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Banks-Vernonia Trail, OR

The Banks- Trail is a paved, multi-use 21 mile trail outside Portland, Oregon.Bike past lush forests of Douglas firs and cedars while crossing bridges and wooden trestles that let you take in the serene beauty of the area. Pedestrians, leashed dogs, horses and non-motorized vehicles are permitted on the trail. Horses will be on certain sections of the trail.

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Maps & Access: Map
Start: Banks, OR 45.622113, -123.114080 Map
End: Vernonia, OR 45.856295, -123.194000 Map
Terrain: Paved, Boardwalk / Trestle
Elevation: Relatively Flight, Slight Incline, Small 11% Grade in Tophill
Dog Policy: Dogs must be on leash (6ft). Info

There are 6 access points with parking along the trail from Banks, Manning, Buxton, Tophill, Beaver Creek, and Vernonia. The Oregon State Park provides a printable map with parking information.

The Banks-Vernonia Trail is open year-round, however day-use hours vary by season. The park is open at the following times:
Summer May 1 – Sep 1: 7am-9pm
Fall Sep 2 – Nov 2: 7am-7pm
Winter Nov 3 – Mar 8: 7am-5pm
Spring Mar 9 – Apr 30: 7am-7pm

Interested in camping? Reserve a campsite at Stub Stewart State Park or Vernonia Lake (http://www.vernonia-or.gov/Recreation/parkdetail.asp?id=7).

The Banks-Vernonia Trail starts and ends at:

Banks, OR
GPS Coordinates 45.622113, -123.114080 Map
NW Banks Rd. & NW Sellars Rd.

Vernonia Lake City Park
1001 E Bridge St
Vernonia, OR 97064
GPS Coordinates 45.856295, -123.194000 Map
The trail loops around Vernonia Lake.


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Location: Banks | Vernonia | Manning | Buxton | Tophill | Beaver Creek | Oregon
Activities: Walking, Biking, Mountain Biking, Running, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Sports – Winter, Fat Tire Biking

Katy Trail, MO

The Katy Trail is one of the longest rails-to-trails projects at 237 miles from Clinton to Machens, Missouri going eastbound. Half of the trail overlaps with the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. The trail is open year-round, however, the best time to go is during the fall. Dogs are permitted on leash. Horses are allowed in certain sections of the trail. Motor vehicles are prohibited on the trail.

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Website: http://www.bikekatytrail.com/
Maps & Access: Trail Map http://www.bikekatytrail.com/katy-trail-map.aspx  |  Parking http://www.bikekatytrail.com/planner.aspx?tid=1&StartCityID=0&EndCityID=0&chkParking=on
Start: Clinton, MO 38.381203, -93.763199 Map
End: Machens, MO 38.903456 -90.331389 Map
Terrain: Gravel
Elevation: Mostly Flat, http://www.bikekatytrail.com/elevations.aspx
Dog Policy: Dogs must be leashed. Info

Bikers can spend about 5 days biking the entire route. The trail is made of gravel so best suitable for mountain bikes and hybrid bikes. Plan your trip using the Katy Trail’s interactive map. Parking is very easy and accessible.

The Katy Trail starts and ends at:

Clinton, Missouri
GPS Coordinates 38.381203, -93.763199 Map
Clinton is southwest of Kansas City.

Machens, Missouri
GPS Coordinates 38.903456 -90.331389 Map
Machens is northeast of St. Charles.

The entire trail is relatively flat with a slight increase in elevation past Boonville, MO. The route passes through several small towns so, there’s a lot to see, eat, and do along the trail, including plenty of campgrounds and other lodgings.

Main trailheads are located in these cities: Clinton, Calhoun, Windsor, Green Ridge, Sedalia, Clifton City, Pilot Grove, Boonville, New Franklin, Rocheport, McBaine, Hartsburg, North Jefferson City, Tebetts, Mokane, Portland, McKittrick, Treloar, Marthasville, Dutzow, Augusta, Matson, Weldon Springs, Green Bottom, St. Charles, and Machens. A mileage chart is available at http://www.bikekatytrail.com/mileage-chart.aspx.

Want to join a group that bikes from St. Charles to Clinton? The Missouri State Parks and Missouri State Parks Foundation hosts an organized ride event every summer.

Want to go one-way? You’ll need to make reservations. Several other service providers provide shuttles to access points along the trail. Amtrak also allows bikes on the trail with advanced reservation however spacing may be limited. More shuttle information can be found here: http://www.bikekatytrail.com/planner.aspx?chkShuttle=on

The Katy Trail connects with the Rock Spur Trail at Windsor, MO – GPS Coordinates 38.540631-93.519752 Map. The Rock Spur Trail continues on towards Kansas City.


