the site where you won't be able to wipe the wag off your dog's tail
National Parks With Hiking
Isle Royale National Park
Dogs are not allowed in the park
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Dogs are allowed on the trails in this park
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Dogs are allowed on the trails in this park
Links to National Forests With Hiking
Hiawatha National Forest
Huron-Manistee National Forest
Ottawa National Forest
State Parks With Hiking
Michigan State Parks
Dogs are not permitted in buildings or in swimming areas.
|Port Crescent State Park||Proud Lake Recreation Area||Rifle River Recreation Area|
|Van Riper State Park||Warren Dunes State Park||Warren Woods State Park|
Share A Favorite Hike With Your Dog In Michigan
Your Dog's Favorite Hikes In 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 Monica
I work with Oakland County Parks and Recreation communications in Michigan. I was emailing you to let you know about our “Tail-Friendly Trails”:
Lyon Oaks County Park
52221 Pontiac Trail
Wixom, MI 48393
Orion Oaks County Park
2301 W Clarkston Road
Lake Orion, MI 48360
Red Oaks County Park (with off-leash frolicking available here)
Madison Heights, MI 48071
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