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September 2018 Camping

Fall is coming. What better way to enjoy the cooler weather than to go camping with your dog!

Of course, you couldn’t go camping without going hiking, biking or playing in the water. Plan a real camping trip with your dog and create memories to last a lifetime!

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Best Dog Beaches & Vacations Part 3

Best Dog Beaches & Vacations Part 3

Summer is here! We are on the hunt for the best dog friendly beaches and vacations. Look out for our 4 part series covering the Best Dog Beaches & Vacations in the United States.

Here are some great dog-friendly beaches (Part 3 of 3):

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.


 

Cannon Beach, OR

Cannon Beach has received many awards as best small beach town to best romantic getaway. And of course, off leash dogs who are well behaved and have good recall are allowed anytime on the beaches. Many come here to see Haystack Rock (aka Goonies Rock – yes, from the movie), an amazing coastline, tidepools, birds, and wildlife.

 

Jupiter, FL

Jupiter is home to a 2.5 mile long off-leash playground for dogs, available year-round from beach marker #25 on Marcinski Road to beach marker #59 at the south end of Carlin Park. Jupiter only has 3.4 miles of beaches, so we love that so much of it is open to dogs! Besides the beach, there’s canoeing and hiking in the area too.

 

Oak Island, NC

Oak Island has 10 miles of dog friendly beach with calm waters that’s perfect for swim. Dogs may romp off leash during off season. Many go to Oak Island to swim, fish, boat, kayak, paddle board, look for clams or participate in other water activities.

Beach Dog C
 

Fort Myers Beach / Dog Beach, FL

Fort Myers Beach offers a lot of pet friendly options, including lodgings, restaurants, and of course dog friendly beaches, including Fort Meyers Beach and Dog Beach. There’s also so many other activities and attractions to do in Fort Myers to make it a great vacation spot.

 

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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Fort Myers Beach / Dog Beach, FL

Fort Myers Beach offers a lot of pet friendly options, including lodgings, restaurants, and of course dog friendly beaches, including Fort Meyers Beach and Dog Beach. There’s also so many other activities and attractions to do in Fort Myers to make it a great vacation spot.

Dogs are allowed at Fort Meyers Beach as long as they are leashed and licensed. The Visit Fort Myers Beach website has a map where you can see a good overview of beaches in the area. There are 25 beach access point to Fort Myers Beach from marker #11 – #36.

Dog Beach (Bonita Beach Dog Park) is the only off-leash dog beach on Estero Island. located at 8800 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931. Free parking and dog showers are available at the park.

If you want to go hiking with your dog, consider going to Lovers Key State Park for some short hiking trails. Please note that dogs are not allowed on the beach within the state park.

 


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Location: Fort Myers | Estero Island | Florida
Activities: Beach, Swimming, Sports – Water, Outdoor Play, Hiking, Walking, Kayaking, SUP, Paddle Boarding, Sightseeing, Dog Park, Off Leash

Cannon Beach, OR

Cannon Beach has received many awards as best small beach town to best romantic getaway. And of course, off leash dogs who are well behaved and have good recall are allowed anytime on the beaches. Many come here to see Haystack Rock (aka Goonies Rock – yes, from the movie), an amazing coastline, tidepools, birds, and wildlife.

If your dog loves to explore, he’ll love exploring some of the tidepools along the beach. The area is also great for bird watching. You’ll see puffins, murres, pelicans, and eagles. Many birds use the large rock formations for their nesting grounds. Other common wildlife seen are elk, seals and sea lions.

A map of the entire area is provided by City of Cannon Beach. They also have a map for parking lots in the area.