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Location: Clinton | Machens | St. Charles | Missouri
Activities: Walking, Biking, Mountain Biking, Running, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Sports – Winter, Fat Tire Biking

George S. Mickelson Trail, SD

The George S. Mickelson Trail is in the Black Hills between Deadwood and Edgemont, South Dakota. This multi-purpose, gravel trail is 109 miles and 15 trailheads, open to bikers, hikers, horseback riders, fat tire bikers, cross-country skiers and snowshoeing. Dogs must be on leash.

It’s a great place to visit during the summer as you’ll get shade from the pine and ponderosa trees, prairie land, and along the trail. You’ll also see 100 converted railroad bridges and 4 rock tunnels. The trail closer to Deadwood travels close to several creeks and rivers – and a great spot to take a break and play with your dog in the water. A portion of the trail that passes through private land may be restricted to dogs.

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Website: Link
Maps & Access: Map
Start: Deadwood, SD 44.370657, -103.728618 Map
End: Edgemont, SD 43.311459, -103.818150 Map
Terrain: Gravel
Elevation: Gradual changes in elevation, Chart
Dog Policy: Dogs must be leashed. There may be restrictions on private lands. Info

Maps of the trail may be found on the State of South Dakota website, including locations of all 15 trailheads.

If you want to bike the trail in 3 days and go with an organized group, consider riding in the Mickelson Trail Trek held the 3rd weekend in September each year. Register early as spots fill up very fast.

The George S. Mickelson Trail starts and ends at:

Deadwood, SD 57732
Off CanAm Hwy 85
GPS Coordinates 44.370657, -103.728618 Map

Deadwood is also home to the many adventures of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, so you can always take a side trip and take a step back into the wild west with your dog.

Edgemont, SD 57735
Off Hwy 185, just north of Old Hwy 18
GPS Coordinates 43.311459, -103.818150 Map

Trail users over 12 must have a pass. The majority of the trail is flat, but a small portion may be challenging. The first few miles from Deadwood come with an elevation gain, so you may decide to start at a city farther south. Hours of operation are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunrise, year-round. Have more questions? Cell phone coverage will be very spotty. Call the Trail Headquarters office at 605.584.3896 or visit the website for more information.

Keep an eye out for rattlesnakes, mountain lions, and other wildlife along the trail. Poison ivy may also be present along the trail. Cattle and other domesticated animals may also be on the trail. Please respect their space and stay off private lands.

The trail does not allow for motorized vehicles. Snowmobiles are the only vehicle allowed on the trail, but restricted to the trail between Deadwood (Trailhead #1) and Dumont (Trailhead #5) in the winter. Users may bring electric powered wheelchairs and scooters.


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Location: Lead | Deadwood | Edgemont | South Dakota
Activities: Biking, Mountain Biking, Fat Tire Biking, Walking, Running, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Mushing

Great Allegheny Passage Trail, MD & PA

The Great Allegheny Passage Trail (GAP Trail) is the longest rails-to-trails east of the Mississipi River at over 150 miles through Pennsylvania and Maryland. The trail starts in Cumberland, MD and ends in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The trail is made of fine crushed limestone and suitable for all bikes, but better for hybrid or mountain bikes. Many use this trail for biking, hiking, horseback riding (designated areas), cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Dogs must be on leash. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail. Electric mobility devices are allowed with slight restrictions.

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Maps & Access: Map
Start: Cumberland, MD 39.649859, -78.763565 Map
End: Pittsburgh, PA 40.441887, -80.013234 Map
Terrain: Gravel (Crushed Limestone)
Elevation: Chart
Dog Policy: Dogs must be leashed. Info

The Great Allegheny Passage Trail is open year-round from dawn to dusk. Maps and elevation changes of the trail are available on the Great Allegheny Passage website. There’s a printable map available as well.

If you are choosing a westbound path to go on with your dog, we would avoid the Cumberland, MD to Deal, MD route. Obviously, if going eastbound, it would be between Connellsville, PA and Deal, MD. You can find a trail access area on the GAP Trail website. Shuttles are also available in certain cities along the trail.

The Great Allegheny Passage Trail starts and ends at:

Cumberland Visitor Center – C&O Canal National Historial Park
Western Maryland Railroad Station
13 Canal St, Cumberland, MD 21502
GPS Coordinates 39.649859, -78.763565 Map
This is actually the end point of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath Trail.

