State parks that allow pets are wonderful places to explore with your pup! Enjoy nature, take a walk or hike, go boating or biking, pack a picnic, or just kicking back for a relaxing afternoon with your best friend. Some state parks have even gone the extra mile to provide pet-friendly cabin rentals, off-leash play areas, and dog friendly beaches where your pooch can splash!
So, how do you know where to go? We’ve done all the sniffing for you! Below are the pet policies and amenities for state parks all 50 states. All that’s left is to pack the car, buckle up your furry travel companion, and hit the road!
Pets on a leash up to six feet long are welcome in Alabama state parks. Proof of vaccination is required and pets are not allowed on beaches or at swimming pools. Any dog that is intimidating, destructive, dangerous, or noisy will not be allowed to remain in the park.
In addition, pets are welcome in all Alabama state park campgrounds, and the parks listed below also have dog friendly cabins. For cabin rentals, a pet fee of $15-20 per dog per night applies, and dogs may not be left unattended at any time unless in a carrier or crate.
- Chewacla State Park (Cabins)
- Cheaha State Park (Chalets and cabins)
- DeSoto State Park (Chalets and cabins)
- Gulf State Park (Cottages and cabins)
- Lake Guntersville State Park (Cottages, chalets and lodge rooms)
- Lakepoint Resort State Park (Cabins and lodge rooms)
- Monte Sano State Park (Cabins)
- Oak Mountain State Park (Cabins)
- Roland Cooper State Park (Cabins)
- Joe Wheeler State Park (Cottages, cabins, and lodge rooms)
- Wind Creek State Park (Cabins)
Pets are welcome in Alaska state parks and campgrounds if leashed and accompanied by the owner at all times – unleashed dogs are allowed in the backcountry but must be within voice command.
Note that to get to Kodiak Island State Park requires travel by ferry and pets are only allowed on the car deck. Owners only have access to the car deck while in port or for 15 minutes every 8 hours.
Leashed pets are welcome in most Arizona state parks and campgrounds, but are not allowed at cabana sites, on developed beaches, or in other areas posted as environmentally or ecologically sensitive.
Pets are not allowed at Red Rock State Park or on the trails at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.
Dogs are welcome in Arkansas state parks and campgrounds if leashed at all times. In addition, the Arkansas recently updated their policy to provide at least one pet friendly rental cabin in all twelve of the parks that have cabins (listed below). Reservations can be made by calling the parks directly.
- Crowley’s Ridge State Park
- Devil’s Den State Park
- Lake Fort Smith State Park
- Petit Jean State Park
- Village Creek State Park
- Lake Catherine State Park
- Lak e Chicot State Park
- Lake Fort Smith State Park
- Lake Ouachita State Park
- Moro Bay State Park
- Mount Magazine State Park
- Mount Nebo State Park
- Ozark Folk Center State Park
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Dogs on a leash up to six feet long are welcome in many California state parks and campgrounds. Vicious or unusually noisy dogs will not be allowed in any park, and dogs are not permitted at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, on the trails or in the campground at Malibu Creek State Park, or on the trails or beach at Andrew Molera State Park.
San Diego Coast District parks and San Luis Obispo District parks do not allow dogs on any trails, and Mendocino District parks allow dogs only in traditional campgrounds and other designated areas.
The pet policies at California state beaches vary by park district:
Angeles District 818-880-0363
Leashed dogs permitted at Point Mugu State Park (Mugu Beach, Thornhill-Broome Beach, Sycamore Cove). At Leo Carrillo State Park beach leashed dogs are only allowed north of Lifeguard Tower 3.
Channel Coast District 805-585-1850
Dogs are not permitted on any of the Channel Coast District State Beaches. City of Ventura has some areas (Seaside Wilderness Beach, Harbor Cove, Promenade Park, and Marina Park Beach) where leashed dogs are allowed.
Monterey District 831-649-2836
Leashed dogs are allowed on Asilomar SB, Garrapata beach, Carmel River SB, and Monterey SB from Wharf #2 to Seaside. Dogs are NOT allowed on Zmudowski SB, Moss Landing SB, Marina SB, Salinas River SB, Seaside SB, and Point Lobos State Reserve to protect the threatened Western Snowy Plover.
North Coast Redwoods District 707-445-6547
Dogs are permitted in designated areas at Gold Bluffs Beach only.
Orange Coast District 949-492-0802
Dogs are allowed on beach bike paths only. Some city beaches and unincorporated county areas allow dogs.
