Top 10 Pet-friendly Vacation Spots


Hooved Adventures

What if your preferred trail mate has hooves instead of paws? There are plenty of public lands open to you, too. Some parks, such as the Watson Mill Bridge State Park in northeast Georgia, offer rental stalls. Encompassing more than 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of forested bliss, the namesake feature of the park is a circa-1885 historic covered bridge [source: Georgia]. Built to cross the South Fork River, the 229-foot (70-meter) bridge has the distinction of being the longest historic covered bridge in the state. In addition to riding trails, the park offers tent, trailer and RV campsites, log cabin bunkhouses and day use shelters.

The Big South Fork National River and Recreational Area stretches across the Tennessee border and meanders north into Kentucky. This horse-friendly forest offers similarly posh accommodations, including the Charit Creek Lodge, which can be reached only by horseback. But with its 125,000 acres (50,586 hectares) and 180 miles (290 kilometers) of trails, there's a lot more land to explore [source: Nice].

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior, manages more than 245 million acres (99 million hectares) of wilderness areas, the bulk of which is in the Western states [source: Bureau of Land Management]. Many of these vast, unspoiled tracts are open to horseback travel and primitive camping. The 236,488-acre (95,703-hectare) Palen/McCoy Wilderness in California includes five different mountain ranges, dunes, broad bajadas (alluvial plains) and ironwood forests -- but no roads [source: BLM)]. Wildlife management areas (WMAs) throughout the U.S. are another option for getting away from civilization. Most offer equestrian trails and basic camping except during hunting season.

If you and your pet prefer a speedier pace, say around 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour), check out the next page for some activities the two of you can find on a road trip.