The Adirondacks offer so much fun to play with your pooch in nature’s finest. The Adirondack Forest Reserve, which is administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has tons of hiking trails you and your pooch will enjoy. It is part of a six-million acre that welcomes pets. The best news is, your pooch can be off leash, which is unusual on most hiking trails in the U.S. Just make sure your dog can be managed via voice control. After all, this is a wildlife preserve with plenty of other animals. As far as where to stay when visiting the Adirondacks, there are hotels in nearby cities, or you can stay in any of its many campgrounds, where dogs will need to remain on a six-foot leash. For their safety and the safety of others, they cannot be left unattended. Two things to remember, dogs are NOT permitted on DEC controlled areas of Lake George Island and Saranac Lake. The DEC has it’s own set of rules which must be abided by. That said, there’s plenty to do with your pooch besides hiking. Take a dip in the Raquette River, which drops into Buttermilk Falls, Long Lake. This easy to get to area means taking Route 28/30 only 2 miles south of Long Lake and turning right onto North Point Rd. After only two miles, you’ll start seeing signs to the falls. The Adirondacks also offer a tour of the Natural Stone Bridge and Caves in Pottersville. Although you can’t take your pooch in, there are on-site kennels that will care for him while you are exploring the caves. Wherever you go, make sure you get your’s booked as early as possible. If you have other information on the Adirondacks you would like to share with pet travelers, please be sure to email us via the Contact Us page. Have a great trip!