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October 2018 Dog-Friendly Races

Looking for a dog-friendly race for your dog this October 2018? We’ve got the list for you, organized by region! This list is updated periodically. You may also search for events on our homepage by city, state, or type of running event (canicross, obstacle course, 5K, etc).

Please let us know if we are missing any events by suggesting an event! We will review and add it to our event listings as well as on this summary list.

If you are a Pawtivity member, you can save this article (click the paw) and come back to it later.

We want to make it easy for you to find your event so give us some feedback on how we can do this better. Let’s just get out there with our dogs!

Looking for more fall races? September 2018

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Before You Sign Up For A Race
Before you sign up your dog up for a race, get the ok from your vet. They can give also give you additional advice on training properly with your dog’s specific needs in mind. Puppies should not run until their skeletal system have matured. Short-faced dogs, senior dogs, and some very large breeds overheat quickly, need more frequent breaks, or run a shorter distance than other dogs.

General Racing Rules
Please consult official race guidelines for registration details and race rules.
• 4-6 feet non-retractable leashes on dogs at all times
• Dogs must usually be accompanied by an adult.
• All dogs must be spayed or neutered. None may be in heat.
• No aggressive dogs.
• Vaccinations are current, including rabies.
• You are responsible for your dog at all times.
• Bring your own water and poop bags. Not all races will provide this.
• Racers usually start after all other racers or at the back of a group of racers.
• It is poor etiquette to weave between racers with your dog.

Training With Your Dog
Are you just getting started running with your dog? Read our training tips in How To Train Your Dog To Run With You or consider our Couch to 5K Run/Walk Plan.


SEPTEMBER 2018 DOG FRIENDLY RACES

Northeast
10.6.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – Washington DC / Silver Spring, MD
10.6.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – New York, NY
10.6.18 – Jersey Shore Animal Center’s 7th Annual Beach to Bay 5k – Mantoloking, NJ
10.13.18 – 2018 Pittsburgh Undy RunWalk -Pittsburgh, PA
10.13.18 – The Little Guild’s 5th Annual Run & Wag 5K – Cornwall, CT
10.14.18 – 9th Annual Paws & Claws 5K Run / Walk – Hopkinton, MA
10.20.18 – Runner’s World Dog Run – Bethlehem, PA
10.27.18 – Home At Last Dog Rescue Howloween 5K – North Wales, PA
10.28.18 – 32nd Annual Phoenixville Run – Phoenixville, PA

Midwest
10.6.18 – Anderson Humane Mutt Strut 5k& Dog Show – Lawrenceburg, KY
10.6.18 – Paws in the Park 5k Run/Walk for the Foundation for the BAHS – Boone, IA
10.6.18 – Run 4 Paws 5k & 2K Puppy Path – Downers Grove, IL
10.6.18 – 2018 Cincinnati Undy Walk – Cincinnati, OH
10.6.18 – Lake Perry Rocks! – Meridian, KS
10.13.18 – Paws for a Cause 5k Run/Walk – Delafield, WI
10.20.18 – Paws for a Cause 5k Run/Walk – Mokena, IL
10.20.18 – Paws For The Cause Walk/5K Run – Medina, OH
10.27.18 – Jog With Your Dog – Midland, MI
10.28.18 – Trick or Treat: 5K Night Trail Run – Kansas City, KS

South
10.6.18 – Mud Run Houston Fall 2018 – Houston, TX
10.6.18 – 5K Canine Mud Run & BBQ – Lewisburg, WV
10.13.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – Houston, TX
10.13.18 – Rescue Me 5K – Charlotte, NC
10.20.18 – Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon, Coastal 5K & Doggie Dash – Myrtle Beach, SC
10.27.18 – 2018 Atlanta Undy RunWalk -Atlanta, GA
10.27.18 – Eureka Springs Zombie Crawl – Eureka Springs, AR
10.27.18 – Bark ‘n Dash 5K and Family Dog Walk – Annapolis, MD
10.27.18 – Mud Run DFW Fall 2018 – Lancaster, TX

West
10.6.18 – Tails on Trails / Oktoberfest – McCall, ID
10.7.18 – K9 Canter 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run – Westminster, CO
10.7.18 – Canine Classic – Greenough, MT
10.13.18 – Race For The Rescues – Los Angeles, CA
10.13.18 – Alaska Airlines Dawg Dash – Seattle, WA
10.20.18 – 4th Annual Yuba Dog Run – Levan, UT
10.20.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – Los Angeles, CA
10.20.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – Phoenix, AZ
10.21.18 – Columbia Gorge Marathon & Half Marathon – Hood River, OR


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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!

Take a photo and upload to get points and placement on our leaderboard. Upload your photo to your social media account as well with #pawtivitypup to let others know where you went!

