  We let our hound mix Joey off the leash and he runs ahead of and behind us as we walk.  This gives him a much better workout (6-8 miles or even more) than we are able to give him without driving (and hiking) far greater distances.  
Anyone know of similar places near N.Va where a scenting dog can run?  We go to an off-leash area every day but Joey has only limited interest in other dogs.  He'd much rather run around and smell things.


Submitted by Nycole
Our Shih Tzu, Maxx LOVES to hike through the trails at Fox Mill Park in Herndon, VA. It's a county park with a lot of trails winding through a hilly wooded area. Little streams, huge rocks. He's a little guy but loves it.

Submitted by Kathy
We like taking our German Shepherd dog to the Oak Grove Lake Park which is located off of Volvo Parkway (Chesapeake).  The hike around the lake is partially shaded and is a nice walk for you as well as your dog.

Submitted by Pepper
I am a one-year old Italian Grayhound.  My name is Pepper.  My dad and I have been to Mount Vernon - Uncle George's estate - two times.  The first time I was overwhelmed by the size of the open space.  The second time the weather was not so friendly; forty-five minutes in the estate the weather turned cold and windy, so we had to cut short our visit.   
Dad has promised that this coming summer will be a fantastic time for us to visit the estate.  I want to explore the flora and fauna (the sheep, the bull, the hog, etc.) and dad wants to do a little historical exploration.
 
I wish to thank the management of the estate for allowing us canines to come visit with our parents. 
 
Many a parks that I have visited have all these rules and regulations posted so conspiscuously as to assault the basic common sense of our parents:  watch where you pet steps, x amount fine if you don't clean up after them, report any infringement to such and such authority, etc.  But in Mount Vernon there's none of these intimidating notices, and that makes my dad to be extra sensitive in preserving the prestine state of the estate.  He carries a load of toiletaries for my use. As for me, I do my business prior to the trip.  Time in the estate is precious; there are so many things to explore.
 
Thanks for listening.


Submitted by Bruce
I have a couple weims that need to run.  We drive up to Great Falls , route 7, then Georgetown pike then to the end of Seneca Road.  A large preserve is there along the Potomac (NW of the great falls Park), you have about 7 marked trails where each can be over an hour walk.   Lots of people take their dogs off leash here.  Be careful as there are critters and deer which means a hunting dog may take you a bit longer to collect.

Submitted by Sabine and the canine hiking gang
Our favorite hikes are: Great Falls Park - the VA side. Dogs are allowed on all trails and you can walk along the Potomac for about two hours. The average hike can last anywhere between 1 to 4 hours and more and the neighboring Riverbend Park should be included. I will attach a slide show giving some of the impressions one gets along the trails:

Riverbend Park:
http://www.slide.com/r/CGYPBYsSsj9Zxjs8vHcbcDPHxTVUCpq9 (http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/riverbend/)

Great Falls Park, VA side (very dog friendly!):
http://www.slide.com/r/FDY0FY_D1D8kG--ZPP_ntESb2GTGfQFj
http://www.nps.gov/grfa/

Another suggestion: Mason Neck State Park, VA -
http://www.slide.com/r/guOHTcol3D9OnO34UdkOnoGjMg6JZS9l ( http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/mas.shtml )


I hope you can use some of the information. Keep up the great work !
In Dog We Trust !
http://themcleanfurgang.blogspot.com/


Submitted by Pam and Ivy
I agree with the post that First Landing State Park in VA Beach is a great hiking experience. It also turns out that dogs are allowed on the Bay side beach portion of the park all year round. It is a $3.00 fee. Proof of rabies vaccination and a 6 foot leash are required. You need to pick up after your dog (duh). We did take our dog off leash to swim in a more secluded area. Use your best judgment about that since this is a large camping area with many children.

This is an 8.5 mile section of old US 17. It is open to walkers, bicycle riders, equestrians and boaters. We walked about 2 miles with Ivy, our yellow lab. It is very shaded with plenty of benches and picnic tables along the way. There are lots of birds and wildlife. The canal is connected to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, so you may see recreational boats underway. It's truly a great setting. Here is the link:
http://www.chesapeake.va.us/services/depart/park-rec/dismal_swamp_trail.shtml.

WASHINGTON
Submitted by Dinah
Just north of Hoodsport Washington is the Hama Hama Recreation Area. There's a trail called the Lena Lake trail, and Lena Lake has actually two parts. "Upper Lena Lake" is inside of the Olympic National Park, so you can't take your dog in there. But "Lower Lena Lake" is outside of the park, while being inside "Olympic National Forest". Dogs ARE allowed up to Lower Lena Lake, and people bring dogs! The river that feeds these lakes goes underground and emerges halfway up the trail to Lower Lena Lake, where your pooch can satisfy his thirst.

Submitted by Collene
We just visited the Mt. Rainier outside of Seattle Washington the other day and they do have one trail that dogs are allowed on that is breathtaking. It's called the Pacific Crest Trail which can be accessed near the Sunrise entrance heading towards Chinook Pass. The trail is 10.5 miles long walked through sub-alpine meadows which are full of flowers from July-Sep., passing lakes and waterfalls. Highly recommended.

