As the popularity of camping with pets continues to soar, campgrounds across the U.S. are upping their game and not only allowing pets, but often catering to them. Gone are the days of “ruffing” it in the wilderness. Featuring perks like fenced dog parks, dog wash stations, pet-friendly hiking trails, swim areas, and more, these are the most dog-friendly campgrounds in every state.
The Most Dog-Friendly Campground in Every State
Posted by Lauren Barker
Bring your tent or RV to one of the 496 pet-friendly sites at Gulf State Park Campground, or spend the night with your pup in a primitive safari tent at the park’s Outpost Campground, accessible via the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. Perched along the Alabama Gulf coast and part of Alabama’s most dog-friendly state park, the campground boasts miles of trails to explore with Fido, a dog pond at Lake Shelby and an off-leash green space. Dogs are welcome at the campground for no additional fee.
Known as the historic starting point of the original Iditarod Trail, Seward is a dog’s “pawradise.” Take your pup camping at Seward KOA Journey and let him run off-leash in the Kamp K9 dog park. Go for a hike along the 13.8-mile Lost Lake Trail, or simply enjoy an evening of stargazing around the campfire. Soak in the majestic glacial and mountain views from your campsite, or explore the nearby Caines Head State Recreation Area for more beautiful vistas. The front desk can assist you with dog-sitting services while you check out one of the local dog sled tours and meet the team. Two dogs are permitted at the KOA for no additional fee.
Located right off the Mother Road in Flagstaff, Woody Mountain Campground is the perfect place to set up a home base and explore the surrounding area. Spend a day at Grand Canyon National Park, or stay close to camp and hike with your pup in the Coconino National Forest. If you decide to stay put and relax in the shade of the cool pines, grab a to-go cup of Joe from the campground coffee bar and take Fido for a walk along the camp trail. Be sure to visit the on-site dog park to let your pooch stretch his legs and meet fellow four-legged campers. Dogs of any size are allowed for no additional fee.
Reserve a campsite, yurt, or cabin at Catherine’s Landing and let Fido run wild in one of two gated off-leash Bark Parks. Catherine’s Landing is nestled on 400 pastoral acres with a mile of water frontage on Lake Catherine, creating endless fun for your furry camper. After making friends in the dog park and exploring nearby trails, stop by the dog wash station to clean up before heading back to your cabin. When you’re ready to explore beyond the campsite, Hot Springs National Park and Garvan Woodland Gardens are just a short distance away. Two pups of any size are accepted for no additional fee.
If your pooch would rather “glamp” than camp, Flying Flags RV Resort and Campground is the place for him. As featured in BringFido’s Ruff Guide to the United States, the luxury camping experience includes an off-leash dog park with plenty of room to run and shade trees scattered throughout. You can also hang out with other guests and fur-friends at the Fireside Lounge or on the patio of Campfire Cafe. Bring your own RV or tent, or stay in one of the resort’s charming accommodations. During your visit, travel five minutes down the road to OstrichLand USA, where leashed canines are welcome on guided tours that allow you to feed and visit with ostriches and emus. Dogs are allowed at the campground for an additional fee of $50 per stay.
Centered on the Chatfield Reservoir and surrounded by rolling hills, Chatfield State Park Campground offers plenty of activities for Fido to enjoy. Let him run leash-free in the 69-acre, fully fenced dog park which includes two ponds for doggie paddling, canine water fountains, and miles of paved and unpaved trails. Bring your own boat to sail, cruise, or fish the reservoir, or venture out with your pup on a canoe or paddle board. Less than a half hour away you’ll find Cherry Creek State Park Campground, which also features an off-leash dog area that spans over 100 acres. Daily or annual passes are required for the dog parks, but pets are permitted at both campgrounds for no additional fee.
Let Fido run leash-free on the sandy shores of the pet beach at Brialee RV & Tent Park in northeastern Connecticut. He’ll have a ball splashing in the water, digging in the sand, and exploring the trails. Choose a tent or RV site nestled in the woods, or stay in one of two pet-friendly cabins. Bring your gear for catch and release fishing, or venture out to nearby Natchaug State Forest to hike with your pup. Check the campground’s weekend event calendar for Pet Adventure Days featuring a pet talent show, crafts, and more. Two pets of any size are permitted at campsites, and one pet of any size is welcome in the pet-friendly cabins for an additional fee of $25 per stay.
