Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Florida

If your dog likes to ruff it, bring Fido hiking in Florida. Our dog friendly hiking section includes everything from easy one-hour walks to fantastic overnight trips in Florida that won’t be soon forgotten. Seriously, go take a hike!

Pet Friendly Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens
Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens in Jacksonville, FL, is pet friendly. This 120-acre urban woodland is full of trails for you to explore and enjoy with your pooch. In addition, over 3 miles of rustic hiking trails wind quietly through a series of distinct ecological habitats. Chill out on one of the benches around the park, have a picnic and enjoy a day outside with your pup. See Details
Pet Friendly O'Leno State Park
O'Leno State Park Leashed dogs are allowed to join their owners at O'Leno State Park in High Springs, FL. You and Fido can enjoy the park’s picnic area that overlooks the Santa Fe River or hike one of the diverse, pet-friendly hiking trails, including the River Trail, the Limestone Trail, and Parener’s Branch. The varied scenery switches between hardwood hammock, limestone outcrop, and pine forest. Unfortunately, pets are not allowed in the youth areas, primitive campsite, group camp, swimming area, or buildings. See Details
Hillsborough River State Park Located just a few minutes down the road from Tampa, Hillsborough River State Park in Thonotosassa seems a million miles away from the urban sprawl. This Florida state park has four pet-friendly hiking trails to choose from, which are over seven miles in length. Leashed dogs are welcome to join you in most outdoor areas, but they're not permitted inside buildings. The park is open daily, and there is an entrance fee. See Details
Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park Dogs are welcome at Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park in Pensacola, FL. The park stretches 4,000 acres and is home to a number of rare and endangered plants. You can bring Fido with you to enjoy the Tarkiln Bayou Trail, meandering through prairie, cypress and titi forests, and leading to a scenic view of the Bayou; and the Perdido Bay Trail, a more difficult 6.5-mile trail that leads to beaches and weaves through oaks and pines. Along the dog-friendly trails, you might be able to sneak a peek of some migratory birds, white tailed deer, raccoon or bobcat. There are numerous benches and picnic tables around the park and along the trails to enjoy a spot of lunch with Spot the dog. See Details
Red Bug Slough Preserve Red Bug Slough Preserve is a dog-friendly nature preserve on 72 acres in Sarasota, FL. There are several trails that you can enjoy with your pup, some of which afford views of a small lake. There are two picnic shelters were you can share a snack with Fido. Be aware that you may encounter alligators during your visit, so keeping your dog leashed is imperative. Please clean up after your pets to help protect the flora and fauna. See Details
Silver Springs State Park Leashed dogs are welcome on the hiking trails and in the picnic areas at Silver Springs State Park in Silver Springs, FL. There are a number of pet-friendly trails, including the Sandhill Trail, a 1.7 mile loop trail; the Sinkhole Trail, traversing up through the uplands; and the Swamp Trail, a boardwalk trail that will keep your feet dry while you explore. Please note that, unfortunately, dogs are not permitted near the springs or on any form of water transportation at the park. See Details
Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park in Port Richey, FL is pet friendly. Walk with your leashed pooch through typical Florida backcountry and admire the Salt Spring. This natural phenomenon is more than 350-ft deep and offers a habitat for plenty of wildlife that includes tortoises and dolphins. There is an entrance fee per vehicle. See Details
Falling Waters State Park Falling Waters State Park in Chipley, FL, is home to Florida's largest waterfall. You and Fido can walk on the dog-friendly Sink Hole Trail to get to the crashing waters of the stunning waterfall. Additionally, there are three short nature trails that feature the differing scenery in the park. See Details
Eureka Springs Conservation Park Eureka Springs Conservation Park in Tampa, FL is a dog-friendly park on 31 acres featuring scenic boardwalks through a floodplain forest, walking trails, a rose garden and picnic areas. Dogs must leashed, and there is an entrance fee per vehicle. See Details
Rainbow Springs State Park Leashed dogs are welcome to enjoy the numerous pet-friendly trails at Rainbow Springs State Park, located on more than 1,470 acres in Dunnellon, FL. Explore 14 miles of hiking trails through varied scenery, including sand pine scrub, pine flatwoods, bayheads, oak hammocks, swamps and 3 man-made waterfalls. Please note that dogs are not allowed to enter the water. See Details
