Whether you embrace the wilderness or dabble on its edges, the Adirondacks offer you and your pet plenty of opportunities to frolic and relax together. First, whether you want to stay in a hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, or cabin or cottage, you’ve got plenty of pet-friendly lodging choices to pick from, from Warrensburg to Plattsburg.

If hiking is your focus, the public lands administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that are part of the six million-acre Adirondack Forest Preserve are pet friendly. Your dog can be off leash on these lands, though rangers caution that you need to sure that you truly have voice control of your dog. If a deer shoots by you while you’re hiking and your pooch is off leash, will he heed your call or run off in pursuit? Will he be able to find his way back to you when the thrill of the chase finally runs its course? Also, remember that when you’re hiking in the Adirondacks, you’re on land that coyotes, black bears, bobcats, and lynx call home. Be sure to take whatever precautions you need to keep both of you safe.

In established campgrounds within these lands, dogs need to be kept on a 6-foot leash, and cannot be left unattended. Dogs are not permitted on any of the beaches or bathing areas or in buildings.

Dogs are not permitted on DEC lands throughout the Saranac Lake and Lake George Island areas. Any areas within the Preserve under the administration of the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation are guided by their own set of rules.

There is so much natural beauty to enjoy within environs of the Adirondacks. You and your pooch can enjoy the cooling waters of Raquette River as it heads into Buttermilk Falls in Long Lake. Just take Route 28/30 three miles south of Long Lake and make a right onto North Point Road. Two miles down you’ll see signs for the falls. Park and it’s just a short walk in.

You can also check out Ausable Chasm with your pooch. Keep him on a leash and you can both enjoy the newly opened Rim Walk, which follows the entire length of the chasm, allowing you to enjoy the spectacular overlooks, as well as watch the tubers and rafters down below on the river.

You can’t take your pet with you on the tour of the Natural Stone Bridge and Caves in Pottersville, but they do have kennels on site so you explore the caves with your companion nearby.

If you’re up in the Adirondacks in October for the foliage and most certainly if you have a pug of your own, plan your trip to include the annual Halloween Pug Party and Parade in Chestertown. There are prizes for best costume, as well as curliest tail and best wrinkles.

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