Pet-Friendly National Parks, Part I: Alabama – Georgia

This is the first installment in our series on pet-friendly parks around the United States. Most of our fur babies love to get out and romp around and the parks highlighted below will provide you and your pups (and cats) with lots of natural beauty and hours of fun. You may also want to check out the parks recommended by the Onpets community.  Enjoy and let us know which parks YOU most enjoy visiting with your four-legged companions.


Little River Canyon National Preserve

Little River Canyon National Preserve is located on top of Lookout Mountain in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, full of dramatically carved features by the river with many waterfalls scattered throughout the park. You’ll have a blast adventuring with your furry friends on the various trails but remember that dogs must be on a leash while in the park.



Sitka National Historical Park

This park has a lot of history, as it preserves the battle site between Russian traders and the indigenous Kiks.ádi Tlingit. Due to this history, it is dotted with beautiful Tlingit and Haida totem poles on the park’s gorgeous coastal trail. You must keep your furry friends on a leash on the trails and grounds, and they are not allowed in the park buildings.



Grand Canyon National Park

It’s hard to describe the sheer enormity and majesty of the Grand Canyon Park. It’s a massive park full of beautifully carved canyons and gorges criss-crossing in every direction  and good for hours of exploring. There are some rules you and your pet will need to follow to make sure they stay safe: Pets need to be on a leash no longer than 6 feet on trails above the rim, Mather Campground, Desert View Campground, Trailer Village and throughout the developed areas. Also, pets are not allowed to journey below the rim, in park lodging, or on park buses.



Hot Springs National Park

Full of scenic views, numerous hot springs, and peaceful picnic areas, the Hot Springs National Park provides a fun place to explore right on the edge of the town of Hot Springs, Arkansas. You need to keep pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet when on trails and in the campground, and they are not allowed in the visitor center or park buildings.



Yosemite National Park

Established in 1864, Yosemite National Park’s 1,200 square miles are full of stunning waterfalls, deep valleys, grand meadows, giant sequoias, and large forests. To make sure your fur babies stay safe, you need to keep them on a leash no longer than 6 feet, and they are only allowed in developed areas, fully paved trails, campgrounds, and roads (except for trails with signs specifying that no pets are allowed). Pets are not allowed off the floor of Yosemite Valley, including the trail to Vernal Fall. There is also a dog kennel for your convenience in Yosemite Valley from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Dogs must be at least 20 pounds (small dogs may be allowed if brought in with a small kennel).



Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

The Great Sand Dunes are the tallest dunes in North America.  The preserve also covers grasslands, wetlands, forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. You need to keep pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet, and they are permitted in most commonly used areas of the park and all of the preserve. For their safety, pets must stay out of the dune field outside the main day-use area, designated backpacking sites, and undeveloped parts of the park outside the day-use areas. The sand also heats up during hot days, so try to hike on the dunes in early morning or evening to protect your fur baby’s paws.



Weir Farm

Weir Farm serves as a memorial to American impressionist painter, J. Alden Weir, and the other artists who shared the space and created beautiful works there. Dogs are allowed as long as they are on a leash at the Weir Farm National Historic Site, and they need to be kept out of the preserve area.


Please send us your pick for the best pet-friendly park in Delaware.  We will include it in the next installment in this series.


Apalachicola National Forest

The Apalachicola National Forest is the largest forest in Florida, and it includes numerous fresh water streams, rivers, lakes, and springs. Your pets are allowed, if they are on a leash, on the trails and in campsites.



Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area covers a 48-mile long tract of land along the river basin for the Chattahoochee River. The park is dotted with public recreation opportunities and historic sites. While hiking on the trails, make sure to keep pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet.



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