Located along the shore of Delaware, Sun Outdoors Rehoboth Bay is a luxury RV resort and campground that is proud to welcome four-legged campers. Fido is allowed to hang with his owners on the resort’s private beach and join them for lunch, dinner, or drinks on the patio of the campground restaurant, Paradise Landing Tiki Bar. He’ll also enjoy a leash-free adventure in the on-site dog park. Four pets of any size are allowed at tent and RV sites for no additional fee, and two pets of any size are accepted in cabins for an additional fee of $10 per pet, per night. Dog walking services are also available for an additional fee.
Camp along Florida’s Gulf coast at Fort De Soto Campground, just outside of St. Petersburg. Fido will enjoy easy access to one of the only pet-friendly beaches in the area, Fort DeSoto Dog Beach Park. Dogs are welcome in Section Two of the county park, which consists of 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands. Let your pup run leash-free on the white-sand beach of the Paw Playground, or in one of two fully fenced dog parks. Your pup can also join you for a walk along the 6.8-mile paved trail that connects the campground to the dog park, beach, and all other areas of the park. Dogs are welcome for no additional fee.
Nestled among the tall Georgia pines and just an hour from downtown Atlanta, Pine Mountain RV Resort is an ideal countryside getaway. Let Fido socialize with other four-legged campers in two separate enclosed Bark Parks, allowing easy access from any campsite. For more exercise, take him for a hike along the 23-mile Pine Mountain Trail, which meanders by quiet streams, waterfalls, and native trees in F.D. Roosevelt State Park. If you don’t have your own RV, reserve one of three pet-friendly yurts. Two dogs of any size are welcome at tent and RV sites for no additional fee, and in select yurts for an additional cleaning fee of $50.
While camping is a popular pastime in Hawaii, finding a pet-friendly campground can be a challenge. Located on the island of Maui and within Hawaii’s Haleakalā National Park, Hosmer Grove Campground is one of the few places you can pitch your tent and stargaze with Fido. This campground lies in the cloud belt of Haleakalā at nearly 7,000 feet, and features pristine dark skies. Dogs are not allowed on the trails, but you can watch the sunrise and sunset from your vehicle with your pup by your side, including at the Summit Visitor Center parking lot. Pets of any size are permitted in the campground for no additional fee.
Camp with Fido along the Salmon River at Wagonhammer RV Park and Campground in northern Idaho, where you can park your RV or “ruff” it in a tent at one of the pet-friendly campsites. The highlight here is the large island specifically for pets. Let your canine adventurer run leash-free on the nature trail, cool off in the pond, or take a dip in the river. You and your pup can also admire the rugged landscape of the Rocky Mountains while trying out recreational opportunities like kayaking or fishing on the Salmon River, or venturing out to nearby Painted Rocks State Park for miles of dog-friendly hiking. Dogs of any size are permitted for no additional fee.
Fish Lake Beach Resort, located in the northeastern corner of Illinois and just a short drive from the shores of Lake Michigan, welcomes furry campers at their 60 overnight campsites including many on the banks of Fish Lake. In addition to walking on-leash throughout the 113-acre property, your pup can enjoy making friends in the large, fully fenced, off-leash dog park that features picnic tables and shade trees for his humans. He’s also welcome to join you fishing, kayaking, or out on a rowboat. Back on dry land, take him for a hike at nearby Volo Bog or Moraine Hills State Park. Dogs of any size are allowed at tent and RV sites for no additional fee.
It’s Christmas year-round at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph campground and RV resort in Santa Claus, Indiana. Bring Fido along to fish or paddle boat on the lake, hike through nature on the Dasher or Prancer Path trails, and run leash-free on the canine obstacle course at the on-site dog park located right next to the beach. If he’s lucky, your pooch might meet Rudolph himself when he rides through the campground on a golf cart. During your visit, take your pup hiking at nearby Lincoln State Park, Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood home, and check out the World’s Oldest Santa Claus Statue. Pets are welcome at RV and tent sites for no additional fee and in select cabins for an additional fee of $50 per stay.