Great Allegheny Passage (Western Terminus)
Three Rivers Heritage Trail
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
GPS Coordinates 40.441887, -80.013234 Map

Interested in camping? There are many campgrounds along the way.

The Great Allegheny Passage Trail actually connects to the 184.5 mile Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O – http://bikewashington.org/canal/) Canal Towpath Trail at Cumberland, Maryland all the way to in Washington, DC for a total of 335 miles. The C&O trail is very flat (1.4% average grade) so a perfect option for dogs and families.

The Montour Trail will connect to the Great Allegheny Passage Trail at McKeesport, PA and go towards Pittsburgh International Airport and Coraopolis.


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Location: Pittsburgh | Homestead | McKeesport | Boston | West Newton | Connellsville | Ohiopyle | Confluence | Rockwood | Meyersdale | Deal | Frostburg | Cumberland | Maryland | Pennsylvania
Activities: Walking, Biking, Mountain Biking, Running, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Mushing

Cowboy Trail, NE

The Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail, or Cowboy Trail, is the longest rails-to trails at 321 miles. It travels across northern Nebraska connecting from Norfolk at the east to Chadron in the west. The trail is used exclusively for recreational use and very flat. During the winter, visitors may use the trail for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and mushing.

Traveling the Cowboy Trail is like taking a step back in time. Explore several small towns along the way. You’ll also see a lot of prairie flowers, sunflowers in the late summer, farms, and wooden bridges (converted for recreational use). 2 miles south of the trail above the Niobrara River in Valentine, NE, you can get on an old railroad bridge (see cover photo). Animals along the way include elk, deer, buffalo, prairie dogs, muskrats, and monarch butterflies.

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Website: Link
Maps & Access: Map
Start: Norfolk, NE 42.003530, -97.426620 Map
End: Chadron, NE 42.828751, -102.949715 Map
Terrain: Mostly Gravel, Some Paved
Elevation: Mostly uphill going westbound. http://www.bikecowboytrail.com/elevation.aspx
Dog Policy: Dogs must be leashed. http://www.nrtdatabase.org/trailDetail.php?recordID=2419

This multi-purpose trail is a mostly gravel, but some areas are paved. You’ll want to use either a mountain or hybrid bike on the trail. The most developed portion of the trail is between Norfolk and Valentine. Dogs on the trail should be leashed.

The Nebraska Games and Parks Commission puts out an interactive map to help bikers plan their routes.

There’s even an interactive trip planner and event listing that will help you further, however, the planner goes all the way to Valentine instead of the entire way to Chadron.

The Cowboy Trail starts and ends at:

Johnny Carson Blvd Hwy 8, north of Elkhorn River
Norfolk, NE 68701
GPS Coordinates 42.003530, -97.426620 Map

Slim Butte Road, north of Crazy Horse Memorial Hwy 20
Chadron, NE 69337
GPS Coordinates 42.828751, -102.949715 Map


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Location: Norfolk | Chadron | Valentine | Nebraska
Activities: Walking, Biking, Mountain Biking, Running, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Mushing

Erie Canalway Trail, NY

The Erie Canalway extends 360 miles through much of upstate New York starting in Buffalo and ending in Albany.

The trail is both paved as well as gravel. Portions of the trail runs along or passes through the Erie Canal, Hudson River, Mohawk River, Niagara River and beautiful Adirondack Mountains. The park also passes through many parks, giving you a place for you and your dog to stop and play, rest, and eat.

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Maps & Access: Map
Start: Buffalo, NY 42.878394, -78.880998 Map
End: Albany, NY 42.649998, -73.749547 Map
Terrain: Paved and Gravel (Stone Dust)
Elevation: Chart
Dog Policy: Dogs must be leashed. Info

Dogs should be on leash. The trail is open to other pedestrians and horses (at Old Erie Canal State Park). Cross-country skiing is allowed during winter months when snow is on the trail.

An interactive map is available on the Parks & Trails New York website. The map also gives you information on trail conditions, visitor information, parking, trailheads, connections to other trails, and attractions. Thanks New York – very useful!

The Erie Canalway Trail start and end points are:

Veterans Park
Along Marine Dr.
1 Naval Park Cove
Buffalo, NY 14202
GPS Coordinates (estimated) 42.878394, -78.880998 Map

Based on the Parks & Trails New York interactive map, the trail starts along Marine Dr. Some parking is available along Marine Dr.
Head northwest towards Erie St. on your bike. Then, make a right on Erie St and a left on Lakefront Blvd to remain on the Erie Canalway Trail. Alternatively you can start at Erie St. & Lakefront Blvd. Parking lots are convenient around the area.

