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Pets in U.S. National Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas, Seashores, Lakeshores, Monuments, Historical Parks & Historic Sites

In general, pets are allowed in U.S. National Parks but only along roadways, in developed areas and in campgrounds, and must be restrained on a leash no longer than 6 feet in length, caged or crated at all times. Pets are not permitted inside buildings, on most trails, on beaches, or in the backcountry.

Pets are allowed in all U.S. National Forests, but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times while in developed recreation areas and on interpretive trails. Most other areas within the National Forests do not require your dog to be on a leash, but they should be under your control at all times. Pets are not permitted in swimming areas or sanitary facilities. Find a U.S. National Forest

If you plan on bringing your dog with you to the national forest familiarize yourself with trail situations that can be hazardous for a dog, for the hiker, or for other trail users. Update all vaccinations and provide flea and tick control for your pet. Also, make sure your dog has identification tattoos and/or tags in case you are separated while on your hike.

Please remember to always clean up after your pet and never leave your pet unattended.

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ALABAMA

Bridgeport: Russell Cave National Monument
Russell Cave is an archaeological site with one of the most complete records of prehistoric cultures in the Southeast. Pets on a leash are welcome at Russell Cave.

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ALASKA

Denali National Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the Park Road, in parking lots, or on campground roads. Pets are not permitted on park trails, off-trail in the wilderness, or on any of the various buses in Denali roads.

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ARIZONA

Bowie: Fort Bowie National Historic Site
In the 19th century Fort Bowie was an outpost of the United States army. The site commemorates the bitter conflict between Chiricahua Apaches and the U.S. military. Pets on a leash are allowed in the park.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in most parts of the recreation area.

Grand Canyon National Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on trails above the rim, Mather Campground, Desert View Campground, Trailer Village and throughout the developed areas. Pets are not permitted below the rim - also called the "inner canyon"), in park lodging (hotel rooms - dogs and cats must be boarded in the kennel), or on park buses. The South Rim Kennel accepts dogs and cats only.

Petrified Forest National Park
Pets are permitted on maintained trails and must be kept on a leash. Pets are not allowed within the Wilderness Area nor on the Wilderness Access Trail near Painted Desert Inn. Pets are not allowed in buildings, unless they are service animals.

Willcox: Chiricahua National Monument
Pets on a leash are allowed on the lower canyon trails between the campground, visitor center, and entrance station on the Silver Spur Trail, Faraway Ranch Trail, and the campground. Pets are not permitted on any of the other park trails.

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ARKANSAS

Hot Springs National Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the trails, but are not permitted in the visitor center and other park buildings.

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CALIFORNIA

Arcadia: Angeles National Forest
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are welcome in the Angeles National Forest.

Death Valley National Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in developed areas, and on park roads. Pets are not permitted off roads, on trails or in the wilderness areas of the park.

Independence: Manzanar National Historic Site
Pets on a leash are allowed in the park, but are not permitted in buildings or within the fenced cemetery area.

Joshua Tree National Park
Pets on a leash are allowed within 100 feet of legally open roads, campgrounds, and picnic areas, but are not permitted on trails.

Lake Tahoe
Pets on a leash are allowed almost anywhere within the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, with the exceptions of swimming beaches and areas that are restricted for wildlife protection.

Martinez: John Muir National Historic Site
Pets on a leash are allowed in the park, but are not permitted in the Muir home or the Martinez Adobe.

Point Reyes National Seashore
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are are allowed on the following ocean-facing beaches throughout the year: Kehoe Beach - north of the Kehoe Beach trail; Limantour Beach - southeast of the parking lot to the beach adjacent to Coast Camp; Point Reyes/Great Beach - from the North Beach parking lot to the south, except Palomarin Beach which is no longer open to pets. Pets are allowed on boats in Tomales Bay and on National Seashore beaches on the west side of Tomales Bay from the northern boundary of Tomales Bay State Park to Elk Fence North Beach.

Redwood National Park
In Redwood National and State Parks, pets on a leash not exceeding six feet in length, under owner control, and without creating disturbance to visitors and wildlife are allowed: on all road-accessible beaches (excluding dune habitat); within 100 feet of public roads and parking areas (but not on trails); at designated picnic areas; within all road-accessible campgrounds.