Stay with Fido just outside of Iowa’s state capital at Timberline Campground, known for its country camping with city convenience. Snag a shady tent site, RV campsite, or one of 10 furnished or unfurnished cabins. You’ll have access to a catch-and-release fishing pond, picnic shelter, pet-friendly hiking trails, and a fully fenced dog park. Explore the area and check out nearby Living History Farms, a pet-friendly interactive museum. Dogs of any size are permitted at tent and RV sites for no additional fee and in cabins for an additional fee of $25 per stay.
Set up camp at one of the five campgrounds located at Tuttle Creek State Park. Your outbound hound is permitted at both primitive sites and those with hook-ups. Four-legged guests are also allowed in two cabins throughout the five campgrounds. During your stay, bring Fido along for hiking, fishing, and wildlife watching in the park’s 1000 acres, or head out on the lake with a kayak, canoe or stand up paddleboard rental. Your pooch will also enjoy the park’s Stretch Dog Park. Four-legged campers are welcome at campsites for no additional fee and in the Pawnee and Nemaha Cabins for an additional fee of $50 per stay.
Located at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers, Paducah, KY, is a favorite destination for outdoor adventurers on two legs and four. Campers at Duck Creek RV Park have easy access to all the pet-friendly activities at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area like hiking, fishing, boating, an 1850s working farm, and even a drive through the Elk and Bison Prairie. Fido can also enjoy running off-leash at the campground’s fenced dog park. After a day full of activities in nature, you can give him a bath at the on-site dog wash. Dogs of any size are permitted for no additional fee.
Pitch a tent, park your RV, or reserve a pet-friendly cottage at Lakeview Park in south-central Louisiana. Nestled along the banks of the 13-acre Fred Bellow Lake, you and Fido will have the opportunity to fish for bass and bream, canoe, or take a walk around the levee to spot wildlife. Local residents include the rare but occasional alligator, so always keep your pup leashed. When it’s time to stretch his legs, take your pooch to the on-site Clara’s Canine Bark Park, a fully fenced, leash-free zone divided into separate sections for large and small dogs. Reserve Saturday nights for live music from the park’s community barn. Pets of any size are permitted at tent and RV sites for no additional fee, and two pets up to 75 lbs are allowed in cottages 1 and 3 for an additional fee of $35 per pet, per night.
The owners of Sagadahoc Bay Campground consider dogs a part of the family, which is why they welcome pets at 58 campsites and four cottages. Choose a spot in a forested area or on the beach with direct access to the ocean. Fido is welcome to join you on-leash on the beach as you dig for clams, go fishing, or take a dip in the water. Plan to have dinner at your campsite, as Maine “lobstahs” can be delivered directly to you, either already prepared or ready for the pot. Two pets of any size are welcome at campsites for no additional fee. Additional pets may be permitted with campground approval for an additional fee of $7 per pet, per night. Pets are also allowed in rental cottages for an additional fee of $7 per pet, per night plus a $100 refundable security deposit.
Bring Fido to Sun Outdoors Ocean City and explore 50 acres of waterfront property along Sinepuxent Bay. In addition to a large, grassy, and fully fenced dog park, this campground and RV park features a dog beach where your water-loving pup can splash leash-free. After a day in the sand and surf, wash your pup at the on-site dog wash. During your stay, visit Assateague National Seashore for a chance to see wild horses. You can also kayak, canoe, or SUP with your pup at Ayers Creek Adventures. Two pets of any size are allowed for no additional fee at campsites, and for an additional fee of $50 per stay in rentals.
Experience the beauty of New England at Normandy Farms Campground, a luxury camping experience created for humans and dogs alike. Fido will have a ball in the 1.5-acre Freedom Tail Park, a fully fenced area with agility equipment, dog wash, and drinking fountain. There’s even a separate area for smaller pups to play safely. When it’s time for the kids to splash in the pool, drop your pooch off at the Canine Coops day kennel, or make a reservation for a campground employee to take him for a walk. Pets are permitted in your own tent or RV for no additional fee, and two pets of any size are allowed in select campground rentals for an additional fee of $15 per pet, per night. There are additional fees for kennel and walking services.
