For your beach trip this year, venture to one of these Kentucky shorelines that welcome your favorite furry, four-legged friend. From boating in Sassafras and fishing in Dunmor to nature hikes on the trails of Green River Lake State Park in Campbellsville, Kentucky offers plenty of entertainment options for you and your pet. Book a stay at one of many Kentucky vacation rentals to enjoy easy access to lakefronts and beaches that allow dogs year-round. When planning your next getaway, consider one of these dog-friendly beaches in Kentucky.


1. Green River Lake State Park Beach, Campbellsville

Your pup can run, jump, and splash in the river while on a leash at Green River Lake State Park, a popular tourist attraction in Campbellsville. Located in a rural part of Kentucky, Campbellsville offers plenty of dog-friendly attractions beyond the beach where he can have fun in the sun all year long. After making a splash in the river, let Fido walk along the trails of the state park with you and the family, and then head over to Tebbs Bend and the Green River Bridge Battlefield for more outdoor exploring. Once your pooch has had enough outdoor adventure, let him get some rest at your cozy vacation rental while you see the city’s sights, such as the Magnolia Alley shopping district and the expansive course at Blue Hole Golf. During the warmer months, rent kayaks or tubes from Bruce’s Boards or take a hike through the Clay Hill Memorial Forest.

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2. Carr Creek State Park Beach, Sassafras

Head out to Carr Creek State Park, and give man’s best friend to jog along the water while dipping his toes in the sand. The city of Sassafras offers plenty of pet-friendly vacation rentals, so you can enjoy days on the beach with your friendly Fido, and evenings exploring the town’s attractions, such as boating with rentals from the Carr Fork Marina, or shopping at Willas’ Creations. Pick up some antiques at Everage Auction, or enjoy days hiking the Car Creek State Park trails with your dog right by your side. Grab a quick bite to eat at Your Place Restaurant in between your adventures, and don’t forget to bring a doggy bag back to your vacation rental.

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3. Buckhorn Lake State Resort Beach, Buckhorn

Buckhorn is a mecca for outdoor activities, and when you bring your dog along for your weekend getaway or a weeklong vacation, he can roam the lake waters and the sandy beach while on a leash at any time of the day or year. This dog-friendly beach is situated right along the shores of Buckhorn Lake, so you and the family can enjoy fishing excursions or days of swimming in the summer with your pet. Continue to explore the great outdoors with a walk or hike through Grover Sizemore Park. Before returning to your rustic cabin in this quaint Kentucky city, stop in for dinner at Cody’s Corner and Kristen’s Cafe, and then grab a sweet treat at the R and F Dairy Bar in nearby Jackson.

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4. Lake Malone State Park Beach, Dunmor

Kentucky is home to several massive lakes, and when you book a pet-friendly vacation rental in Dunmor, your pooch can freely explore Lake Malone State Park Beach. The city requires that all dogs are on leashes while on the beach, but that shouldn’t put a damper on your dog’s ability to make a splash in the lake with you and your family. While in Dunmor, opt for a fishing excursion with Kentucky Lake Fishing Guides, or hike the wooded trails of Lake Malone State Park. Stop in for some comfort food at Haley’s Roost, or dine on some American cuisine at the Shady Cliff Restaurant. When you want to soak up some history during your stay in Dunmor, take a tour of the West Kentucky African American Heritage Center, or venture to nearby Russellville to see the Historic Russellville Saddle Factory Museum.

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5. Big Bone Lick State Park Beach, Union

Whether you want to sit back on the beach and fish all day with man’s best friend by your side or swim in the lakes of Kentucky, Big Bone Lick State Park Beach is the ideal spot for quality time with your pooch. This dog-friendly beach allows pets all year long, as long as you provide a leash and clean up any waste. Beyond swimming in the water with your pet, you can also take your best friend on morning walks at the Boone County Veterans Memorial Park in nearby Florence or Shor Lake Park in Walton. When your pet is resting back at your vacation rental, treat the family to big attractions in this small Kentucky city when bowling at Florence Bowl, ziplining at Potter’s Ranch, or trying out your skills on skates at Ollie’s Skatepark. The nearby city of Independence features the Boone County Distilling Company when you want to kick back with some beverages after touring the Big Bone Lick State Historic Site.

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