Jennings Landing (In Corning City Preserve)
Along Maiden Ln.
1 Quay St
Albany, NY 12207
GPS Coordinates (estimated) 42.649998, -73.749547 Map

Based on the Parks & Trails New York interactive map, the trail ends along Maiden Ln. This is slightly west of Jennings Landing. The trail here is renamed the Mohawk-Hudson Hike Bike Trail. Parking lots are convenient around the area.

Need some help deciding what section of the trail to bike? It may be helpful to see what else is happening in various areas and plan for a weekend trip! The Parks & Trails New York website breaks up the trail into 4 segments: 1) Buffalo to Rochester 2) Rochester to Syracuse 3) Syracuse to Little Falls and 4) Little Falls to Albany. Each area brings a different experience to your bike ride. The best trails for dogs are usually ones for kids as well. The National Heritage Corridor gives some great tips what to do in each city and on kid friendly trails.


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Location: Buffalo | Albany | New York
Activities: Biking, Mountain Biking, Fat Tire Biking, Walking, Running, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Mushing

Acadia National Park – Dog Friendly Outdoor Adventure Guide

Acadia National Park (Bar Harbor, ME) has over 100 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of roads. This park is consistently rated one of the top parks in the nation. And the majority of the park is dog friendly. There’s so much to do here year-round; hiking, camping, biking, sightseeing, fishing, winter sports, and more. 

The Island Explorer shuttle bus runs between Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. The shuttle is fare-free and dog friendly. Routes run from June through October. There’s a bicycle express that you can take, although they may not be able to take tandem bikes. Check the Island Explorer website for updated run dates, timetables, and more information.

Pets are not allowed in some areas of the park. They are also prohibited from entering bodies of water and must be kept on a 6 foot leash. Some trails and beaches (Sand Beach and Echo Lake) are off-limits to pets during peak season only. Click here for more information about bringing pets at Acadia National Park.

Maps for Acadia can be found on the National Park Service website. Need more maps of the area? Check out the maps offered by the Acadia Chamber.

Nearby towns of Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor are extremely dog friendly if you want stop for dinner on your way home. Looking for a dog park? We hear there’s a place outside the park just south of Jordan Pond between Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor past a stone and wood gate.

GPS Coordinates: 44.40897, -68.24727 (Visitor Center) Map


See our full list of Dog Friendly Outdoor Adventure Guides made just for dog owners. We give you everything you need to plan your next adventure outing with your dog right at your fingertips. We also pick the best dog friendly trails for you! These destination guides are invaluable one-stop source of information if you have a dog!


HIKING

 

Acadia National park has over 100 miles of hiking trails. There’s always a new place to explore.

Some of the most popular hikes include the 27 mile Park Loop Road or the Cadillac Summit Trail Loop (0.4mi). The park provides many maps that highlight each trail. Don’t leave the area without grabbing some food and an amazing popover at Jordan Pond House.

Day hiking with your dog is also available a ferry ride away on Isle au Haut (“High Island”) – go early as visitors are limited on the island. Hiking on the island is rough, but there are a lot of short loops.


CAMPING

 

Acadia National Park (Bar Harbor, ME) has 3 dog friendly campgrounds: Blackwoods, Seawall, and Schoodic Woods. Book early as spots fill up quickly.


BIKING

 

Biking is only permitted in certain areas of the park. Bikes are not allowed on hiking trails. Dogs must be on leash biking or hiking. Don’t have a bike? There are plenty of bike rental shops in Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor to consider.

Some areas actually permit bikes and dogs, but we don’t recommend them for dogs due to safety. These areas include: Park Loop Trail, Cadillac Mountain, Penobscot Peninsula, and Summit Road.

Carriage Roads: This is really where you want to be biking with your dog in Acadia. The carriage roads are 45 miles of mostly gravel road and car-free, but also open to hikers and horses. You’ll likely pass by waterfalls and the most picturesque views around.The Jordan Pond House is a great place to hike and stop for a bite to eat on the lawn. Please watch signs as some carriage roads are closed to bikes. During winter, fat tire bikes are not allowed on the carriage roads as they have been groomed.

Southwest Harbor: Southwest Harbor is cut off from the Carriage Roads by Somes Sound, the only North American fjord created by a glacier. There are a lot of fishing and road biking here. Roads here are not as heavily populated. Still, you do share the road so make sure your dog is well trained and that you proceed with caution.

