Washington State is one of the greenest, most beautiful regions in the United States. Known for having a great deal of outdoor activity options, the Pacific Northwest is home to nature enthusiasts of all kinds. Camping, biking, hiking, swimming, climbing, walking, backpacking, skiing, snowshoeing, fishing, and more are all outdoor options in the Pacific Northwest. Washington State contains a great variety of parks and campgrounds for locals and visitors alike.
For dog lovers who are also lovers of nature and the great outdoors, there are plenty of parks to choose from to take your pet. However, all state parks require pets to be on a leash at all times and to be under verbal control. Pets aren’t allowed inside vacation rentals or cabins. Pet owners are also required to clean up after their pets and themselves. Potty bags may be provided at some locations, but it’s always wise to come prepared with your own just in case.
If you take your pet on a hike, be aware that some trails or beaches are off-limits for pets. Of the trails that allow dogs, make sure your dog is kept on a leash no longer than eight feet at all times, and do not allow your dog to dig, disturb wildlife, or become a nuisance to other visitors and campers. If you follow common courtesy and keep your dog on their best behavior, you, your family, and other visitors can all enjoy the beauty and variety of options that Washington State parks offer.
The fees and availability at each of the Washington state parks will vary. Some facilities are day-use only, others allow overnight camping. Some trails and swimming beaches are off-limits to dogs, even on leashes. You should check to make sure dogs are permitted before you bring your pup on vacation with you.
Wherever you intend to go, Washington State parks offer a variety of activities for you and your pup to engage in.