The 10 Most Pet-Friendly Campgrounds in the U.S.
Camping is the pawfect adventure with your pup. Photo by @sawyer_the_doodle
If you and your dog share a love for the outdoors, camping can be one of the most enjoyable activities you do together. Whether you prefer to ruff it in a tent, cozy up in a camper or relax in a cabin, we’re here to help you find the ultimate camping experience for you and your faithful companion. BringFido lists over 4,000 pet-friendly campgrounds and RV parks in the U.S., but we think these 10 will really get your dog’s tail wagging!
1. Four Paws Kingdom Campground
On top of the world, er, wheel. – Photo by Facebook.com/FourPawsKingdomCampground
If the name alone isn’t enough to spark his interest, the list of dog amenities is sure to make Fido raise his ears and tilt his head. Four Paws Kingdom Campground in Rutherfordton is the first and only campground dedicated solely to canines and their adult humans (two-legged guests must be 18 years or older). Bring your own RV or stay in one of Four Paws’ rental RVs, cabins or yurts. Dogs will love splashing in the fully fenced pond, meeting new friends in the off-leash dog parks, hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains, racing on the agility course, or having a spa day in the self-service grooming salon. There are human amenities too, like Wi-Fi and cable TV. Some sites even have fenced yards, allowing you to rest with your pup at your campsite. And you won’t want to miss their events! From live music to arts and crafts and Dog-a-Palooza, they have something for everyone and every dog.
Four Paws Kingdom Campground is located at 335 Lazy Creek Drive in Rutherfordton, NC.Rates start at $64 per night for two humans and up to four dogs, depending on size.
2. Lake George RV Park
Two acres of off-leash recreation couldn’t be more exciting! – Photo by @the_b_bullys
Lake George RV Park is home to Charlie’s Dog Park, a two-acre fenced park with divided sections for small and large dogs. Your pooch will be dog-tired after a day of romping with pals on the large synthetic turf play area, splashing in the fire hydrant spray fountain, or accompanying you off leash on the shaded walking trails. He can also practice hoop jumping and other tricks on the 15-event agility course. Within the park there are waste stations, dog water fountains and even a treat vending machine where you can purchase snacks, bones and toys for your good boy or girl. Charlie’s Dog Park is open from dawn to dusk, but you’ll want to allow time at the end of the day for a bath and groom at the indoor dog wash station.
Lake George RV Park is located at 74 State Route 149 in Lake George, NY. Rates start at $76 per night and there is no additional fee for furry friends. Six pets are allowed if you bring your own RV, and two pets are welcome if you rent one of their pet-friendly RVs.
3. Rovers RV Park
It’s a dog’s paradise at Rovers RV Park. – Photo by Facebook.com/Rovers-RV-Park
The Oregon coast is lined with some of our favorite dog-friendly places and experiences, so it’s no surprise to find a campground aptly named Rovers RV Park located in the town of Waldport. Formerly known as Chinook RV Park, the campground was renamed to emphasize the outstanding service provided to four-legged guests. Dogs can explore off leash on two acres of wetlands or stroll along the dog walk. Guests and their pups can fish or kayak from the dock, and Fido can doggy paddle in the river. For more water fun, visit nearby Agate Beach State Recreation Site where your pooch can dig for razor clams or play a game of fetch in the waves. End your evening around the community campfire and make some new two- and four-legged friends.
Rovers RV Park is located at 3299 E. Alsea Highway in Waldport, OR. Rates start at $30 per night and pets are welcome for no additional fee.
4. Wakeda Campground
It’s a pawty at this campground! – Photo by Facebook.com/wakedacampground
Wakeda Campground is a wonderland of towering pines along the New Hampshire coast. This secluded destination just an hour north of Boston welcomes both dogs and their human families for an escape to the quiet wilderness. New Hampshire Magazine’s reader’s poll named Wakeda their “Best of NH” campground for 2019. The on-site Mike Hambleton Memorial Dog Park is a highlight for furry campers. Fido can tackle an agility course, enjoy the fire hydrant and water fountain, and park his human on a bench while he plays. A short drive from the campground will get you to dog-friendly Jenness Beach, where dogs are allowed before 9 a.m. and after 7 p.m from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Wakeda Campground is located at 294 Exeter Road in Hampton Falls, NH, and is open from May 15 to October 1. Rates start at $43 per night. Three pets of any size are allowed at tent sites, RVs or pet-friendly cabins for no additional fee.
5. Riverside Campground & Cabins
Starfish gazing with your furry best friend. – Photo by @heyitskula
Imagine sleeping beneath a giant redwood tree, relaxing beside the Big Sur River and exploring the coastline of the Pacific Ocean, all with your canine companion. It’s pawsible at Riverside Campground & Cabins in Big Sur. Dogs will enjoy full river access and are able to walk the trails within the campground. Have a picnic by the river or relax on dog-friendly Pfeiffer Beach and watch for whales and dolphins while Fido digs in the sand.