Located in the Lower Peninsula, Sun Outdoors Petoskey Bay Harbor is a stone’s throw from the beautiful beaches of Lake Michigan as well as world-class fishing. While at the campground, your energetic pup can burn her energy at the on-site dog park or on a walk around the property, where waste stations are scattered throughout. Each spacious pull-through RV site features a stone fire pit for roasting hot dogs to share with your pooch. When you want to venture out, the historic downtown area is full of dog-friendly stores like Ruff Life Pet Outfitters. Dogs of any size are permitted at the campground for no additional fee.
Just two hours from the Twin Cities, Crow Wing Lake Campground is situated on 30 wooded acres on the shores of Crow Wing Lake. Fido can play off leash in the fenced pet park, test his skills on the agility equipment, or join you for a paddle around the lake on one of the campground’s rentable kayaks or paddle boards. After a fun-filled day, stop by the pet washing and drying station to get cleaned up. Bring your own dog shampoo, or pick some up in the camp store. Two dogs of any size are allowed at all RV sites for no additional fee. There is a $30 fee for any additional dogs.
Camp along the Mississippi Gulf Coast at Bay Hide Away RV Park in Bay St. Louis. Located just 45 minutes from New Orleans and only four miles from the white sand of Hancock County Beaches, this campground is the perfect place to “hide away” with Fido. He’ll enjoy running and making friends in Jake’s Place, the fenced dog run, while you relax in the shade of the oak trees or work on your tan. There are also 22 acres of dog-friendly trails to hike. At the end of the day, clean up your pup at the on-site dog wash. In the evening, enjoy the warmth of a campfire together at your RV site or at the stone outdoor fireplace, where you can gather with other campers. Dogs of any size are welcome for no additional fee.
Camp with Fido along the Meramec River at Ozark Outdoors Riverfront Resort. Some sites have direct river access, and dogs are welcome to join you on one of the resort’s float trips in a raft, canoe, or kayak. Just make sure your pup’s nails are trimmed so they don’t damage the boats. Stop by the camp store, Meramec Mercantile, to pick up canine essentials like a dog life jacket before you head out on the water. Once you’re back at camp, pick up hot dogs or a burger to share from the on-site restaurant, Paddler’s Bar & Grill, and enjoy a campfire at your tent, RV, or cabin. Dogs of any size are permitted at campsites for no additional fee, at cabins for an additional fee of $30 per pet, per stay, and in condos for an additional fee of $55 per pet, per stay.
Located between Montana’s Bridger Range and the Spanish Peaks, Bozeman Hot Springs Campground is the perfect homebase for exploring nature. Wake up to a complimentary free breakfast and snag some bacon for Fido! Hang out at the campground and enjoy the large, fenced dog park or try your hand at ladder golf, giant chess, or horseshoes. If you want to explore beyond the campsite, hike with your pup in the Snowfill Recreation Area or take a dip together at the Canine Beach at Bozeman Pond. Bozeman Hot Springs Campground is also a great homebase for exploring Yellowstone National Park. Pets of any size are allowed at tent and RV sites for no additional fee.
You’ll be in the heart of Nebraska’s “Cowboy Country” when you and your pup stay at Ogallala KOA Journey. Located right off Interstate 80 and only nine miles from Lake McConaughy, this campground is easily accessible and convenient to many outdoor activities in the area. Water dogs can join you while you fish, swim, or rent a pontoon boat from Big Mac Marina. Best of all, this KOA offers two fully fenced Kamp K9 dog parks, and several RV sites offer Paw Pens, private enclosures with grass and waste stations where pups can stretch their legs right at your campsite. Pets of any size are permitted for no additional fee.
With a beautiful backdrop of the Ruby Mountains, Iron Horse RV Park in Elko, NV, is surrounded by mature green grass and lush landscaping, a rare site in the Nevada desert. This campground oasis welcomes Fido with a spacious dog park, a covered cabana with Adirondack chairs for his humans, and waste stations for easy cleanup. You’ll be near pet-friendly hiking trails at South Fork Recreation Area, and the fishing reservoir of Wild Horse State Recreation Area. Dogs of any size are allowed at RV sites for no additional fee.