Schoodic Peninsula: Schoodic Peninsula is another biking destination. The main biking route from Winter Harbor is about 10 miles of gravel pathways. Plan to have a picnic at Grindstone Neck or Schoodic Point. Longer bike rides are available from Frazer Point. Some areas are challenging and steep. Roads in this area are one-way only. During winter, the path is open to everyone when ungroomed. https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/schoodic.htm

 

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Related Pawtivities / Events: Hiking, CampingBiking, RunningAcadia National Park, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing

Location: Bar Harbor, ME | Frenchman Bay | Maine
Activities: Beach, Hiking, Camping, Walking, Biking, Sightseeing

Best Biking Accessories for Dogs (2018) – Pawtivity Picks

We love learning about the latest doggy stuff out there because we all want the best for our furry friends! Each week we cover the fun, novel, essential, and new products for dogs in our Pawtivity Picks Series.

Getting started biking with your dog? It’s a great way to give your dog some real exercise! Summer is the perfect time to go out road biking or mountain biking with your dog. This week we cover biking accessories for dogs. We give you the best all-around bike accessories for dogs so you can get started off on the right paw.

If you are new to biking, be sure to read our article for tips on how to get started biking with your dog.

Start on smaller distances if biking with your dog and gradually move to longer distances over time. Your dog needs time to build up his paw pads so they don’t get worn out. They also need to develop the endurance and stamina to keep up with you on a longer ride.

Products Covered: Bike Attachment, Bike Leash, Dog Bike Trailer, Dog Cooling Vest, Dog Cooling Harness, Dog Harness, Water Storage Bag, Water Bladder, Water Filter, Dog Bowl

This article contains affiliate links. We may earn a small commission (at no cost to you) for our endorsement, recommendation, testimonial, and/or link to any products or services marked with an *. The main purpose of this article is to provide you with hiking and safety tips. We will only provide links to truly great products we think our visitors would appreciate learning more about.


BIKE ATTACHMENTS & LEASHES

 

We recommend that you keep a controlled distance between your dog and your bike so that your dog does not run into your bike as you ride. This is usually accomplished with a proper bike attachment with a solid arm that is then then tied to a short, flexible leash attached to your dog.

Never hand carry a flexible leash of any kind as the leash can get wound up in your bike or it can cause you to lose control of your bike risking injury to both you and your dog.

Most bike attachments connect to your bike near your seat or towards the rear wheel. A great feature to look for is the ability for left and right side attachment to your bike. You also want some sort of shock absorber so you feel less of an impact every time your dog pulls.

Keep in mind that you may need to go on a wider trail with a bike attachment to maintain a safe distance and to provide a comfortable experience for you and your dog. If you have a small dog, we highly recommend using a padded harness instead of a collar with the bike attachment.
Bike Tow Leash Bicycle Attachment

The Bike Tow Leash Bicycle Attachment* is consistently rated as one of the best bike attachments for dogs. Most consumers love how durable this bike attachment is. It’s also highly effective in preventing the bike from tipping if your dog pulls away.

The Bike Tow Leash features a hard, bent arm that can be mounted to the rear wheel from the left or right side without any special tools. There’s a flexible joint between the arm and bike that gives your dog greater mobility when running.

The bike attachment can be used with any bike, mobility scooter, trike, or wheelchair. You can also use the bike attachment using a dog coupler* to run with two dogs.

 

The Bike Tow Leash is the only bike attachment to get a coveted 5 star rating by the American Pet Association. The APA stated that the bike tow leash was the “safest bike leash” they had ever seen. The 5 Star rating is awarded on products that are high quality, humane and safe to pets and people. Businesses that receive this rating practice good business ethics and continually seek ongoing feedback about their product.

One drawback of this bike attachments is the high price. The MSRP is $146, which is 2-3 times the price of many other bike attachments. However, users praise the durability of the Bike Tow Leash and long lasting use. Additionally, the extra safety the Bike Tow Leash affords will pay for itself over and over as the price difference is less than one vet or ER visit. If you are an avid bike rider, you are getting your money’s worth by investing in this bike attachment.

Dog owners rave about the product. Our favorite review is from Scott in Texas who commented that their dog bolted after a deer 10 yards away and he was still able to maintain perfect control of his bike. That’s saying something. We are happy no harm came to human, dog, and deer!

WHY WE LOVE: This bike attachment is so easy to use. We love how much movement (and “freedom”) your dog has to run with your bike while remaining in a safe, controlled distance from the bike.

