Truck stops with hiking trails! For dogs and their truckers.

Discussion in 'Truck Stops' started by PermanentTourist, May 18, 2019.

  1. PermanentTourist

    PermanentTourist Heavy Load Member

    Nov 9, 2016
    48 states + Canada
    My dog needs a nice long off leash hike like once a week, otherwise he gets really anxious, squeaky and annoying in the truck. So I've been finding truck stops with a nice hiking trail nearby where I can go walk a couple of miles and let him roam around and do dog stuff.

    I've compiled a little list for y'all. Check it out.


    Village truck stop
    I-81 exit 54, Virginia
    This one is really cool - the Appalachian Trail passes right through the parking lot. I've made it maybe 2 miles, as far as the wooden bridge past the train tracks, but you could hike literally all the way to Maine or Georgia if you have a long 34 hour reset.

    I-80 exit 97, Pennsylvania
    Cut across the Holiday Inn Express parking lot, and you end up on a whole network of infrequently used jeep trails going up into the hills.


    Story City I-35 SB rest area
    I-35 milepost 119, Iowa
    (Like 40 miles north of Des Moines)
    Midwest is pretty sparse on hiking trails, unless you want to walk around in a corn field. But this one is neat. Behind the rest area there is a nice and long trail going down to a creek.

    Bonus mention: I-57 southbound rest area around mm 76, Illinois
    Not real hiking here, but it's right on the shore of a beautiful lake. Great place to let the dog swim, or even go in and swim with him if the weather is hot.


    Wyoming welcome center
    I-80 exit 401 (just past the Nebraska border)
    Awesome trails going up to the top of the pine bluffs, with a nice view.

    Cle Elum, WA
    I-90 exit 84
    Rail trail type of thing going to some abandoned mines. This one is a little involved. You can park the truck all along the rail tracks, and then walk to the trailhead. Check out the pic for directions. The town itself is pretty neat too.

    Weed, CA Pilot
    I-5 Exit 745, California
    This one isn't really a hiking trail per se, but behind the Pilot is an abandoned (or extremely rarely used) rail line that goes through the woods and has some beautiful views of Mt. Shasta.

    And of course, there are all the desert truck stops. I didn't include them, because you can just randomly walk off into the desert from virtually all of them. Just watch out for the poisonous bitey things.

    Anyway, that's my list so far. I'm sitting here broken down and bored at a Freightliner dealer that's not even open until Monday, and I already caught up on the latest GOT episodes, so I figured I'd write up my list and share with y'all.

    Oh, and of course let me know about any other similar truck accessible spots for me and Tommy the dog.

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  3. HoneyBadger67

    HoneyBadger67 Road Train Member

    Dec 15, 2018
    Savannah, TN
    Big Pool
    Exit 12 on I-70 in MD.
    ####ty little Exxon fuel stop with about 10 spaces but a biking/ hiking trail goes right past it.
  4. PermanentTourist

    PermanentTourist Heavy Load Member

    Nov 9, 2016
    48 states + Canada
    Oh word, I see what you're saying. Western Maryland Rail Trail is right there. We'll have to check it out sometime.
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  5. HoneyBadger67

    HoneyBadger67 Road Train Member

    Dec 15, 2018
    Savannah, TN
    Plus, there's the river for Fido to splash in.
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  6. ETMF 58 White

    ETMF 58 White Light Load Member

    Jan 4, 2019
    Neat thread. And you don’t need a dog to hike, either.
  7. Freddy57

    Freddy57 Road Train Member

    Nov 29, 2013
    Mount Vernon, MO
    Little America Flagstaff, AZ has nice hiking trails right behind the hotel.
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  8. JC1971

    JC1971 Road Train Member

    Jul 29, 2013
    Chalco Hills Recreation Area just down the street within walking distance from the Sapp Bros. in Omaha. The trail around the lake is paved but their are some dirt trails and off-leash dog areas.

    Chalco Hills Recreation Area
  9. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

    Aug 27, 2017
    Great thread, great idea. I hike a lot when off work to combat getting old and fat in the seat. I walk everywhere I can. Just did 7 miles in Billings MT today after driving 3k this week.

    If you look around on Google Maps in just about any town you're in just look for the green spots. Zoom in and you'll almost always find a greenway or walking trail in a city park. Click on the name of the park on the map and the reviews will tell you if there are good walking trails, dog friendly, car theft and lots of other interesting stuff.

    Here's a good one, but not easy to park a truck: Along i70 in Glenwood Springs CO there are a few rest areas and all of them have a greenway that goes along the river through there.

    There are some huge rest areas along 95 up and down the east coast that are big enough to get a good walk (or dog run) in without bothering anyone.
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  10. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2010
    Burnsville, MN
    A hike is only a walk.
    You don't need trails to walk.
  11. Lepton1

    Lepton1 Road Train Member

    Nov 23, 2012
    Yukon, OK
    The rest area in Rifle, CO is amazing. It's exit 90 on I-70. There's a hiking trail that goes around the lake. You can go fishing if you have a license.

    The Ivie Creek rest area in Utah (mm 85 on I-70) is a good place for hiking, but there aren't really trails per se, so be prepared to do some orienting. The bonus feature in the heat of the summer is that it is up around 7000 feet in elevation, so it's much cooler than just a few miles east in the blast furnace of the Capital Reef National Park, or just west in Salina.
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