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Looking for something a little more exciting than a walk around the block this National Pet Day (April 11)? We’ve rounded up some of the most breathtaking hikes where you can actually bring your four-legged friend. So pack your leash and roll down those windows—let’s head out to one of these epic dog-friendly hikes.
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Take the dog for a 2,000 mile walk on the Appalachian Trail | Photo by tciriello – Flickr cc

The Appalachian Trail — Georgia to Maine
This trail is one of the country’s longest and most prestigious cross country hikes, and the best part—you can bring your dog. Most of the 2,000 miles of hiking trails allow for leashed pooches. The Appalachian Trail winds its way through 14 states, National Parks, and plenty of stunning nature. Pick a scenic part of the trail or tackle the whole thing with your fuzzy hiking buddy.

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A fiery sunrise on a cool November morning at the south rim of the Grand Canyon | Photo by

The Grand Canyon — Arizona
For the grandest walk of all time bring your pup to the edge of the Grand Canyon. As long as they are on a leash, dogs are allowed on the trails around the South Rim and campgrounds. You’ll have to enjoy the view from the top because pets can’t make the trip down into the canyon—which is alright because that’s where the best views are anyway.


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Zion National Park — Utah
If you love National Parks as much as you love your dog, then Zion National Park is the place for you. Known as one of the dog- friendliest parks in the system, dogs are even allowed on a handful of trails, including the Pa’rus which is a mile and a half run through Zion’s stunning canyons.

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Walk with celebs and their pups on the way to the Hollywood sign | Photo by

Griffith Park — Hollywood, CA
Walk your dog where the Hollywood stars take their pomeranian for a run in L.A.’s Griffith Park. For some of the best views of the city, grab your leash and make your way up one of the many hiking trails in the park. From high above the city you’ll get skyline views as you make your way toward the famous Hollywood sign. Don’t forget to take a dog selfie with the sign!

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Whales or not, the views from this hike will leave everyone drooling | Photo by dwm94085 – Flickr cc

Ka Iwi Shoreline — Hawaii
It’s not too often that you have the chance to see whales on your evening walk. Well, on the Ka Iwi trails during certain times of the year Humpback sightings are pretty common. The peak months to spot a whale while walking spot are January to March. The lush green lined trail is a great escape from the bustling beaches of Oahu. However, as stunning as this hike is, it’s more for long term visitors. Dogs making the trip to Hawaii need to spend a bit of time at the vet to make sure they don’t get native dogs sick.

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Spot will love running around the Great Smoky Mountains | Photo by Phil Horton – Flickr cc

Gatlinburg Trail — Tennessee
Part of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, the Gatlinburg Trail is only one of two paths in this massive park that allow dogs. Leash up and take a stroll along beautiful Little Pigeon River. Along the trail, you’ll also step back into time with remnants of several old homestead sites.

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All dogs welcome here in the Red Rock Canyon – Photo by Christian Ronnel – Flickr cc

Red Rock Canyon — Nevada
Contrary to the classic painting of the dogs playing cards, Las Vegas doesn’t allow pooches in casinos. Not to worry, just a short drive outside of Sin City are the out-of-this-world rock formations of Red Rock Canyon State Park. Unlike most national parks, pets can actually hike all of this state park’s trails with you. Just keep an eye out because there’s a chance of seeing rattlesnakes here, which unlike chew toys at home, will bite back.

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Hannah & Adam are travel writers & photographers who have called the road home since 2013. Their passion for adventurous travel has brought them to 60 countries and counting. They blog about their adventures on their travel blog

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