The westernmost city on Puget Sound, Shelton is a puptastic destination for people and doggos who love to keep moving and spend time outside. Discover Shelton's picturesque landscapes and muttropolitan amenities with your pup, and travel worry-free as there are two veterinary hospitals in town.
Looking to get a good hike in with Fido while you're in the city? Just across the street from the local junior high school is a popular exercise course known as the Huff-n-Puff Trail. This easy, 2-mile trail is wide, flat, and well-maintained, looping around a 5-acre swath of woods and accommodating walkers and joggers of all abilities. Canine companions must remain leashed while on the Huff-n-Puff Trail. And remember to clean up after your pooch—you can pick up a doggie waste bag at the trailhead.
Located along Oakland Bay, Walker Park is a nice spot to go for a stroll and have a picnic with your best friend. Pack some food and Fido's favorite treats, and enjoy them while looking out onto the water. Keep your eyes peeled, as orcas are known to make appearances here! With huge, mature trees providing plenty of shade, Walker Park is good to visit even on a hot day.
Come see what's in store for you and Fido at Shelton!
Let Fido meet other puppers and make new friends at the Shelton Dog Park, the first off-leash dog park in Mason County! Located on the west end of Kneeland Park, the Shelton Dog Park is a fully enclosed area where your pooch can run and play freely, which is pawfect if he has plenty of energy to spare! There are benches to sit on while you keep an eye on Fido, and doggie waste bags and water bowls are provided as well. Locals say that the dog park can get muddy when it rains; if that's the case, just take Fido for a leashed walk around Kneeland Park instead.
Need to spend a few days in town with your pooch? The Shelton Inn is a pet-friendly hotel located in the heart of the city. While the establishment may look old on the outside, the rooms have been renovated in recent years and are equipped with a refrigerator and a microwave, which is pawsome if you need to prepare your own food. Each room also has a seating area, a dining area, and free Wi-Fi, so make yourself and Fido at home! The Shelton Inn welcomes two pets of any size for an additional fee per pet, per night. Be sure to call first if you're traveling with Fido!
With puptacular views of Lake Isabella and the Olympic Mountains, Lake Isabella State Park is a great place to spend a beautiful day with your pup. Bring a tennis ball or a Frisbee, because there's plenty of room to play fetch here! Fido will definitely love running around the wide open hills. Lake Isabella State Park also has easy trails that will lead you and your best friend through rolling open meadows and deciduous and evergreen trees. Note that a Discover Pass is required to enter the park, except for “free days” such as Earth Day, Veterans Day, and National Get Outdoors Day.
Named after the gift-giving ceremony, the Potlatch State Park has a lot to offer anyone who sets foot or paw in it. This 125-acre camping park comprises a campground, open spaces, forests, and a beach, allowing guests to enjoy a wide variety of activities such as hiking, clamming, birdwatching, boating, and interpretive programs. Take Fido for a leashed stroll along the shoreline, on the beach, and through the woods—he'll love it! Whether you stay for an hour or a day, you and your pup will have a barking good time at Potlatch State Park. Bring your Discover Pass or acquire a day pass on-site to enter.
Spend some quiet time in nature with your pup at Jarrell Cove State Park on Harstine Island. Accessible only by boat or bridge, this 67-acre marine camping park is home to hiking and biking trails, kitchen shelters, an amphitheater, sports fields, and multiple campsites. And with 3,500 feet of saltwater shoreline, Jarrell Cove State Park offers plenty of opportunities for water activities, including swimming, boating, and diving. A Discover Pass is required to access the park, though you may also purchase a day pass on-site. For non-campers, the “Cabin in Woods on Harstine Island” Airbnb rental, which welcomes small dogs for an extra fee, is just a quick drive away from the park.