A common question we get asked at the Visitor Center is: What about my dog? Can my dog go with me on all the adventures I’ve planned? The answer to this question varies throughout your trip here in Seward.
According to the City Code for Animals in Seward, all animals that are within city limits must be kept on a leash or in an enclosed space at public parks and school grounds. The code also states that animals walking through streets, alleys, etc. must be kept under control by the person.
That means you can take your leashed dog on a wonderful morning walk on the Seward Waterfront Shore Path. This path is an easy, family-friendly 1.9 mile walk. As you stroll along the path, take in the stunning views of the mountains, keep your eye out for otters resting in the bay and breathe in the fresh, salty air. If you forget to bring a waste bag for your dog, there are a few pet waste eliminator stations throughout the walk. Don’t forget to be responsible!
National Parks and Trails:
According to the National Park Service (NPS), at the Kenai Fjords National Park pets are:
On any NPS trail, including Exit Glacier and the Harding Icefield Trail.
On any areas of the coast within the Kenai Fjords National Park.
In any coastal area extending from the mean high tide line to 1/4 mile inland from May 30th to November 1st.
On the road to Exit Glacier (Herman Leirer Road).
In the parking lot of Exit Glacier.
State Parks & Campgrounds:
According to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, dogs are allowed at state parks and campgrounds as long as they are leashed and with their owner at all times.
If you are unsure whether or not your pet is allowed, always double check ahead of time. This will ensure not only you and your pet's safety, but will also help keep our land and wildlife safe.
The Chamber's dog-friendly hike recommendations:
- Tonsina Trail! This state park trail is a moderate 3-mile hike that leads you to the beach of Resurrection Bay. There is a $5 park fee. Read more about one of Seward's most popular hikes here:
The Tonsina Trail is one of Seward's most popular and accessible hikes. There is a $5 parking fee at the trail head on Lowell Point road. Although this trail sees the most traffic in the summer months, it is open year-round to hikers. You'll meander down a...
- Two Lakes Trail. This is an easily accessible family-friendly hike. With any hike, we always advise guests to remember to bring bear spray!
The Two Lakes Trail is a relaxing, one-mile loop in downtown Seward, suitable for all-levels of hikers. Short and sweet, this trail winds you around an upper and lower lake and a beautiful waterfall to the south of the first lake. Moose are often spotted through this...
There are a few pet-friendly stays here in Seward. As always, double-check with each listing ahead of time to ensure you can bring your furry friend! Below are just a couple of examples but you can find more on our website here: https://www.seward.com/lodging/.
Beautiful modern waterfront cabins, water view rooms and small retreat and conference center. Designed for couples, this lodging is among the very best Seward has to offer! Extensive Amenities
At the small boat harbor, close to fishing, cruises and tours. Jacuzzis, nonsmoking, accessible and pet rooms. Restaurant on site.
Welcome to our multifaceted boutique cabin-style inn. Whether you are looking to host a family of 6 tucked the in the Spruce forest surrounding our glass-front Aframes, getting away as a couple in our Cottages with a master bedroom view overlooking Resurrection Bay, or seeking an affordable, yet...
A drive along beautiful Resurrection Bay brings you to Magical Lowell Point. Each cottage includes a full kitchen, bath and queen futon. Enjoy bbq grill and fire pit with the beach a short walk away.
*If you are planning on visiting Seward for the Fourth of July Festival, pets are not allowed! Leave your pets at home!*