THIS MONTHLY CHALLENGE ENDS SEPTEMBER 30, 2018.

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Activities: Beach, Camping, Wilderness Camping, Beach Camping, Outdoor Play, Social, Water – Sports, Kayaking, SUP, Swimming, Canoeing, Boating, Fishing, Treats, Food, Training, Indoor Play, River Tubing, Hiking, Trail Running, Canicross, Biking

September 2018 Dog-Friendly Races

Looking for a dog-friendly race for your dog this September 2018? We’ve got the list for you, organized by region! This list is updated periodically. You may also search for events on our homepage by city, state, or type of running event (canicross, obstacle course, 5K, etc).

Please let us know if we are missing any events by suggesting an event! We will review and add it to our event listings as well as on this summary list.

If you are a Pawtivity member, you can save this article (click the paw) and come back to it later.

We want to make it easy for you to find your event so give us some feedback on how we can do this better. Let’s just get out there with our dogs!

Looking for more fall races? October 2018

Related Pawtivity / Event: Running, Canicross Race, Trail Running.


Before You Sign Up For A Race
Before you sign up your dog up for a race, get the ok from your vet. They can give also give you additional advice on training properly with your dog’s specific needs in mind. Puppies should not run until their skeletal system have matured. Short-faced dogs, senior dogs, and some very large breeds overheat quickly, need more frequent breaks, or run a shorter distance than other dogs.

General Racing Rules
Please consult official race guidelines for registration details and race rules.
• 4-6 feet non-retractable leashes on dogs at all times
• Dogs must usually be accompanied by an adult.
• All dogs must be spayed or neutered. None may be in heat.
• No aggressive dogs.
• Vaccinations are current, including rabies.
• You are responsible for your dog at all times.
• Bring your own water and poop bags. Not all races will provide this.
• Racers usually start after all other racers or at the back of a group of racers.
• It is poor etiquette to weave between racers with your dog.

Training With Your Dog
Are you just getting started running with your dog? Read our training tips in How To Train Your Dog To Run With You or consider our Couch to 5K Run/Walk Plan.


SEPTEMBER 2018 DOG FRIENDLY RACES

Northeast
9.1.18 – Mutts on the Mountain – Seven Springs, PA
9.8.18 – 2018 Philadelphia Undy RunWalk – Philadelphia, PA
9.15.18 – Dog Fest – Reisterstown, MD
9.16.18 – Park Ridge Rotary & Halfway Hounds 6th Annual 5K Run/Walk – Park Ridge, NJ
9.22.18 – 2018 New York City Undy RunWalk – New York, NY
9.22.18 – 2018 Give It Up For Gulu 5K & Doggie Dash – Wilmington, DE
9.22.18 – Clarendon Day Run – Clarendon / Arlington, VA
9.23.18 – TLC Miles for Mutts – Wayne, PA
9.23.18 – Soldier’s Pace 5K Canicross and Trail Race – Westbrook, ME
9.29.18 – Green Mountain Iron Dog Competition – Colchester, VT
9.29.18 – Strut for Strays! – Farmington, ME

Midwest
9.1.18 – Sunset Doxie Derby – Lake in the Hills, IL
9.8.18 – Mutt Strut 5K Run / Walk – DeKalb, IL
9.8.18 – Oktoberfest 5K+ – Salem, WI
9.9.18 – Charlene’s 5K – Maple Plain, MN
9.9.18 – Brittany Szwedko Memorial 5k Run & Dog Walk – Austintown, OH
9.15.18 – Paws on the Prairie – Kansas City, MO
9.15.18 – Paws for a Cause 5k Run/Walk – Columbia, MO
9.16.18 – Strutt With Your Mutt – Kansas City, MO
9.22.18 – Pets on Parade 5K Run or Fun Walk – Sioux City, IA
9.22.18 – Paws for a Cause 5k Run/Walk – Fond du Lac, WI
9.22.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – St. Louis, MO
9.22.18 – 2018 Detroit Undy RunWalk – Detroit, MI
9.22.18 – Iowa Dog Jog – Johnston, IA
9.23.18 – 21st Annual Tom Madzy 5K and Dog Walk – Berea, OH
9.29.18 – Paws for a Cause 5k Run/Walk – Fort Atkinson, WI
9.29.18 – Pike River Trail Run/Walk – Kenosha, WI
9.29.18 – 2018 Cleveland Undy RunWalk – Cleveland, OH
9.29.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN

South
9.1.18 – Mud Run Nashville Fall 2018 – Nashville, TN
9.8.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – Atlanta, GA
9.15.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – Austin, TX
9.22.18 – Bark In The Park – Louisville, KY
9.22.18 – Pawapalooza 2018 K95K Paw Wars Edition – Burlington, KY
9.23.17 – Schlotzsky’s Bun Run – Austin, TX
9.29.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – Jacksonville, FL

