Activities For Dogs In Redwood National Park

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Introduction

The Redwoods National Park in Norther California is an amazing place to visit especially as they allow dogs in many areas of the park- a rarity for a national park in the United States! So, naturally, when you begin planning a trip to this national park, you need to bring your dog along as well! The big redwoods, the pristine campsites and the fantastic beaches are all a site to be seen and your dog needs to see them as well.

Camping

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
24 hrs
Items needed
Fresh Water
Dog Food
Blankets
Tent
Activity description
When visiting the redwoods, one thing you absolutely must do with your dog is go camping. Not only do the campsites in the park allow pets but it will be one of the most beautiful, memorable camping experiences of your life. Sleeping under the tall trees with your dog by your side....what could be better than that? With multiple campsites available, you can choose which one looks the best for you and your dog depending on what view you really prefer. Camping in the redwoods is quite inexpensive and is an activity you should try when the weather is warm so that you and your pup are nice and comfy all night in your tent.
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Campsite choices
When planning a camping trip to the Redwoods National Park, you have a few campsites to choose from. While the Jedediah Smith campground is situated in the older, larger redwood trees, the Gold Bluffs Beach campground will grant you beautiful views of the Pacific ocean. Choose which site you want and make a reservation as they do fill up frequently!
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Set up
Upon arrival to your campground, set up your tent, make a nice cozy place for your dog to lay and show your dog where their fresh water will be if needed. Take a walk with your dog (on a leash) around the campground to familiarize yourself and to let your dog sniff around as well. Getting your pup situated and comfortable on the campsite is essential.
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Sleep!
Spend your evening by the campfire with your dog and don't forget to share any campfire food with your pup. When it is time to sleep, be sure your dog is closed inside the tent with you. There is a great deal of wildlife in the Redwood National Park, including bears, so you want to be sure your dog is safe in your tent. Enjoy your night under the stars with your pup and cuddle all night to keep warm!
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BARK

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Any Day
Free
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10 min
Items needed
BARK Instructions
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All national parks have rules and regulations you need to follow when you visit. Those parks which allow pets to visit have even more rules that they impose on people (and for good reason). The Redwoods National Park has a set of rules for dogs in the park which they refer to as BARK. Familiarizing yourself with these rules is essential before your trip to the Redwoods. Pull up the full set of rules online or look over these quick steps of BARK and why not read out loud so they really stick in your head and your dog learns them too!
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The B
When visiting the Redwood National Park or just any national park, you should always bag any pet waste that your dog may produce. While you may think, "hey, I'm out in nature, no need to bag dog poop!", that is so wrong. Keeping the park clean for others to enjoy is common courtesy on top of being a park rule. So, the "B" stands for "bag it". A simple rule to follow!
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The A
The Redwoods National Park is a huge place. There is a lot of room for your dog to roam but also a lot of places for them to get lost. Keeping your dog on a leash at all times is so important for the safety of your dog. Just because there are beautiful trees surrounding you doesn't mean there isn't a bear or wolf behind one of those trees! The "A" is for "Always leash". Another easy one!
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The RK
"Respect the wildlife" is the "R" in our bark and the "k" stands for "know where you can go". Both of these rules go hand in hand as you should stay in dog friendly areas in order to preserve the natural beauty of the park and the wildlife habitat. So when in the Redwoods National Park, always remember to BARK!
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Beach Time

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Sunny Day
Free
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1 hr
Items needed
Collar
Leash
Fresh Water
Towel
Activity description
When thinking about the Redwoods National Park, you may automatically think of he incredible trees that fill he area. It is, after all, named the Redwoods! However, this park borders on the edge of the Pacific ocean making it one of the most beautiful and unique parks in the US. Perfect forests and perfect beaches. Take your dog to the Gold Bluffs beach where dogs are allowed for a small entrance fee and you will be sure to have a great time. Go when the weather is warm so you and your pup can enjoy the beach to the fullest.
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Tidal pools
There are plenty of tidal pools to explore with your dog on Gold Bluffs Beach. These are small pools of water which remain even after the tide has gone out, leaving behind an easy view of incredible sea life. You can look for nice shells, starfish or even look up, away from the tidal pool and into the ocean to search for a humpback whale! This is such an amazing beach for taking in all the ocean has to offer.
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Fetch
Beach fetch is probably the best kind of fetch you and your dog could play. With plenty of room to run and soft sand under their paws, your dog is going to go sprinting along the beach as fast as possible to chase the ball you throw. Keep throwing the ball to your pup as you walk along the beautiful shoreline of the Redwoods National Park.
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Swim
While the water tends to be a little chilly in the Redwoods National Park, your dog may just find it perfect for their naturally warm bodies. You may even want to jump in the water with your dog and think of it as refreshing! Take a quick dip in the water with your dog and then dry off and go for a brisk walk to warm back up. However, your dog may run right back in for some more fun!
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More Fun Ideas...

Local Sites

If you and your dog are done exploring the Redwoods National Park, head out to the surrounding area which is also very pup friendly. Try the beaches in Crescent City which all allow dogs or the Smith River recreation area where your dog can walk the trails.

Walks

While dogs are not allowed on the main trails in the Redwoods National Park, they are permitted on the roads. Take your dog for a walk along a scenic road such as Walker Road or Cal Barrel Road which both have fantastic views.

Conclusion

Redwoods National Park is a very pet-friendly place. If you follow the rules of the park (BARK) and stick to the activities that dogs can do, you are going to have a great time. You and your dog will never forget your time in the Redwoods, whether it be tossing the ball on the beaches or sleeping under the stars at a campsite, it is all great! Plan your trip now, book any reservations you need to and get excited for a great trip with your dog.