San Francisco Bay Area: Golden Gate National Recreation Area
In San Francisco, dogs on leash or under voice control are allowed in:
Baker Beach, north of Lobos Creek
Crissy Field (excluding the Wildlife Protection Area at the west end of Crissy field beach where leashes are required all year except from May 15 to July 1)
Fort Funston (excluding the 12-acre closure in northwest Ft. Funston and the northern end of the Coastal trail, closed due to erosion.)
Fort Miley
Lands End
Ocean Beach (excluding the Plover Protection Area from Sloat Blvd. north to Stairwell 21 where where leashes are required all year except from May 15 to July 1)
In Marin County, dogs on leash or under voice control are allowed in:
Alta Ave. between Marin City/Oakwood Valley
Muir Beach
Oakwood Valley Fire Road, and Oakwood Valley Trail from junction with Oakwood Valley Road to Alta Avenue
Homestead Valley
Rodeo Beach and South Rodeo Beach
3 Marin Headlands trail corridors: Coastal Trail from Golden Gate Bridge to junction with Wolf Ridge Trail; Loop Trail from Rodeo Beach parking lot up Coastal Trail paved road (Old Bunker Road) near Battery Townsley and return to Rodeo Beach on paved road; and Wolf Ridge Loop (Coastal Trail to Wolf Ridge Trail; Wolf Ridge Trail to Miwok Trail; Miwok Trail back down to Coastal Trail).

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the national recreation area, but are required to stay on trails, roads, and developed areas (campgrounds and parking lots). Pets are not permitted on backcountry trails in California State Parks (Topanga, Malibu Creek, Leo Carillo and Point Mugu State Parks.

Sequoia National Park
Pets on a leash are allowed in developed areas -- picnic areas, campgrounds, and roads -- but are not permitted on trails.

Yosemite National Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are only allowed in developed areas; on fully paved trails and roads except trails signed as not allowing pets (pets are not allowed off the floor of Yosemite Valley, including the trail to Vernal Fall); and in campgrounds (except walk-in campgrounds and in group campsites). DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite operates a dog kennel in Yosemite Valley from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Dogs must be at least 20 pounds (smaller dogs may be considered if you provide a small kennel).

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COLORADO

Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests
Pets on a leash no longer than six feet are allowed in most of the wilderness areas.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Pets on a leash are allowed on roads, in campgrounds, to the overlooks, and on the Rim Rock Trail, Cedar Point Nature Trail, and North Rim Chasm View Nature Trail. Pets are not allowed on any other hiking trails, inner canyon routes or in the wilderness area.

Great Sand Dunes National Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are permitted in most commonly used areas of the park and all of the preserve. Pets are not permitted in: Dunefield outside the main day use area; Designated backpacking sites in the national park; Undeveloped parts of the national park outside the day use areas and road corridors.

Rocky Mountain National Park
Pets on a leash are allowed in areas accessed by vehicles, including roadsides, parking areas, picnic areas and campgrounds. Pets are not permitted on trails or in the backcountry.

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CONNECTICUT
No listings at this time.

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DELAWARE
No listings at this time.

DIST. OF COLUMBIA
No listings at this time.

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FLORIDA

Apalachicola National Forest
Pets on a leash are allowed on the trails and in the campsites.

Everglades National Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in parking lots and campgrounds, but not on trails or in wilderness areas. Pets are only permitted in the following areas: on roadways open to public vehicular traffic; in roadside campgrounds and picnic areas; on maintained ground surrounding public facilities; aboard boats.

Titusville: Canaveral National Seashore
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the lagoon-side of the park. Pets are not allowed on the beach.

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GEORGIA

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the trails.

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HAWAII

Haleakalā National Park
Pets on a leash are allowed at Hosmer and Kipahulu Campgrounds, but are not permitted in the wilderness area or on trails.

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IDAHO

Nez Perce National Historical Park
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the trails at Nez Perce National Historical Park. Dogs are probibited on the trails at Big Hole National Battlefield and Bear Paw battlefield.