West
9.8.18 – Race For The Rescues – Irvine, CA
9.8.18 – Dog Gone Run – Tacoma, WA
9.9.18 – The Fido 500 – San Francisco, CA
9.15.18 – Pawtoberfest – Colorado Springs, CO
9.15.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – Kanab, UT
9.15.18 – Park City Trail Series 13.1 – Park City, UT
9.22.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – Portland, OR
9.22.18 – 2018 Chasing Tail Run – Salt Lake City, UT
9.23.18 – Long Dog Derby – Denver, CO
9.29.18 – Strut Your Mutt Best Friends – San Francisco, CA


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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

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
Pawtivity Listing: Essential info and tips for dog owners. Link
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

The Flume Trail & Tahoe Rim Trail, NV

Looking for some great mountain biking with your dog? Get on the Flume Trail in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park’s Spooner Lake & backcountry area. The Flume Trail is a 14 mile, one-way trail with some awesome views of the Lake Tahoe area. The best time to go is summer and fall. The park opens from sunrise to sunset year-round. Dogs are allowed on leash.

The Flume Trail Quick Links
Pawtivity Listing: Essential info and tips for dog owners. Link
Website: http://parks.nv.gov/parks/lake-tahoe-nevada-state-park-1
Maps & Access: http://parks.nv.gov/forms/Spooner_backcountry_map.pdf
Start: Spooner Lake – Carson City, NV 39.106158, -119.917994 Map
End: Incline Village, NV 39.234284, -119.930150 Map
Terrain: Sand, Gravel, Rocky
Elevation: About 7,000-8,000 feet Chart
Dog Policy: Dogs must be leashed (6ft). http://parks.nv.gov/parks/lake-tahoe-nevada-state-park-1
Motor Vehicles: Not Allowed

The starting point of the Flume Trail is Spooner Lake. Vehicles can enter the park at Spooner Lake for $10. Bike entry is $2. There is plenty of parking at the end of the trail as well along Tahoe Blvd. Flume Trail Mountain Bikes in Incline Village provides shuttles to the Flume Trail and Tahoe Rim Trail. The shuttle is free with a bike rental. Both Flume Trail Mountain Bikes and Tunnel Creek Station have their own parking lots.

There is a tough 4 mile climb at the start of the trail that goes up 1000 feet. You may opt to just walk the first few miles with your dog, rest and continue on your way. Stop by Marlette Lake to cool down and rest with your dog before continuing on for a relatively flat ride.

There are some steep cliffsides and narrow single-track trails along the route, so you will need to be able to control your dog by voice command, especially if they are off leash. Always pay attention to your surroundings and watch for other bikers, hikers, and other dogs.

A biking map is provided by Flume Trail Mountain Bikes. You’ll want to go north on North Canyon Trail. Bikes are not allowed on Marlette Lake Trail. Once you hit Marlette Lake, make sure to go towards the west side of Marlette Lake to the Marlette Flume Trail or Flume Trail and on to Tunnel Creek Rd and Incline Village.

We recommend taking a look at the entire map of the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park Spooner Backcountry which includes roads, biking trails, hiking trails, campgrounds, facilities and other park amenities. It will help you get a great sense of the surrounding area and trails you don’t want to be on if biking. Link to Map: http://parks.nv.gov/forms/Spooner_backcountry_map.pdf

Want more of a challenge and a 24 mile ride? Try the Tahoe Rim Trail at Tahoe Meadows which also connects to the Flume Trail. Pay attention to signs as bikes are only allowed on the Tahoe Rim Trail on even days and not in all sections.

Interested in camping? There are walk-in campgrounds at Marlette Peak, Hobart, and North Canyon. There are also 2 cabins are located at Spooner Lake if you want to make a weekend to bike the trail, hike, and enjoy the outdoors. Contact ltnsp@parks.nv.gov or call 775-831-0494 for more information on camping or cabins. You can always consider staying in the many lodging options Inline Village, NV or the surrounding Lake Tahoe area.

The Flume Trail starts and ends at:

Spooner Lake – Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park
Carson City, NV 89703
GPS Coordinates 39.106158, -119.917994 Map

Tunnel Creek Station
1115 Tunnel Creek Rd, Incline Village, NV 89451
Incline Village NV 89451
GPS Coordinates 39.234284, -119.930150 Map
http://www.tunnelcreekstation.com/about-tunnel-creek-station.html


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Location: Carson City | Incline Village | Lake Tahoe | Nevada
Activities: Mountain Biking, Sports, Sports-Fitness