There are actually several beaches that you may go to:

1. Haystack Rock & The Needles – Haystack Rock is a popular rock formation (aka Goonies Rock) that’s 235 feet. Come here to see puffins and tidepools. The Needles, two rocky spires, sits just south of Haystack Rock. Both are visible off the Oregon coast. To get here, park at the public parking lot off Gower Street or within Haystack Hill State Park at 1847 Haystack Ln, Cannon Beach, OR 97110. According to the Cannon Beach Bible Church website (http://www.cbbc.us/) there is a viewing platform in Haystack Hill State Park. You’ll have to find the undeveloped trail and viewing platform off S. Spruce Street after parking at the Cannon Beach Bible Church parking lot. Another option is to park at Tolovana State Park. Haystack Rock is located at GPS Coordinates 45.884571, -123.968480 Map.

2. Chapman Point & Bird Rocks – Chapman Point and Bird Rocks is located at the northern end of Cannon Beach. If you are a bird watcher, this is the place to go. You’ll have to bring your binoculars to see the birds up close. You’ll see GPS Coordinates 45.909131, -123.968469 Map.

3. Tolovana State Park to Silver Point – Tolovana State Park is towards the southern section of Cannon Beach. You’ll be able to see tidepools here at low tide. The park is located at W Warren Way, Tolovana Park, OR 97145. Silver Point is a 1 mile walk south of the park.

Besides hiking along the beach, or going through the undeveloped hiking trails at Haystack Hill State Park, you can also go to the Cannon Beach Nature Trail. Just park off E 2nd Street. GPS Coordinates 45.898239, -123.956486 Map. A map of the trail is available from the City of Cannon Beach website. Dogs must be on leash. There are more hiking options around Cannon Beach in Ecola State Park (north) or Oswald West State Park (south).

For July 4th, many come here for fireworks-free festivities. You can also see or enter your dog in the Dog Show On The Beach in October. Visit the Cannon Beach website at www.cannonbeach.org for more information.

 


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Location: Jekyll Island | Georgia
Activities: Beach, Walking, Hiking, Tidepool, Sightseeing, Swimming, Sports – Water, Outdoor Play, Off Leash

Jupiter, FL

Jupiter is home to a 2.5 mile long off leash playground for dogs, available year-round from beach marker #25 on Marcinski Road to beach marker #59 at the south end of Carlin Park. Jupiter only has 3.4 miles of beaches, so we love that so much of it is open to dogs! Besides the beach, there’s canoeing and hiking in the area too.

A map of Jupiter’s Beaches is available from the Town of Jupiter website. There are several free parking lots in the area.

Dogs must be well-behaved and respond to voice commands on the beach. They must have updated tags, licenses, and vaccinations. Leash your dog when you are out on lifeguarded beaches or walking to your car. Jupiter provides more tips for dogs on the beach.

Thank you to the local residents who self-funded to made the effort to first make Jupiter’s beaches dog friendly and to the strong community for keeping the beach clean and available for dogs to enjoy everywhere. That said, please make every effort to keep the beach clean when you are out with your dog!

 


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Location: Jupiter | Palm Beach County | Florida
Activities: Beach, Swimming, Sports – Water, Outdoor, Dog Park, Off Leash Park, Canoeing, Boating, Hiking, Walking

August 2018 Cooldown Fun

It’s hot out!

How are you keeping your dog cool this August?

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Best Dog Beaches & Vacations Part 2

Best Dog Beaches & Vacations Part 2

Summer is here! We are on the hunt for the best dog friendly beaches and vacations. Look out for our 4 part series covering the Best Dog Beaches & Vacations in the United States.

Here are some great dog-friendly beaches (Part 2 of 3):

 

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.


 

Huntington Dog Beach, CA

Huntington Dog Beach is one of the most popular off leash dog beaches in Southern California. There’s 1.5 miles of beach for dogs to play in the sand and water. The dog beach is also home to several events, including Surf City Surf Dog.

Dog Leaping For Joy On The Beach
 

Montrose Dog Beach, IL

Montrose Beach Dog Beach Chicago’s first off-leash dog beach located at the northwest end of Montrose Beach on Lake Michigan. It’s huge at 4 acres, so there’s plenty of room for dogs to run free.

