Now that things are heating up in the northern hemisphere, here’s a list of arguably the best nature preserves in North America for taking your dog to.
Acadia National Park, in Maine, takes the proverbial cake. Dogs can go on a hundred miles of trails, & forty-five on carriage roads. That is, except those with a bunch of ladders as part of their ecosystem. While there’s no swimming in its lakes as their water’s used for drinking in nearby cities, all except one of its campgrounds allow pets.
Shenandoah National Park, in Virginia, has over five hundred miles of trails for walking & all except just 20 of them are pet-prohibiting. That includes the Appalachian trail portion inside the park. Also, all campgrounds included in the park’s celebrated panoramic road are fair game for Rover.
Petrified Forest National Park, in Arizona, allow pets on any of its trails, roads & official wilderness areas. The exception being animals not being allowed in buildings. They also have to be kept on a maximum 6ft. leash.
New River Gorge National Park & Preserve, in West Virginia, just became ‘national’ a few days ago. You can see their policies reflective of them keeping up with the times regarding pets. They’re allowed everywhere in the land the park manages. Even at ‘the crag’ they’re welcome, provided they’re leashed.
White Sands National Park, in New Mexico, allows animal companions wherever humans are allowed to roam through there. Inside the buildings, though, is where admin. drew the proverbial line of not allowing pets inside. The only thing to worry about is the sand temperature, which could scorch paws.
Last on this list topper, is probably the least well-known, but still dog-friendly national park. It’s Cuyahoga Valley in Ohio. A hundred & ten of their miles are pooch-friendly, including their most celebrated trail.
As we close for now since ‘inquiring minds wanna know’ (mine especially), here’s the least pet-friendly North American park. Actually, it’s 2, due to a tie for this ‘dubious’ honor. Isle Royale in Michigan, & Chanel Islands Park in California. They both have a strict clause barring any kind of pet.
Due to humanitarian assistance dynamics, service dogs can be brought to the above pet-unfriendly parks but only through a bunch of paperwork. All in all, look at the park’s respective cyberspaces for the latest info.
“That’s all, folks”.