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Walky Dog Bike Leash

The Walky Dog Bike Leash* has a straight arm that attaches to your bike just below your seat. There’s a strong paracord leash inside and springs that provide a great shock absorbing system. You can remove springs to adjust how much shock absorption you need based on how strong your dog pulls.

The Walky Dog can be used on either the left and right side of the bike without using any special tools. This bike attachment is very durable. The leash can handle pulls up to 550 pounds! There’s a really nice quick release feature to detach the bike attachment from your bike. The MSRP of this bike attachment is about $59 – a great price!

With the Walky Dog, your dog will actually remain running at the side of your bike. Some noted that you get a smaller distance between your dog and the bike with the Walky Dog, so you’ll need to factor in how much room your dog needs to get a comfortable running stance in. You can adjust the tension and length of the bike attachment by adjusting the number of inside springs.

If you want a lower attachment where your dog runs to the side of your rear wheel, Walky Dog sells a Low Rider Bike Attachment*. You may have to adjust the springs and inside leash to suit your dog. You want to make sure that your dog runs below the placement of the bike attachment to ensure safety.

WHY WE LOVE: We just love the quick release feature to this bike attachment. No need to bring a separate leash. Just release the bike attachment and use it as a short leash.

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DOG BIKE TRAILER

 

If you have a small dog or senior dog, consider getting a dog bike trailer for them so that they can come along with you on your next bike ride. They won’t be getting exercise in, but will still love getting out on a ride with you!
DoggyRide Mini Dog Bike Trailer

The DoggyRide Mini Dog Bike Trailer* is the perfect trailer for a small dog up to 55 pounds who can’t enjoy running alongside your bike. The trailer is very lightweight to give you a break from hauling a heavy load! The turning radius of the trailer is also smoother and tighter than other trailers.

This bike trailer features a strong, breathable mesh opening and superior, padded floor to help minimize a bumpy ride. A rain cover is included on the trailer. Safety leash connections are located inside the trailer. A sunroof is accessible from the top if your dog just wants to poke his head out and look around. Storing the trailer is easy with a quick release of a pin.

For a lightweight trailer, the frame and materials used on this bike trailer are still top notch. The company even places a warranty on fabric for 1 year and frame for 5 years. If you want to use the bike trailer as a stroller, you can purchase a separate stroller converter kit*. Many purchase the separate pad* to give their dog a more comfortable ride.

WHY WE LOVE: If we can’t run with our small dog, then this is the perfect option to let them see and really enjoy a ride. We also don’t want to the trailer to weigh us down!

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Burley Tail Wagon

Although one of the most expensive dog bike trailers on the market, the Burley Tail Wagon* is also one of the very best. This trailer was made for the small to large dog up to 75 pounds.

The Burley Tail Wagon has 4 sides of breathable mesh, an integrated rain cover, and attachments to secure your dog inside the trailer. The design of the wagon allows your dog to sit comfortably. They can even stick their head out of the trailer if you roll up the cover. The trailer folds down very easily for storage. A removable floor makes it easy to clean the trailer.

A handlebar and parking brake is included with the trailer. However, to double the trailer as a stroller, you will need to purchase a separate stroller kit. Burley has both a 1 Wheel Stroller* or 2 Wheel Stroller* kit.

WHY WE LOVE: We love how easy this is to clean. It’s just impossible to avoid muddy paws with a dog! It’s easy to see the trailer lasting for years and giving your dog the most comfortable ride each time.

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DOG BIKE HARNESSES & COOLING VESTS

 

Hurtta Cooling Harness

The Hurtta Cooling Harness doubles as a cooling vest and harness. The vest works by dipping it in water and wringing it out. It’s easy to tell when the vest becomes dry as the color changes slightly.

The harness features breathable mesh fabric that extend from the chest to the belly. There is even a detachable water pouch that you can fill with cold water located at the dog’s chest to maximize cooling power where your dog needs it most. An adjustable collar and chest strap allow for the greatest fit for your dog. Leashes can be attached to a sturdy O ring attachment at the top of the vest.

WHY WE LOVE: We really love the full integration of harness and cooling vest in one. This makes is so much easier to put on your dog without any fuss or further adjustments. The O ring and adjustment straps also allow for better mobility and fit for your running dog. And separate water pouch that you can store in the fridge – well, we just have to try it out!

