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Pets in U.S. State Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas, County, Regional, City Parks and Trails - Pet Policies

Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in most U.S. State Parks.

Thirty-eight of the U.S.'s 50 states have state forests, as does one territory, Puerto Rico.

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ALABAMA

Alabama State Parks
Pets are allowed in most Alabama state parks, but must be crated, caged or upon a leash not longer than 6 feet or otherwise under physical restrictive control at all times. No animal of any type shall be allowed on any beach area in any State Park.

Delta: Cheaha State Park
Pets on a leash are allowed on the trails, in the campgrounds, and in pet-friendly Chalets 12 – 14.

Coker: Lake Lurleen State Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are welcome at Lake Lurleen State Park. Pets are not allowed in the beach area; this includes the sand on the beach, adjacent grassy areas, beach bathhouse, parking lot and adjoining picnic shelter.

Fort Payne: DeSoto State Park
Pets on a leash are allowed on the trails, in the campground, and in dog-friendly Cabin 9 & Chalet 15.

Gulf Shores: Gulf State Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the trails, in the campground, and in dog-friendly Cabins 19 & 20.

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ALASKA

Alaska State Parks
Pets are allowed at state parks and campgrounds, and in picnic areas, parking lots and trailheads, if leashed and accompanied by the owner at all times. Unleashed dogs are allowed in the backcountry but must be within voice command.

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ARIZONA

Arizona State Parks
Pets are welcome at Arizona State Parks, however, they must be kept on a leash at all times. At all parks, pets are not allowed in the buildings or museums. Also, pets are not allowed at Red Rock State Park or on the trails at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.

Maricopa County Parks
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in all Maricopa County Parks.

Mesa, City of
Dogs on a leash are welcome at all City of Mesa Parks. There are two off-leash dog areas in Mesa at Quail Run Park and Countryside Park.

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ARKANSAS

Arkansas State Parks
Dogs are allowed in Arkansas state parks but must be leashed at all times. No pets are allowed in public buildings. Dog-friendly cabins are available for rent at Devil’s Den State Park, Lake Fort Smith State Park, Petit Jean State Park, Village Creek State Park, Lake Catherine State Park, Mount Magazine State Park, and Mount Nebo State Park.

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CALIFORNIA

California State Parks
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in most state parks, but are not permitted on most beaches. To find a California State Park click here

Calabasas: Malibu Creek State Park, 1925 Las Virgenes Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302
Dogs are allowed in the park's day use areas and campgrounds, but are not permitted on the backcountry trails or dirt roads.

Carmel Valley: Garland Ranch Regional Park
Garland Ranch Regional Park in Carmel Valley allows dogs off-leash. Your dog needs to be in sight and within calling distance. Dogs that do not get along with other dogs should stay on leash.
Thank you, Joe Benson!

Carlsbad City Trails
Dogs on a leash are welcome on the city's extensive trail system.

Encinitas City Parks
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed at city parks. The City of Encinitas offers three parks where dogs are allowed off-leash during specific hours and days. These parks are Encinitas Viewpoint Park on "D" Street, Orpheus Park on Orpheus Drive and Sun Vista Park (east) on Avenida La Posta.

Encino: Los Encinos State Historic Park, 16756 Moorpark St., Encino CA 91436
Dogs on a leash are allowed in the park, but are not permitted inside the buildings.

Glen Ellen: Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen, CA 9544
Jack London State Historic Park is a memorial to writer and adventurer Jack London, who made his home at the site from 1905 until his death in 1916. Dogs on a leash are welcome in the historic areas of the park, including the trail to the Wolf House ruins. Dogs are not allowed inside any buildings or on the back country trails.

Livermore: Holdener Park, Open Space Area
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the trails.

Livermore: Sycamore Grove Park, Open Space Area
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the park.

Los Angeles County Parks
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in Los Angeles County parks and on trails. Dogs are not permitted in the Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, Golf Courses, John Anson Ford Amphitheatre and Hollywood Bowl.

Los Angeles/Pacific Palisades: Will Rogers State Historic Park, 1501 Will Rogers State Park Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90272
Dogs on a leash are allowed in the park, but are not permitted on the trails.

Marin County Parks
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in Marin County Parks. Dogs are not permitted at McNears Beach Park, Paradise Beach Park, and Stafford Lake Park, or in playground or play areas (enclosed or unenclosed), marshes, tide pools, ponds, or other sensitive wildlife areas.

Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD)
Marin County Open Space District preserves are set aside to provide habitat for native wildlife. Dogs are allowed on MCOSD lands when restrained by a leash no longer than 6 feet.

Monterey County Parks
Dogs on a leash are allowed in all Monterey County Parks.

Mountain View City Parks
Dogs must be kept on a leash in public areas in the City of Mountain View. Dogs may be trained off-leash in designated areas of specific city parks, if the dog owner has obtained a permit. The permit is valid only for dog training and does not apply to dog exercising or off-leash play, and may only be used in certain areas of Cuesta, Rengstorff and Whisman Park.

Napa City Parks
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in any park or on any trail.

Pasadena City Parks
Dogs must be kept on a leash on the trails in all City of Pasadena Parks, with the exception of Alice's Dog Park off-leash area in Vina Vieja Park, the only park within the City of Pasadena that allows off-leash dogs.

San Diego City Parks
Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 8 feet, including on trails and canyons in all San Diego city parks. The City of San Diego has designated off leash dog areas.

San Diego County Parks
Dogs are allowed in most County Park with the exception of Volcan Mountain, Wilderness Gardens Preserve, and the trails at Agua Caliente. When in the park and on any trails, all pets must be on a leash no longer that 6 feet and must be attended at all times.

San Francisco area: East Bay Regional Parks
Dogs are allowed in nearly all East Bay Regional Parks.

Santa Barbara County
Dogs must be kept on a leash within county parks and open spaces unless in a specific designated area for off-leash recreation. Santa Barbara County Parks has worked with owner groups to develop off-leash play areas throughout the county, including Woof PAC Park at Waller Park in Santa Maria, Arroyo Burro Beach in Santa Barbara, and Toro Canyon Park near Carpinteria.

Santa Clara County Parks
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in most areas of Santa Clara County Parks. Dogs are not permitted in children's playgrounds, interpretive facilities, archery ranges and a few designated trails. There are three off-leash dog facilities in the following parks: Los Gatos Creek County Park in Campbell, Ed Levin County Park in Milpitas, and Hellyer County Park in San Jose.

Santa Cruz: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Dogs are allowed in the park but must be on a leash at all times, and kept in the car or tent at night. Dogs are allowed in the picnic area, the campground, and on Pipeline Road, Graham Hill Trail, and Meadow Trail, but are not allowed on any other trails or interior roads.

Ventura: San Buenaventura State Beach
Dogs are allowed in the picnic area and on the bike path, but are not permitted on the beach.

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COLORADO

Colorado State Parks
Colorado has 38 state parks that allow dogs on trails and in campgrounds. Dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet. Pets are not allowed on swimming beaches or water-ski beaches at state parks. There are off-leash areas at Chatfield State Park and Cherry Creek State Park

Loma: Highline Lake State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the park, but are not allowed on the swim beach, the sandy area around and adjacent to the swimming area.

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CONNECTICUT

Connecticut State Parks
Pets on a leash are allowed in most state parks and forests, but are not allowed in buildings, swimming areas, or state park campgrounds. In addition, pets are not permitted at Sherwood Island or Squantz Pond State Parks between April 15 and September 30, or at any time in Dinosaur State Park.

Groton: Bluff Point Coastal Reserve, Depot Rd., Groton, CT
Bluff Point Coastal Reserve is the last remaining significant piece of undeveloped land along the Connecticut coastline. Jutting out into waters of Long Island Sound this wooded peninsula, measuring one and one-half miles long by one mile wide, encompasses over 800 acres. Access to the bluff is by foot or non-motorized vehicle only. Dogs on a leash are allowed in the park.

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DELAWARE

Delaware State Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in Delaware State Parks, but are not permitted in the following: Picnic areas, Nature trails, Bird nesting areas, Park buildings, Cabins, Cottages, Yurts, and Fort Delaware State Park. Pets are allowed in seashore parks, but are permitted on the beaches only during the off-season from Oct. 1st to April 30th. All pets must be licensed, and proof of a rabies vaccination is required.

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DIST. OF COLUMBIA
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FLORIDA

Florida State Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in designated day-use areas at ALL Florida State Parks. Pets are not permitted on beaches or playgrounds, or in bathing areas, cabins, park buildings, or concession facilities. Within individual parks, specific areas also may be designated as non-pet areas.

Broward County Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in all Broward County Parks except Hollywood North Beach Park (beach side), nature centers, and natural areas.

Citrus County Parks
Dogs on a leash are allowed on trails in designated Citrus County Parks.

