RV travel is absolutely perfect for those, like us, that have a beloved family dog. We have plenty of space for “Maggie the Camping Dog” in our RV and we can bring along all of her special toys and treats. We don’t have to worry about finding accommodations for her because she is welcome at campgrounds across the country. We have never been to a campground that does not allow pets, and I don’t think that one exists. In fact, most campgrounds go out of their way to make sure that pets feel welcome. Most of these campgrounds offer dog parks so your pup can stretch his or her legs off-leash after a long day on the road. Some elite campgrounds even offer extravagant dog parks with ample room to roam, exercise and agility stations, and even washrooms and dog sitting services.
These 8 great campgrounds all have epic dog parks of varying shapes and sizes. Each one welcomes dogs and treats them like pampered guests. When you pull into one of these spots your pup will be wagging his or her tail as soon as they jump out of your truck or RV–and they will probably end up loving you more than they ever have. If that is even possible!
Lake George RV Park (Lake George, New York)
“Charlie’s Bark Park” at Lake George RV Park is not any old campground dog park–it is a gorgeous and lovingly maintained facility with a 2-acre off-leash recreation area and a beautiful pavilion. Your pup will love the dog spray fountain and the pet treat vending area. More ambitious dogs may decide to enter an agility contest and show off their athleticism and competitive skill. Humans will love the comfortable seating and shaded walking trails–and all of the other amenities that this world-class RV resort has on tap for its guests.
Normandy Farms Campground (Foxboro, Massachusetts)
The Freedom Trail Park at Normandy Farms campground is huge and shaded. This 1.5-acre dog park has agility equipment, a dog wash, and a drinking fountain. If you have a smaller pup they will also love the separate fenced-in area for dogs that weigh under 30 pounds. Normandy Farms also offers reasonably priced kennelling services at “Canine Coops” for those that want to head to Boston or Cape Cod for a day trip. Resort camping doesn’t get much better than this–for people and their pups!
Massey’s Landing (Millsboro, Delaware)
Massey’s Landing is an on-trend RV Resort near Rehoboth Beach, Delaware that you and your pup will both love. The doggy park here is large and it is situated right on the campground’s bay beach, so your pup can play in the sand or get wet if he or she wants to. After a long day of playing in the water, you can stop in the camp store for some doggie treats and camp store ice cream before settling in around the campfire for the night.
Fancy Gap / Blue Ridge Parkway KOA (Fancy Gap, Virginia)
The Fancy Gap KOA has a nice off-leash dog park, but it earns inclusion in this prestigious list because of its unique dog-friendly RV sites with fenced in areas behind your rig’s parking spot. These sites would be large without the shady, fenced-in dog area–but when you include that extra real estate they are absolutely huge! Your pup will also stay cool on the hottest days. These special sites are deeply wooded and the campground is elevated on the side of a mountain where the temps stay about 10 degrees cooler than in the towns below.
4 Paws Kingdom Campground & Dog Retreat (Rutherfordton, North Carolina)
4 Paws Kingdom is one of the most unique campgrounds in the country. The location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains is lovely and it is the only “dog dedicated” campground in the United States. The campground is built from the ground up exclusively for dogs and their adults! Your pup will love the off-leash dog parks, agility park, and fully-fenced swimming pond. Some sites even have fenced-in yards so your dog can relax off-leash right next to your RV.
The Campground at James Island County Park (Charleston, South Carolina)
The dog park at James Island County Park is not located directly at the campground, but it’s well worth packing up your pooch and driving over there. It is absolutely gigantic and it is also located directly on the water for pups that love to swim. The waterfront section gets pretty crowded after the workday has ended when locals come to socialize, so go earlier in the day if you want some space to yourself. If the waterfront area gets too packed for your pooch, don’t worry. There is plenty of other room for them to roam in this dog park.
Williams/Exit 167/ Circle Pines KOA (Williams, Arizona)
Just four miles away from Williams, and an hour away from the Grand Canyon, this KOA makes a great base camp for exploring the region. It also makes a great stop for dog owners whose pups need to stretch their legs after a long day in the truck or motorhome. There are three dog parks here, so pick the one that is closest to your site or explore them all. The campground is also nice and shady making it bearable on those hot Arizona days.
Cape Charles/Chesapeake Bay KOA (Cape Charles, Virginia)
This bayfront campground has a perfectly fine dog park, but the real show stopper here is the Sandy Paws Dog Beach–which is located right on the water. This section of the beach is entirely dedicated to pups and their people. Our Maggie loves to splash around here and enjoy the warm water without the restrictions of a leash. Grab some food and drink at the onsite beachfront restaurant and watch your pooch play for hours as the sun melts into the bay. Or bring a SUP and take your pup for a paddle.
Jeremy and Stephanie Puglisi are the co-hosts of The RV Atlas podcast and the authors of See You At The Campground: A Guide to Discovering Community, Connection, and a Happier Family in the Great Outdoors.