Top 10 Dog-friendly Hiking Trails Happy Everything

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Inspiration Trail (Raleigh, N.C.)
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If you are trying to introduce your dog to the sport of hiking, the best thing to do is to start with a shorter trail. That's why places like Inspiration Trail, located inside the 5,579-acre (2,258-hectare) William B. Umstead State Park, are ideal for the two of you. The park, located in Raleigh, N.C., is divided into two sections: Crabtree Creek and Reedy Creek. Inspiration Trail is found in Reedy Creek.

The trail itself is less than one mile -- three-tenths of a mile (482 meters) to be exact -- and both of you can complete it in about 20 minutes. It's a great practice run to get your pup ready for stomping with the big dogs on larger trails like the ones featured later in this article.

This trail even offers benches where dogs and owners can relax and get a drink of water before setting out again.

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