Beach Dog
 

Jekyll Island, GA

Jekyll Island is a beautiful and quiet ocean retreat known for its 8 miles of white sandy beaches and protected natural habitat. It’s also a very dog friendly beach destination to take your dog, even if they do have to be on leash. There’s plenty of dog friendly beaches, campgrounds, and fishing in the area to make a weekend trip with your dog!

 

Rosie’s Dog Park

Rosie’s Dog Beach is a 4 acre off leash dog park is located in Long Beach, CA. The park features ocean swimming and a wash area. As LA County’s only off leash dog park, this beach is a popular destination for those that want to spend a day at the beach with their best furry pals.

 

Wildwood Dog Beach, CA

Wildwood Dog Beach is an enclosed, off leash dog beach famous for its 25 foot high fire hydrant sculpture. Spend a day with your dog (on leash) on the beach with your family and give him some off leash time at the dog beach between Glenwood and Maple Avenue.

 

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Jekyll Island, GA

Jekyll Island is a beautiful and quiet ocean retreat known for its 8 miles of white sandy beaches and protected natural habitat. It’s also a very dog friendly beach destination to take your dog, even if they do have to be on leash.

On your way to Jekyll Island stop by the Jekyll Island Welcome Center to pick up a map and inquire about area events.

Dogs must be on a 16 ft or shorter leash at all times – head north of South Dunes Picnic Area. Do not let your dog interact with any protected migratory birds and turtles on the island. Dogs are not allowed on the boardwalk nor on South Beach (between South Dunes Picnic Area and 2000′ Northeast of St. Andrews Sound Picnic Area) as well as Glory Beach. Service dogs are excluded from the restriction.

Dog Friendly Things To Do:

Driftwood Beach – This dog friendly beach is located at the north end of Jekyll Island. It’s called Driftwood Beach because of all the large pieces of driftwood that wash up on white sandy shore. Dogs love exploring the area and playing on the beach. You may even spot some dolphins out towards the water.

Great Dunes Beach Park – This is a great family beach that is also dog friendly. It’s located near the middle of the island. There are showers available at this location.

St. Andrews Beach – This is another dog friendly beach accessible via the St. Andrews Picnic Area. The beach is located on the southwest side of the island and a great place to go shelling and see wildlife. If you walk all the way south, you will see a shipwreck at the very southern end of the island.

Biking – There are several biking trails that go around the island. For a bike map of the island click here. You can also refer to this map which also shows places of interest. You don’t have to bring your bike as there are plenty of bike rental shops around, however, you will still need to have your dog on a leash.

Jekyll Island Campground – This campsite is at the north side of the island. There are 158 campsites, bath houses, and bike rentals nearby. Book online at The campground is located at 1197 Riverview Dr., Jekyll Island, GA 31527. Call 912.635.3021 for more information.

Jekyll Island Fishing Center – Head over to the fishing pier at the very north side of the island if you want to go fishing or crabbing. You will need a license. The fishing center is located at 10 Clam Creek Rd, Jekyll Island, GA 31527. Call (912) 635-3556 for more information. Farther down on Clam Creek Rd is the Clam Creek Picnic Area where you can stop, explore the oak-saw palmetto forest, and grill up your daily catch. You can also hop on to a trail that will take you do Driftwood Beach.

There’s a lot more to do on Jekyll Island, but there are still many places that do not allow dogs. Learn more from the Jekyll Island official travel website and Jekyll Island Georgia website.

 


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Location: Jekyll Island | Georgia
Activities: Beach, Swimming, Sports – Water, Outdoor Play, Biking

Top 10 Bike Trails That Allow Dogs

Top 10 Bike Trails That Allow Dogs

Interested in going road biking or mountain biking with your dog?

Your search for the best bike trails that allow dogs is over! We give the top 10 bike trails and bike destinations for you and your dog. These trails are hand-picked as the most appropriate for dogs to run alongside your bicycle.

