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Dog Friendly Oregon & Washington State Parks

Visiting a state park hardly ever disappoints. That is unless you have your heart set on taking your dog with you and then you find out that they aren’t allowed or there is an extra fee to bring them. Luckily most state parks do allow pets!

Here is our top list for Oregon and Washington State Parks that allow pets:

Oregon Parks:

Pet Policy:  According to the official Oregon State Park Website, “Yes. Pets must be confined by the owner or on a leash not more than six feet long, and kept under physical control at all times. You’re responsible to pick up after your pets and to keep them quiet during quiet hours (10 p.m.- 7 a.m.). Pets are not allowed in Dabney State Recreation Area or on the Canyon Trail at Silver Falls State Park. Some campgrounds have off-leash areas for pets. You can find more info on Pets in Parks.”

Best Oregon Parks with Trails for Dogs:

  • Elijah Bristow State Park
  • Goose Lake State Park
  • Jasper State Recreation Site
  • LaPine State Park
  • North Santiam State Recreation Area
  • North Santiam State Recreation Area
  • Silver Falls State Park
  • Stub Stewart State Park
  • The Cove Palisades State Park

Washington State Parks

Pet Policy: According to Go Pet Friendly, Pets on leashes up to eight feet long are welcome in Washington state parks and campgrounds, but are not permitted on designated swimming beaches, within a natural area preserve, or on any designated alpine ski site or cross country trail which has been prepared, set, or groomed during ski season.”

  • Battle Ground Lake State Park
  • Bay View State Park
  • Cape Disappointment State Park
  • Conconully State Park
  • Dash Point State Park
  • Dosewallips State Park
  • Fields Spring State Park
  • Grayland Beach State Park
  • Ike Kinswa State Park
  • Kanaskat-Palmer State Park
  • Rasar State Park
  • Steamboat Rock State Park
  • Twin Harbors State Park

Dogs are not allowed on these trails:

  • Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks.
  • North Cascades National Park (except the Pacific Crest Trail)

In addition, dogs are not allowed on these beaches:

  • Olympic National Park (except Rialto Beach 0.5 miles north of Ellen Creek)
  • Kalaloch beaches (from Ruby Beach south to South Beach)
  • Peabody Creek Trail

Sometimes our dogs are not allowed to be on certain trails and beaches to protect wildlife and vegetation. It’s not that the park doesn’t love dogs. It’s just that some of the area and its inhabitants are delicate and dogs often don’t understand.

Hiking and spending time with our pets in the great outdoors is a wonderful way to enjoy a summer day. What is your favorite park to visit in Oregon or Washington? We’d love to hear what trails and campsite your dog loves. Let us know below or on a Facebook page. Also, don’t forget to contact us to help care for your precious pup while you’re away from home.