Sixteen Dog-Friendly Camp Sites Across The U.S.

If money were no object it would be my dream to camp my way across the country with my husband and daughter teaching her a year of U.S. history. There is really no bonding experience for a family quite like getting in to the great outdoors. So if your summer plans include camping, why not bring your pup along for the love-fest? From the California to Maine, I scoured the web for animal-lovers favorite spots to camp with their pooch. Agree/disagree? Leave your recommendations in the comments so others can benefit from first-hander knowledge.

When taking pets in to the wild (or the closest state of the art campground) make sure that they are well behaved and able to stay quiet through the night even dog-friendly camp sites will have quiet hours and general rules of conduct. Something to keep in mind when planning your trip? Your pet will need to be on a lead no longer than six feet when they’re not confined to your tent or vehicle, so if your canine companion likes to run around you may look for a site that has an off-leash dog park on premises, like Disney’s Fort Wilderness campground in Florida, as well as many others, do. You’ll want to make sure your pet’s inoculations are up to date both for your dog’s safety, and to provide proper paperwork to the campground staff, who may require it.

For more tips on traveling safely with your pet this summer, click HERE. Where will your camping plans take you?

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  • Serrano Campground — Big Bear, CA 2 of 17
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    Dogs are welcome, but must be on a 6 ft lead at all times. No fee to bring them, and no special pet reservation required! Visit the Serrano Campground website for more info.

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  • Hearthstone Point Campground — Lake George, NY 3 of 17
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    There is a pet fee, and pets must be leashed at all times, but Lake George is a favorite of dogs and dog-lovers alike. For more information, visit their page on Reserve America.

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  • Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area — Laughlin, NV 4 of 17
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    Dogs are welcome, provided they are on a 6 ft leash when not in a vehicle. Lakes, and campground, and hiking trails, oh my! Visit the Nevada State Parks website for more info.

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  • Rudds Creek Recreation Ar. Campground — Boydton, VA 5 of 17
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    Lake front camping for you and your pet -- all 99 campsites at Rudds Creek are near the lake, and leashed pets are welcome. Visit their page on Reserve America for more info.

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  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground — Disney World, FL 6 of 17
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    Call ahead for a pet reservation, because there are a limited number available. Pets must be leashed or inside your air conditioned RV, but there is an off-leash dog park available for Fido to run free, and doggie day care if you and your family would like to spend a day at the theme parks. For more info, visit the website.

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  • Indian Point Campground — Branson, MO 7 of 17
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    Dogs are welcome to camp with you by the shores of Table Rock Lake. Must be leashed at all times. Visit the website for more details!

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  • Frog Lake Campground — Parkdale, OR 8 of 17
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    Fishing, non-motorized boating, and hikes are just some of the activities you can enjoy with your leashed pet at Frog Lake. Visit their website for details.

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  • Lake Powhatan Campground — Asheville, NC 9 of 17
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    No pet fee, and dogs welcome at both RV and tent sites. Visit the Lake Powhatan page on Reserve America for details!

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  • Mountain Vista Campground — East Stroudsburg, PA 10 of 17
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    Dogs are welcome at the Mountain Vista campground, but must be leashed. Pets are not permitted in the Mountain Vista vacation rental units. Visit their website for more information.

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  • Cagle Recreation Area — New Waverly, TX 11 of 17
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    No fee to bring your pet to Cagle Recreation Area. Leash is required, and dogs are not allowed on the beach. Visit website for more info!

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  • Axtel Campground — Falls of Rough, KY 12 of 17
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    Dog owners love Axtel Campground for it's lakeside camping and pet-friendly policies. Visit Axtel's Reserve America page for more information.

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  • Bear Cove Village — Pigeon Forge, TN 13 of 17
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    Dogs are welcome at this beloved RV park, but are expected to be well-behaved and supervised at all times. Which, obviously. Visit their website for more details.

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  • Lake And Shore Campground — Ocean View, NJ 14 of 17
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    A six foot lead is all that's required for your canine companion to enjoy the great outdoors with you. Visit their website for details.

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  • Outdoor World Moody Beach Resort — Wells, ME 15 of 17
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    Dogs are allowed and come in droves to the Moody Beach Resort. No restriction on number of pets per campground, but dogs must be leashed and looked after. Visit their website for details.

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  • San Francisco RV Park — Pacifica, CA 16 of 17
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    Camp on a bluff with your pup, and take in the Pacific Ocean at San Francisco RV park. Close to SF and all its attractions, plus accessible to everything else Northern California has to offer. Visit their Reserve America page for details.

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  • Frisco Bay Marina — Frisco, CO 17 of 17
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    Take your pooch for a boat ride at Frisco Bay Marina -- a rustic campground in Frisco, CO. Leashes required. Visit their website for details.

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