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Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Lola enjoys autumn in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.

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This park brings the game of Fetch to the next level. With hundreds of thousands of trees, Shenandoah National Park is full of wilderness to play games in. Over 500 miles of trail, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail, showcase ever-changing forests of oaks and hemlocks. And believe it or not, only 20 trails are off-limits for pooches.

With opportunities for backcountry camping, bird watching, and wildlife viewing, you and your dog truly have the great outdoors to explore. View waterfalls at Whiteoak Canyon from the Boundary Trailhead or the Rose River Loop Trail for four miles of streams, cascades, and waterfalls.

Before your trip, be sure to check out printable hiking maps which give detailed information about length of hikes, what to expect, and which ones do not allow pets.

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