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Campground Cabins Are A Pet Friendly Travel Option

When you’re traveling the country in a small motor home with two dogs you have the opportunity to see a lot of pet friendly campgrounds. We’ve stayed in more than 50 on this road trip alone. Of course, it makes sense for us to stay in a campground – we’re RVing! But, what about you? Would you consider camping on your next trip?

If you answered “no” due to (1) not having a camper or (2) not wanting to sleep in a tent, consider that most larger campgrounds now have rental cabins available for guests just like you. The cabins are available for daily rental and furnishings range from rustic to simply fabulous, depending on the campground. Find one that meets your needs and you can benefit from some conveniences that the local hotel can’t offer.

  • Parking is generally provided directly outside your cabin, making the multiple trips to the car to haul in the luggage that much easier.
  • Cabins offer more privacy. If your dog barks every time someone passes by your hotel room, a cabin may be better option for you.
  • Many campgrounds have an off-leash play area for your dog. After riding around in the Winnebago for a day, Buster and Ty need to burn off some steam – being able to turn them loose for a game of fetch is great. Some campgrounds even install agility equipment, so you can teach your dog some new tricks and tire them out mentally and physically at the same time.
  • Having a safe place to walk your dogs is important, and the low speed limits enforced on campground roads make them a perfect place to stroll with your pet. For a more peaceful option, check into walking or hiking trails where motorized vehicles are prohibited.
  • If you travel with pets and children, your kids will appreciate the swimming pools, playgrounds and other activities found at most campgrounds.
  • Cabin rental fees are usually less than spending the night at a budget hotel.

There are a couple of drawbacks to camping cabins that you should know about:

  • There will be no room service and you are not likely to receive a free continental breakfast with your stay.
  • Not all pet friendly campgrounds allow pets in the cabins. For those that do, you may be required to provide an additional deposit to offset any damage done to the cabin during your stay.
  • You may need to supply your own linens and toiletries.

So, what do you think? On your next road trip would you consider trying a cabin at a pet friendly campground?

  • Hi Susan! Yes, our resarch also shows that pets are not allowed in the cabins at Florida’s state park campgrounds. They are allowed in Georgia state park cabins, if you’d consider heading that direction, and you can find more information about that in this post: http://blog.gopetfriendly.com/us-state-parks-that-allow…/If your heart is set on Florida, I’m sure there are privately owned campgrounds that offer pet friendly cabins. I found this post, which might give you a starting point, though I can’t say how current the information is: http://cabins.petswelcome.com/florida/Good luck – I hope you find the perfect spot and that you and your dog have a great trip!

  • Hi! I’m looking for a cabin in a campground for me and my dog, in Florida. I’m told that State campgrounds don’t allow dogs in cabins, but what about other campgrounds?. Any advice?

  • Csfletcher1970 says:

    On a recent trip I had an epiphany.  One night we paid $80 to stay at an Econologe.  The next night we paid $10 to pitch the tent by a beauiful lake.  Really solidified that I would stay in a tent rather than a hotel any day of the week (at least a hotel that I can afford).  Other campsites inlcuded by a river in the Umpqua Natl Forest and at Cape Perpetua on the coast.  All campgrounds were very welcoming.  Natl Forests are generally very dog friendly, unlike our Natl parks 

  • Both my husband and I love camping. We use to “ruff it” with just a tent and sleeping bag, however as we're getting older we notice the ground has become a lot harder. It's nice to know that a lot of campgrounds offer cabins.
    When we stayed in Fort Bragg we rented a cabin. It was nice to not have to worry about neighbors being close by and we were able to eat a quick breakfast and head out to enjoy our day. If you're like us and travel on a budget a cabin with a kitchen is a great way to go.

    • LOL! Isn't it amazing how the ground becomes harder as we get older. I was thinking the same thing! Good point about the economics of getting a cabin with a kitchen. Picking up a few groceries and fixing your own meals is a great way to save a some money.

  • Hmmm …. see. There are 2 kinds of people. Campers and NON-campers. Tom is a camper. I am not. For going on 20+ years, I've resisted his pleas to camp on the theory that once I give in it becomes a slippery slope and pretty soon I'm backpacking for days on end without proper bathrooms, etc.

    Sometimes, though, we set up a tent in the pasture and camp out in our own yard with the dogs. No one gets much sleep, and the smells inside the tent can be a challenge, but it's kind of fun/funny.

    • It is indeed a slippery slope! I though I left my camping days behind me as a Boy Scout almost 40 years ago. Now look at me – a devout hotel person – traveling around the country in an RV … camping!

      The upside is that you sleep in your own bed every night, you don't always have to eat meals at a restaurant, and you don't have to schlep bags in and out of hotels.

  • When I was in Yellowstone, I stayed in a cabin in the Roosevelt campground on my last night so that I didn't have to do a rush packing job of my campsite to catch my flight home. The cabin was sparse, as advertised, but it was comfortable, clean and warm. I didn't have a dog at the time but pets are accepted there. I really enjoyed my stay there. I'm going to post pic on FB :)

    • I imagine the cabin would be nice in Yellowstone. And don't get me wrong … Amy and I love plush hotels. But we find that it's just not worth the money when you are only showering and changing clothes there because you're out sightseeing the rest of time.

  • We stayed @ pet friendly cabins on 2 occasions last year- it was really great. A bit pricey… but so wonderful :)

    • Pricey … really? Compared to a hotel room or what you got for the money? We've noticed KOA doing a big push to advertise that you can stay at a campground – without an RV or tent – in one of their cabins.

  • I’ve gotten so fussy about where we camp. We always look for spacious camping sites with few people. Some partying kids that stay up all night have made many campgrounds unpleasant. It’s a shame, but we found that a lot at the Jersey Shore. In VA, however, we stayed at lovely campgrounds in Natural Bridge that were both dog and kid friendly. They also had quiet areas for those of us who like to sleep at night.

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