Oceano Dunes 805-473-7230
Dogs are permitted on beach, but must be leashed.
Russian River 707-865-2391
Dogs are permitted except on coastal trails and at Goat Rock. Russian River District Dog Guidelines
San Diego Coast District 619-688-3260
Leashed dogs are permitted on the beach at Cardiff SB.
San Luis Obispo Coast District 805-927-2074
Dogs are not permitted on beach, except at campsites at Montana de Oro and San Simeon State Park campgrounds.
Santa Cruz District 831-429-2850
Leashed dogs are permitted at Rio del Mar and Seacliff State Beach.
Mendocino District 707-937-5804
Dogs are not permitted on beach.
Pets on a leash up to six feet long are welcome in thirty-eight Colorado state parks and campgrounds. Pets are not allowed on swim beaches or water-ski beaches at state parks, and Roxborough and Harvey Gap State Parks do not allow pets.
Barr Lake, Cheyenne Mountain, James M. Robb – Colorado River and Mueller State Parks restrict pets in some park areas or trails, but Chatfield and Cherry Creek State Parks offer dog off-leash areas, stretching 69 and 107 acres, respectively.
Connecticut welcome pets on leash in most state parks and forests, but they are not allowed in state park campgrounds, swimming areas, or buildings.
Pets on a leash up to six feet long are welcome in most Delaware state parks and campgrounds. All pets must be licensed, and proof of a rabies vaccination is required. Pets are not allowed in picnic areas, bird nesting areas, park buildings, cabins, cottages or yurts, or at Fort Delaware State Park.
When camping with your pets, they may not be left unattended (inside or outside) at any time. Please use the waste composting receptacles where available.
Pets are generally welcome on Delaware state beaches in the off-season, except for Beach Plum Beach were pets are prohibited year round. Review the pet friendly beach access map, and look for boundary markers indicating areas open or closed to pets at the seaward toe of the dune.
Pets on a leash up to six feet long are welcome in all Florida state park day-use areas, except Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs State Park because of the captive wildlife. (That park provides complimentary, self-service kennels at the main entrance for visitors traveling with pets.) Pets are not permitted on beaches or playgrounds, or in bathing areas, cabins, or park buildings.
Leashed pets are also welcome at Florida state park campgrounds. Up to four dogs, cats and non-furbearing pets, such as reptiles, birds, or fish, are welcome under the physical control of the owner. Dog and cats must be vaccinated, and pets that are noisy, vicious, dangerous, disturbing, or intimidating to other persons or pets, or which damage park resources, are considered nuisances and will not be permitted to remain in the park.
As long as your pet is on a leash no longer than six feet, you’ll find all Georgia state parks and campgrounds to be pet-friendly. Pets are not allowed around some of the most historic sites, lodges, group camps, swimming areas, and some trails at Panola Mountain and Tallulah Gorge.
Every state park in Georgia that offers cottages has at least one that’s dog-friendly! There is a two-dog per cottage limit, the pet fee is $45 per dog, per stay, and dogs may not be left unattended either in the cottage or in your vehicle. Georgia state park’s dog-friendly cottages are listed below and can be reserved at GeorgiaStateParks.org.
- A.H. Stephens – Cottage #1
- Amicalola Falls – Cottage #5 (Bottom of Falls); Cottage #6 (Top of Falls)
- Black Rock Mountain – Cottage #’s 5 & 10
- Cloudland Canyon – Cottage #’s 6 & 7
- Crooked River – Cottage #’s 10 & 11
- Don Carter – Cottage # 1
- Elijah Clark – Cottage #’s 1 & 11
- F.D. Roosevelt – Cottage #’s 18 & 19
- Florence Marina – Cottage #’s 3 & 10
- Fort McAllister – Cottage #3
- Ft. Mountain – Cottage #’s 5 & 6
- Fort Yargo – Cottage #3
- General Coffee – Cottage #1
- George L. Smith – Cottage #4
- George T. Bagby – Cottage #1
- Gordonia-Alatamaha – Cottage #2
- Hard Labor Creek – Cottage #’s 13 & 17
- Indian Springs – Cottage #’s 2 & 6
- James H. Floyd – Cottage #1
- Little Ocmulgee – Cottage #’s 4 & 6
- Magnolia Springs – Cottage #5
- Mistletoe – Cottage #’s 1 & 10
- Red Top Mountain – Cottage #’s 17 & 18
- Richard B. Russell – Cottage #’s 1 & 2
- Seminole – Cottage #’s 1 & 2
- Smithgall Woods – Garden Cottage (1 bedroom cottage)
- Stephen C. Foster – Cottage #5
- Tugaloo – Cottage #’s 17, 18 & 19
- Unicoi – Cottage #A1 (Barrel), Cottage #C1 and Smith Creek Cottage #1
- Vogel – Cottage #’s 5, 6 & 30
In Hawaii’s state parks, pets and other animals are prohibited in campgrounds, restaurants, pavilions, swimming areas, lodges, on beaches, and wherever posted. Where they are permitted, pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet, be crated, caged, or otherwise under physical restrictive control at all times.
