There’s nothing quite like roasting marshmallows beside a crackling campfire, spending the night beneath the stars or waking to the glow of a forest sunrise. And that’s not just true for human campers—many dogs love escaping to the great outdoors, too! Luckily for you both, there are thousands of dog-friendly campgrounds and campsites across the nation, welcoming both pups and their adventure-seeking parents.
Where to begin? Start by brushing up on basics like safety precautions and necessary gear. Then, consider what activities you and your dog might enjoy while camping. For active pups, seek out dog-friendly trails for hiking or biking. If your dog loves the water, a beach or lake-side campsite for swimming, kayaking, boating or canoeing will be ideal. And if you have an older dog, perhaps simply pack a hammock so you can both enjoy a relaxing day lazing around camp.
Your next step: Find a campground that meets your criteria. We’ve rounded up the best dog-friendly campgrounds in the U.S., based on overall campsite experience, nearby activities and of course, dog-friendliness.
Note: Due to COVID-19, wildfires and other factors, some campgrounds may be closed or have reduced amenities. Be sure to check for current closures, restrictions or required reservations before visiting any campgrounds.
Crescent City, California: Jedediah Smith Campground
Monterey, California: Pfeiffer Big Sur Campground
Carson City, Nevada: Nevada Beach Campground
Newport, Oregon: South Beach Campground
Granite Falls, Washington: Verlot Campground
Metaline Falls, Washington: East Sullivan Campground
Alamosa, Colorado: Piñon Flats Campground
Cedar City, Utah: Kodachrome Basin Campground
Jackson, Wyoming: Curtis Canyon Campground
Phoenix, Arizona: Burnt Corral Campground
Amarillo, Texas: Juniper Campground
Georgetown, Maine: Sagadahoc Bay Campground
Conway, New Hampshire: Lost River Campground
Ocala, Florida: Silver Springs Campground
Charlotte, North Carolina: 4 Paws Kingdom Campground and Dog Retreat