These selections include trails, parks, and beaches that are explicitly open to pets. We do not include places that are not a good fit for your dog, such as the Big Cypress Swamp, where alligators abound and hookworm infections can happen.
Keep in mind that alligators can be found in any body of water in Florida, including salt water. When hiking with your dog, it is best to choose upland trails away from wetland areas, ponds, and the edges of lakes and rivers.
Land managers do change their policies regarding access for hikers with dogs. Dogs are generally not allowed on beaches or at swimming areas at springs or lakes. Many counties ban dogs from their natural areas in order to protect wildlife from being disturbed. If you discover that one of these locations is now posted “No Dogs,” please leave a note in the comments.
Our Hiking Books
We’ve been writing Florida hiking books since 2001. These are our newest, published over the past five years. Both the 50 Hikes series and the Five Star Trails series provide lists of the best trails in each region for dogs. Please note that access to trails can change since our books were published.
Our Favorite Dog-Friendly Trails
The map above shows all locations where dogs are permitted. These parks and trails are our top picks for places in Florida where you can hike with your dog.