10 Beautiful and Pet-Friendly Fall Hiking Trails in the US

10 beautiful fall hiking trails in the u.sEven though I live in California, my heart melts when I see some good ol' fall foliage. With Fall in full swing, there is no better way to enjoy the foliage than to take a wonderful hike with your dog. Therefore, I thought I would do some research and find 10 beautiful dog-friendly fall hiking trails in the United States.

1) Long Creek Falls: Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Location: Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia 

This beautiful fall hiking trail is 2 miles long. The pathway starts on the Appalachian Trail and takes you down to Long Creek Falls where a rushing waterfall awaits you in the forest.

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2) Burr Pond State Park Trails

Location: Torrington, Connecticut

These trails are within the very pet-friendly Burr Pond State Park. You and your dog can walk along the trails and enjoy the beautiful fall foliage. After your hike, you can enjoy a nice picnic lunch at the state park.

3) Beaver Brook Trail

Location: Golden, Colorado

This trail is perfect for the regular hiking pair. The 3.6-mile hike proves challenging and can take you approximately 3 hours to complete according to reviews.

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4) Shenandoah National Park

Location: Front Royal, Virginia

This park provides 480 miles of dog-friendly trails. These trails provide just the right access to the Blue Ridge Mountains in addition to the ultimate fall colors.

6) Triple Falls & High Falls Trails

Location: Pisgah Forest, North Carolina

This hike is known more for its picturesque views and less for the challenge. The hike includes 2.6 miles of dog-friendly trails.

7) Acadia National Park

Location: Bar Harbor, Maine 

This national park is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast! Not only can you hike with your dog on the trails, but you can also camp and kayak. This particular location is very popular among pet parents in the area.

8) Hocking Hills State Park

Location: Logan, Ohio

This beautiful state park provides 26 miles of beautiful hiking trails. Not only are the trails worth visiting, but there are also pet-friendly accommodations and restaurants in Hocking Hills.

9) Elijah Bristol State Park

Location: Dexter, Oregon

Elijah Bristol State Park provides up to 5 miles of dog-friendly hiking in addition to several expansive off-leash grass areas. They even have some fenced areas that resemble an everyday dog park, along with some other areas for those dogs who could use a little more freedom.

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Photo Courtesy of Seattlemag.com

10) Twin Falls Trail - Olallie State Park

Location: Olallie State Park, Washington 

This trail is perfectly located just 30 minutes outside of Seattle. Twin Falls Trail is 2.7 miles long and provides beautiful views of Twin Falls, which epitomize the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Please remember to abide by leash laws while on trails and at state parks. It is a privilege to be able to share these beautiful trails with our dogs, and we should respect that opportunity. For additional tips on enjoying the outdoors with your dogs, please visit this post.


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Positively Expert: Rachel Sheppard

Rachel Sheppard is the author and founder of My Kid Has Paws. She is a Social Media Manager, blogger, animal lover, volunteer, graduate student, and shoe collector.


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