The Precise team is loving National Walk Your Dog Month, so before January comes to an end, lace up, grab a leash, and take your furry friend out for a walk around the neighborhood, on the trail or at a local dog park. Let’s start the New Year out on the right foot, or should we say…paw!
To get you inspired, we’ve compiled a list of our top five picks of places to walk your dog around the U.S. Let’s get those tails wagging:
Acadia National Park- Bar Harbor, ME
What makes this park so doggone great? Well, how about all the ways you and your pup can enjoy the outdoors? From hiking, camping, kayaking, to fishing, this park is in a pretty sweet spot. With 100 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of carriage roads (flat trails) to choose from, there is bound to be a venture that’s suitable for your pup. Dogs are even allowed in the Blackwoods, the Seawall, and the Schoodic Woods campgrounds, so you can make it a weekend trip. And if you’re feeling up to it, take your dog to the top of Cadillac Mountain, the tallest mountain on the East Coast, and watch the sun rise.
Runyon Canyon Park- Los Angeles, CA
Let’s hit the West Coast. Located on the east end of the Santa Monica Mountains, near the Hollywood Hills, this 160-acre park offers an abundance of hiking trails and a 90-acre off-leash area where your pup can explore. The trails reach elevations as high as 500 ft., and offer famous viewpoints like the Hollywood sign, Los Angeles Skyline, and the Pacific Ocean. The park gets a lot of traffic from friends four-legged and two, so you and your dog can meet new people, pets, and maybe even spot some celebrities!
Bonita Beach Dog Park- Fort Myers Beach, FL
Down to the South East we go! For some exercise that doesn’t require hiking boots, grab a beach towel and head down to Bonita Beach Dog Park. Take your pup for a relaxing stroll on the white sand, or sit back, relax, and watch him frolic in the calm, crystalline waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This dog beach even features a special doggie-shower to clean up your pup before you head out.
Millie Bush Dog Park- Huston, TX
Often referred to as “puppy paradise,” this dog park takes fun to the next level. The sprawling 13-acre park features three ponds (two for big dogs, one for smaller pups) where your pup can get their splash on. There are also plenty of water fountains, benches, shady areas and trails for your pup to enjoy, and wash stations for after-fun clean up. Named after Millie, the White House English Springer Spaniel, this dog park is certainly up to “first dog” standards.
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
No respectable trail list would be complete without the incomparable Grand Canyon National Park. Here, your favorite companion will be more than happy to explore and take in the breathtaking views with you. And although your pup isn’t allowed in the Inner Canyon (for everyone’s safety), dogs are allowed on South Rim Trails as long as they are kept on a leash. The Mather Campgrounds, Desert View Campgrounds and Trailer Village are also dog friendly so you can camp out with your pup if you’re coming from out of town.
Think we’ve left anything out? Let us know in the comments below where you love to take your furry friend to explore. Happy National Walk Your Dog Month!
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