J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge Explore part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystems with your pup on the Wildlife Drive through J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel, FL. Dogs are allowed on the Wildlife Drive, Indigo Trail and the Bailey Tract as long as they are kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times. See Details
Conservation Park Conservation Park in Panama City Beach, FL, offers 24 miles of pet-friendly trails and over a mile of boardwalks on 2900 acres, perfect for hikers, bikers, and nature lovers. Trails range from less than one mile up to 11 miles, and there are 12 trails to choose from. Parking, picnic tables, and restrooms are available at the trail head. Pets must be kept on a leash at all times. Humans should always clean up after their canine companions. See Details
Oleta River State Park Oleta River State Park in North Miami Beach, FL is home to a lovely natural oasis of hardwood hammocks and mangroves and is bisected by the Oleta River. This large, pet-friendly urban park, located 30 minutes from downtown Miami, invites you and your pup to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Pets are not allowed at the beach, but leashed dogs are welcome to join you on the trails. Alternatively, you can bring Fido for a picnic at Biscayne Bay. See Details
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, a former WWII gunnery and bombing practice range, is a dog-friendly natural area in Niceville, FL. Longleaf pines, some of which are over 300 years old, surround a number of the trails in the area, including the Red Cedar Trail that is lined with stunning red cedars; the Sand Pine Trail that follows the Eastern Shore of Puddin Head Stream; and the Rocky Bayou Trail that runs along the shoreline of the Bayou. See Details
Fort de Soto County Park Fort De Soto County Park is a dog-friendly state park in Tierra Verde, FL. Escape to the white sands and crystal clear waters of this popular 1,136 acre park. There are 15 picnic shelters, restrooms, fishing piers, playgrounds, and several trails to enjoy with your leashed pup. There's also a fenced dog park and a designated dog beach area. A nominal fee is required to enter the park. See Details
Koreshan State Park Koreshan State Park is a vast dog-friendly open area in Estero, FL. The park is an ideal place to enjoy a picnic, take advantage of the camping facilities, explore trails or gain access to the Estero River for canoeing. The Koreshan State Historic Site is also situated within the state park grounds. Pet owners should note that there are alligators in the area and dogs should be leashed near the water's edge. See Details
Manatee Springs State Park Manatee Springs State Park in Chiefland, FL, is dog friendly. Unfortunately, Fido is not welcome on the boardwalks that make this park famous, but that doesn't mean they can't have a great time in this interesting area! There are 8.5 miles of nature trails in the area, so you can explore the cypress swamps, sinkhole ponds and uplands together and there's even a safe connection to the 32-mile Nature Coast State Trail if you're hungry for more. Dogs on a leash under six-feet can also wade into the spring run at the canoe launch with their owners, but are not permitted in buildings or the swimming area. See Details
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park Leashed dogs are allowed at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park in Okeechobee, FL. This pet-friendly, natural prairie habitat is home to lots of wildlife, so please keep Fido on a 6-foot or shorter leach. Your pooch can join you on a number of trails in the multi-use trail system lined with an array of wildflowers. Please note that dogs are not permitted on the Hammock Trail. See Details
Indian Riverside Park Indian Riverside Park is a dog-friendly park in Jensen Beach, FL. This waterfront park offers a 3/4 mile walking path and boardwalk, a fishing pier, fountains, beaches, and much more. Please note that dogs are not allowed inside of the children's museum or the on-site mansion. See Details
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park Dogs are welcome to enjoy some of the trails at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. Unfortunately, they are not allowed to enter any of the buildings that commemorate the American composer, Stephen Foster, who wrote the song that made the Suwannee River famous, Old Folks at Home. Even though you can't check out the museum, you can still have a great day on the hiking trails that take in high river bluffs and limestone outcroppings, swamp forest, hammocks, and piney flatwoods alongside the Suwannee River. You might even spot wildlife along the trails, including gopher tortoise, box turtles, alligators, white-tailed deer, wood ducks, and a number of different types of bird. See Details