Riverside Campgrounds & Cabins is located at 47020 Hwy 1 in Big Sur, CA. Rates start at $70 per night. Two pets of any size are welcome at both campsites and in their pet-friendly cabin for an additional fee of $5 per pet, per night at campsites and $30 per pet, per night at cabins.
6. Holly Shores Camping Resort
Book a campsite or “glamp” in a pet-friendly rental.
Holly Shores Camping Resort in Cape May offers 300 large shaded campsites and over 40 rentals, including glamping safari tents and tiny houses. Fido can make new friends and burn off energy at the on-site fenced dog park, or you can take him for a 15-minute drive to Wildwood Dog Beach. Where else can he can romp in the waves and hike his leg on a 30-foot tall fire hydrant? Your dog can even join you on the Cape May Whale Watcher boat tour, where you’re likely to spot orcas, dolphins and other marine life. Check Holly Shores’ event calendar for a list of daily activities and theme weekends. If you’re visiting near the end of summer, be sure to check the calendar for the resort’s annual Pooch Plunge on the last day of their pool season.
Holly Shores Camping Resort is located at 491 9th Ave in Cape May, NJ. Rates start at $48 per night. Two dogs of any size are welcome at campsites for no additional fee. One dog up to 80 lbs or two dogs with a combined weight of up to 80 lbs are welcome in pet-friendly cabins for an additional fee of $10 per pet, per night during the off-season (spring and fall) or $12 per pet, per night in season and during holidays.
7. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
Even Fido can experience the magic of Disney! – Photo by @daisydoodlethegoldendoodle
Pluto and Goofy aren’t the only dogs enjoying Walt Disney World these days. Furry friends are welcome at select RV sites and cabins, but not in tents or pop-up campers. Upon arrival, Fido will receive a Pluto’s Welcome Kit with all the essentials including a mat, bowls, pet ID, waste bags, puppy pads and a map of the many dog-friendly paved and grassy walking trails in the area. The on-site Waggin’ Trails Dog Park allows pets to play off leash under their owners’ supervision. Daycare is also available at nearby Best Friends Pet Care for an additional fee, so you and your family can enjoy time together in the Disney parks.
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is located at 4510 North Fort Wilderness Trail in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Campsites start at $56 per night and guests with pets will be charged an additional fee of $5 per night.
8. Sagadahoc Bay Campground
“Where’s my dog bed?” – Photo by Sagadahoc Bay Campground
The owners of Sagadahoc Bay Campground consider dogs a part of the family, which is why they welcome pets at 58 campsites and four cottages. Choose a spot in a forested area or on the beach with direct access to the ocean. Fido is welcome to join you on the beach as you dig for clams, go fishing or take a dip in the water. Plan to have dinner at your campsite, as Maine “lobstahs” can be delivered directly to you, either already prepared or ready for the pot.
Sagadahoc Bay Campground is located at 9 Molly Point Lane in Georgetown, ME, and is open from May 1 to November 1. Rates start at $39 per night. Two pets of any size are welcome at campsites for no additional fee. Additional pets may be permitted with campground approval for an additional fee of $5 per pet, per night. Pets are also allowed in rental cottages for an additional fee of $5 per pet, per night plus a $100 refundable security deposit.
9. Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground
Ruffing it ain’t easy. – Photo by Facebook.com/Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground
If your pooch would rather “glamp” than camp, Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground is the place for him. This is a luxury camping experience like no other. Bring your own RV or tent, or stay in one of the resort’s charming accommodations. Options include cabins, cottages, a vintage trailer, Airstream, and safari tent. Four-legged guests will have a ball in the off-leash dog park, and you can meet other guests and fur-friends at the Fireside Lounge or while dining on the patio of Campfire Cafe. Travel five minutes down the road to Ostrich Land USA, where leashed dogs are welcome on guided tours that allow you to feed and visit with ostriches and emus.
Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground is located at 180 Ave of Flags in Buellton, CA. Rates start at $85 a night. Pets of any size are welcome in tents and RVs for no additional fee. Two pets up to 60 lbs are welcome to stay in cabins, cottages, trailers and safari tents for an additional fee of $50.
10. Kampgrounds of America (KOAs)
Make new friends at Kamp K9. – Photo by @bunkingwiththeborgens
Kampgrounds of America is a pawsome choice anytime you’re looking for a pet-friendly campground in the U.S. KOAs welcome dogs at most tent and RV sites and in some cabins, yurts and other unique accommodations at their nearly 500 locations across North America. The majority of sites have Kamp K9 dog parks where your pup can stretch her legs and meet other canine campers. Other features at select locations include pet waste stations, fresh water and separate areas for large and small dogs.
Rates vary at each KOA but pets always stay for no additional fee.
There are just a few things to keep in mind when visiting a campground with your furry friends:
- Always keep them on a leash when outside of your lodging or dog parks.
- Remember to pick up after them.
- Keep them quiet, especially during the night.
- Know where your pets are welcome and where they’re restricted.
- Make sure they are up to date on all their vaccinations and keep proof of vaccines handy.
- Most importantly, have fun!
If you’ve never taken your pup camping, check out BringFido’s Guide to Camping With Dogs for tips and tricks to get started.
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