Your pup ruvs the great outdoors, but tbh the sniffs around the block are getting a little stale. He needs new trees to pee on, and we know where he’ll find ’em. Without further a-doo, here are some of the best spots for dog-friendly camping near Seattle.
Dosewallips State Park
Sure, Doswallips State Park has plenty of spaces to pitch a tent or park an RV, but if your pup is a little extra, try glamping in their platform tent 2–a 5-person canvas tent with a bunk and futon bc sleeping on the ground cramps your pooch’s style. Pup’ll ruv splashing in the 5 miles of shoreline on Hood Canal and the Dosewallips River.
Lake Wenatchee State Park
Lake Wenatchee features 8 miles of hiking trails, 155 campsites, and dog-sledding, skijoring, and snowshoeing opps in winter (plus heated restrooms and warming shelters). Rent boats or boards for your doggy paddler to try kayaking or stand up paddle boarding with you.
Birch Bay State Park
Just 9 miles south of the Canadian border, Birch Bay feels secluded, but isn’t far from urban life. With 8,255 feet of saltwater shoreline on Birch Bay and 14,923 feet of freshwater shoreline on Terrell Creek, Birch Bay is the ultimutt place for water activities like clamming, boating, swimming, or oyster harvesting.
Brooks Memorial State Park
Brooks Memorial has poodles of hiking opportunities (almost 10 miles!) and is only 20 minutes from Goldendale Observatory State Park Heritage Site–one of the best stargazing spots in the PNW. Pup can’t wait to see the Bonehenge replica nearby!
Tall Chief RV Resort
Located just 30 minutes east of Seattle, Tall Chief RV Resort offers incredible views of the Cascade Mountains for you and your pup. With so many natural beauties nearby, choosing if you adventure to the Washington Park Arboretum, Snow Lake Trails, or Snoqualmie Falls first will be the hard part!
Tips for Camping With Dogs
- Pawlease make sure to keep your pup on a leash that’s 8ft long or less (and no retractables)!
- Don’t plan on visiting the beaches with Fido; Washington Parks prohibit dogs on beaches.
- Make sure your pup is used to camping! Try setting up a tent in your backyard first to ensure she can handle tenting it.
- Keep ticks at bay by checking you and your pup regularly.
- You wouldn’t want to have to babysit your neighbor’s dog all day! Take your doggo on hikes with you instead of leaving her alone at your campsite.
- Clean up after your dog and pack it out.
Where’s your pal’s fave place to get away from it all? Woof at us in the comments and be sure to tag #SidewalkDog in all your adventures!
Featured photo: Jimmy Conover
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