Dog-Friendly National Parks

Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service! 

For a century, they've been caring for America's special places and making sure that they exist forever.

What better birthday gift to give than making a trip to explore and admire the beautiful places? And best of all, admission is FREE from August 25th through August 28th! In addition to free admission, you'll find hundreds of events honoring the National Park Services like art festivals and meet-ups. Learn more about National Park Service events in your area.

See below for our list of our favorite dog-friendly National Parks. Have you visited any of them? Tag your photos with #campingwithdogs for a chance to be featured! 


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Acadia National Park

With 100 miles (161 km) of dog-friendly hiking trails, Acadia National Park is the place to be if you’re looking to explore the great outdoors with your pup. You can also camp in the Blackwoods, Seawall, and Schoodic Woods campgrounds!

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Grand Canyon National Park

You and your pup are welcome to visit and explore all 13 miles of the South Rim Trail, as well as all trails above the rim, the Mather Campground, Desert View Campground, and Trailer Village. Be mindful of the high elevation and possibly dehydration. Pack your collapsible dog bowl and plenty of water!

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Great Sand Dunes National Park

At this park, pets are permitted in most commonly used areas of the park, up to the first tall ridge of dunes. During summer days, plan to keep your pet on the moist, cool sand near Medano Creek. It’s recommended that you access the dunes with your pet only in early morning or evening to avoid 150 degree sand.

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Shenandoah National Park

Of the 500 miles of trails in this park, only 20 are off limits to dogs, which means you can enjoy the cascading waterfalls and wooded hollows with your best friend by your side.

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Cuyahoga National Park

There are over 110 miles of hiking trails and 20 of the Towpath Trail in the park that are dog-friendly. Spend the day enjoying the lush meadows and rolling hills and spend the night at the Stanford Campground.