WISCONSIN
Submitted by Dirk
I've been enjoying your website, and I noticed that you are missing two great dog - friendly hiking trails in Wisconsin. The Ice Age Trail - I attached a map of the North Kettle Moraine to this email which has a 32+ mile section of the Ice Age Trail pass through, and is a one hour drive northwest of Milwaukee. http://www.iceagetrail.org/trail-map-and-current-conditions And the North Country Nat'l Scenic Trail, which also goes through North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. http://northcountrytrail.org/trail/states/wisconsin/

Submitted by Kim
Here are a few that I've taken our dogs: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/kohlerandrae/ with pet map: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/kohlerandrae/pdfs/kapetmap.pdf and http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/harrington/ with a recommendation: http://www.bringfido.com/attraction/10085/
Here's a handy pet welcome guide for the parks in WI: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/rules/pets.html
I've also taken them to the Devils Lake Park in Baraboo, WI. I'm too lazy to look up their websitbut I think its listed on the pet welcome guide link. Thanks! WI must be getting better about allowing our 4 legged friends in parks. I've only lived here 5 years now and honestly have not met with many problems.


and in Canada...


ALBERTA
Submitted by Doug & Katie
One of the most spectacular hikes we've ever taken was in Banff National Park at Sunshine Meadows. The hike leads out away from the ski lodge over the ridges of the Great Divide, completely above the treeline. You pass through endless flower-filled meadows (in summer) down to Rock Isle Lake for some canine swimming and back across the tops of the mountains. Unfortunately the only way to the trailhead at the ski lodge is by shuttle bus which doesn't allow dogs so we had to climb 3000 feet or so up the mountain to start the hike. But it was worth every shin-busting step.

Submitted by Dan & Gumbo
There are beautiful hiking and walking trails starting near the outlet of Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park. There are beautiful small ponds so clear that you can see the trout swimming along the edges. Last year Gumbo and I were returning from a good hike when she turned around suddenly, growling and yanking on her leash. A doe was charging down the path at us and stopped only a few feet away. I didn't hear it coming, the ground being soft but thankfully my hound "Gumbo" did and put up enough fuss to break the charge of the doe. I believe the deer must have had a fawn nearby. A tourist from England had just joined us on the trail and took a lot of photos and left Canada with a good adventure tale. The deal with my hound is she carries the water bottles in saddle bags made by "Outward Hound". It works great for both of us.

Submitted by Judy & Happy
I have lived in Jasper National Park for about 30 years and have always either had a dog or have been hiking with some else's dog. This is a very dog friendly town and everyone who lives here seems to know everyone else's dogs. My dog, Happy, is only on leash when we are in an area that is frequented by elk during rutting season or shortly after calving season. There are good swimming spots on the lakes in the summer that are away from the main beaches. We also have two cross country ski trails where the dogs are allowed off leash.

From Lesley, Honor & Al Capone:
It is very hard to find a place within a city that has lots of running room plus swimming for dogs. In Edmonton AB, Hermitage Park North is an off-leash park that runs about 1.5km along the N. Saskatchewan river valley and includes a duck pond. The path continues south down the river where there are stocked fishing ponds, but in that area you are required to have your dog on a leash. There are always plenty of play-pals for Al Capone who is the social butterfly of my two babies. And there are tonnes of logs and large sticks for Honor, who has a sick sense of humour and actually believes that if she reaches me with a fallen down tree, I will just HAVE to throw it for her... The only down side is that the city has failed to ensure that a good supply of doggy bags are available in the boxes that they have installed, however, there is a thoughtful soul who always hangs a bag of grocery bags at the entrance to the off-leash area. The dogs and I highly recommend it.

Submitted by ?
hi we live in canmore alberta Canada during the summers .. and we discovered a great Hiking etc club in Calgery - link: http://www.calgaryoutdoorclub.com/.

Any way it 100% FREE TO JOIN AND all trips have a DOGS allowed yes or no flag... most hikes allow dogs.. so any one in the Canadian Rockies should check it out...  canmore is next to Banff  and the center for a lot of hiking(dogs on leash allowed almost every where) + hikes are 2.00 Canadian to join in on (voluntary also)


BRITISH COLUMBIA
Submitted by Garry
Favourites:


Whiffen Spit, Sooke B.C. 45 minutes from Victoria
Off leash beach 2.5 km natural breakwater with a lighthouse at the entrance to the harbour. Doggie bags and trash cans. A cornucopia of dog sicks. Great dog swimming on harbour side. A great west coast storm walk in the winter, but beware waves!

Least favourite:


Osoyoos, B.C. is the most unfriendly dog town I've come across. In the winter (when there's no tourists), dogs are allowed off leash on the city beaches, to chase the ducks and geese away, reducing the fecal coliform count for the summer tourist season. In the summer, however, at 40 deg C, the only place a dog is allowed into the lake off-leash, is the boat ramp, with it's oil slick. Perhaps a small dog friendly beach so the family pet could have a much appreciated dip, or in my case, get out of the truck for a cool down. I now plan ahead to avoid this poor imitation of "somewhere in Arizona". Sunshine it has, character and charm, it has not......