Beneath the towering pines along the New Hampshire coast, Wakeda Campground welcomes both dogs and their human families for an escape to the quiet wilderness. The on-site Mike Hambleton Memorial Dog Park is a highlight for furry campers. Fido can tackle an agility course, enjoy the fire hydrant and water fountain, and park his human on one of many benches while he plays. Don’t worry, humans can have their own fun on the 18-hole miniature golf course. Two dogs of any size are accepted at tent, RV sites and camping cabins for no additional fee.
At Sun Outdoors Cape May, Fido can mingle with other pups and burn off energy at the on-site, fenced dog park. There’s plenty of grass and room to roam, as well as shaded benches for humans along the perimeter. While you’re here, don’t miss the 15-minute drive to Wildwood Dog Beach. Where else can your pup romp in the waves and hike his leg on a 30-foot tall fire hydrant? Check Sun Outdoors Cape May’s event calendar for a list of daily activities and theme weekends. If you're visiting near the end of summer, try to plan your trip around the resort's annual Pooch Plunge on the last day of their pool season.
Located on Route 66 near Old Town Santa Fe, Rancheros De Santa Fe Campground is known for its scenic, natural setting. Take your camp companion on a hike along a trail through pinyon pines and juniper trees, then let him run leash-free in the enclosed dog run. If he still has energy to burn, explore Cerrillos Hills State Park or Hyde Memorial State Park before cuddling around the campfire and watching the sunset on the horizon from your tent or RV campsite. Fido might even meet the campground pups during your stay. Dogs of any size are accepted for no additional fee.
Lake George RV Park is home to Charlie’s Dog Park, a 2-acre fenced park with divided sections for small and large dogs. Your pooch will be dog-tired after a day of romping with pals on the large synthetic turf play area, splashing in the fire hydrant spray fountain, or accompanying you off leash on the shaded walking trails. He can also practice hoop jumping and other tricks on the 15-event agility course. Within the park there are waste stations, dog water fountains and even a treat vending machine where you can purchase snacks, bones and toys for your good boy or girl. Charlie’s Dog Park is open from dawn to dusk, but you’ll want to allow time at the end of the day for a bath and groom at the indoor dog wash station. The park permits six pets per site for no additional fee if you bring your own RV, and two pets per site for no additional fee if you rent one of their pet-friendly RVs.
If the name alone isn’t enough to spark his interest, the list of dog amenities is sure to make Fido raise his ears and tilt his head. Four Paws Kingdom Campground in Rutherfordton is the first and only campground dedicated to canines and their adult humans (two-legged guests must be 18 years or older). Bring your own RV or stay in one of Four Paws’ rental RVs, cabins, or yurts. Dogs will love splashing in the fully fenced pond, meeting new friends in the off-leash dog parks, hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains, racing on the agility course, or having a spa day in the self-service grooming salon. Some sites even have fenced yards, allowing you to rest with your pup at your campsite. And you won’t want to miss their events! From live music to arts and crafts and Dog-a-Palooza, they have something for everyone and every dog. Rates include up to 4 dogs, and each extra is $4 per night.
Book one of the 70 full-hook-up campsites or five cabins at Leistikow Park Campground, just an hour south of the Canadian border in Grafton, ND. Fido can join you on the 1.5-mile trail system, or in a paddle boat, canoe, or kayak rental for a float down the Park River. If that’s not enough to wear him out, let him loose just a few blocks away at Happy Tails Bark Park, which includes Big Paws Field for large dogs and Wiggly Field for small pups. Pets of any size are permitted at campsites for no additional fee and in cabins for an additional fee of $5 per pet, per night.
Teach your old dog some new tricks at Willow Lake Campground in Geneva, OH. The large, fully fenced dog park includes a playground of agility equipment for Fido to test his skills or just run free, and plenty of picnic tables and benches under shade trees for humans to supervise. Your pup can also join you for a hike on the nature trails, a fishing trip to the stocked fishing lake, or at the dog beach of nearby Geneva State Park. Wind down the day back at your RV site, roasting marshmallows over the campfire while stargazing with your pooch. Dogs of any size are allowed for no additional fee.
