The Best Dog-Friendly Hikes in All 50 States

If you have an adventurous or energetic pup, taking a hike with your dog is one of the best ways to spend some quality time together. And with hiking trails all over the country that range from easy jaunts to challenging routes, you can find the best hike for you and your dog on pet-friendly trails near you.

To get you started, we’ve rounded up some of the best routes in each state for dog-friendly hiking trails. And while this list is far from exhaustive, these dog-friendly hikes vary in distance and difficulty and have a little something special for you to see (waterfalls, viewpoints, canyons, rivers, fall colors) while still being suitable for your four-legged hiking buddy (shaded, not too rocky, good smells, water to cool off in). Whether you’re looking to plan your next outdoor adventure or just want to look at some dreamy landscapes, these tail-wagging hikes are sure to spark your imagination.

Pro Tip: Before you head out, make sure you have all the gear you’ll need for a safe and enjoyable hike. And once you hit the trails, remember to follow leash laws, respect trail rules and always pick up after your dog.

Not seeing a dog-friendly hike near you? Luckily many state and county parks welcome dogs and have a long list of trails to choose from—give them a call or check out their website to find out more information about where you and your dog can get out and hit the trails.

Thinking of extending your nature trek into an overnight adventure? Check out our favorite dog-friendly campgrounds.

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