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ILLINOIS
No listings at this time.

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INDIANA
No listings at this time.

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IOWA

West Branch: Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the park, but are not permitted in buildings.

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KANSAS

Fort Scott National Historic Site
Pets on a leash are allowed in the park, but are not permitted inside the buildings.

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KENTUCKY

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is a pet friendly park. Pets are welcome, but must be on a leash or in a carrier at all times. Horses are allowed on designated trails and at the Hensley Camp, White Rocks, and Martin's Fork backcountry campsites.

Mammoth Cave National Park
Pets on a leash are allowed in the park, but are not permitted in any cave.

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LOUISIANA
No listings at this time.

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MAINE

Acadia National Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in Arcadia National Park. There are 100 miles (161 km) of hiking trails and 45 miles (72 km) of carriage roads in the park where pets are permitted. Blackwoods and Seawall Campgrounds permit pets. On Isle au Haut, pets are permitted for day hiking only.

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MARYLAND

Assateague National Seashore
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the Maryland portion of the Assateague National Seashore. Pets are completely prohibited in the following areas: all backcountry campsites; nature trails; lifeguard-protected beach; north of the State Park to the Ocean City inlet; the entire Virginia portion of Assateague Island.

Catoctin Mountain Park
Pets on a leash are allowed in the park, in Owens Creek Campground and on park trails.

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MASSACHUSETTS

Boston: Boston National Historical Park
Pets on a leash are allowed in the park, but are not permitted in any buildings.

Cape Cod National Seashore
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in numerous places in Cape Cod National Seashore: ocean beaches except during the summer on lifeguard-protected beaches and during shorebird nesting periods; all fire roads within Cape Cod National Seashore; head of the Meadow Bicycle Trail year round and Province Lands Bicycle Trail, Nov. 1 to April 30; fresh water ponds within Cape Cod National Seashore (beaches and water), Oct. 16 through May 14; and West and Sunset Horse Trails in the Province Lands.

Concord: Minute Man National Historical Park
Pets on a leash are allowed in the park, but are not permitted in any of the visitor centers.

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MICHIGAN

Muniging: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are permitted along roads and in designated developed areas such as Munising Falls and Miners Castle, and at drive-in campgrounds. Pets are not permitted in the park's hiking trails, backcountry and backcountry campgrounds, and in the forests and fields.

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MINNESOTA
No listings at this time.

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MISSISSIPPI

Gulf Islands National Seashore
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on trails, multi-use paths, or on the park roads. Pets are not allowed on beaches in Florida. In the Mississippi District pets are not allowed on the federally designated wilderness islands, Horn or Petit Bois Islands or the designated swim beach on West Ship Island. Pets are not allowed in the forts or visitor use facilities such as pavilions.

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MISSOURI
No listings at this time.

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MONTANA

Glacier National Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in developed areas, in frontcountry campgrounds and picnic areas,along roads, in parking areas, and in boats on lakes where motorized watercraft are permitted. Pets are not permitted on trails, along lake shores, in the backcountry, or in any building.

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NEBRASKA
No listings at this time.

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NEVADA

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the recreation area.

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NEW HAMPSHIRE
No listings at this time.

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NEW JERSEY

Morristown: Morristown National Historical Park
Pets on a leash are allowed in the park, but are not permitted in park buildings.

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NEW MEXICO

Albuquerque: Petroglyph National Monument
Pets on a leash are allowed in the park, but are not permitted in Boca Negra Canyon, or inside public buildings such as the visitor center, offices, and public restrooms.

Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in Gallo Campground, and on the backcountry hiking trails (Pueblo Alto, Peñasco Blanco, South Mesa, and Wijiji trails). Pets are not allowed within the archeological sites.

El Malpais National Monument
Pets on a leash are allowed in the park. The Park recommendeds not to hike out on the lava with pets as the rugged terrain can easily injure them.

Pecos National Historical Park
Pets on a leash are allowed on trails and throughout the developed areas, but are not permitted inside public buildings such as the visitor center, offices, museum and public restrooms.

White Sands National Monument
Pets on a leash are allowed in the park, but are not allowed inside building.