When you’re traveling cross-country on Interstate 40, stop and rest a while at Wanderlust Crossings RV Park in Weatherford, OK. The owners of this campground love dogs and it shows. There are several enclosed, grass pet exercise areas, a state-of-the-art pet wash station with shampoo, rinse and blowdry capabilities, an on-site dog groomer, and a gift shop that features handmade items from Etsy including pet beds, collars, belly bands, and essential oil sprays. Of course there are plenty of features for humans, too, like large, paved RV sites with lush grass areas, fire pits, and beautiful landscaping and water features throughout. Dogs of any size are welcome for no additional fee.
The Oregon coast is lined with some of our favorite dog-friendly places and experiences, so it’s no surprise to find a campground aptly named Rovers RV Park in the town of Waldport. The campground was named to emphasize the outstanding service provided to four-legged guests. Dogs can explore off leash on two acres of wetlands or stroll along the dog walk, and small dogs will have their own fenced park to play in. Guests and their pups can fish or kayak from the dock, and Fido can doggy paddle in the river. For more water fun, visit nearby Agate Beach State Recreation Site, where your pooch can dig for razor clams or play a game of fetch in the waves. End your evening around the community campfire and make some new two- and four-legged friends. Dogs of any size are welcome for no additional fee.
RV owners and tent campers can travel off the beaten path to a quiet forest setting with a stay at Knoebels Campground. Located right next to the pet-friendly Knoebels Amusement Resort, America’s largest free amusement park, you’ll have plenty of fun with Fido. Test your skills at one of the many carnival games or visit one of three on-site museums, including the famous carousel museum. Your dog will enjoy riding the 1.5-mile pioneer train that circles the park, going through the Twister roller coaster and into the woods before returning to the depot. In the evening, gather around the cackling campfire to roast marshmallows and kick back to admire the night sky with your furry adventurer. Visit at the end of summer for the annual Doggie Dive. Dogs are welcome for no additional fee.
Located near the beautiful beaches of Napatree Point Conservation Area and close to the charming seaport town of Mystic, CT, Ashaway RV Resort welcomes you to explore the shoreline of New England with Fido. He’ll also love resting his paws at your campsite or around the community campfire, joining you for shuffleboard or cornhole, or making friends in the fenced dog park. Pets of any size are accepted for no additional fee.
Just a short drive from downtown Charleston, the Campground at James Island County Park is a dog’s dream come true. The 643-acre park features several recreational activities for four-legged campers, like miles of paved walking trails, freshwater lakes for fishing, kayak, and stand up paddle board rentals, and best of all, a four-acre dog park with grass, a separate area for small dogs, a dog wash, and a beach for Fido. Let him run leash-free while playing in the water and making new friends. If he’s up for more fun in the sun, book a boat trip to nearby Morris Island or spend the day at Folly Beach. Pets of any size are permitted at RV and tent sites for no additional fee.
Roll through the Black Hills of South Dakota on a summer road trip and pitch your tent, park your camper, or reserve a pet-friendly cabin at Hart Ranch Camping Resort. Four-legged campers will enjoy the two fenced dog runs and many hiking trails, and you’ll be close to unique dog-friendly attractions like Bear Country USA, and Dinosaur Park. Your canine can also join you for live music and festivals throughout the camping season. Membership to the resort is required, and there are many options to choose from. Dogs are always permitted for no additional fee.
Load up your favorite road trip playlist and make your way to Music City USA in Nashville! At the Grand Ole RV Resort just off Interstate 65 in nearby Goodlettsville, you’ll hear music every night during the summer. Best of all, Fido is welcome to join you for a listen. Cast a line at two creekside fishing docks, let the kids burn energy at the playground, and be sure to pick up a home-cooked breakfast or dinner to share with your pup from the on-site restaurant. Camping supplies and souvenirs can be purchased at the resort’s general store, but you’re also just minutes away from all the fun of Nashville. Pets are permitted at all RV sites for no additional fee.
It’s hard to imagine a better vacation with Fido than a camping trip to Waggin’ Tail Ranch RV Resort in Pilot Point. Book a fully fenced RV site so your pooch can relax after a day of playing on the agility equipment or splashing in the dog pond. You’ll be able to clean up at the grooming area before enjoying dinner with your pup and his new friends at the community pavilion. Kick back in a swing at the “paws and swing” area, or let your furry friend join you for a game of cornhole or washers. Dogs of any size are allowed for no additional fee.
