RVing With Dogs 8 Campgrounds With Awesome Puppy Parks

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RVing With Dogs! 8 Campgrounds With Awesome Puppy Parks

These eight campgrounds across the country feature everything from beachside dog parks and agility stations to day kennelling and other amenities for your four-legged friends.

RV travel is absolutely perfect for those of us who have a beloved family dog. We have plenty of space for Maggie the Camping Dog in our RV and we can bring along all of her special toys and treats. We don’t have to worry about finding accommodations for her because she is welcome at campgrounds across the country. 

Although there are a few out there, we have never been to a campground that does not allow pets. In fact, many campgrounds go out of their way to make sure that pets feel welcome, offering dog runs so your pups can stretch their legs off-leash after a long day on the road. Some luxury campgrounds even feature extravagant dog parks with ample room to roam, exercise and agility stations, and washrooms and dog sitting services.

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These eight campgrounds feature great dog parks of varying shapes and sizes, guaranteeing a tail-wagging good time.

Close-up of a dog picking up a ball from a well-manicured lawn, while a woman watches in the background

Charlie's Bark Park offers two acres of off-leash fun. Photo courtesy of Lake George RV Park.

1. Lake George RV Park (Lake George, New York)

Charlie’s Bark Park at Lake George RV Park in New York is not any old campground dog park — it is a gorgeous and lovingly maintained facility with a two-acre off-leash recreation area and a beautiful pavilion. Your pup will love the dog spray fountain (shaped like a fire hydrant) and the pet treat vending area. More ambitious dogs may decide to enter an agility contest and show off their athleticism and competitive skills. Humans will love the comfortable seating and shaded walking trails — and all of the other amenities that this world-class RV resort has on tap for its guests

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Normandy Farms’ Freedom Tail Park has a separate area for small dogs. Photo courtesy of Normandy Farms Campground

2. Normandy Farms Campground (Foxboro, Massachusetts)

The Freedom Tail Park at Normandy Farms is huge and shaded. This 1.5-acre dog park has agility equipment, a dog wash, and a drinking fountain. If you have a smaller pup, they will also love the separate fenced-in area for dogs that weigh under 30 pounds. Normandy Farms also offers reasonably priced day kennelling services at its Canine Coops for those who want to head to Boston or Cape Cod for a day trip. Resort camping doesn’t get much better than this — for people and their pups.

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Sun Outdoors Rehoboth Bay’s dog park sits right on the beach.

3. Sun Outdoors Rehoboth Bay (Millsboro, Delaware)

Sun Outdoors Rehoboth Bay (formerly known as Massey’s Landing) is a luxury RV resort near Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, that you and your pup will love. The large dog park is situated right on the campground’s bay beach, so your pup can play in the sand or go for a swim. After a long day of playing in the water, you can stop in the camp store for some doggie treats and ice cream before settling in around the campfire for the night.

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The Fancy Gap KOA features RV sites with private, fenced-in dog areas.

4. Fancy Gap / Blue Ridge Parkway KOA Journey (Fancy Gap, Virginia)

The Fancy Gap KOA has a nice off-leash dog park, but what really sets it apart is its unique dog-friendly RV sites with fenced in areas behind your rig’s parking spot. These three dedicated back-in sites would be large without the shady, fenced-in dog area — but when you include that extra real estate they are absolutely huge. Your pup will also stay cool on the hottest days. The dog park sites are deeply wooded and the campground is elevated on the side of a mountain where the temps stay about 10 degrees cooler than in the towns below.

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4 Paws Kingdom is a dog-dedicated campground. Photo courtesy of 4 Paws Kingdom Campground


4 Paws Kingdom Campground & Dog Retreat (Rutherfordton, North Carolina)

4 Paws Kingdom is one of the most unique campgrounds in the country, built from the ground up specifically for dogs and their adult humans. The location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is lovely, and your pup will love the off-leash dog parks, agility park, and fully-fenced swimming pond. Some sites even have fenced-in yards so your dog can relax off-leash right next to your RV.

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The James Island County Park dog park has a popular waterfront section.

The Campground At James Island County Park (Charleston, South Carolina)

The dog park at James Island County Park is not located directly at the campground, but it’s well worth packing up your pooch and making the short walk or drive. The massive dog park is located directly on the water for pups who love to swim. The waterfront section gets pretty crowded after the workday has ended and locals come to socialize, so go earlier in the day if you want some space to yourself. If the waterfront area gets too packed for your pooch, don’t worry — there is plenty of other room to roam.

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The dog-friendly Williams KOA is a perfect base camp for exploring the Grand Canyon. Photo courtesy of Williams / Exit 167 / Circle Pines KOA

Williams / Exit 167 / Circle Pines KOA Holiday (Williams, Arizona)

Just four miles away from Williams, and an hour from the Grand Canyon, this KOA makes a great base camp for exploring the region. It also makes a great stop for dog owners whose pups need to stretch their legs after a long day in the truck or motorhome. There are three dog runs here, so pick the one that is closest to your site or explore them all. The campground is also nice and shady, making it bearable on those hot Arizona days.

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The Sandy Paws Dog Beach is dedicated entirely to pups and their humans. Photo courtesy of Cape Charles Chesapeake Bay KOA.


Cape Charles / Chesapeake Bay KOA Resort (Cape Charles, Virginia)

This bayfront campground has a perfectly fine dog park, but the real show-stopper here is the Sandy Paws Dog Beach, located right on the water. This section of the beach is dedicated entirely to pups and their humans. Our Maggie loves to splash around and enjoy the warm water without the restrictions of a leash. Grab some food and drinks at the on-site beachfront restaurant and watch your pooch play for hours as the sun melts into the bay. Or bring a SUP and take your pup for a paddle.

Jeremy Puglisi

The RV Atlas

Jeremy and Stephanie Puglisi are the co-hosts of the weekly RV Atlas and Campground of the Week podcasts and the RV Atlas blog. They are also the authors of See You at the Campground: A Guide to Discovering Community, Connection, and a Happier Family in the Great Outdoors, and Where Should We Camp Next: A 50 State Guide to Amazing Campgrounds and other Unique Outdoor Accommodations, and the Acadia National Park Adventure Guide. After buying their very first pop-up camper more than 10 years ago, Jeremy and Stephanie caught the RV bug in a big way, and now spend over 70 nights a year in their travel trailer with their three sons, Theo, Max, and Wes, and sweet Maggie the pup. You can follow along on their adventures (and misadventures) over at RV Atlas.