Fernandina Beach: Fort Clinch State Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on park, but are not permitted in buildings, boardwalk, or on the beach.

Fort Lauderdale City Parks
Includes areas where dogs are allowed off-leash as well as on leash.

Fort Pierce: Wildcat Cove Preserve, 3399 North SR A1A, Fort Pierce, Florida 34949
Wildcat Cove Preserve features two miles of hiking trails, an observation deck and a 52-foot boardwalk/fishing pier over the Indian River Lagoon. Dogs on a leash are allowed in the park.

Live Oak: Suwannee River State Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the park, but are not permitted in buildings or cabins.

Miami-Dade County Parks
Dogs on a leash are welcome at 14 neighborhood Dog Friendly Parks.

Palm Beach County
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in most county parks, but are not permitted on beaches, except where posted in designated areas at Ocean Cay Park.

Pinellas County Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in most areas of the county parks with the exception of Fort De Soto Park Historic Fort, beaches, swimming areas, piers, boardwalks, picnic shelters, restrooms, beach showers, playgrounds or where food and drink are sold.

Sanibel: J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Located on the subtropical barrier island of Sanibel in the Gulf of Mexico, the refuge is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on Wildlife Drive, the refuge's public access road.

Sarasota County Parks
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in dog friendly parks in Sarasota County. A dog-friendly park is a place where dogs are welcome, but must be leashed at all times within designated areas. Dogs are not allowed in playgrounds, on beaches (with the exception of Brohard Beach Paw Park), fenced athletic fields or other designated play areas, off trails, in park buildings, or concession facilities.

Volusia County Parks
Pets on a leash are allowed at all Volusia County Parks. There are three off-leash dog parks in the county: Barkley Square Dog Park in DeLand, Gemini Springs Dog Park in DeBary, and Michael Crotty Bicentennial Park in Ormond-by-the-Sea.

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GEORGIA

Georgia State Parks
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed at state parks and campgrounds. Pets are not permitted in or around historic sites, lodges, group camps, swimming areas, or some trails at Panola Mountain and Tallulah Gorge. To find a Georgia State Park click here

Atlanta City Parks
Dogs are allowed in all City of Atlanta parks, trails and public spaces but must be kept on a leash.

Atlanta: Grant Park, 840 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30315
Dogs on a leash are only allowed in certain areas of Grant Park. Dogs are not permitted within the following areas of Grant Park: Twenty-one acres of the zoo area and buildings; Cyclorama building and area; Swimming pool and pool area; Tennis court area; Athletic field areas.

Gainesville City Parks
Dogs on a leash are allowed in Gainesville's parks.

Lake Lanier Parks
Lake Lanier is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Georgia and is one of the most popular lakes in the SE. Lake Lanier is a large reservoir formed from the Chattahoochee River. The Army Corps of Engineers, Forsyth County, City of Cumming, City of Gainesville and Lake Lanier Islands operate these parks around the lake. Some of these parks are pet friendly.

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HAWAII

Hawaii State Parks
Where permitted, pets must be crated, caged, on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times. Pets are not permitted in restaurants, pavilions, swimming areas, campgrounds, lodges, or on beaches.

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IDAHO

Idaho State Parks
Pets are allowed in most Idaho State Parks, but some parks prohibit them in some cabins, yurts and they are prohibited from beaches. Pets must be kept on a leash no longer than 6-feet or confined to a camper.

Athol: Farragut State Park
Located 20 miles north of Coeur d’Alene on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho’s largest lake. Dogs on a leash are allowed in the park, but are not permitted on the beach.

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ILLINOIS

Illinois State Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 10 feet are allowed in Illinois State Parks, but are not permitted in campground cabins, on beaches, or concession areas.

Chicago City Parks
Dogs on a leash are allowed in Chicago city parks. Dog friendly areas are designated sections within Chicago parks or beaches, where dogs are allowed to run and play off -leash, the only areas in the city where this is allowed.

Zion: Illinois Beach State Park
Dogs are not allowed on the beach or in the nature preserve, but are permitted in the campground, in the picnic area, and the remainder of the trails as long as they are on a leash.

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INDIANA

Indiana State Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in Indiana State Parks, but are not permitted in certain areas, including swimming pools, beaches (unless specifically designated for pets), rented recreation buildings, the Pioneer Village at Spring Mill State Park, and public buildings.

