Tomorrow is National Trails Day! How are you going to celebrate with your pooch?
Last month we held a contest and asked you where your favorite adventure spots with your pet are. Here are the top 10 places you told us you like to travel with your dog.
10. Greenway Farms along the North Chickamauga Creek (TN)
The City of Chattanooga manages this 220-acre park. In addition to trails for walking and biking, you can canoe, kayak, and fish. Man’s best friend is always eager to join in on all the fun. Go out and explore the great outdoors at Greenway Farms.
Photo credit: North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy Facebook
9. Cook’s Forest (PA)
With more than 8,500 acres in the forest, you and your furry friend have plenty of space to roam around. Virgin timber makes up a third of the forest and provides a picturesque view for any outdoorsman. The 29 miles of trails ensures that you and your pup have plenty of space to explore. Your energetic four-legged friend cannot wait to make a dent in those 29 miles of scenic trails.
Photo credit: Cook Forest Facebook
8. Camden Hills State Park (ME)
The 800-foot summit at Camden Hills State Park allows you to look out onto Penobscot Bay. The altitude and proximity to the water provides a light, refreshing breeze, which is perfect on any spring or summer afternoon. If your dog sticks its head out the car window to soak up all the ferocious wind, your dog will undoubtedly love the gentle, soothing wind generated at the park. The summit also allows you to see as far out on the horizon as possible. Nothing but air lies between you and the eye can see.
7. Blowing Rocks Preserve (FL)
The preserve is home to many endangered plants and animals. Florida is a booming state, but the Blowing Rocks Preserve prohibits any construction within its borders. This allows it to be unique and to intrigue any nature-seeker. The preserve’s namesake comes from seawater hitting the limestone rocks, send the water spewing upwards of 50 feet into the air. It appears as though the rocks are “blowing” water into the air. Turtles and pelicans and crabs oh my! The abundance and variety of wildlife is bound to intrigue your furry friend. Do not pass up the opportunity to explore the 73-acre preserve.
6. Columbia River Gorge (OR)
The Columbia River Gorge is as historic as it gets. The gorge is millions of years in the works. Volcanic activity coupled with glaciers from past ice ages have sculpted the scenery into something breathtaking. The 85 mile long and upwards of 4,000 feet deep gorge has been fascinating nature lovers for years. In fact, Lewis and Clark visited the region during their endeavors and were in awe just like you will be when you explore this area. The gorge is blooming with wildlife as well. Of the 800 species of wildlife in the region, 15 are found only in the Columbia River Gorge. You will not find those 15 wildflowers anywhere else in the world. Let your four-legged friend smell all the wildlife and take in the stunning scene alongside you at the Columbia River Gorge.
Photo credit: Friends of the Columbia Gorge
5. Shasta-Trinity National Forest (CA)
The Shasta-Trinity National Forest covers 2.1 million acres, making it the largest national forest in California. The forest has over 460 miles of trails and 6,278 miles of waterways. You and your dog will never run out of space to explore at the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. With snow, water, cliffs, and mountains, the forest is a great place to hike during any season of the year. Any adventure seekers can also camp out in the forest for a night, making the experience for you and your best four-legged friend that much more special.
4. Bridger-Teton National Forest in Pinedale (WY)
Everyone knows you love your dog, but would you like another animal to join you? How does a llama sound? That’s right, a llama! If you prefer not to carry your belongings and your four-legged best friend isn’t up to the task either, you can rent a llama while visiting the national forest. In addition, local guides are available if you rather not bear the elements on your own. As for the trails, hundreds of miles of paths lead to the more than 10 lakes, each with a unique yet spectacular view of the mountains! The elevation for most of the trails is around 7,000-9,000 feet. The temperatures are extremely variable. At night, a sweater can be useful. However, snuggling with your furry friend is always a viable option when it comes to getting warm. Any dog will love the cool temperatures and all the waters in the national forest.
3. Superstition Mountains (AZ)
The Superstitions are some of the largest ranges surrounding Phoenix. The views are nothing short of breathtaking. The Weaver’s and Miner’s Needle are must-sees. How Mother Nature creates such structural wonders will boggle your mind. The hike is a nice, refreshing walk. Just make sure to bring water and a sweater. With all the open space that a desert offers, your dog will love to run around and hike right alongside you in the Superstition Mountains.
2. Gooseberry Falls State Park (MN)
Although Gooseberry Falls State Park has only 20 miles of hiking trails, every inch of those 20 miles is a site to see. The park is home to five, absolutely stunning waterfalls. As if several waterfalls don’t already peak your interest in the park, the trails have several overlooks to Lake Superior as well. You and your K-9 can even get closer to the water and go to Picnic Flow. Picnic Flow acts as a shoreline, but instead of sand, this unique spot is a solidified lava flow which has a stunning view of the seemingly endless Lake Superior. Your mind will be amazed at all the beautiful views Gooseberry Falls State Park has to offer.
1. Lake Tahoe (UT)
Sitting along the border between Nevada and California, Lake Tahoe is the go to place for hikers! The 165-mile Lake Tahoe Rim Trail forms a ring around the lake, which sits upon the Sierra Nevada and Carson mountain ranges. Completed in 2001, the trail is relatively new, but Mother Nature has been carving the surrounding landscape for thousands of years. When on the Rim Trail, you can look out on the expansive water and the many times snow-covered mountains in the background. Lake Tahoe should be on the bucket list of any avid hiker and their adventurous K-9.
What do YOU think?
Did we miss your favorite hiking spot with your pup? Let us know in the comments! We love hearing about new adventures to go on.