11 most pet friendly national parks in the United States  

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Every year, thousands of tourists eagerly flock to American parks, hoping to hike with their furry friends, but are rejected by a long list of rules. While walking through the woods along muddy trails seems to be the most intuitive thing in the world, many U.S. national parks have strict restrictions on where pets can and cannot go, usually to protect wildlife, fragile landscapes and other visitors.

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Dogs watch the sunrise in selandor National Park

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However, there are some exceptions. You can get 11 of our pet friendly lists in Fido & R park. But first, there are a few rules: always tie your animals to a six foot (or shorter) belt, never leave them in unattended vehicles, and make sure to bag any waste.

Acadia National Park, Maine

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Dogs Wade and splash in the water of Acadia National Park

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Arcadia banned pets from its lakes and natural water sources, as well as steps and ladder paths along cliffs, but it still left 100 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of gravel roads for Fido to walk freely. We recommend walking along the crisscross of historical roads near Jordan Pond house or hiking on the back of Champlain mountain.

Grand Dunes National Park and reserve, Colorado

Want to climb down huge sand dunes with man’s best friend? The great dune allows dogs to hike to the top of the highest dune on the first ridge of the park and then spend the summer in Medano Creek. They can also drive on more mountain trails, such as the one leading to the Mosca pass, as well as many picnic areas and campsites.

Yosemite National Park, California

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A Chihuahua dog views the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the Yosemite Valley from the tunnel viewing deck.

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Although pets cannot trot along most of the wonderful trails in this legendary Park, they can join an epic short trip: the family friendly Yosemite Valley multipurpose trail, surrounded by some of the most famous landmarks, including captain el, Yosemite Falls, Merced River and semi dome. Pets are also allowed in most campsites, sidewalks, roads and scenic places.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Of course, dogs are not allowed to enter the red depths of the Grand Canyon, but they are popular on all other trails along the southern edge. This means you can walk 13 miles along the stunning rim trail with many notorious panoramic views of the park. In addition, the park has its own boarding kennel, and puppies are allowed in most campsites and some rooms in Yavapai Lodge.

New River Canyon National Park, West Virginia

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Walkway of scenic spots of xinhexia Bridge

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All trails in America’s newest national park allow animals to accompany you, offering you dozens of options – hiking along the sandstone ridge to see the New River Canyon bridge, or walking under the leafy canopy to see the ruins of the abandoned mine town. If you have free friends to help watch your pets, you can even allow your pets to climb the cliff.

White Sands National Park, New Mexico

Unlike most national parks, white sand allows dogs to roam freely (on belts) on their striking plaster dunes, on or off trails. While snuggling up to your favorite dog, enjoy the towering organ mountains in the distance and the rainbow colors of the sunset – they can also enter camping sites in remote areas.

Sherandow National Park, Virginia

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Dogs watch the sunrise in selandor National Park

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Although the park may be famous for its winding Skyline Drive, a 105 mile paved road through the wooded top of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah is also one of the most suitable parks for pets there. Furry companions can drive nearly 500 miles of trails on this wonderful track in Virginia, including part of the famous Appalachian Trail.

Arizona Petrochemical Forest National Park

In this Arizona park that once inspired naturalist John Muir, visitors can walk with furry pets on painted deserts and ancient fossil trees. Petrified Forest allows pets to be towed on any paved road or path and on all official wilderness areas within the park. Pack up and get ready to hike through the rolling red striped hills.

Kangari National Park, South Carolina

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Autumn afternoon, boardwalk in kangari national forest near Columbia, South Carolina

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Congaree is a paradise for four legged friends who want to walk in the country’s largest ancient lowland broad-leaved forest. The park is home to the champion tree – the largest tree of its kind known to mankind – and was once a swamp for smugglers and runaway slaves. Take a walk along the park’s 2.4 mile boardwalk loop trail, where bald cypresses jut out of the water strangely – Watch out for alligators.

Kehoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Dogs (and cats, technically) can travel more than 100 miles of scenic trails in this Ohio Park, which has just made its debut on the list of the country’s top 10 national parks. These include the thrilling trek to Brandywine falls, the shadow rock formation of ledges trail, and the 20 mile multipurpose towpath trail running through the park.

Death Valley National Park, California

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The dog is among the yellow wild flowers in the fields of Death Valley National Park

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Many pet trails are not allowed to enter the national park like death valley. However, we put it on our list because the rugged dirt roads they can hike with you are full of stellar scenery. The park suggests walking along devil golf course road, 20 mule team Canyon and mustard Canyon drive to experience the incredible arid mountains and unique geological structure of the area. Dogs are also welcome at the park campground.

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