If you’re planning to explore the red rocks of southern Utah with Fido, make Green River KOA your homebase. Just an hour west of Moab, this campground features a Kamp K9 dog park as well as individual campsites with private Paw Pens, so your pup can play off leash while you relax, cook dinner, or sit around the campfire. In addition to the dog-friendly trails at Dead Horse Point State Park and Corona Arch in Moab, your adventurous pooch can join you on a hike through Moonshine Wash, a slot canyon just south of the campground. Dogs of any size are welcome for no additional fee.
Whether you and your pooch are “ruffing” it in a tent or relaxing in an RV, you can cuddle by a campfire on a cool summer night at Mill Pond Campground in northern Vermont. During the day, Fido can join you while you fish at the four-acre Mill Pond, fed by Lake Carmi, or take one of the campground’s paddle boats, kayaks, or canoes out on the water. If your pup prefers land over water, take him hiking in Lake Carmi State Park, or simply let him have fun running off-leash in the campground dog park. On Friday evenings, bring him to make new friends on two legs and four at the community camp fire. Dogs of any size are allowed for no additional fee.
Camp Cardinal RV Resort offers fun for the entire family, including Fido. Let him run off leash in the Bark Park, a large fenced area featuring an agility course complete with a dog bone jump, tire jump, wait table, A-frame ramp, and walk & weave posts. Human campers can enjoy the water zone, jumping pillow, kayak rentals, and more. Be sure to check their calendar for scheduled events like the annual Pet Paw-ty and end-of-the-season puppy swim. Dogs of any size are welcome at RV sites and in select pet-friendly cabins for no additional fee, but they are not allowed in tent sites.
Camp at Andersen’s RV Park on the Ocean in Long Beach, WA, and you’ll not only be doing Fido a favor, you’ll be helping pets at the local no-kill animal shelter through the park’s “Dollars for Doggies” pet fee. Of course your own pup will love receiving treats upon arrival, and he’ll have a ball in the large, off-leash dog park and on miles of pet-friendly trails including the nearby Discovery Trail, first blazed by Lewis and Clark. The park just asks that “dogs have owners leashed” when not in the dog park. Let him play in the sand and surf of Long Beach, then get cleaned up in the hot outdoor shower before relaxing to sunset views over the Pacific Ocean. Three dogs of any size are permitted for an additional fee of $5 per dog, per stay.
Although camping with Fido at Harpers Ferry/Civil War Battlefields KOA is fun any time of year, you won’t want to miss the final day of pool season each September when it all goes to the dogs. Each year, the annual dog swim also includes a weekend of dog-themed events like a kids and dog paint party and dog games. Your pup can enjoy the many features of the Bark Zone Dog Park anytime of year, like a doggie teeter-totter, fire hydrant, weaving poles, and plenty of room to play ball or fetch. Multiple dogs are allowed for an additional fee of $1.50 per dog, per night.
Two enclosed dog parks, one on each end of the campground, would normally be enough to top the list of pet-friendly campgrounds in Wisconsin, but Al’s Fox Hill RV Park and Campground goes above and beyond. A new dog pond will give your pup a place to cool off after running in the dog park, exploring two miles of nature trails, or hiking at Devil’s Lake State Park. In the evening, relax in one of the many hammocks scattered throughout the campground, including at the dog park, or catch a movie on the big screen by the community campfire. Pets of any size are welcome for no additional fee.
Catch a fiery-red sunset over the mountains while camping at Red Desert Rose Campground just off Interstate 80 in Rawlins, WY. You’ll be centrally located for a day’s drive to many national parks and monuments. If you prefer to stay close to camp, your pup can join you for a hike in Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest and Thunder Basin National Grassland, or he can stretch his legs in the campground’s fenced dog park. Allow him to join you for a game of horseshoes, or take a walk along the seven-mile Continental Divide Trail that passes through Rawlins. Dogs of any size are permitted at select tent sites and all RV sites for no additional fee.
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