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IOWA

Iowa State Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in Iowa State Parks. To find an Iowa State Park click here

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KANSAS

Kansas State Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in Kansas State Parks, but are not permitted on swimming beaches or in public buildings or structures. To find a Kansas State Park click here

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KENTUCKY

Kentucky State Parks
Pets on a leash are allowed in state parks campgrounds and on some trails. Pets are not permitted on trails at Natural Bridge and John James Audubon State Parks, and some, but not all, trails at Cumberland Falls, Carter Caves, Pine Mountain, and Blue Licks Battlefield State Parks. To find a Kentucky State Park click here

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LOUISIANA

Louisiana State Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in Louisiana State Parks, but are not permitted within buildings or other enclosed structures on site, in overnight facilities or near swimming areas.

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MAINE

Maine State Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 4 feet are allowed in Maine State Parks. Pets are not permitted on beaches from April 1 through the end of September, or at Sebago Lake State Park campground. All other campgrounds allow pets. Pet owners may be assigned picnic or campsites in a less congested area of the park. To find a Maine State Park click here

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MARYLAND

Maryland State Parks
Many Maryland State Parks have areas where pets are allowed. Pets on a leash are generally permitted in undeveloped park lands outside of the public day use areas. Pets may be off-leash and under voice control while swimming in designated areas or hunting (with the appropriate permit). All pets must be licensed and have all required vaccinations, including a rabies vaccination. To find the pet policy for Maryland State Parks click here

Deep Creek Lake State Park
Pets are allowed in Browning, Bechman and Garrett Camp Loops; on trails; in boat ramp area to board vessels; in Discovery Center parking area to access trails; to swim from shoreline in all areas except swimming beach, docks or fishing piers; n all day-use areas and lake (except for sandy portion of swimming beach area and aviary).

Ellicott City: Patapsco Valley State Park
Pets on a leash are allowed in the following areas of the Hollofield Area of Patapsco Valley State Park: in the campground and in the day-use area.

Flintstone: Green Ridge State Forest
Pets on a leash are permitted in the Green Ridge State Forest.

Grantsville: Big Run State Park
Pets are allowed in the Big Run State Park campground and day-use areas in the park as long as they are on a leash under control of the owner.

Grantsville: Savage River State Forest
Pets on a leash are allowed in all areas of the park.

Havre de Grace: Susquehanna State Park
Pets are allowed in Susquehanna State Park in the following areas: on all trails outside of the day-use areas; in the campground, except for in or around the cabins; in the historic area year-round; and in day-use area after Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend.

North East: Elk Neck State Park
Pets are allowed in the following designated areas of Elk Neck State Park: in campground (except Bohemia, Chester, Tred Avon, and Sassafras loops, rustic cabins and the youth group camping area); and in all day-use areas, including North East Beach area (except for sandy portion of swimming beach area).

Oakland: Garrett State Forest
Pets are allowed in all areas of the Forest. No leash is required as long as pets are under control.

Oakland: Potomac-Garrett State Forest
Pets are allowed in all areas of the Forest. No leash is required as long as pets are under control. Horseback riding is allowed on designated, developed and maintained trails and roads designed to accommodate recreational use. Horses are not allowed on the foot trail in the Lostland Run area. Horse camping is also available.

Queen Anne: Tuckahoe State Park
Pets are allowed in the campground and in the day-use area.

Scotland: Point Lookout State Park
Pets are allowed at Point Lookout State Park in the following areas: in Malone Circle, Tulip Loop, Green's Point Loop and Hoffman's Loop in the campground; on paved portion of causeway, on beach north of the causeway to entrance of Tanner's Creek on Bay side, and beach south of causeway on the Bay side; in boat launch area to board vessels; and in all day-use areas after Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend.

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MASSACHUSETTS

Massachusetts State Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 10 feet are allowed in Massachusetts State Parks, but are not permitted in swimming areas, cabins and cabin sites, yurts and yurt sites, all Camp Nihan cabins and sites, and Boston Harbor Islands State Park.

Boston Area: Pet-Friendly Parks & Trails
Find pet friendly parks, beaches, recreation areas, and dog runs in Boston, Somerville, Cambridge and Brookline.

Clarksburg: Clarksburg State Park
Pets are allowed in the park, but must be on a 10 foot maximum leash. Proof of current Rabies vaccination is required.

Goshen: DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) State Forest
Pets are allowed in the park, but are not permitted on the sandy beach area. Pets must be on a 10-foot maximum leash, attended at all times, and have proof of current Rabies vaccine.

Granville: Granville State Forest
Pets are allowed in the park, but must be on a 10-foot maximum leash, attended at all times in all areas of park, including trails, and have proof of current Rabies vaccine.

