If you recently read “Hiking with Your Dog: What to Bring,” then now it’s time to hit the trails and explore in this beautiful weather! Below are five fantastic hiking locations across the nation for you and your canine to try. If you don’t see something in your area and can’t plan a road-trip, then check out BringFido or AllTrails for more ideas.
Acadia is home to Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the United States’ East Coast. Acadia has woodlands, rocky beaches, and glacier-scoured granite peaks. Although many national parks do not allow dogs on trails, Acadia National Park does allow dogs on some trails and was chosen by Animal Planet as a top place to hike with your pooch. Dogs are not allowed on beaches or some of the steeper hiking trails. In addition, the park is near the popular, bayside town of Bar Harbor – visit the restaurants and shops after your hike!
This park, which is the biggest state park in Wisconsin, is just 35 miles Northwest of Madison. Hike your dog around the bluffs above a gorgeous 360-acre lake. According to this site, the 500-foot-high quartzite bluffs were created by a glacier depositing terminal moraines that plugged the north and south ends of the gap in the bluffs during the last ice age – that was approximately 12,000 years ago! Moreover, glaciers may have deposited the sand at the bottom of Devil's Lake. Be sure to see the beautiful rock formations – Devil’s Doorway, Balanced Rock, or Prospect Point - and choose from 29 miles of hiking trails. Click here for a map.
Try this rolling trail between Tenderfoot Mountain and the Dillon Reservoir (a body of water). This trail is known for awesome views and is in the White River National Forest. This trail is an out and back trail – not a loop. Although this trail is rated as “easy,” you climb over 500 feet during the 3.5 miles and you start at an elevation of 9,280 feet!
Las Vegas has more than shows and gambling – it has gorgeous hiking just 30 minutes away! Both BringFido and Animal Planet listed this gem as a top place for hiking with your dog. The red rocks look breathtaking! Be careful during the hot times of the year – you don’t want sunburn, burned paws, or heat exhaustion - and take extra care to stay hydrated. If you need to stay in your air-conditioned vehicle due to hot weather, do the 13-mile scenic drive instead.
This stunning state park, home to more than 18 miles of hiking trails, is known for its magnificent granite dome. Hike the infamous 4.5 mile Stone Mountain Loop Trail. This is deemed a strenuous hike, which takes you across the summit of Stone Mountain and across the Hutchinson Homestead. You can also see a 200-foot waterfall! If you made it to Stone Mountain State Park, you may also want to check out the nearby Pilot Mountain State Park the same day or the next day – these two amazing parks are less than an hour apart (by car).
When you get to a park, stop at the visitor’s center (if applicable) to get more tips from rangers and to obtain more information about the dog-friendly trails. Enjoy!