Pets are welcome in most Idaho State Parks, but not on the beaches, and some parks prohibit pets on trails, and in some cabins and yurts. Pets must be kept on a leash no longer than 6-feet, or confined to a camper, and should not be left in a vehicle.
Dogs are not allowed at Harriman State Park, and are only permitted on one trail at Ponderosa State Park.
Pets are welcome in all Idaho state park campgrounds, except Harriman, and the parks listed below also have dog-friendly cabins available for rent. Reservations can be made at idahostateparks.reserveamerica.com.
- Dworshak State Park
- Farragut State Park
- Hells Gate State Park
- Heyburn State Park
- Idaho City Yurts (From Dec 1st to April 15th dogs are not allowed at Banner Ridge or Elkhorn yurts.)
- Priest Lake State Park
Illinois State Parks – Pet Policy (See Section 110.30)
Pets on a leash up to 10 feet long are allowed in Illinois state parks and campgrounds, but are not permitted on beaches, in cabins, or in concession and picnic areas. Proof of current vaccinations must be provided upon request, and noisy, vicious, or dangerous animals will be required to leave.
Pets on a leash up to 6 feet long are welcome in Indiana state parks and campgrounds, but are not permitted at swimming pools, beaches (unless specifically designated for pets), rented recreation buildings, the Pioneer Village at Spring Mill State Park, or other public buildings. Dogs and cats must be current on their vaccinations.
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Pets on a leash up to 6 feet long are welcome in Iowa state parks, forests, and campgrounds. In addition, the Iowa state parks listed below have dog friendly cabins or yurts available for rent.
Two dogs are allowed per cabin/yurt, and pets may not be left unattended unless they are in a crate or carrier.
- Backbone State Park
- Black Hawk State Park
- Dolliver Memorial State Park
- Green Valley State Park
- Honey Creek State Park
- Lacey-Keosauqua State Park
- Lake Darling State Park
- Lak e of Three Fires State Park
- Lake Wapello State Park
- McIntosh Woods State Park
- Nine Eagles State Park
- Palisades-Kepler State Park
- Pine Lake State Park
- Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area
- Prairie Rose State Park
- Springbrook State Park
- Stone State Park
- Union Grove State Park
- Waubonsie State Park
Pets on a leash up to 10 feet long are welcome in Kansas state parks and campgrounds, but are not allowed on swimming beaches or swimming areas that are delineated by buoys or other markers, or in public buildings or structures.
The following parks have dog-friendly cabins available for rent:
- Eisenhower State Park
- El Dorado State Park
- Lovewell State Park
- Milford State Park
- Turtle Creek State Park
Kentucky state parks welcome pets on leash, except on park trails that share land with State Nature Preserves, and in protected archaeological areas. This includes John James Audubon SP, Wickliffe Mounds SHS, and all but one trail at Natural Bridge SRP.
Leashed pets are welcome at all thirty-one Kentucky state park campground – and those that have cottages and lodges offer pet-friendly accommodations as well (listed below). There is a two pet limit in each cottage or lodge room, and a pet fee of $50 for cottages and $25 for lodge rooms applies. Pets are not allowed inside restaurants, lobbies, or other public areas.
- Barren River Lake
- Blue Licks Battlefield
- Buckhorn Lake
- Carter Caves
- Cumberland Falls
- Dale Hollow Lake
- General Butler
- Greenbo Lake
- Jenny Wiley
- John James Audubon
- Kentucky Dam Village
- Lake Barkley
- Lake Cumberland
- Natural Bridge
- Pennyrile Forest
- Pine Mountain
- Rough River Dam
Pets on a leash up to six feet long are welcome in Louisiana state parks and campgrounds, but are not permitted in buildings or other enclosed structures.
