5 Dog-Friendly Eastern National Parks

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July 20, 2017

5 Dog-Friendly Eastern National Parks

Bring your four-legged passenger to these 5 Dog-Friendly Eastern National Parks. These national treasures make unforgettable destinations for RVers with canines eager to explore wide-open spaces.


5 dog-friendly eastern national parks

A puppy wades in a pond in Acadia National Park.

Acadia National Park and nearby Bar Harbor have a decidedly dog-friendly vibe. Leashed dogs are welcome on over 145 miles of beautiful trails. Although summer is a great time to visit, consider arriving during the shoulder seasons. If you visit before June 15 or after September 15, your dog can splash on scenic Sand Beach.


Eastern RVers with rigs less than 22 feet long can romp with dogs at the four-season Catoctin Mountain Park. The Owens Creek Campground is cozy, but if your RV fits, you can have a ball together on any of the many park hiking trails leading to scenic vistas and waterfalls.


Virginia is for lovers, and Shenandoah National Park is for RVers with dogs. Dogs can hike on nearly 400 miles of park trails. Shenandoah probably has more dog-friendly recreation options than any other dog-friendly national park in the east.

Kentucky / Tennessee

The Big South Fork National Recreation Area is where you, your boat and your dog can get back to nature on land and water.

North Carolina

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is legendary for its dog-friendly beaches. However, your pet must be on a 6-foot leash at all times, and pets are prohibited within any resource closure. Pets are not allowed on designated swim beaches or in buildings.

Before you visit any of these 5 dog-friendly eastern national parks, take your pet to the vet for a wellness exam to ensure your pooch is up to the challenge of camping and hiking in these national parks.

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Find a Good Sam Park for your next dog-friendly adventure to one of these 5 dog-friendly eastern national parks.

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