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Traveling with Your Dog? Find the Right Dog-Friendly Campgrounds

| Updated Feb 10, 2023

We RVers love our dogs! Here are some of the best dog-friendly campgrounds across the United States that'll get your dog's tail wagging!…

Are you and your furry friend in need of a change of scenery? Look no further! Camping with your dog can be a fun and unforgettable experience.

There’s nothing quite like enjoying the great outdoors with your loyal four-legged companion by your side.

To help you plan your next adventure, we've compiled a list of 10 great dog-friendly campgrounds that offer endless opportunities for outdoor fun and relaxation. So pack your bags, grab your leash, and get ready to create FURever memories with your best friend!

Hey, if you buy something through my links, I might get a little something-something as a thank you. No extra cost to you, promise! Read our full affiliate disclosure here.

Is This the Best Dog Park in America?

We're going to get to some great dog-friendly campgrounds in just a second. But we wanted to share this short video of one of Bo's favorite places in the country!

We visit a lot of dog parks as we travel the U.S. But one stands out. And it just happens to be in our own back yard! It's the Orion Oaks Dog Park in Orion Township, MI, not far from our sticks and bricks home. It is Bo's Happy Place… and ours, too!

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10 of the Most Dog-Friendly Campgrounds

RVers are a dog-loving bunch, and many (if not most) campgrounds recognize pets as part of the family. As such, they welcome the whole family as long as they abide by their pet policy.

Some campgrounds, however, not only accept pets but also cater to them! They often include a main attraction like a dog park or pet care area that makes the trip as fun for your pet as for your human companions!

By the way, you should check out the 10 Best Pet Accessories for Camping with Your Dog and our RV Lifestyle Amazon shopping list of Bo's favorite RV pet supplies!

Hey, if you buy something through my links, I might get a little something-something as a thank you. No extra cost to you, promise! Read our full affiliate disclosure here.

We also put the following dog-friendly campgrounds on this interactive map! Click the map and open the locations we've included. Please NOTE: We only put one dog-friendly KOA location and one dog-friendly Jellystone Location, but the links in their sections go to their main website to find a location near you.

1. Lake George RV Park

This family-friendly park certainly counts dogs as family! Their Charlie's Bark Park is a 2-acre off-leash recreation area that is a dog-lovers paradise. It features everything your four-legged companion could ever want or need.

With designated areas for both large and small dogs, a restroom, comfortable seating, an indoor dog wash station, and a pet treat vending area, this park has it all. Take your pup for a walk on the shaded trails or let them run wild on the huge synthetic turf play area.

For those looking for some extra fun and excitement, they also have a dog spray fountain and host agility events.

2. 4 Paws Kingdom Campground

Located in the scenic Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, 4 Paws is the first and only dog-dedicated campground in the US. It caters exclusively to canines and their adult human companions. They clearly made it their mission to create a true doggie kingdom for their guests.

They offer all the amenities that both dogs and humans could wish for, including a swimming pond, multiple off-leash play parks, an agility park, hiking trails, a doggie bathhouse with a grooming station, and more. All parks in the campground are enclosed with 4-foot-tall fences to ensure a safe and secure environment. 

3. Rovers RV Park

This long-term (30+ days) only park offers a serene, safe environment where you and your furry friend can unwind and enjoy the great outdoors.

At Rovers RV Park, your dog will love the much-loved off-leash area where they can run and play. And for you, the park offers endless opportunities for relaxation, from fishing or kayaking in the wetlands to sitting by the river and taking in the spectacular view.

The RV sites are large and spacious, providing plenty of room to enjoy those long summer evenings. The park also boasts a large communal greenspace and fire pit area, river walkway, and off-leash dog area, perfect for making new friends and building memories.

Your pets will love it here – and so will you!

4. Normandy Farms Campground (Foxboro, MO)

At Normandy Farms Campground, dogs are free to play at Freedom Tail Park. It's a sprawling 1.5-acre dog park, complete with agility equipment, a dog wash, and drinking fountain. Your dog will never run out of things to do.

But that's not all. If you need a little time to yourself, the campground offers day kennels in their Canine Coops. Your dog will be able to hang outside in the comfort of their very own custom Canine Coop, which is totally enclosed, including a roof, for your peace of mind.

These coops are unsupervised but they make them as safe and comfortable as possible!

5. Yogi Bear's Jellystone Parks

Since this link goes to the main website – we selected Texas and found a campground with a dog park for you to explore on the map above. But you can use their location map on their site to find dog-friendly campgrounds near you.

The Yogi Bear Camps and Resorts are known for their family-friendly awesomeness. They are also pet-friendly as long as your canine companion is kept on a leash, but…

Some Jellystone locations offer a better dog camping experience than others. That's because even though the parks allow dogs, only some of them have dog parks.

So, while Yogi would be very happy about all the picnic areas and picnic tables everywhere, Huckleberry Hound may be disappointed at some locations. Dog owners should search the locations page and filter for “dog park” to find the best dog-friendly campgrounds in their franchise.