Top 10 Bike Trails That Allow Dogs

1. Acadia National Park, Maine
2. American River Bike Trail
3. East Bay Bike Path, Rhode Island
4. Cowboy Trail, Nebraska
5. George S. Mickelson Trail, South Dakota
6. Great Allegheny Passage Trail, Pennsylvania / Maryland
7. Katy Trail, Missouri
8. Banks-Vernonia Trail, Oregon
9. The Flume Trail & Tahoe Rim Trail, Nevada
10. Maah Daah Hey Trail, North Dakota


These are the trails that we think are the most scenic and dog-appropriate. Most of these trails are wide or flat enough for dogs to run on. There are a few challenging, but simply amazing trails for dogs on the list. Off the list are paths that share the road with vehicles and other areas that may be too dangerous for dogs.

Many of these trails are actually rails-to-trails routes, connecting several old railroad routes together into a great bike path for many to enjoy today. If you are on a rails-to-trails route, you’ll likely see a lot of history, wooden bridges and old relics along your journey.

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Biking Accessories For Dogs Read This
How to Bike With Your Dog Read This
How To Train Your Dog To Run With You Read This
Running With Your Dog Read This

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TOP 10 DOG FRIENDLY BIKE TRAILS

 

1 Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park is consistently rated as one of the top parks in the nation. Biking trails are well maintained and most are either gravel or paved roads. The Carriage Roads are the most popular place to bike with your dog. It’s the best place to go with your family or just to enjoy the day with your dog. The views and scenery in this park are absolutely majestic.

Hiking - Acadia National Park, Maine
 

2 American River Bike Trail, California

The American River Bike Trail (Jediediah Smith Memorial Trail) is a paved 32 mile-long road running from Old Sacramento to Folsom. Much of the trail is shady with abundant trees and wildflowers making it a prime spot for summer biking with your dog.

 

3 East By Bike Path, Rhode Island

Want a nice, relaxing ride? The East Bay Bike Path is a paved 13.8 mile-long road starting in Independence Park in Bristol, RI and India Point Park in Providence, RI. The road travels through the city and residential neighborhoods but meanders for the most part along the Providence River.

 

4 Cowboy Trail, Nebraska

The Cowboy Trail is the longest, multi-purpose rails-to-trails at 321 miles starting in Norfolk to Chadron, Nebraska. Many use the trail between Norfolk and Valentine. Take a step back in time. You’ll see a lot of prairie flowers, sunflowers in the late summer, farms, and wooden bridges.

 

5 George S. Mickelson Trail, South Dakota

Take a step back in time to the days of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane by starting your bike ride in Deadwood, South Dakota where the George S. Mickelson Trail starts. The trail extends 109 through the Black Hills to Edgemont, South Dakota. Travel through prairies, pine and ponderosa forests and stop to play in the water along the trail with your dog.

 

6 Great Allegheny Passage Trail, Pennsylvania / Maryland

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 is open year-round and connects to the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath Trail that goes all the way to Washington DC as well as the Montour Trail. There are plenty of campgrounds and other activities to do along the route.

 

7 Katy Trail, Missouri

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. This is a great, flat mountain bike path for you and your dog with easy access to food, lodgings and campgrounds.

 

8 Banks-Vernonia Trail, Oregon

The Banks-Vernonia 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. Camping is also available near the trail at Stub Stewart State Park and Vernonia Lake.

 

9 The Flume Trail & Tahoe Rim Trail, Nevada

Looking for some great mountain biking with your dog with great views of Lake Tahoe? Get on the Flume Trail or Tahoe Rim Trail in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park’s Spooner Lake & backcountry area for 14-24 of great mountain biking. Some portions of the trail are steep and rocky while others are flat. The trails are a great option for the biker that wants a bit of a challenge.

 

10 Maah Daah Hey Trail, North Dakota

The Maah Daah Hey Trail is a 144 mile single-track, multi-use trail between Watford City and Medora. The trail is best for the intermediate to advanced mountain biker. There are plenty of campgrounds along the way to ride the Maah Daah Hey Trail with your dog into a biking trip. Multiple access points also let you pick sections of the trail for a day ride. The trail travels through the North Dakota badlands.