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NEW YORK

Fire Island National Seashore
Pets are not allowed on Fire Island National Seashore's ocean beaches and in the Fire Island Wilderness from March 15 through Labor Day. During the summer when ocean beaches are closed to pets, they are still allowed in some areas: on some ferries; on park boardwalks; on bayside beaches at the Fire Island Lighthouse, Sailors Haven, Talisman/Barrett Beach, and Watch Hill; on boats in the park's concession-operated Sailors Haven Marina or Watch Hill Marina; and in the concession-operated Watch Hill Campground.

Gateway National Recreation Area
Pets on a leash are allowed in some areas of Gateway National Recreation Area, including on bay-side beaches at Plum Island and Horseshoe Cove throughout the year.

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NORTH CAROLINA

Blue Ridge Parkway
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the Parkway.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Dogs, cats, or other pets are allowed in the park if crated, caged, on a six-foot leash, or otherwise under physical re­straint. Pets are prohibited on designated swim­ming beaches.

Cape Lookout National Seashore
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beaches of Cape Lookout National Seashore. The leash requirement is for all islands including Shackleford Banks.

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NORTH DAKOTA
No listings at this time.

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OHIO
No listings at this time.

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OKLAHOMA
No listings at this time.

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OREGON

Bend: Deschutes National Forest
Over 95% of the Deschutes National Forest trails are open to dogs off-leash in the summer and there are 1,200 miles of summer trails on the forest. However, 54 miles of trails do require dogs to be on-leash. In winter, dogs are allowed off-leash on 99% of national forest lands managed by the Deschutes National Forest.

Crater Lake National Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are roads, established parking areas, Grayback Road, developed campgrounds, and designated picnic areas. Pets are not allowed in the backcountry, or on any trail within the park (including hiking trails and designated ski trails and routes), or in any federal building.

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PENNSYLVANIA

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed at certain sites.

Elverson: Hopewell Furnace National HIstoric Site
Pets on a leash are allowed in all outdoor areas of the park open to the public, but are not permitted inside any public use buildings.

Philadelphia: Independence National Historical Park
Pets on a leash are allowed on park grounds, but are not permitted in any park buildings.

Valley Forge National Historical Park
Pets on a leash are allowed in the park.

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RHODE ISLAND
No listings at this time.

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SOUTH CAROLINA
No listings at this time.

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SOUTH DAKOTA

Badlands National Park
Pets on a leash no longer than six feet are allowed in developed areas, such as campgrounds and picnic areas, and other areas open to motor vehicles, such as gravel and paved roadways, roadway corridors, and parking lots. Pets are prohibited from hiking trails, public buildings (i.e. visitor centers), and backcountry areas, including the Badlands Wilderness Area and areas with prairie dog colonies.

Hot Springs: Wind Cave National Park
Pets on a leash are allowed in the visitor center area and campground and on the Elk Mountain and Prairie Vista Nature Trails. Pets are not permitted in the backcountry which includes areas near roadways and most trails.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Pets are not permitted in any part of the memorial, except in the pet exercise areas located at each end of the upper level of the parking facility.

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TENNESSEE

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed along roads, in campgrounds, picnic areas, parking areas, and on two short walking paths - the Gatlinburg Trail and the Oconaluftee River Trail. Pets are not permitted on any other park trails.

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TEXAS

Big Bend National Park
Pets on a leash are allowed in the park, but are not permitted on trails, off roads, or on the river. Pets can only go where your car can go.

Fort Davis: Fort Davis National Historic Site
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the park.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed only in areas accessed by vehicles, including roadsides, parking areas, picnic areas and campgrounds. Pets may walk with you (on leash) on the short trail between the campground and the Pine Springs Visitor Center, or along the Pinery Trail from the visitor center to the Butterfield Station. Pets are not permitted on most trails or in the backcountry.

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are permitted in very limited areas of Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. Pets are not allowed in park buildings.

Padre Island National Seashore
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed throughout the park, except for the Malaquite Visitor Center's deck and in the picnic shelter area on the beach directly in front of the Visitor Center.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
Pets on a leash are allowed on the grounds of the four missions, but are not permitted in park buildings, in churches, or on the Yanaguana Nature trail at Mission San Juan.

