Planning a hiking adventure is brimming with fitness fun, spectacular scenery to soak in, and amazing memories that will last a lifetime. It’s an extraordinary way to embrace and enjoy the great outdoors with your BFF, aka your furry best friend. Not only is it an aerobic workout for you, it’s also a great way for your dog to use their mental and physical energy. There is a stunning range of scenic walks across the country, with varying terrain levels and distances. So we’ve put together a solid list of some of the best hikes to take your dog. It’s time to fill your backpack with plenty of water and snacks and prepare for a wonderful getaway in the great outdoors.
Before embarking on a hiking trip, be sure to learn about site-specific rules and restrictions. When choosing a national park, pay attention to hiking etiquette and the national park BARK rule: “Bag your pet’s waste; AAlways leash your pet; Rrespect wildlife; Know where you can go.” The American Kennel Club has great hiking safety tips for staying with your pup, which you can find here (Make sure you bring enough water for your pup to lap up on the trails.)
Now it’s time to cuddle your pup, grab a milk-bone, and consider these awesome destinations that await you across the country! Read on to learn about the best hikes with your dog, and next, check out the 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Says Trainer.
This challenging trail is 3 miles long and is located near Boulder, Colorado. Corresponding AllTrails, this trail is considered one of the top dog-friendly trails in the US. Allow almost 2 ½ hours for this fun outdoor adventure and note that the peak time for hiking the Royal Arch is from March to October. For areas of this trail, your pooch can be walked off the leash if desired.
The Royal Arch Trail leads to the stone arch for spectacular views of Boulder and the Flatirons. Get ready to enjoy the scenic landscape and amazing rock formations.
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This trail takes you and your fur baby along six breathtaking waterfalls and beautiful river views for approximately 9 miles in Stanley, Virginia. The summer months are very plush with foliage. In fact, this trail was apparently rated “among the best hikes — if not the best hike — in Shenandoah” (via REI) by Nicholas Crow, a contributor to the hiking project.
If you’re looking for an off-leash experience, explore this nearly 9-mile, maze-like canyon trail. A harness is recommended for some of the more challenging sections of the hike. This remarkable area of south-central Utah has steep drops and exhilarating climbs and is home to bighorn sheep. Don’t forget your camera – this trail is popular for a reason!
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If you’re up for a long hike (just over 7 miles, to be exact), Michigan’s Wetmore Landing is a perfect choice. You can even visit the beach after your hike or stop by Phil’s 550 afterwards for some fun treats. The terrain of this trek is filled with bridges, boulders, rocks, steep spots, and rolling hills. You will enjoy breathtaking views from the cliff overlooking Lake Superior. Pure Michigan recommends being equipped with bug spray, good quality walking shoes, plenty of water and of course your dog’s leash.
The 3.8-mile Bear Mountain Trail is considered a moderate hike. The route offers expansive views of mountains rising above the sparkling waters of the Hudson River. Note that this trail is certainly for the furry friends looking for a good amount of exercise!
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This is considered an easy 1.4 mile trail in Maine. It takes you through the forest to the ocean. Not only can you hike the trail, but Acadia National Park also offers other fun outdoor activities like fishing and skiing.
This is a beginner’s trail that runs 2 miles along the stunning Lake Coeur d’Alene. On average, the hike takes about 52 minutes from start to finish. You can visit the beautiful sea beach and enjoy this quiet, mountainous part of the country with your pup.
If you are looking for a trail that is more off the beaten path, the Lady of the Woods is definitely the road less traveled. Just over ½ mile long, it has mountain views and is surrounded by woods. Also right in Crater Lake National Park is the popular (or should we say popular) Pacific Crest Trail, which is just over 32 miles long.
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