So you want to go to State parks with your dog?

That’s actually a good choice because state parks seem to be more pet-friendly than most national parks. Policies may vary though so always check if a park you want to visit allows dogs or pets and take note of all the guidelines so you won’t end up running your vacation with your dog.

Note that in most state park beaches, dogs are prohibited because not all dogs can wear dog diapers and once dogs see water, they might attempt to swim, and later on leave unwanted surprises on the sand.

There are state parks though that allow leashed dogs to frolic on the sand such as Bean Hollow State Beach. At Bolsa Chica State Beach in California, dogs are only allowed on trails and not don’t the sandy beaches.

At Pocahontas State Park, dogs and their hooman can go hiking, leap over old logs at the beach, and even join canoe rides at Swift Creek and Beaver lakes.

Dogs can run on the beach and dip their paws in the Atlantic at the First Landing State Park near Virginia Beach.

Oregon has the Elijah Bristow State Park, which is considered a “dog paradise” because of the 5-mile trail, grassy off-leash area, play tunnels, and access to the Lost Creek.

Grayton Beach State Park also has trails plus pet-friendly eateries such as The PErfect Pig, Airstream Row, and The Shrimp Shack.

Here’s some good news! Pennsylvania has plans of adding 130 pet-friendly campsites and cabins to six state parks in 2022! This move will add to the list of pet-friendly state parks in Pennsylvania which currently has Keystone State Park and the Presque Isle State Park, where dogs are allowed on some beaches.

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