Pet Friendly Olympic Peninsula

The Olympic Peninsula, bounded on three sides by water (the Pacific Ocean to the west, Strait of Juan de Fuca along the north, and Hood Canal and various bays to the east), is truly one of the most beautiful places in the United States. And it is also incredibly pet friendly, starting with a place to stay. Check out our pet-friendly lodgings, whether you’re looking for a hotel, motel, inn, cabin, cottage, or bed and breakfast.

Let’s get the bad news over with first. If you want to hike into the mountains with your pet in the Olympic National Park, it’s not gonna happen. The only hiking trail your pet on a 6-foot leash is permitted on in the park is the Peabody Creek Trail; otherwise, your pet is limited to the park’s campgrounds, picnic areas, and parking lots. In fact, your pet isn’t even allowed in boats floating down the national park’s rivers.

However, the absolutely fabulous news is that your pet on a 6-foot leash IS permitted on the beaches of the Olympic National Park and they are AMAZING. Check out our pet-friendly guide to Olympic Peninsula beaches for particulars on those beaches as well as many others you and your pet can explore together.

And you’re not without recourse if you have your heart set on wilderness hiking with your pet. The Olympic National Forest, which is located in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains and basically circles the national park, is pet friendly. In fact, it’s VERY pet friendly, meaning, if you truly have your pet under voice control, he can be off leash in undeveloped areas (pets must be on leash in developed areas). HOWEVER, as we have said in regard to other off-leash wilderness areas, please do a reality check before taking your pet off his lead. The more than 600,000 acres that comprise the Olympic National Forest are habitat to cougars and black bears among many other animals that won’t take kindly to your pup trying to chase them down or get between them and their young. If your pet is excitable and not the best at immediately heeding your command, you might want to keep him on leash for both your and his protection.

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