Hood River has long been known for its agricultural industries, tourism, and recreation, but has recently gained notoriety for its world-class windsurfing and kite-boarding. This Washington community is just north of Mt. Hood, and offers lots of parks and outdoor spaces for you and your adventurous pup. Furry members of this dog-friendly community are supported by five veterinarian clinics to keep them in tip top shape.
For a delightful afternoon, head to Marina Park, which features a nautical-themed playground, sports courts, and a sailing club, ensuring there is plenty of activities for the entire family. Fido will enjoy a leashed walk through the 10.5-acre park among the grassy open spaces and trees. Or take a trip to the largest park in Hood River, Jackson Park. Walk your dog through the lawns, or around the edge of the park among the trees to make one happy pup.
The Hood River Vineyards and Winery, the oldest winery on the Columbia Gorge, and the Analemma Wines and Vineyards invite you to stop in and visit their vineyards and tasting rooms. Your pup is welcome to join you in the outdoor seating while you enjoy the wines of the two vintners. Plan to make Hood River a stop on your next adventure in the Pacific Northwest.
You cannot miss stopping at the Hood River Waterfront Park when in town. This 6-acre park located right on the Hood River offers activities for every member of the family. Your pup will enjoy a pawsome walk on the crescent shaped beach in the off season, as dogs are not allowed on the beach between May 15th to September 15th. Bring food for a picnic to one of the shelters here, and spend the day romping in the park's open lawn areas. There are restrooms available, but do bring water for your thirsty pup.
You and your pup will love the Seneca Fouts Memorial State Natural Area if you enjoy mountainous and rocky terrain with incredible beauty. At Mitchell Point, this park joins two other parks, the Wygant State Natural Area and the Vinzenz Lausmann Memorial State Natural Area, making it possible to trek and camp for days. Bring along a picnic and enjoy the afternoon with your pup for a shorter walk on the trails. For a less rugged night, stay at the Vineyard View Bed and Breakfast where your pooch is welcome. Enjoy the fresh blackberries and specialties of the house for breakfast. Your pup will love a walk around the grounds and the vineyards for some great exercise in a beautiful place.
Your pup will love the Wygant Trail that winds through the Wygant State Park in this neighborhood as he moves along the historic Oregon Trail, which later becomes the Columbia River Highway. The first mile of this trail still has its yellow divider stripe, and will eventually hit Mitchell Point. This peaceful getaway you will enjoy if you like quiet time to explore the area. For a shorter afternoon out, Oak Grove Park is another perfect area for your pup. There’s plenty of playground equipment and lush grass and trees for a snifftastic walk while the kids play.
Just 8 miles from Hood River, spend some time in the Odell Neighborhood Park. This small park offers lovely open green space where local sports teams practice and community events happen. Fido will enjoy a leashed walk through the park. Bring along a picnic and enjoy a rest after your stroll at the picnic tables for a little more time in the fresh air. Tucker County Park is a great spot for camping. Whether you and your pup enjoy tent camping, or you roll in an RV, there's space for you. This park also features trees throughout and some beautiful greenspace that is perfect for a snifftastic stroll any time of day.
Just 7 miles from Hood River in Mosier, you can pick up the historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. This trail provides a beautiful walk comprising of three disconnected pieces of the old Columbia River Highway. You and Fido will enjoy the views of the Columbia River Gorge as you walk along the trail. Find the Mosier Plateau Trail Trailhead by walking about 1000 feet from the railroad tracks in Mosier, across the bridge to the beginning of the trail. You will pass a pioneer cemetery and come to Mosier Creek Falls, a fantastic place for a swim or some water play on a hot day. The trail continues from there with incredible scenic views.