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Top 3 Dog-Friendly Parks and Destinations In Minnesota

They don’t call Minnesota the Land of 10,000 Lakes for nothing. Once covered by glaciers some 15,000 years ago, Minnesota now has precisely 11,842 lakes that cover approximately 8% of Minnesota’s 83,000 square miles. Minnesota is home to the headwaters of the 4th longest-running river in the world, the Mississippi River, and borders the largest bodies of fresh water in the United States – undoubtedly in the world – the Great Lakes. Are you convinced to visit yet?

Must-Visit Dog-Friendly State Parks In Minnesota For 2021

These stunning geographic features make Minnesota the ideal place for explorers and adventurers alike. With perfect summer temperatures hovering in the high-’70s to mid-’80s during daytime throughout the summer months of June, July, and August, Minnesota makes for the ideal summer destination when traveling with dogs. Covered with lush greenery throughout the state, you’re sure to find plenty of shade when hiking the trails – just be sure to purchase your park pass in advance, keep your dog on a maximum 6-foot leash, and pack plenty of mosquito repellent!

Top 3 Places to Take Your Dog In Minnesota in 2021

1. Lake Itasca State Park

Also known as the Mississippi River Headwaters, Lake Itasca is known for great family-friendly campgrounds, beautiful waterfalls, crystal clear pebbled creeks, and lush pet-friendly hiking trails. Offering both paved and unpaved trails, there is no denying the endless trail possibilities and stunning wildlife Lake Itaska State Park offers.

2. Minnehaha Falls Off-Leash Dog Park

Located in south Minneapolis, this perfectly situated dog park is a local favorite. Following the Mississippi River bluffs, Minnehaha Falls dog park offers over 4 acres of completely rugged and wooded trails allowing free range for your dog to run, swim, climb, and play with the many other dogs around.

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3. The North Shore Area

Although pets aren’t allowed in the lighthouse itself nor the surrounding grounds as it is protected by the Minnesota Historical Society, there are many dog-friendly trails nearby that will give you a great view of the lighthouse from a distance.

Consider checking out the Gitchi-Gami State Trail while you visit, which connects the Split Rock Light House State Park with Gooseberry Falls State Park – another popular attraction for dog-friendly trails!


Other notable mentions along the North Shore:

Highlights: gorgeous waterfall and a bonus pet welcome pack with your stay at the Cascade Lodge!

Highlights: incredible views from the cliffs and gorge near the waterfalls

Highlights: stunning waterfalls – such as the Hidden Falls – and year-round camping!

Just like humans need a quick pick-me-up while on the trail, so does your dog. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water and healthy snacks both for you and your furry friend. Packed with healthy ingredients, including Glucosamine and Chondroitin to support your dog’s hips and joints, Stashios® Soft Chews+™ Hip & Joint soft dog treats make a great trail treat. Just stash in your backpack when you’re ready to hit the trail and you’re good to go!

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Beware of Hiking Dangers For Dogs

Now that you know the best places to take your dog across Minnesota and have packed the best snacks, do you know the hiking dangers for dogs? Start your adventures on the right foot by becoming aware of the hiking dangers for dogs – and don’t forget your pet emergency kit!