Mt. Washington: Bash Bish Falls State Park
Pets are allowed in the park, but must be on a 10-foot maximum leash, attended at all times in all areas of park, including trails, and have proof of current Rabies vaccine.

Williamsburg: Windsor State Forest
Pets are allowed in the park, but must be on a 10-foot maximum leash, attended at all times in all areas of park, including trails, and have proof of current Rabies vaccine.

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MICHIGAN

Michigan State Parks
With few exceptions, pets are welcomed in Michigan state parks, recreation areas and at boating access sites. Pets are not allowed on designated beaches used for wading or swimming.

Ingham County Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the following parks: Burchfield Park, McNamara Canoe Landing, Lake Lansing Park North, and The River Trail which runs through Hawk Island on the west side of the lake from Scott Woods to Cavanaugh Road.

Mackinac Island: Mackinac State Historic Parks
All of Mackinac State Historic Parks’ outdoor sites are open to well-behaved pets on leashes. Pet water bowls are offered in many of the parks, including Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park.

Ottawa County Parks
Dogs are welcome in most parks in Ottawa County, but must be restrained on leashes no longer than 10 feet, except in off-leash areas.

Washtenaw County Parks
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in three designated on-leash dog areas within Washtenaw County Parks: County Park Farm on the east side of the City of Ann Arbor; Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Road, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189; and Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.

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MINNESOTA

Minnesota State Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in Minnesota state parks. Pets are not permitted in state park buildings, lodging, cabins, camper cabins, on tours or in beach areas.

Wright County Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in Wright County Parks, in the campgrounds, and on the trails. Pets are not permitted to enter a beach area, picnic area, park building, nature center, refuge area, or other area as signed within a park.

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MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi State Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than6 feet are allowed in Mississippi State Parks, but are not permitted in or around cabin/cottage areas, lake beach areas, or the swimming pool area.

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MISSOURI

Missouri State Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 10 feet are allowed in Missouri State Parks. Pets are not allowed inside any state park or historic site building, or in public swimming areas and beaches.

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MONTANA

Montana State Parks
Pets are welcome in Montana State Parks. From April 15th through September 15th, all pets must be on a leash no longer than 10 feet long, unless otherwise posted. Pets are not permitted on swimming beaches or any other areas that display posted restrictions.

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NEBRASKA

Nebraska State Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in Nebraska State Parks, but are not permitted in lodges, public buildings, or on designated swimming beaches.

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NEVADA

Nevada State Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in Nevada State Parks.

Caliente: Kershaw-Ryan State Park
The park is situated in a colorful, scenic canyon at the northern end of Rainbow Canyon in eastern Nevada. Steep canyon walls tower to 700 feet and overlook a long, narrow valley. Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the park, but are not permitted in buildings or in the wading pond.

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NEW HAMPSHIRE

New Hampshire State Parks
Some parks permit pets, some parks permit pets but only in designated areas, and some parks do not permit pets. Please see list of parks on website. Pets are prohibited at all state beaches, picnic areas, and historic sites. In areas where pets are allowed, pets must be leashed and attended at all times.

Franconia/Lincoln: Franconia Notch State Park
Pets are permitted in the designated dog walks near the Tramway and Flume parking lots only, not in the campground.

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NEW JERSEY

New Jersey State Parks
Pets are allowed in New Jersey State Parks as long as they are kept on a leash six (6) feet or less in length and under the physical control of their handler at all times. Pets are prohibited from all buildings, swimming beaches and swimming waters, non-designated pet friendly campsites and overnight facilities.

Hewitt: Wawayanda State Park
Wawayanda State Park covers over 35,000 acres of forests and waters in the rough, hilly country of the New Jersey Highlands. Dogs on a leash are allowed in the park.

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NEW MEXICO

New Mexico State Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 10 feet are allowed in most New Mexico State Parks. Pets are not permitted within visitor centers and at the following parks: Rio Grande Nature Center state park; Living Desert Zoo and Gardens state park; and Smokey Bear historical park.

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NEW YORK

New York State Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in most New York State Parks.

Bethel: Lake Superior State Park
Pets - dogs only -- are allowed in the park, must be muzzled and on a leash, not more than 6 feet. Dogs are not allowed in buildings, camping, picnic or bathing areas or on walkways.

Congers: Rockland Lake State Park
Pets are not permitted in the park from May to September 30. From October 1 to March 31, pets are permitted in the park but not on any of the paved walkways including the 3.2 mile path around the lake. Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.

