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Dog jaunt: Alabama state parks with a dog

This year we went to a state park in southern Tennessee for my husband’s family’s reunion, but in past years we’ve gone to Joe Wheeler State Park in northwest Alabama. We didn’t have Chloe then, but she would have been welcome in three of the cabins. Highlights of Joe Wheeler’s pet policy? There is a fee of $10 per pet per night, and dogs must be leashed whenever they leave the cabin. Pets are not allowed on the beach or in the lodge or swimming pool. Bring documentation with you showing that your dog is up to date on her vaccinations, in case the park personnel ask for proof.

We stayed in the lodge when we visited, so I can’t comment about the cabins, but our experience was very positive: The lodge’s public rooms are attractive and welcoming, the guest rooms are basic but clean and pleasant, the pool and lake are great, and the restaurant is adequate.

Two other Alabama state parks have pet-friendly cabins, chalets or cottages: Cheaha State Park and Lake Guntersville State Park. In the remaining parks, dogs are allowed in the campgrounds. The rules regarding where dogs are allowed are generally the same as those for Joe Wheeler, but you should check with the park you’re visiting for specific rules.

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