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December 2011. In this issue:
- Most Beautiful Place In America
- Beach of the Month: Point Reyes (CA)
- On The Trail At...Topsail Hill Preserve State Park (FL)
- Quick Tip - Smartphones & Trail Maps
- Join the Hiking With Dogs group on Facebook
The Cottonwood Trail in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is all sand all they way.
Most Beautiful Place In America
Good Morning America has tabbed Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Michigan's Lower Peninsula as the "The Most Beautiful Place in America." There was not much consideration given to your dog in the selection but we called Sleeping Bear Dunes one of the great places to take your dog hiking over eight years ago. Typically increases in park popularity and dog friendliness do not go forward in lockstep. But so far...
Beach of the Month
Point Reyes National Seashore (CA)
One of the runner-ups for The Most Beautiful Place in America was the Point Reyes National Seashore on the coast of central California. You just can’t hit the beach with your dog at the national seashore - there are restrictions for the snowy plover at certain times and elephant seal mating at other times and other beach restrictions but there is also plenty of open sand and interesting terrain around the peninsula for your
On The Trail At...Topsail Hill Preserve State Park (FL)
Another runner-up for Good Morning America's The Most Beautiful Place in America was Destin, Florida. Your dog can't experience the beaches at Destin but Topsail Hill Preserve State Park next door is the best place that you can take your dog for an extended hike along the Gulf of Mexico. Topsail Hill is the most intact coastal ecosystem in all of Florida...
Your Smartphone and Trail Maps
Today's cash-strapped parks are looking for ways to save money these days and one of the easiest things to slash from the budget is the expensive printing of trail maps, especially of the four-color variety. If you find yourself at an unfamiliar trailhead without trailmaps...