National Parks With Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails  

If you want to visit a national park, it can be difficult to determine which trails and parks allow dogs.  

Most U.S. national parks don't allow dogs on hiking trails, although many allow them in campgrounds, picnic areas, and paved roads near the visitor's center.   

Shenandoah National Park Shenandoah National Park, 75 miles from Washington D.C., is one of the few national parks that allows pets on trails.  

Additionally, the Bearfence Mountain Trail, Stony Man Loop, and Old Rag area trails don't allow dogs because they feature rock scrambles and steep climbs.  

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New Gorge National Park Locals name the New River Gorge "The New"—America's newest national park—upgraded in 2020.   

This park offers stunning views and outdoor enjoyment surrounding the New River and its 1,000-foot-deep sandstone gorge in West Virginia's highlands.   

White Sands National Park White Sands National Park, established in 2019, is another recent addition.   

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