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Old 06-02-2013, 08:02 AM   #1
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The Most Dog Friendly Places To Stay

We bring our two dogs with us pretty much everywhere and will be getting our Airstream in about 2 months. I know that there are a lot of campgrounds that allow dogs, but in your experience, which ones have you stayed at that are the most welcoming to dogs? For example, ones with dog washes, off leash dark parks, dog friendly trails, etc.. Staying in areas that not only allow dogs but welcome them with open arms is important to us.

I think I posted this a few years ago but have changed our blog and online handle since. We have this list on our blog that has campgrounds & RV parks with fenced in dog runs & parks. I'd love to add to it so please let me know if there are any I don't have listed.
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:50 PM   #2
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The Washington Land Yacht Harbor has a fenced off leash area.
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:11 AM   #3
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Thanks Dave! I'll add that to our list.
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:49 AM   #4
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would you please check the link?
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:18 PM   #5
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Get a smart phone and some of the numerous Apps that allow you to research where your going and what are the restrictions and ameneties available. Unless you have fight trained pit bulls you will not have a problem.
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Finding ideal pet-friendly campgrounds? Your results totally will vary!

We routinely shut windows and turn on the AC with full-time fan when we drop away for 90 minutes or so of dinner or entertainment. Our part-hound Airedale still sings. Music doesn't seem to help. Turn on the radio and find an AM talk station -- baseball works just fine. That helps. Yet more than once we've returned with other campers hovering outside our Safari because of howling & whining. I've taken to leaving notes in the window about the last time they were fed/watered and include my cell phone #. They do have individual crates inside (so what if I have no leg room under the dinette table). Nobody yet has called -- being proactive helps.

Cape Ann Camp Site near Gloucester, MA, has been the most liberating experience we have had. At checking in we actually were advised that they don't mind if dogs are left in trailers -- it helps that campsites are 30' or more apart.
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Darn, I was looking forward to reading your list RVegans, but its down now.
We have Staffordshire Bull Terriers. They are AKC registered purebreds with championship titles on them and we have to look very carefully at the dog rules as many RV Parks ban certain breeds due to their insurance restrictions. Though our breed is an old breed of English origins and there are not that many in the US, they are considered to be under their pitbull mixed breed ban and are banned as well. I guess they know something about their viciousness that we don't know. It gets frustrating at times. State and national parks don't have that kind of discrimination, but all RV places state that they don't want dogs that howl and bark or are aggressive in any way. That must be hard with a hound.
When I had my '58 remodeled inside, I made sure that they left a space (24"w) for a crate to fit between the dinette and the sink counter. Comes in handy. I stack two crates vertically in that space.
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The most friendly parks are state, county and federal public land parks where there is lots of open space. Dogs and humans enjoy nice brisk walks several times a day.
Least friendly are compact parks where rv's are jammed together and there is a miniscule dog run that both humans and dogs hate and everyone who is staying at the park has nothing better to do than watch to make sure your pooch does not have an "accident" or escape and attack "fifi or fluffy".
I can relate to the comment about dogs that look like pitbulls. Our dearly departed dog looked ferocious and had an abuse history so she was nervous of the unfamiliar and looked all the more fierce. No matter what the provocation she wouldn't bite anyone or fight with another dog or cat. Sometimes we had to talk our way in to certain parks and on one occasion we weren't going to get in until the campground cat checked out our dog and approved.
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Many National Parks do not allow dogs on the trails (the website says it is at the discretion of the park administration), which is one reason we haven't gone to a National Park yet with our trailer, although I think we have 4 of them within easy driving distance. I can't see taking a hiking trip and leaving the dogs in the trailer all day

For example, at Olympic national Park: Pet Information
Pets are permitted on a leash (up to a 6 feet in length) in park campgrounds and parking areas. Pets are prohibited in all park buildings, in the backcountry, and generally all park trails.


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In our experience Austin, TX is THE most dog friendly place ever. We try to stay at Pecan Grove which is OK-dog friendly, but the whole town is dog friendly, including some restaurants. There is a big dog-friendly park within walking distance where the dogs can run free and sniff other dogs. Really a treat - we travel with two decent sized dogs.
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All the State Parks in GA have been great. They have a six foot leash restriction, but that is it. The dogs are welcome on the trails, Ranger led walks, etc. We travel with our Weim all the time.
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When we can't take our girls, they stay in their "crate".
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Many National Parks do not allow dogs on the trails (the website says it is at the discretion of the park administration), which is one reason we haven't gone to a National Park yet with our trailer, although I think we have 4 of them within easy driving distance. I can't see taking a hiking trip and leaving the dogs in the trailer all day
It has been my experience that all the National Parks I have been to have a strict policy that dogs are not allowed off a leash and also anywhere other than on pavement and not on trails either on or off leash. Dogs are also not allowed to be left unattended at the campsite either inside or outside the trailer. While this is cumbersome and I love to let my dogs romp as much as possible. For obvious reasons of overcrowding, preservation and conservation, aggressive dogs, less than responsible dog owners, and the dogs well being I, albeit reluctantly, agree with this policy.

The attached photo was taken on BLM land where dogs can have a random scoot.

Outside most National Parks there are usually kennels. but I would rather limit my activities than have my best friends locked up in a cage by strangers. For what they give me unconditionally I owe them more than that.
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Baileyton RV park in Baileyton, TN. I found to be a great place for dogs. It is located right at the Westernmost border point of Virginia. There are big fields and great trails for hiking with the pooches. I always travel with my two German Shepherds and there are very few places where there's room enough to launch balls on ropes 150'+ for a vigorous game of fetch. There's also a beautiful golf driving range and catch/release fishing pond. It is a mandatory stop when I head west out of Virginia. We purchased the Interstate so we could travel with them all the time, so staying at a dog friendly park is a pre-requisite.
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