If you love exploring breathtaking natural scenery almost as much as you love spending time with your dog, Ainsworth State Park is one destination you should definitely consider visiting. Found in Oregon's Multnomah County, Ainsworth State Park sits in the Columbia River Gorge and is home to many wonderful waterfalls. Perhaps the best feature of the park, however, is that dogs are permitted to explore it by your side.
From Ainsworth State Park west to Crown Point, visitors are treated to the largest concentration of high waterfalls anywhere in the world. 611-foot-high Multnomah Falls is one of the most magnificent waterfalls anywhere in the United States, and it's just a short drive away.
Hikers in Ainsworth State Park are treated to a diverse array of trails within and beyond the park boundaries. Leave the park on Nesmith Point trail and you'll get the chance to admire impressive views of St. Peter's Dome, an awe-inspiring basalt outcrop that soars 2,000 feet above the mighty Columbia River.
If you're planning a pet-friendly camping vacation, Ainsworth State Park's campground boasts 40 full-hookup sites tucked away in a laid-back, shaded setting. Six walk-in tent sites and a bike-in camp area are also provided, while flush toilets and showers provide the creature comforts.
Pets are welcome in the campground, provided you make sure to stick to a few simple rules. Your pooch will need to be kept on a leash of six feet or shorter and kept under control at all times. You'll also need to make sure you only take your pooch to designated pet-friendly areas, and that you always remember to clean up after your dog.
If you can do that, there's nothing to stop you enjoying a relaxing camping vacation. Ainsworth State Park offers some of the most spectacular scenery of any state park around the nation, and the fact that you can experience it all with your canine makes it that little bit more special.