Tails and Trails: Top Pup-Friendly National Parks

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National parks offer unparalleled opportunities for adventure, exploration, and reconnecting with nature. For pet parents who love the great outdoors, there's nothing quite like exploring the beauty of national parks with your four-legged friend by your side. From scenic trails to breathtaking vistas, the United States boasts a plethora of national parks that welcome furry companions. Join us as we embark on a paw-some journey through the top 10 most dog-friendly national parks. 

Acadia National Park (Bar Harbor, Maine)

Acadia National Park, located on the rugged coast of Maine, offers breathtaking ocean views, rocky shorelines, and lush forests. While dogs are not allowed on the park's shuttle buses or on certain trails, there are still plenty of pet-friendly options to explore. Dogs are permitted on many of the park's carriage roads, which wind through picturesque landscapes and provide excellent opportunities for walking and biking.

Congaree National Park (Richland County, South Carolina)

Congaree National Park is a hidden gem nestled in the floodplains of South Carolina. With its towering hardwood forests and diverse wildlife, it's a paradise for nature lovers and their canine companions. Dogs are welcome on most of the park's trails, including the Boardwalk Loop Trail, which offers a leisurely stroll through the heart of the park's old-growth forest.

Congaree National Park
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Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Northeastern Ohio)

Just a short drive from Cleveland, Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers a peaceful retreat in the heart of Ohio. Dogs are welcome on many of the park's trails, including the popular Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, which follows the historic route of the Ohio & Erie Canal. With its scenic vistas and tranquil waterways, it's the perfect spot for a leisurely hike or bike ride with your furry friend.

Grand Canyon National Park (Northwestern Arizona)

The Grand Canyon needs no introduction – it's one of the most iconic natural wonders on the planet. While dogs are not allowed below the rim or on inner canyon trails, they are welcome on the South Rim trails, including the Rim Trail, which offers jaw-dropping views of the canyon's majestic beauty. Just be sure to keep your pup on a leash and stay hydrated, as the desert heat can be intense.

Grand Canyon National Park

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Great Sand Dunes National Park (Alamosa, Colorado)

Great Sand Dunes National Park is home to the tallest sand dunes in North America, towering against the backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Dogs are welcome in most areas of the park, including the dunes themselves, where they can run and play to their heart's content. Just be prepared for some sandy paws and breathtaking views.

Hot Springs National Park (Hot Springs, Arkansas)

Nestled in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas, Hot Springs National Park is known for its rejuvenating thermal waters and historic bathhouses. While dogs are not allowed inside the bathhouses, they are welcome on most of the park's trails, including the scenic Sunset Trail, which offers sweeping views of the surrounding countryside.

Indiana Dunes National Park (Porter, Indiana)

Indiana Dunes National Park is a hidden gem on the shores of Lake Michigan, with its towering sand dunes, tranquil beaches, and diverse ecosystems. Dogs are welcome on many of the park's trails, including the Cowles Bog Trail, which winds through lush wetlands and offers excellent bird watching opportunities.

Mammoth Cave National Park (South Central, Kentucky)

Mammoth Cave National Park is home to the world's longest known cave system, with over 400 miles of explored passageways. While dogs are not allowed inside the caves, they are welcome on many of the park's surface trails, including the Green River Bluffs Trail, which offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Photo of New River George National Park & Preserve
Photo of New River George National Park & Preserve

New River Gorge National Park and Preserve (Fayetteville, West Virginia)

New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is known for its rugged landscapes, world-class whitewater rafting, and epic rock climbing routes. Dogs are welcome on many of the park's trails, including the Endless Wall Trail, which offers stunning views of the New River Gorge and its towering sandstone cliffs.

Petrified Forest National Park (Holbrook, Arizona)

Step back in time amidst the ancient wonders of Petrified Forest National Park. With leashed pets allowed on trails and in designated areas, you and your furry companion can wander among petrified logs and vibrant badlands, soaking in the park's mesmerizing landscapes.

These ten national parks offer a wealth of opportunities for outdoor adventure with your canine companion. Whether you're hiking through towering forests, exploring desert dunes, or marveling at majestic canyons, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Before embarking on your adventure, remember to check park regulations, leash policies, and any specific restrictions to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for both you and your pup. With that in mind MuskOx Herd, pack up your gear, leash up your pup, and embark on an unforgettable journey through some of America's most beautiful landscapes.


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