Submitted by Autumn and her Humans:
Autumn's favourite hike is the Eva Lake Trail in Mt. Revelstoke National Park. Being a National Park there are leash requirements, but this in no way interferes with the fun she has. Eva Lake is an alpine lake that has some fish in it and lots of room for her to run. There is overnight tent pads and a small sign-in cabin. Lots of sticks along the way and marmots to tease her. Easy hiking trail and wonderful views. Autumn also has another favourite hike that she just got back from about an hour ago, we celebrated the coming of the New Year with a daytime hike into Begbie Falls just outside of the city of Revelstoke. There is a road going into the falls that is not ploughed all the way but snowmobilers and other hikers have packed down a trail and is an easy hike to go to the base of the falls and then to continue on to the river for fabulous views of the valley and the ski hill. Revelstoke is a dog friendly city with walkways that provide doggy pick up bags and strategically placed garbage cans. There is also an off leash area near Bridge Creek. It has lots of room to romp and play and gravel roadways to walk on. Autumn gives it her high five, paws up recommendation. Thank-you

Submitted by Morag and her guardian-
It may be small compared to other parks in BC, but Pacific Spirit Park, near UBC, provides me with welcome break from the busy city parks. There are some restrictions (either leashes are required or no dogs allowed) but these are all well marked so my guardian knows where I can and can't go. The dogs we meet are nice, friendly and very eager to sniff and play with me. The humans we meet are also nice.

ONTARIO
Submitted by Mark and Pal
The Nokomis Trail. We found this trail while we we were driving through Canada, right on the road in Lake Superior Provincial Park. It was a steady but easy climb up through a spurce forest along the spectacular rushing waters through the Old Woman River valley. There are plenty of chances to walk in and around the water on ancient cobble beaches. We had never seen anything like it.

Submitted by Vale and Audrey
We like to hike with our dog in the bush north of Gogama Ontario. The lakes and streams are a wonderful place for her to paddle and she runs so freely along the shield rocks there that her pads often bleed unless we restrain her. Audrey (our Jack Russell Terrier) also hikes through the Niagara Gorge with us and in the expansive open forest behind our home in Sutton Ontario. She hikes around our side of Lake Simcoe when we allow her to go and she hikes along the lake walkway in Burlington Ontario.

Submitted by Chuck
There is a trail in Guelph, Ontario along the Eromosa River. It goes through neighbourhoods and behind a factory and close to the university and by very active baseball diamonds. On the one side the picturesque Eromosa on the other the places where childhood memories were made. This is a fantastic trail for dogs and their companions.

Submitted by Steve & Jasmine
One of my favourite trails and my dogs jasmine, is found in South-Eastern Ontario North of Napanee at the Sheffield Conservation Area on Highway 41. The trail loops around 5 small lakes, with limestone and shield rocks everywhere. It is especially beautiful in the fall with barely anyone else there. Jasmine runs free and swims whenever she wants. I highly recommend this trail for a 2 or 3 hour journey.

Submitted by Rosemarie
The University of Guelph Arboretum http://www.uoguelph.ca/arboretum/GardenNA/ToursWalks1.htm Tours and Walks) A beautiful 165 hectare park-like setting with native trees, specialty gardens, forests and a boardwalk through marshland. Lots of variety for a great walk with your dog. Dogs allowed on leash.

Preservation Park
Located on Kortright Road between Scottsdale Drive and Edinburgh Road. A 27 hectare forested area. My favourite urban forest for a quiet walk with my dog. At the far end of Preservation Park near the Hanlon expressway is a leash-free zone (ward 6 hydro corridor) http://www.city.guelph.on.ca/uploaddocuments/d1084+leashfree.pdf

Waterloo, Ontario
Bechtel Park 5 acres of fenced-in leash-free dog park plus acres of trails through the forest (forest is a leashed area). A great place to socialize and exercise your dog and yourself. One caveat: Waterloo has a ban on pit bull type dogs.

QUEBEC
Submitted by Richard Sorry, but Quebec is the worst place in America to hike with his dog. The Minister responsible for the parks and reserve is Thomas J. Mulcair ( www.ministre@menv.gouv.qc.ca Please write to him. For the last 2 years I have been trying to move things, I will be selling my tent trailer ang go fishing or hunting or hiking elsewhere. Salutatios Richard Lavigne Laval, Québec.  
PS send a copy to me if members write to him, I would transfer to medias.
richard.lavigne2@sympatico.ca

Submitted by Brigitte
Our family's favorite hike to date, and almost our only one with our beloved pooch was at the Coaticook Gorge, near Sherbrooke, Qc. We camped there and our dog had access to ALL the hiking trails. Dogs are not allowed in any of the buildings or near the pool and must be on a leash at all times. This trip was awesome and well worth the drive! http://www.gorgedecoaticook.qc.ca/alcyon.cgi?ACTION=Reference&ID=1&Lang=1

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