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UTAH

Arches National Park
Activities with pets are very limited at Arches National Park. Pets on a leash are allowed in the campground, on roads, in parking lots, and at overlooks and pullouts along the paved scenic drives, but are not permitted on any hiking trails.

Bryce Canyon National Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are only allowed in campgrounds, parking lots, paved roads, paved viewpoint areas, and on the paved trail between Sunset Point and Sunrise Point. Pets are not permitted on unpaved trails or viewpoints, in public buildings or on public transportation vehicles. These regulations also apply to pets that are carried.

Canyonlands National Park
Activities with pets are very limited at Canyonlands National Park. Pets on a leash are allowed along paved roads and in the developed campgrounds, but are not permitted on hiking trails, in the backcountry, or with groups traveling by four-wheel-drive vehicle, mountain bike or boat.

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Dogs must be on a leash in all campgrounds, picnic areas and trailheads at all times. However, in Millcreek Canyon, dogs may be off-leash on odd days only, and must be leashed on all days in developed areas: picnic grounds, parking lots, roads, and housing developments. Pets are not allowed in swimming areas, or in Little and Big Cottonwood Canyon, City Creek Canyon, Emigration Canyon, Parley's Canyon (north & east of Mountain Dell Reservoir), Little and Big Willow Creek and South Fork of Dry Creek.

Zion National Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the Pa'rus Trail, but are not permitted on any other trails, on shuttles, in public buildings, or in the wilderness.

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VERMONT

Woodstock: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
Pets on a leash are welcome until winter snows arrive and the carriage roads are used only for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. During the rest of the year, pets must be on a leash at all times.

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VIRGINIA

Appalachian Trail
Dogs are permitted along most of the Trail. Dogs are not allowed in three areas along the Trail: Baxter State Park, Maine; Bear Mountain State Park Trailside Museum and Wildlife Center, New York—alternate road walk is available; Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina.

Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park is one of only a few national parks that allow pets on trails. Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on most trails and in campgrounds, but are not permitted on Ranger Programs.

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WASHINGTON

Gifford-Pinchot National Forest
While visiting the Forest or hiking a trail, pets must be kept under control or on a leash.

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area
Pets on a leash are allowed in the park except in designated picnic and developed swim beach areas.

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Pets on a leash are allowed on the trails and in the campgrounds, but are not permitted in swimming areas.

Mount Rainier National Park
Basically, your pet can only go where your car can go: on roads, in parking lots and campgrounds. Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet and under your control at all times and may not be staked. Pets are not allowed on trails, snow, in any buildings or amphitheaters, or in the Wilderness. However, dogs on a leash are allowed on a small portion of the Pacific Crest Trail near the park's eastern boundary.

North Cascades National Park
Pets on a leash are allowed on the Pacific Crest Trail, and within 50 feet of roads, within the Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas, and on most surrounding national forest lands. Pets are not permitted on any other trails or in cross-country areas within the park.

Olympic National Park
Pets on a leash are allowed in developed areas, campgrounds, at Rialto Beach to Ellen Creek, and on the Kalaloch beaches, but are not permitted on any other beaches, trails, meadows, or in any undeveloped area of the park.

Olympic National Forest
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on trails in Olympic National Forest.

San Juan Island National Historical Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on all park trails and on ocean beaches in the park, but are not permitted in park buildings.

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WEST VIRGINIA

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the park, but are not permitted on the park shuttle buses or in park buildings.

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WISCONSIN

Lake Superior: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the park, but are not allowed in public buildings or on scheduled Apostle Islands Cruise Service trips.

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WYOMING

Grand Teton National Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed inside Grand Teton National Park, but are not permitted on hiking trails, inside visitor centers or other facilities. Basically, pets may go anywhere a car may go: roads and road shoulders, campgrounds and picnic areas, parking lots, etc. Pets are not permitted on any park trails or in the park backcountry.

Yellowstone National Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed within 100 feet of roads, parking areas and campgrounds, but are not permitted in the backcountry and on trails and boardwalks. Thermal areas pose particular hazards to pets.

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