Copake Falls: Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area
Dogs are permitted on trails and in the D loop of campground. Dogs must be attended to and leashed (on a leash not more than 10 feet) at all times. Dogs are not permitted in buildings, picnic and bathing areas, and at any other campground/cabin areas.

Erie County Parks
Dogs are allowed in Erie County Parks but must be licensed and kept on leash at all times. Dogs are not permitted on county beaches.

Genesee Region: Letchworth State Park
Letchworth State Park, renowned as the "Grand Canyon of the East," is one of the most scenically magnificent areas in the eastern U.S. Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the park, but are not permitted in bathing areas, buildings, cabins or camping loops 300, 400, 500, 600 and 800. Proof of rabies inoculation required.

Grand Island: Beaver Island State Park
Household pets only, caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet, are allowed in the park. Pets are not allowed in bathing areas, buildings or on improved walkways and boardwalks.

Grand Island: Buckhorn Island State Park
Household pets only, caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet, are allowed in the park.

Liverpool: Onondaga County Parks
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in Onondaga County Parks. In Onondaga Lake Park, pets are not permitted on the East Shore Trail (wheels only) during the peak season of April to October. Dogs are allowed on the Shoreline Walking Trail. There are off leash areas at Wegmans Good Dog Park and Jamesville Beach Park.

New York: Dogs in New York City Parks
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are welcome in New York City parks. Certain park areas allow dogs to be off-leash from the time the park opens until 9 a.m. AND from 9 p.m. until the park closes.

Suffolk County Parks
Pets are allowed in some county parks, but not all, so please call ahead to make sure pets are welcome. Only cats and dogs are permitted. Dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times, except in designated Dog Run Areas at West Hills County Park & Blydenburgh County Park.

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NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina State Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in North Carolina State Parks. Overnight, pets must be confined to the owner's tent or vehicle during quiet hours. Pets are not permitted in bathhouses, changing areas, rinsing stations, swimming beaches, protected swimming areas, restrooms, cabins, visitor centers or rental boats. All pets within the park must have a current rabies vaccination.

Atlantic Beach: Fort Macon State Park
Pets must be on a leash no longer than six feet. Pets are not allowed in the bathhouse or swimming areas.

Danbury: Hanging Rock State Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the park, but are not permitted in any cabins, the visitor center or on the swim beach.

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NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota State Parks
Pets are allowed in North Dakota State Parks but must be kept on a leash and attended at all times. Pets are not allowed on any designated swimming area, playgrounds, or in park buildings, including, but not limited to, cabins, dormitories and comfort stations,

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OHIO

Ohio State Parks
Pets on a leash are permitted in most day use areas, with the exception of swimming beaches. Dog swim areas are provided adjacent to the dog parks at Alum Creek, Mosquito Lake, Portage Lakes and Salt Fork. Lake access for dogs is offered at the following parks: A.W. Marion, Deer Creek, Harrison Lake, and Lake Alma.

Hocking Hills Region Parks
Pets on a leash are allowed in Ohio State Parks. However, pets are not allowed in State Nature Preserve, which includes Conkle's Hollow and Rockbridge Nature Preserves. Pets are allowed on access ways at Clear Creek Metro Park, but they are not allowed on the nature trails.

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OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma State Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 10 feet are allowed in Oklahoma State Parks. To find Oklahoma's Pet Friendly State Parks click here

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OREGON

Oregon State Parks
Pets are welcome in Oregon State Parks, but must be confined by the owner or on a leash not more than six feet long, and kept under physical control at all times. Pets are not allowed on the Canyon Trail at Silver Falls. Some campgrounds have off-leash areas for pets. To find good trails for dogs in Oregon State Parks click here

Ashland: Dog Friendly Parks

Josephine County Parks
All but two camping parks are located on the world famous Rogue River. Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in all Josephine County Parks. Pets are not permitted in the yurts, yurt sites or disc golf courses.

Sublimity: Silver Falls State Park, 20024 Silver Falls Hwy SE, Sublimity OR, 97385 As the largest state park within Oregon, Silver Falls offers diverse opportunities for recreation, including more than 25 miles of multi-use backcountry trails spread over the 9,000 acres. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the park, but are not permitted on the Canyon, Maple Ridge, or Winter Trails (they are allowed on the Rim Trail and more than 22 miles of other trails elsewhere in the park). In the South Falls Day-use Area, there is an unfenced, off-leash exercise area for dogs; they must be under voice control at all times. In all other pet-friendly areas of the park, dogs are allowed only while on a leash.