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6. Riverside Campground & Cabins (Big Sur, CA)

If your pooch loves the water, they'll love Riverside Campground. Dog-friendly beaches, like Pfeiffer Beach, and hiking are only 10 minutes away. Plus, the pet-friendly campground is right along the Big Sur River.

While walking your dog on the beach, you can watch for whales! California gray whales migrate past the California coast twice every winter. In the summer, you can see humpback whales and, if you're very lucky, a blue whale.

The Big Sur Valley is home to one of the most impressive animals unique to North America: the California Condor.

Looking for a way to keep your dog on your property without using a physical fence? Check out SpotOn GPS Dog Fence™

SpotOn works almost anywhere — but you need a lot that’s at least ½ acre

Why? Because you’ll need to allow for the fence alert/warning zone. The effective boundary for your dog is 10 feet inside the fence boundary that you walk. Walk your planned boundary with SpotOn's dog collar and your phone or draw your fence in the app. Truly, watching this video will show you how cool this technology is! True Location™ technology builds on conventional GPS and makes it better, giving you the most reliable fence boundary that never requires calibration. So your dog can have a great adventure without risking a great escape. Get professionally-developed training programs that’ll have your dog using SpotOn in a few simple steps!

7. Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground (Disney World, FL)

It's no surprise that a Disney campground is the perfect place for the entire family. Its pet-friendly campsites are just a short walk to so many fun activities. There's a swimming pool with a corkscrew waterslide, archery, horseback riding, canoeing, and more!

But what about Fido? Well, he's sure to have a good time at the Waggin' Trails Dog Park, which is a large off-leash area. Or, you can take him for a walk on the many dog-friendly trails.

Best Friends Pet Care provides day and overnight kennel care for guests traveling with pets. This allows them to have ample time to explore the attractions at Walt Disney World theme parks and destinations.

8. Sagadahoc Bay Campground (Maine)

When you visit the Sagadahoc Bay Campground website, you immediately see why it makes the list of dog-friendly campgrounds. Front and center is this message: “Pets Are Family Too. They Are Always Welcome At Sagadahoc Bay Campground.”

The “Sag Bay” Campground is located at the southern tip of Georgetown Island. Due to the frigid winters, the camp is not open year-round. But you can enjoy the stunning ocean views from May through October.

Pet owners can expect a standard dog policy, such as proof of rabies vaccination and leash requirements. Two pets are included in their standard rates. If you have more than two, then additional pet fees apply.

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Bo, out and about in TN.

9. KOA Campgrounds

Members of Kampgrounds of America (KOA) have access to over 500 locations across America. Many of which have KampK9. You will find the dog park facilities at KOA Journey, Holiday and Resort campgrounds.

The fenced KampK9 area offers a safe and designated space for your dog to run and play off the leash, complete with cleanup stations and fresh water.

Some KOA locations have even separated areas for large and small dogs, so your dog can socialize with other canines of its own size. In addition to convenience for your pet, KampK9 also provides comfortable seating for the humans.

We don't have ALL the KampK9 locations on the map, but we did put one on there for you to consider in Nebraska!

10. Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground (Michigan)

If you've followed RV Lifestyle for any amount of time, you know how much we love Michigan and especially the Mackinaw area. The Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping is one of northern Michigan's most popular campgrounds. It's very family-friendly and offers dog-friendly camping.

Camp Mackinaw provides several dog exercise areas for their four-legged guests. These areas are conveniently located across from the Park Store and near the Bridgeview cabins.

It's important to note that the pet exercise areas are not fenced-in dog parks. So, pet owners should still plan accordingly. In addition, they also allow dogs on the Starline Mackinac Ferry shuttle to Mackinac Island, as long as they are on a leash and under control at all times.

Finally! Mike and Jennifer's Michigan Bundle
(Michigan's Lower Peninsula AND Michigan's Upper Peninsula)

This Michigan Bundle contains our ever-popular Guide to the Upper Peninsula PLUS our newest Guide on the LOWER Peninsula! Here's a little on both ebooks (not a printed book):

Michigan's Upper Peninsula Adventure Guide: This ebook is a seven stop guided exploration of the Michigan UP. We provide a suggested route and itinerary, links to multiple campgrounds and boondocking spots, and the best spots to see along the way. Don’t plan your trip to the Upper Peninsula without it!

Michigan's Lower Peninsula Adventure Guide: This guide explores the Lower Peninsula, also known as ‘the Mitten.” You can easily spot its mitten shape on the map. Most of this guide follows the coast of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, with a little bit of Lake Erie down near Detroit.

You are in for a HUGE adventure with this ebook bundle of the best of Michigan for RVers!

Mike Wendland

Published on 2023-02-07

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

2 Responses to “Traveling with Your Dog? Find the Right Dog-Friendly Campgrounds”

February 07, 2023at9:22 am, Deborah Beck said:

I’m so glad you listed 4 Paws. We have been there several times and just love it. They really do cater to dogs.


February 08, 2023at8:55 pm, Team RV Lifestyle said:

Thanks for the feedback, Deborah! Team RV Lifestyle


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