Top 15 RV Parks and Campgrounds to Take Your Pet

February 15, 2009 by Tom James · 11 Comments  
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Pet recreationOur blog readers have offered their top choices of RV parks and campgrounds to visit with their pets. As with any “top whatever” list, all readers may not agree. If you have other favorite pet-friendly places you like to visit or would recommend, I encourage you to do so. Share what you know with other pet parents who may be looking for that special place to go with their furry friends!

1. KOA in Lake Placid, NY - Doggie park where your dog can exercise on various doggie ramps.

2. KOA in Badlands, SD - Large fenced-in area to allow the dogs to run free and the highway rest stops in SD have dog pens to allow your dog a chance to walk about off leash.

3. The Springs at Borrego, CA - Dog owners will love the very large fenced dog park with fresh water and benches. At 3PM there are usually 15 to 20 dogs playing there, the parents just chat and socialize.  This is the most beautiful park, surrounded by the mountains of Anza Borrego Desert, no noise just the buzz of hummingbirds!  Extra large pull through sites.

4. KOA at St. Mary, MT - Offers dog sitting and walking.

5. Dumplin Valley Farm RV Park, Kodak, TN - Open year round. Wireless Internet service. 865-397-7942. Great overnight stop for anyone with a dog. The sites are grassy with gravel underneath and there is plenty of room to take your dog for a walk or run. Pets must be kept on a leash and you will need to carry a plastic bag for the poop. Nice picnic pavilion, clean restrooms and it is only 1 1/2 miles from I-40 exit #407. Owners live on the premises giving the camping area a homey feel.

6. Friday’s RV Retreat – McCloud, CA 530-964-2878. Six easy miles south of McCloud on Squaw Valley Road. All breeds welcome, provided they are well behaved. Nice area for dogs to play. Beautiful RV park in pine forest. Pull through sites with full hookups available. Pine trees and shrubs between sites. Lots of privacy and shade.

7. Normandy Farms Family Campground, Foxboro, MA – Freedom Tail Park is a large fenced area for the dogs to run. Clean, has a dog wash and water fountains for humans and dogs. When you check it, they greet your dog with a treat and a tag for their collar with your campsite number on it in case the dog gets lost.

8. Hidden Valley Resort, Milton, WI - Very clean and nice. Large, off-leash pet area.  They provide poop bags and the area is spotless.

9. Trav-L-Park Campground, Virginia Beach, VA - This dog park is HUGE!

10. Clackamette city park, Oregon City, Oregon – Very large, shaded, grassy area. Just a few blocks away is a city-sponsored dog park fenced in with used tennis balls from the tennis courts nearby.

11. Four Paws Kingdom in Rutherfordton, NC – Great place for pet owners. Caters to dog owners with off leash areas for small and large dogs, a pet bathhouse, and activities such as a swimming pond and agility areas.

12. KOA Fayetteville, NC - Wonderful fenced pet playground complete with balls, toys and water. Very clean. Campground staff very friendly. Nice place to stop on your way south.

13. Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort, McAllen/Mission, TX - Along the Rio Grand River. Wonderful area with fenced dog park and a separate fenced agility park with equipment. Located next to the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. Not a lease-free park but a good place to ride your bike, walk, or take the tractor-pulled wagon to view the birds and other animals.

14. KOA in Statesville NC - Lake Norman State Park is nearby for trails, etc.

15. Oops! We don’t have 15! This is where you can suggest your own favorite RV park or campground to visit with your pets.  Submit your favorites now!

Let’s see if we can create a Top 100 List!

Happy Pet Travels!

Tom James

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11 Responses to “Top 15 RV Parks and Campgrounds to Take Your Pet”

  1. Jim Lair on February 15th, 2009 1:39 pm

    Baileyton TN RV Park off I-81 exit 36 has 40 acres where dogs can run on or off leash. It also has 3 fishing ponds and golf driving range. Excellent place to relax.

  2. Jim on February 15th, 2009 1:57 pm

    North American RV Park, Coram Mt. Just 5 short miles from Glacier national Park. No dogs in the National park. Lots of open spaces in and around this rv park.

  3. Renee on February 15th, 2009 3:54 pm

    KOA in Colorado Springs, CO – they have two fenced kennels with dog houses, with shade, so you can leave your pet while you tour the area. You provide the padlock and leave a copy of the key with them in case they need to take care of your pet otherwise you are responsible for making sure water is left. This is all at no charge. This KOA is pretty large so there’s lots of room to walk your pet.

  4. Larry on February 15th, 2009 7:43 pm

    We would suggest James Island in Charleston, SC. In addition to a great campground, water park and hiking/biking trails they also have a large off-leash dog park bordered on one side with a lake for dogs that enjoy the water.

  5. Annette Walbon on February 15th, 2009 9:49 pm

    Huntington Beach, California… at the Bolsa Chica State Park. You park on the beach and have a million dollar view for 39.00 per night oceanside… then about 1/2 mile down there is an off-leash dog beach that is 1 mile or so… SIMPLY FABULOUS!!

  6. Michelle on February 16th, 2009 9:41 am

    Point Lookout State Park in Maryland is a wonderful campground with a wonderful pet beach! Full of large rocks to climb and a fun beach to play on! Our dogs look forward to this camping trip every year! We just have to keep an eye on the bulldog, who thinks she can swim like her 2 older lab sisters!! There’s an old civil war prison yard and encampment to explore as well as Historic St. Mary’s City where you can bring your pets. They have replica ships there as well. Some say part of the campground is haunted as well as the lighthouse at the end of the point! It’s always a fun trip!

  7. Bonnie on February 22nd, 2009 2:13 pm

    Coyote Valley RV Resort in Morgan Hill, CA has a beautiful dog park where dogs can be off leash and play. It is supplied with poop bags and a trash bin. There is also a huge dog park at the community center in the town of Morgan Hill where dogs can romp together. Great place to throw a ball!!

  8. John Bos on February 23rd, 2009 4:54 pm

    Riverside RV Resort, Port Charlotte, Florida (Arcadia mailing address) 2 acrea dog park, small dog park, comfort bags throughout the park, Pet Day, Oustanding for dogs.

    This is a great park with a wonderful manager.

    Please don’t come here. We want to keep it for ourselves. Visitors WELCOME!

  9. Dan Wright on March 10th, 2009 11:19 am

    Thanks, Tom, for mentioning The Springs at Borrego in your article. We do try very hard to make our canine campers and their “parents” feel at home.

    Big and tall, tiny or small, we love ‘em all.

    Dan Wright
    General Manager
    The Springs at Borrego RV Resort and Golf Course

  10. jeff g on August 14th, 2011 6:09 pm

    James County: I second. It’s the bomb and there’s camping there, too, and only 10 minutes from Charleston.

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