I want to point those of you who haven’t already found it to hikewithyourdog.com, a great site owned by Cruden Bay Books. Parts of the site focus on the two book series published by CBB (Doggin’ America and A Bark in the Park) and the company’s dog hiking tours. Most of the site, though, offers useful information about hiking, camping and going to the beach with your dog.
It lists U.S. and Canadian parks that welcome dogs, and offers alternatives to parks that ban dogs (for example, dogs are not allowed to visit the Giant Sequoias in Yosemite, but you and your dog can see equally splendid sequoias in nearby Nelder Grove). It tells you about dog-friendly beaches and battlefields, mountains and cemeteries. You may not be able to take your dog into America’s “castles,” like Biltmore, but I now know that you can hike with your dog in Biltmore’s extensive grounds. The site is packed with useful information about intriguing places — you’ll find yourself planning your next three vacations!