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Looking for great pet-friendly destinations for your next getaway? Your furry friends don’t have to be left out when you vacation in Franklin County. Pet-friendly vacations are easy here with plenty of lodging options that will allow you to bring Bif or Boots along. There are also pet-friendly attractions and activities that make bringing your pet that much more fun.

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Top 10 Pet Friendly Activities in Franklin County

Beaches: Franklin County offers some of the best beaches to bring your dog. Book a beachside cottage, and spend your days basking, while your dog runs and splashes in the surf. St. George Island features many pet friendly accommodations and dogs who love waves will love the safe and gentle surf of the Gulf of Mexico. View our beaches.

Tate's Hell State Forest: The Forest offers a variety of pet-friendly recreation activities for the outdoor enthusiast. There are 35 miles of rivers, streams and creeks available for canoeing, boating and fishing. A concrete boat launch site is located at Cash Creek, with additional launch sites available at locations throughout the forest. Fishing requires a valid license and is regulated under the direction of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Picnicking at one of the many day-use areas is a popular activity in the forest. LEASHED PETS are welcome on most state forests in designated areas. Click here for State Forest Fees and Rules.

Apalachicola National Forest: The Apalachicola National Forest is the largest forest in Florida, with an abundance of fresh water streams, rivers, lakes, and natural springs. Hiking is a great way to experience the forest, although the heat and mosquitoes often put a damper on hiking during the summer months. The Apalachicola offers a variety of hiking opportunities from short, interpretive trails to long-distance hikes. People can hike anywhere on the forest, on or off trail. The Apalachicola National Forest offers a range of camping opportunities in the National Forest tradition of quality, rustic outdoor settings. Visitors are welcome to stay as long as 14 days in most campgrounds and even longer in other campgrounds, depending on the season. Learn more here.

Apalachicola Dog  Park: Apalachicola Dog Park is a free, 2 acre fenced site where dogs can play off-leash. The parks includes large dog and small dog sections, plus an additional area for use by dogs or people with special needs. Water and seating in each section, shade structures, and safety gates.
Hours: Dawn til Dusk Cost: Free. Avenue L and 17 Street

Restaurants: There are a variety of restaurants throughout the county that welcome well behaved pets. View local restaurants.

Take a Tour: Pet enthusiasts can rent a golf cart or hire a guide to take them on a golf cart tour of Apalachicola’s Historic District. Click here for a link to all tour and guide opportunities.

Get Pampered: There are pet-enthusiast businesses in Franklin County that cater to pampering your pet. View local shopping.

Camping: In addition to State forest and national forest primitive camping, there are a number of RV campgrounds in the county that welcome pets. View local campgrounds.

Water Sports: Several local outfitters offer boat, kayak and paddleboard rentals that you can try with your furry friend. All of them would be happy to recommend calm water locations to enjoy with your pet. View outdoor adventures.

Pet Events: There are a growing number of annual pet events in Franklin County including the Mardi-Gras Pet Parade and Holiday celebration featuring pet pictures with Santa! See all events here.

Throughout Franklin County, we’ve got plenty of pet-friendly lodgings–whether you’re looking for a hotel, motel, inn, cottage, or bed and breakfast–from Alligator Point to Apalachicola.

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