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PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania State Parks
Pets are welcome in designated areas in Pennsylvania State Parks. Pets are permitted in day-use areas, on designated sites in campgrounds and all areas not otherwise closed to pets. Pets are prohibited in swimming areas, inside buildings, in non-pet overnight areas, or in any area designated as an area closed to pets.

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RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island State Parks
Pets - dogs and cats only - are permitted in overnight campgrounds in Rhode Island’s state parks and management areas.

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SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina State Parks
Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas in South Carolina State Parks provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Pets are not allowed in or around cabins, cabin areas or other lodging facilities.

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SOUTH DAKOTA

South Dakota State Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 10 feet are allowed in South Dakota State Parks. Pets are not permitted on designated swimming beaches or in any park buildings (including camping cabins, lodges and comfort stations). Horses must be kept on designated bridle trails or in the parks' designated equestrian areas.

Custer: Custer State Park
Custer State Park in the Black Hills encompasses 71,000 acres of spectacular terrain and an abundance of wildlife. Pets on a leash no longer than 10 feet are allowed in the park, but are not permitted in any park buildings or on designated swimming beaches.

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TENNESSEE

Tennessee State Parks
Dogs, cats and other pets are allowed in Tennessee State Parks as long as they are crated, caged or on a leash, or otherwise under physical restrictive control at all times. Pets are not permitted in park inns or cabins (except where rooms and/or cabins have been designated for pets), lodges, public eating places, food stores, and on designated swimming beaches and pools at all times.

Chattanooga City Parks
Chattanooga has over 60 City parks and greenways that allow pets. Pets are not permitted in Coolidge Park, the TN Aquarium Plaza, and the Tennessee Riverpark (beyond the Bluff View Art District). Three City Parks have off-leash dog areas: the Chew-Chew Canine Park, Heritage Park, and Greenway Farm.

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TEXAS

Texas State Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in Texas State Parks. Pets are not permitted in the water of a designated swimming area or within the land or beach area adjacent to the water of a designated swimming area. Pets are not permitted to enter into or remain in any building or enclosure designated for public use including, but not limited to, a restaurant, snack bar, cabin, lodge room, restroom, park store, shelter, refectory building, amphitheater, administration building, or railroad coach.

Big Bend Ranch State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the park, but are only allowed to be ¼ mile from campsites or designated roads, and only on the Closed Canyon Trail and the Hoodoos Trail on FM 170. Dogs are not allowed on any other hiking trails, in the backcountry, or more than ¼ mile from campsites or designated roads.

Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) Parks
The Lower Colorado River Authority manages more than 16,000 acres of recreational lands along the lower Colorado River from the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. The properties include developed parks, lake recreation areas, nature preserves, river access sites and natural science centers. Pets are allowed in LCRA parks, but must be kept on leashes at all times while in the designated camping and picnicking areas. Outside the designated camping and picnicking areas, pets must be kept under their owners' direct control.

San Antonio City Parks
Dogs are allowed on-leash at city parks, with the exception of the natural area parks, where no pets are allowed.

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UTAH

Utah State Parks
Pets are welcome at most state parks, however, they must be on a maximum six foot leash and not left unattended. Pets are not allowed in buildings, on beaches, or in the lakes or reservoirs. Pets are not allowed at Rock Cliff (Jordanelle) or in the group areas and Deer Creek State Park.

Salt Lake County Parks
Dogs on a leash are allowed in all Salt Lake County Parks. The county also maintains parks with off-leash dog areas and dog parks.

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VERMONT

Vermont State Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed at all campgrounds. Pets are not permitted in day-use areas, on beaches, in cabins, cottages, or in picnic areas and pavillions.

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VIRGINIA

Virginia State Parks
Pets are allowed in all Virginia State Parks, but are not permitted on public beaches and in public facilities (bathhouses, visitor centers, park offices, restaurants, etc.), and must be confined or kept on a leash no longer than six feet and kept under supervision while in the park. While pets are allowed at False Cape State Park, they generally are not permitted access through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, so be sure to call False Cape State Park to verify access. To avoid potential inconvenience, please bring proof of current rabies vaccination, strongly recommended in Virginia Beach where a rabies alert is in effect.

Alexandria City Parks
Dogs are welcome in public parks, not designated as a dog exercise area, but must be kept secured by a leash.

Fairfax County Parks
Dogs on a leash are welcome in all Fairfax County Parks. Also, there are seven established dog parks in the county and additional off-leash dog areas are in the planning stage.