 

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Maah Daah Hey Trail, ND

The Maah Daah Hey Trail is a 144 mile single-track, multi-use trail between Watford City and Medora. The trail is best for the intermediate to advanced mountain biker. There are plenty of campgrounds along the way to ride the Maah Daah Hey Trail with your dog into a biking trip.

Maah Daah Hey Trail Quick Links
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Website: http://mdhta.com/
Maps & Access: http://mdhta.com/trail-guide/#trails/maah-daah-hey
Start: Burning Coal Campground – Medora, ND 46.59823, -103.445 Map
End: CCC Campground – Grassy Butte, ND 47.587370, -103.277838 Map
Terrain: Sand, Dirt, Rocks, River Crossings
Elevation: Varied with constant changes. Sections of the trail can be very difficult and steep. Chart: http://mdhta.com/trail-guide/#trails/maah-daah-hey
Dog Policy: Dogs must be leashed (6ft). Dogs are limited to certain areas within Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Info
Motor Vehicles: Not Allowed

Dogs must be leashed on the trail. When in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, bikers and dogs are not allowed on the trail. If you are at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park South Unit, take a detour at the Buffalo Gap Trail (between mile 49 and mile 62) marked by a buffalo trail marker. Alternatively, you can just start your ride at the Buffalo Gap Campground.

A great interactive map is available to visitors of the trail. There are several access points and campgrounds along the trail. Map: http://mdhta.com/trail-guide/#trails/maah-daah-hey

The Maah Daah Hey Trail starts and ends at (from south to north):

Burning Coal Vein Trailhead
Burning Coal Vein Campground
Medora, ND 58645
GPS Coordinates 46.59823, -103.445 Map

CCC Campground Trailhead
CCC Campground
Grassy Butte, ND 58634
Watford City, ND
GPS Coordinates 47.58635, -103.2786 Map

Two points of interest on the trail are China Wall between mile 128 and 129 of the trail (GPS Coordinates 47.4899, -103.4122 Map) and Devil’s Post between mile 100 and 101 of the trail (GPS Coordinates 47.2954, -103.5372 Map).

There are additional trails in the general area, including the Maah Daah Hey Trail. More Trails: http://mdhta.com/about/

If you want to do a day hike with your dog consider going on the Long X Trail (5.8 miles) starting at CCC Trailhead (GPS Coordinates 47.58635, -103.2786 Map) located at CCC Campground. This trail connects with the Maah Daah Hey Trail and will give you great views of the badlands. Another trail is the Summit trail (3.8 miles), which branches off the Maah Daah Hey Trail at Mile 142 south of CCC Campground and ends at the Summit Campground.

Interested in camping along the Maah Daah Hey Trail? Here is a list of campgrounds in the area from south to north. Some campgrounds have day use parking and direct access to the Maah Daah Hey Trail. Reservations are required at two of the campgrounds; Cottonwood Campground and Sully Creek Campground. Refer to the interactive map for links to campgrounds.

  • Burning Coal Vein – close to trail
  • Coal Creek
  • Sully Creek Campground – close to trail, reservations required. (North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department)
  • Cottonwood – reservations required.
  • Buffalo Gap
  • Wannagan – day use parking, close to trail
  • Elkhorn – close to trail
  • Magppie – day use parking, very close to trail
  • Bennett – day use parking, offers 2 other trails in the area
  • Summit
  • CCC – day use parking, direct access to trail

 

Primitive camping is also available on US Forest Service and National Park Service (permit required) lands, however, for most it’s much easier and safer with your dog to just stay at one the many campgrounds offered.

Looking for a shuttle service provider that will also haul your camping equipment? Consider Dakota Cyclery. To save on cost, you can also share a shuttle with others. Another option would be to get a non-biking friend or family member to haul your gear to the campsites you’ll be staying at.


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Location: Grassy Butte | Medora | North Dakota
Activities: Walking, Biking, Running, Hiking, Camping