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NH’s Lakes Region Vacation Tips for Your Furry Friends.

Family vacations are no longer just for two-legged children. According to a study by AAA and Best Western International, more than half of U.S. pet owners take their cats and dogs with them when they travel. The Lakes Region of New Hampshire wants to ensure that pets and their owners feel welcome, happy and safe in their travels. There are many lodging options in the Lakes Region that are pet-friendly along with lots of parks, trails and other attractions for four legged family members to enjoy.

Popular Lakes Region activities are walking, hiking or running and you can enjoy it with your furry family members, getting exercise while you spend quality time together. The Cardigan State Park in Orange, NH is a pet-friendly park that spans over 5,000 acres. Or try Mount Major, with an easy-to-find trail beginning off Route 11 in Alton Bay. This hike is a bit more challenging than others in the area but offers spectacular views at its summit that you can share with your furry friend.

One of the more scenic pet friendly hikes is Rattlesnake Mountain, which lies just in the western section of the White Mountains. Rattlesnake Mountain is a short hike that brings you to a beautiful 360 degree view at the top. The Old Bridle Path is the easiest route to the rock covered summit and follows an old cart route. Bring your camera, one look won’t be enough! To get to the trail head, follow Route 113 N from Little Squam in Holderness Village. The parking area is between Center Sandwich and Holderness just after the Rockywold and Deephaven camps. The trail entrance is across from the Mount Morgan Trail. Use the same parking. Look for signs to the “Old Bridle Path” as there is a privately owned trail nearby. 

The WOW Trail is a paved, 10 foot wide, multi-use pathway that parallels the existing RR corridor within the City of Laconia. This 2.5 mile long trail travels from Elm Street in Lakeport to the Belmont Town line. The WOW Trail is a 4 season trail open to non-motorized uses such as walking, running/jogging, bicycle riding and cross country skiing.

Bridge Falls Path is a ½ mile multi-use trail that connects to a regional network of multi-use trails. The Bridge Falls path provides a scenic walk, run or bike along the shores of Back Bay in between the Railroad Depot downtown to Wolfeboro Falls. After Crossing Route 28, it becomes the Cotton Valley Trail and continues on toward Albee Beach, Wakefield and beyond. If you are looking for more hiking ideas, visit

Even pets need a vacation! When you bring your dog or cat to the Lakes Region, know that there are Lakes Region pet services nearby serving the area along with pet friendly accommodations and attractions. Looking for more pet resources? Contact the Lakes Region Tourism Association for more information and help planning your vacation with your furry friends at 603-268-8008.


Pet-Friendly Events and Specials!

Rockywold Deephaven Camps (RDC) in Holderness offers a special week each year that welcomes your four legged family members to camp. They have very exquisite scenery made up of vintage cottages nestled along the shores of Squam Lake. RDC is a rustic family resort with a rich diversity of amenities.