Take me to the Hurtta Cooling Harness now.
Ruffwear Front Range Harness & Jet Stream Cooling Vest

The Ruffwear Front Range Harness* is a great all-around harness for any active dog. It features foam padded straps and 4 points of adjustment for a great fit on any dog. It’s the best option for running with a bike attachment, but you’ll want to attach the leash to the top of the harness rather than the front. Ruffwear does make other harnesses that can be used to help your dogs over obstacles, but most bikers won’t need that on the trail. Hate having flying tags clink together as your dog runs? This harness has a place to hide those id tags!

Need a cooling vest that fits with your harness? Consider the Ruffwear Jet Stream Cooling Vest*which fits under the Front Range Harness and gives a bit more mobility and less bulk than the Ruffwear SwampCooler.

The Jet Stream cooling vest works to pull heat from the dog and works by applying water on the vest and wringing it out. Full coverage of the UPF 50+ vest provides the most shade and cooling effect for your dog. It can be worn of course, without the harness for off leash play. The vest will stay cool for perhaps an hour which is more than enough time for your dog to run as you bike! You will need to get a more exact fit with the cooling vest as it doesn’t have adjustable straps. If your dog has a larger chest, you may want to stick with the Ruffwear Swamp Cooler.

WHY WE LOVE: Dogs get hot running and we love the combination of using the cooling vest with harness while still leaving the option to have a separate harness for the rest of the year.

Take me to the Ruffwear Front Range Harness* or Ruffwear Jet Stream Cooling Vest* now.


WATER BOTTLES, BLADDERS, AND BOWLS

 

Water is the most important thing you can bring with you on a bike ride with your dog. While biking, you want to carry as minimal as you can and as compact as you can. That means no loose clothing and items hanging off your bag or bike. You can probably leave the dog backpack at home too.

We recommend getting one storage container to provide enough water for both you and your dog. While you can always carry your preferred bottle on your bike as you ride, you’ll need to stop anyway to give frequent water breaks to your dog. We like carrying a small, snug backpack and bringing extra water in a collapsible container. Don’t forget a lightweight dog bowl!

How much water you and your dog need depends a lot on how much energy you are exerting, how much you sweat, activity level, and outside temperature. You’ll get a better sense of how much you and your dog needs on a bike ride by going out more.
Hydrapak Seeker

The collapsible Hydrapak Seeker* is a lightweight, durable and compact water storage bag that’s made of abrasion resistant material. It’s also 100% BPA & PVC Free. The storage bag is designed for both hot water up to 140 degrees farenheit and freezing cold water. You can also freeze the entire storage bag to use as an ice pack.

This storage bag is a great option for backpackers, hikers, and bikers. There’s a strap attachment option. The storage bag comes in 2 colors and 3 sizes – 2 liter, 3 liter, and 4 liter.Bags are fully collapsible to fit into a 4x4in storage bag making this highly versatile even as a backup water source. Measurements are included on the side so you always know how much water you have left.

The Hydrapak Seeker is compatible with the Katadyn Befree Filter* or other 42mm bottle filter if you plan to source water from area streams and water sources. Read more about it from our top picks for water filters.

WHY WE LOVE: It’s made for both cold and hot water, a plus for winter activities! We also love that it’s compatible with the Katadyn water filter. You can’t go wrong going with a larger bag as it’s highly collapsible and still ultra-light.

Take me to the Hydrapak Seeker* now.
Freemove Hydration Pack Water Bladder & Cooler Bag

If you are able to ride long distances with your dog, consider the Freemove Hydration Pack Water Bladder & Cooler Bag* This water bladder is perfect for a hot summer bike ride. It holds 2 liters of water and made of durable TPU fabric and BPA free. A cooler bag fits on the outside of your water bladder keeping your water cool. The mouthpiece features a valve to switch the water on and off. This helps prevent leaking.

Very reasonably priced at only $19.85 MSRP, it’s a great option for bikers that need more water they can carry with them easily. Freemove offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee so there’s no risk to buying.

WHY WE LOVE: Who doesn’t want cool water on a bike ride? Ahhhh. And you don’t have to carry separate attachments anywhere. J

Take me to the Freemove Hydration Pack water Bladder & Cooler Bag* now.

Don’t have a backpack for your water bladder? Here’s one*.
Rad Dog Collaspible Pocket Bowl

Rad Dog’s Collapsible Pocket Bowl* is probably the smallest, foldable dog bowl we have seen on the market – it fits in the palm of your hand! The bowl is also waterproof and extremely lightweight at less than 1 ounce. The bowl can carry up to 16 ounces of water. We think backpackers, runners, and bikers would love this bowl for their dogs!