Henrico County Parks
Dogs on a leash are allowed in Henrico County Parks.

Virginia Beach City Parks
Dogs are welcome at all Virginia Beach city parks, however, owners are required to keep their dogs leashed outside the dog park. Virginia Beach has three dog parks featuring approximately one acre of fenced area where dogs are allowed off-leash.

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WASHINGTON

Washington State Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed in most state parks. Pets are not permitted on designated swimming beaches. Horses are allowed only in designated parks.

Federal Way City Parks
Dogs on a leash no longer than 20 feet are allowed in the parks.

Kent City Parks
Dogs on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed in the parks.

Kitsap County Parks
Horses and pets are not allowed near athletic fields, playgrounds, picnic sites, and swimming beaches in Kitsap County parks. In other areas, pets must be kept on a leash.

Pierce County Parks
Dogs on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed in Pierce County Parks.

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WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia State Parks
Dogs and cats are the only pets permitted in state parks, state forests, and state wildlife management areas. Dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than 10 feet at all times. All pets are prohibited in state park lodges, and in swimming pool and beach swimming areas.

West Virginia State Parks Pet Friendly Vacation Cabin Rentals
Pets - dogs and cats only - are allowed in West Virginia State Parks, Forests and Wildlife Management Areas. West Virginia State Parks and Forests offers pet friendly cabins for guests who travel with their pets.

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WISCONSIN

Wisconsin State Parks & Forests
Pets on a leash no longer than 8 feet are welcome in Wisconsin State Parks. Pets are permitted in most campgrounds, trails, roads, and outlying areas of the parks. To find a Wisconsin State Park, Forest, Recreation Area or Trail click here

Ellison Bay: Newport State Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed in the park.

Fish Creek: Peninsula State Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed in the park. Pets are not allowed on the mowed area or the beach but are permitted at The Pines picnic area, next to the Nicolet Beach parking lot.

Flambeau River State Forest
Flambeau River State Forest is located in north central Wisconsin in Sawyer, Price and Rusk counties, and surrounds 75 miles of the North and South forks of the Flambeau River. There is a dog-friendly picnic area at Connors Lake.

Lake Geneva City Parks
Dogs on a leash are allowed in all parks unless posted.

Milwaukee County Parks
The only animals that may be brought into county parks are dogs, and only in non-restricted areas. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in portions of certain parks and parkways. Dogs are not permitted on beaches, including Bender, Bradford, Grant, McKinley, South Shore, and Tietjen (Doctors); in picnic areas; children's play area; and on athletic fields.

Stoughton: Lake Kegonsa State Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed on hiking trails except on the White Oak Nature Trail and in the campground but not in the picnic or playground areas or in buildings. The park has a pet beach (swim) area. Pets must be on leash unless they are in the water. Normally the beach has a pier to teach pets to jump into the water, but the pier is out when water levels are high. Pets are not allowed at the beach.

Sturgeon Bay: Potawatomi State Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed in the park.

Sturgeon Bay: Whitefish Dunes State Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed in the park. Pets are not allowed on the section of beach from the nature center to the third beach access from April 1 to November 1. The pet beach access is about a 0.75-mile walk from the parking lot. To reach this area, walk your pet from the parking area down the Red trail and then onto the beach. The beach access ramp near the nature center and the first access stairway south of the nature center have been posted with "No Pets" signs. Park staff monitor pet activity on the beach very closely.

Washington Island: Rock Island State Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed in the park.

Waunakee: Governor Nelson State Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed in the park. Pets are allowed in all areas of the park except buildings, picnic areas, beach areas, and areas posted as pet free. When trails are snow-covered, pets and hiking are allowed only on the Morningside multi-use trail. Picnic tables for visitors with pets are located in a shady area near the boat landing restrooms, and a pet swim area is located off the Morningside Trail.

Wood County Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 10 feet are allowed in Wood County Parks. Pets are not permitted in any public building, bathing beach, picnic grounds, or playgrounds within any County Park.

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WYOMING

Wyoming State Parks
Pets on a leash no longer than 10 feet are allowed in Wyoming State Parks, but are not permitted in public public eating places and food stores, public buildings, and on designated beach areas. Pets are not permitted in designated areas in Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park. On park lands where hunting is permitted, by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, the lawful use of hunting dogs is allowed provided the area is open to hunting and the dogs' owners or handlers accompany and have control of such dogs. Horses are permitted on park lands except within designated areas.

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