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Editor’s note: This story first appeared in Travel+Leisure magazine. 

We get it. You want to get out of your pajamas, out of your house, and out of town — and you want to do it all safely. Camping is an easy go-to option — it provides a change of scenery, a refreshed perspective, and, for many of us, a little nostalgia. But even though bringing your pup may seem like a no-brainer, it’s a bit more complicated than you might think.

Many campgrounds sit within protected areas or near wildlife preserves, while others just don’t want to deal with the added hassle of throwing multiple dogs in a relatively close space and hoping everyone gets along. The result is that some campgrounds — and surrounding trails — have a no-dog policy. And while you could leave Fido at home, is camping ever as fun if your stick-loving, four-legged pal can’t come along?

To keep you from spending hours searching for pet-friendly campsites, we’ve pulled together a list of the best dog-friendly campgrounds across the U.S. with a little help from Campspot, a campground booking platform that has a handy “pet-friendly” filter.

  1. Four Paws Kingdom Campground in Rutherfordton, N.C.

If you’re kid-free and want to pamper your pooch, head to Four Paws Kingdom Campground, the first and only campground dedicated solely to dogs and their owners (who must be 18 or older). The campground has RV sites, cabins, and yurts, but the real draw is the pet-focused amenities. Your pup can enjoy a spa day in the puppy salon, meet new friends in spacious off-leash dog parks, or hop in the campground’s private pond (don’t forget to pack along a few floating toys).

  1. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Luray, Va.

If you’ve got dogs and kids to consider, it doesn’t get much better than Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Luray, Va. Located near the Blue Ridge Mountains, this pet-friendly campground offers the perfect mix of nature and Disneyland-esque features, including a water park, mini-golf, and an outdoor movie theater. Once the kids get their fill of on-site activities, challenge them to complete part of the Appalachian Trail via the pet-friendly Tanners Ridge Road. The reward: Cones at Stephan’s Sugar Shack for the kids and a couple of deceptively delicious hip and joint recovery treats for Fido from Finn, a pet supplement and nutrition company that loves your dog almost as much as you do.

  1. Riverside Campground & Cabins in Big Sur, Calif.

You can pull up your RV, pop up a tent, or book a dog-friendly cabin during your stay at Riverside Campground & Cabins, a magical campground nestled under giant redwoods alongside the Big Sur River. With dog-friendly beaches and hiking just 10 minutes away, there’s plenty to do and see in the area. Just don’t miss a trip to the pup-approved Pfeiffer Beach where you can watch for whales and dolphins.

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