Homer is quickly becoming the adventure capital of Alaska, and is a great place to satisfy your nature cravings with your dog. Located 200 miles south of Anchorage on the scenic Kachemak Bay, this town is surrounded by wilderness and ocean, and is known as “The End of the Road.” Homer also has its own veterinary clinic, making it a breeze to keep your pup happy and healthy in this town!
A pawpular place to go for dogs and their walkers is the Homer Spit. This 4.5 mile piece of land juts out into the Kachemak Bay and is the longest road into ocean waters in the world. To fully appreciate this geographical landmark, you and your doggo can enjoy the paved, multi-use trail that runs along the length of The Spit. The Homer Spit also features The Seafarer’s Memorial Park, a park dedicated as a memorial to those lost at sea. This peaceful park has a gazebo where you can take in the ocean views. These areas all welcome leashed dogs!
If you want to make yourself comfortable in Homer, it’s not hard to find accommodations in this dog friendly town! The Homer Spit Campground welcomes dogs, and has campsites with beautiful views along the beach where the land ends and the sea begins.
With all of these pet friendly amenities and nearby wilderness, Homer is a great place to bring your traveling canine companion!
The City Center neighborhood of Homer has plenty of fur-tastic places to explore with your pooch! Just two blocks from the old town, you can find Bishops Beach. This beach offers miles of shoreline to walk along, and connects to the Beluga Slough Trailhead. There are picnic areas and grills available to use as well. Dogs are welcome on this beach, but keep a close eye on your small dog because there are eagles nearby! After enjoying the ocean views and salty air, check out the Two Sisters Bakery, located just down the street from Bishop’s Beach. Regulars rave about the cupcakes here, and they have dog friendly outdoor tables!
In the north end of town, you’ll find the Diamond Ridge neighborhood of Homer, and plenty of opportunities for fresh air and exercise with your pup! It’s in this neighborhood that you can find the Diamond Creek Trail. This two mile dirt trail offers sweeping ocean and mountain vistas, along forested bluffs and grassy meadows. The trail descends down to a beach, where you can find sea stars, anemones and crabs. You and your dog will love getting a taste of Alaskan wildlife without having to travel too far out of town. This trail welcomes dogs as long as they stay leashed and don’t disturb the nature.
Just across the Kachemak Bay in the town of Seldovia, you can find the sprawling wilderness of the Kachemak Bay State Park. Leashed dogs are welcome on the ferry that goes to this area! Large dogs need to stay on the upper back deck with their owner, and small dogs can be held by their owners inside the vessel. The Kachemak Bay State Park is nearly 200,000 acres of rugged, untouched nature along the shoreline. The park itself doesn’t have developed facilities, but offers backcountry camping and incredible hiking through glaciers, lakes and mountains. Keep your dog close to you, because you may even catch sight of some bears!
Anchor Point is a town just south of Homer, and is located on the most western point of the US highway systems. Here you can find some more great camping and hiking opportunities for you and your pup to enjoy! This small town is proud home to the Anchor River State Recreation Area. Here you can find plenty of dog friendly camping and hiking, with views of three volcanoes across the Cook Inlet. This area is great to see some wildlife as well, as the Anchor River is teeming with it. Here you may be able to see moose, bald eagles, mink, beavers, and more. The recreation area welcomes leashed dogs in and throughout the park.
Just east of Homer, you can find the massive and impressive wilderness of the Kenai Fjords National Park. This national park is accessible from the town of Seward. It covers nearly 670,000 acres, where the mountains, ice and ocean meet. Traveling the Harding Icefield Trail is a great way to explore this area with your dog. The trail is 8.2 miles roundtrip, and winds through cottonwood and alder forests. This trail is quite strenuous, taking you from the valley floor to well above the treelines. The epic views of the icefield are worth it though! Dogs are welcome throughout this park, but please bring waste bags and follow the “leave no trace policy”. You must also keep your dog leashed and stay on the trail to avoid causing erosion.