4 of the Most Dog-Friendly National Parks

We’ve rounded up a list of pet-friendly national parks so you can bring your furry friends on your next Cruise America adventure. 
4 of the Most Dog-Friendly National Parks One of the best ways to explore the world’s natural wonders is with your furry friend by your side. There are a variety of dog-friendly national parks throughout the country, and there’s no better way to visit them than in an RV rental. For those looking for the best places to bring your pup along for the adventure, we’ve rounded up a few of the most dog-friendly national parks across the country. 


Shenandoah National Park

Offering more than 500 miles of stunning trails, Shenandoah National Park in Luray, Virginia is a great place for you and your dog to explore. The trails here are developed to allow both visitors and their pets to enjoy the experience while preserving the native animals and resources. Shenandoah offers spectacular views, quiet spots to picnic and is a popular place to see deer and songbirds. There are also plenty of nearby campground sites that are accomodating for your RV rental.  

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Photo Credit: Shenandoah National Park


Great Sand Dunes National Park

Take the journey to Colorado and experience the tallest dunes in North America. Great Sand Dunes National Park offers plenty of amazing trails and spectacular views that you and your dog are sure to love. Visitors traveling with a pet are encouraged to stay at Pinon Flats Campground. This National Parks Service campground is dog friendly and accommodating to RV rentals.

If you’re looking for a fun activity for you and your pup, check out the park’s Bark Ranger program. Dogs participating in the program are sworn in as Bark Rangers and their owners can purchase a Bark Ranger tag they can sport around the park.

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Photo Credit: Great Sands Dunes National Park and Preserve


Mammoth Cave National Park

Explore scenic trails that run through everything from sinkholes to overlooks at Mammoth Cave National Park. Located in the heart of Kentucky, this park is the perfect place for you and your pup to experience all the sights, sounds (and smells!) that nature has to offer. Although dogs aren’t allowed in the caves, they are able to explore 84 miles of trails throughout the area. The park is also home to Mammoth Cave Campground and Maple Springs Group Campground, perfect RV camping sites. 

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Photo Credit: Mammoth Cave National Park


Acadia National Park

Known as one of the most-visited national parks in the country, Acadia National Park is a breathtaking park located on the East Coast. Dogs are permitted on 100 miles of trails throughout the park and are also allowed on Isle au Haut, a gorgeous island off the coast of Maine that is part of the park. As you explore, be sure to follow the pet guidelines, as some areas are not safe for pets.

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Photo Credit: Acadia National Park

As you and your four-legged friends travel to these amazing national parks, be sure to always follow park regulations and standard pet etiquette. Keep your dog on the leash at all times, never leave it unattended and always clean up after it. To get started on your adventure, check out all the RV rental options available at Cruise America

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