While super small, it doesn’t have the most stable base. It’s also pretty easy to lose and not visible for evening or night camping use. You may just have to hold it up for your dog to drink or eat.

WHY WE LOVE: It’s so minimal and best for those that want to carry as little as possible. Who wants to run or bike with a bulky bowl in their pocket or flapping against their bag?

Take me to the Rad Dog’s Collapsible Pocket Bowl* now.

 


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Best Dog Beaches & Vacations Part 1

Best Dog Beaches & Vacations Part 1

Summer is almost here! We are on the hunt for the best dog friendly beaches and vacations. For the next 4 weeks, we will be giving you all the tips you need to take a great beach vacation with your dog.

Look out for our Best Dog Beaches & Vacation series. This is part 1 of 4. A summary of the beach or location is included below, but you’ll have to go to our specific pawtivity listing or destination guide for more information.

Here are some great dog-friendly beaches (Part 1 of 4):

1. Sanibel Island, FL
2. Block Island, RI
3. Fort De Soto Park & Dog Beach, FL
4. San Juan Islands, WA
5. Mission Bay Park / Fiesta Island, CA


 

1 Sanibel Island, FL

Sanibel Island is consistently rated as one of the best beach destinations in the United States. With it’s pristine white beaches and abundance of shells, it’s no wonder why so many people love the beaches here. To top it all off, Sanibel Island is dog friendly year-round. Save this destination on your pawtivity list (for members) to check off later!

2 Block Island, RI

Block Island is one of the most dog friendly towns offering 17 miles of dog friendly beaches. You’ll have to take a ferry to get there, but consider Block Island to be you and your dog’s own private paradise. There’s plenty of biking, hiking, and beaches.

3 Fort De Soto Park & Dog Beach, FL

Fort De Soto Park is a great place to take your dog over the weekend for a little camping, hiking, and off-leash fun. Dogs are only allowed off-leash wtihin the dog beach. Otherwise, they must be on leash.

Dog Beach

4 San Juan Island, WA

San Juan Island has great beaches, but they offer so much more. Beaches allow fire pits so it’s a great place to spend the day and night. San Juan Island is actually one of three islands in the area. All are great spots to go whale watching, kayaking, hiking, and biking. Feel like taking a break from the beach? Visit a lavendar farm or vineyard with your dog!

5 Mission Bay Park / Fiesta Island, CA

Mission Bay Park / Fiesta Island is probably one for local for San Diegans, but we do like the thought of having an off leash dog beach and on its own island. It’s doggy heaven to us. There’s 27 miles of shoreline to play in and plenty of water sports and rentals around.

Mission Bay Park - San Diego, CA

 

Do you have any other recommendations for dog friendly beaches? Or suggestions on other things to do at the beaches we mentioned above?

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Block Island, RI

Block Island is one of the most dog friendly towns offering 17 miles of beaches that are dog friendly all year round! Dogs must be on leash. There’s about 15 different beach areas to visit on the island.

The main tourism website has maps of the area for bike paths, walking trails, and beaches. If you want to go biking, consider going on the 7.5 mile loop to see the whole island.

For an awesome view, go to Mohegan Bluffs accessible via the Mohegan Trail located at 289-, 291 Spring St, New Shoreham, RI 02807 (GPS Coordinates 41.153137, -71.555193 Map). Some also go here to surf and swim.

Grace’s, Dorry’s and Cooneymus Coves offers one of the best places to watch the sunset. It’s also great if you want to go somewhere uncrowded and rather private. Vistiors come here to fish, but it’s not the best for swimming. Another great beach to fish is Charlestown Beach.

If you are looking for a swimming beach some beaches to consider include: 1) Baby Beach – great for kids, 2) Fred Bensen Town Beach – for all day beach lounging and swimming or 2) Ballard’s Beach if you want alcoholic drinks and food.

Other beaches may be more suitable for sightseeing, clamming, surfing, or snorkeling. For hiking trails, consider one of the options from Block Island Family Vacations. They have a great collection of maps and descriptions of each trail. If we were to pick the best for dogs, we would say to check out Elizabeth Dickens Trail for some hiking and beach walking, Nathan Mott Park & Turnip Farm to see some wildflowers, and Rodman’s Hollow for an easy trail that’s marked.

To get to Block Island, you’ll need to take a ferry. You can purchase tickets from The Block Ferry Island. Dogs are allowed on ferries but must be on leash and kept outside. Some hi-speed ferries may permit dogs in carriers only.

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