Feature Article: September
In Search of the Best National Parks
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DogFriendly.com's Top 5 National Parks
(Ratings based on sights to see and places to walk or hike with dogs)
1. Grand Canyon National
Park, Arizona, 928-638-7888
Your and your dog can view the popular Grand Canyon along
the South Rim where millions of visitors come every year. Dogs are allowed
on the South Rim trails which includes a 2.7 mile scenic walk along
the rim. And, well-behaved pooches are allowed on the Geology Walk,
a one hour park ranger guided tour which consists of a leisurely walk
along a 3/4 mile paved rim trail. The following is the remainder of
the doggie regulations. Dogs are not allowed in park lodging, or on
park buses. Pets are not permitted at all on North Rim trails with the
exception of a bridle path which connects the lodge with the North Kaibab
2. Acadia National Park,
Dogs are allowed on most of the trails and carriage roads.
There is even an off-leash area within the park at Little Long Pond.
Pets are not allowed on sand beaches or on the steeper hiking trails.
Pets must be on a 6 foot or less leash at all times, except for the
above mentioned off-leash area.
3. Shenandoah National
Park , Virginia, 540-999-3500
This national park, located along a section of the Blue
Ridge Parkway, offers miles and miles of dog-friendly hiking trails.
There are some trails where dogs are not
allowed, but your pooch is allowed on the majority of trails in
this park. Pets must be on a 6 foot or less leash at all times, and
are allowed in campgrounds, and picnic areas.
4. Yosemite National
Park, California, , 209-372-0200
Dogs are allowed on the paved trails throughout the Yosemite
Valley. The valley is where the majority of tourists visit and you can
see most of the popular landmarks and sights from the valley floor,
with your pet. Dogs are not allowed on other trails, in wilderness areas,
or on the shuttle buses. Owners must clean up after their pets.
5. North Cascades National
Park, Washington, 360-856-5700
Dogs are allowed on one of the hiking trails, the Pacific
Crest Trail. This scenic hiking trail runs through the park and is rated
moderate to difficult. The trail is located off Highway 20, about one
mile east of Rainy Pass. At the Bridge Creek Trailhead, park on the
north side of the highway and then hike north (uphill) or south (downhill).
A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at the trailhead. The cost
is about $5 and can be purchased at the Visitor's Center in Newhalem.
For a larger variety of trails, including a less strenuous hike, dogs
are also allowed on trails at the adjacent Ross Lake National Recreation
Area and the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. Both recreation areas
are managed by the national park.
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