Aaah – dogs. We love them, don’t we? Our furry friends are more then just furry friends, they are family. We love the way they greet us with excitement when we get home from work after a long day. We love the way they follow us around the house. We love how they have unconditional love and affection. So why not give back to our pups? We love to hike, and dogs love to run around…so why  not take them on a pup friendly hike?

Believe it or not, there are many different hiking trails around the country that are pet friendly. While some can be dangerous for dogs, we recommend the following trails when you’re thinking about taking a hike with your dog(s). Take a look!

Runyon Canyon Park

Runyon Canyon Park is definitely a puppy’s playground. You may even come across more dogs then humans! Feel free to let your dogs run free without a leash at this 160-acre city park near Hollywood and the Hollywood Hills.

Grand Canyon National Park

Pets are allowed in the beautiful Grand Canyon National Park but must remain on a leash at all times. Pets are allowed on trails above the rim, Mather Campground, Desert View Campground, Trailer Village and throughout the developed areas around the park.

The Cascades at Lake Mohigan

The Cascades at Lake Mohigan is a scenic dog-friendly recreation area located in the beautiful Fairfield, Connecticut. Trails within the park surround a lake and waterfall/creek called the cascades on acreage. You are your dog will love every minute of it!!

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is about a half-hour from the Las Vegas Strip. Pets are welcome on all trails in Red Rock Canyon and it is recommended they stay on a leash. Don’t forget to clean up after your pup as well!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Located in beautiful Gatlinburg, TN is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here, you’ll find 800 miles of hiking trails. Even though dogs are not allowed at most of the trails, they are welcome at the Gatlinburg Trail and the Oconaluftee River Trail.

Do you have a favorite hiking trail you like to bring your pet? Tell us which one(s) in the comments below! We love photos too, don’t be shy! Send us pictures hanging in your hammock and/or hiking with your pet!

photo credit: Bring Fido