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    Pet-Friendly Restaurants and Attractions near Joint Base Lewis-McChord

    There’s something about the lush landscape and wide open spaces near Joint Base Lewis-McChord and neighbor cities that attract dog lovers. Could it be the abundance of pet-friendly restaurants and attractions? Probably so! Not only are your pooches welcome, but they’re often cuddled and probably smuggled a treat or two by staff!

    With so many military-friendly cities near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, factoring in access to establishments that welcome dogs might help whittle down the options. Take a look at where you and your family could spend free time playing with your furry family member.

    Pet-Friendly Activities Near Joint Base Lewis-McChord

    Pet-Friendly Attractions Near Joint Base Lewis-McChord

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord

    Lewis Dog Park has two separate fenced areas for small and large sized dogs to run off leash. Owners are encouraged to bring water and toys to play with and share. The park is conveniently located near the DuPont Gate.

    Happy man with his pet dog in park on a sunny day

    McChord Field Dog Park is an off-leash dog park, but the property is not fenced. Leashed dogs can also walk to or from Holiday Park along the wide, paved jogging path.

    Military Family Guide to Joint Base Lewis-McChord

    Gig Harbor

    Gourmet Burger Shop

    A charming front porch setting is waiting for your dog to sit and relax while you try out decadent burgers. Handmade burgers with quality ingredients such as avocados and Gorgonzola cheese are standouts, but milkshakes and local beer on tap bring customers in as well.

    PenMet Rotary Bark Park

    Is 15 acres of off leash park enough to exercise your dog? The bark park is tucked in the woods, but has trails and an open meadow for play. Bring a picnic and utilize the available tables and shelter.

    Cute dog in summer park wearing headphones


    Olympic National Forest

    Dog-friendly trails are plentiful throughout the national forest, but don’t get confused, because dogs are NOT allowed in nearby Olympic National Park. Lake Quinault, Fletcher Creek Trail, Kalaloch, and Rialto beaches are favorites.

    Northwest Beerwerks

    Dog lovers and beer lovers often go hand in hand, and that’s evident at Beerwerks. More than a handful of pet-friendly tables are available which is great, because you’ll need plenty of time to sit and relax and try 32 beer taps.


    Hawk's Prairie Dog Park

    Those who appreciate park amenities will be impressed to see a dog bone-shaped patio and decorative fire hydrants. Other perks include an area dedicated to small dogs, water stations, and an area specifically designated for digging!


    Chehalis Western Trail

    The Chehalis Western Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The nonprofit works to connect former rail lines. Leashed dogs are welcomed.


    Horse & Cow Pub & Grill

    All-American fare is the restaurant’s specialty, but the dog-friendly atmosphere and dedicated pet tables make it a favorite of the locals who enjoy eating nachos and drinking beer al fresco.

    dog at desk

    Boat Shed

    Local seafood must be eaten outside with perfect ambiance. For dog owners, that means deck seating with the pup lounging nearby. Waterfront views are a plus!

    Wilco Farm Store

    Dogs like retail therapy, too. Check out anything you could need for outdoor recreation, home goods, and much more.

    Homes Near Joint Base Lewis-McChord


    Chambers Bay Off-Leash Park & Beach

    Adjacent to Chambers Bay Golf course, the 7-acre park includes one acre of off-leash roaming and playing. There’s also a designated space for older, wiser, and a little more apprehensive dogs.

    Point Defiance Park Off-Leash Dog Park

    Sitting along Five Mile Drive, 7 acres of park awaits the pup who has energy to burn. Small dogs have their own fenced space.

    Rogers Off-Leash Dog Park

    This park is smaller in size, approximately 1.5 acres, but has amenities such as a drinking fountain, bench, and shelter.

    Dog Friendly Activities near JBLM

    Wapato Park Off-Leash Dog Park

    Three acres of dog fun are offered here. Dogs and owners run free and play with others, as this park is popular. Access to water and shelter is available.

    Hanks Bar and Pizza

    Pizza! Beer! Dogs! PerfectionHank’s patio is the place to be, and to be seen with your fur family.

    Bertolino's Coffee House

    Travelers have a preference for the iced Americanos, but dogs prefer the patio seating and special treatment from house staff.

    The Pacific Northwest and Washington in general are known for their progressive thinking toward the “pets allowed” movement. These suggestions near the base are just a smattering of dog-friendly options available.

    If you’re still searching for a home that has a "pets welcome" policy, check MilitaryByOwner for new ads each day. There’s a Pet Policy search feature to narrow down availabilities. With PCS season just about to launch into full force, more options for homes for sale or rent near JBLM will appear regularly.

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    Dawn M. Smith


    Dawn M. Smith

    Dawn is a real estate and military life writer who has a serious HGTV habit. When she is not writing, her teen daughter, Army husband, and golden retriever keep her busy through chauffeur duties, travel planning, and long dog walks. Dawn is pleased to share her experiences with MilitaryByOwner readers who are hoping to simplify military family journeys of all kinds. Follow Dawn on Pinterest for more ideas and resources and visit her site at Dawn M. Smith Custom Content Creation.

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