Leashed pets are welcome in all Maine state parks and campgrounds, except Sebago Lake State Park campground. In addition, leashed pets are allowed on state park beaches between October 1 and March 31.
Pet policies in Maryland state parks and campgrounds vary by location and time of year. It’s best to refer to the state’s pet policy page to determine the park policy at the time of your visit. Regardless of time of year or location, all pets must be leashed and be licensed and vaccinated.
Up to four pets per person, on leashes up to ten feet long, are welcome in most Massachusetts state parks, forests, campgrounds, and reserves. Pets are also welcome on coastal beaches and designated swimmings areas of inland beaches from September 16 – April 30, unless otherwise posted.
Pets must be licensed and have proof of rabies vaccination, and are not allowed at Walden Pond State Reservation, Moore State Park, City Square Park in Charlestown, Plum Island’s Sandy Point State Reservation, Boston Harbor Islands park, indoor skating rinks, cabins, yurts, and the encompassing areas, playgrounds, and swimming pools.
Massachusetts also has many designated areas where dogs may be off-leash, as long as they are within sight at all times, come immediately when called, stay on command, do not charge or chase people, dogs, horses, or wildlife, and are leashed when entering or exiting an off-leash area. Additional rules may vary by location, so follow posted rules and regulations.
Off-leash Areas – North Region
Breakheart Reservation in Saugus – at Bark Place
Callahan State Park in Framingham – on designated trails
Georgetown Rowley State Forest in Georgetown and Rowley – on trails
Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle – on trails not in the farm or pond area
Harold Parker State Forest in North Andover – on trails not in the recreational area and campgrounds
Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest in Dracut – on trails
Middlesex Fells Reservation in Stoneham – in Sheepfold area
Off-leash Areas – Boston Region
Southwest Corridor Park in Boston – Carlton Court Dog Park (Carleton Street between Braddock Park and Holyoke Street)
Off-leash Areas – South Region
Borderland State Park in Easton/Sharon – in designated area
Manuel F. Correllus State Forest in Edgartown – on designated fire lanes
Stodder’s Neck in Hingham – in designated areas
Wompatuck State Park in Hingham – on trails, with the exception of the trail that extends from the Cohasset gate to the power lines, and not in recreation areas or campgrounds
Off-leash Areas – Central Region
Erving State Forest in Erving – on fire roads and access road, but not in the recreation area or campground
Mt. Grace State Forest in Warwick – on trails 100 feet from the recreation area
Warwick State Forest in Warwick – on trails not in the recreation area or campground
Off-leash Areas – West Region
Chester-Blandford State Forest in Blandford – on trails
Clarksburg State Park in Clarksburg – on trails not in the recreation area or campground
Jug End State Reservation and Wildlife Management Area in Egremont – on trails
October Mountain State Forest in Lee – on trails not in the recreation area or campground
Pittsfield State Forest in Pittsfield – on trails not in the recreation area or campground
With a few exceptions, pets on a leash up to six feet long are welcome in Michigan state parks, campgrounds, recreation areas. Pet are prohibited from Michigan boat access sites at varying times though out the year. Refer to the state’s website to determine accessibility during your visit.
Pets are not allowed on the Sandy Hook Trail at Tawas Point State Park or on designated beaches or areas used for wading or swimming. However, the state has set aside several pet-friendly shorelines where dogs are welcome:
Brighton Recreation Area – There is a pet friendly section of shoreline available on Chilson Pond.
Burt Lake State Park – A section of pet friendly shoreline is available on Burt Lake.
Grand Mere State Park – Pets are allowed on the entire length of the Lake Michigan shoreline (1 mile).
Harrisville State Park – A pet-friendly section of shoreline is available at the north end of the camper’s beach. This section of shoreline is available via a foot trail near site #103.
McLain State Park – A portion of the Lake Superior shoreline at F.J. McLain State Park is pet-friendly.
Mears State Park – The southernmost section of shoreline at Mears is pet-friendly.
Otsego Lake State Park – There is a section of pet-friendly shoreline on Otsego Lake, however it is only accessible via a flight of stairs near site 64. During times of high water, this area becomes even less accessible.
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park – The shoreline is pet friendly.
Port Crescent State Park – A section of pet-friendly shoreline is available near the mouth of the Pinnebog River. This area is accessible via the steel bridge that connects to the hiking trails closest to the campground.
South Higgins Lake State Park – There are two pet-friendly areas of shoreline – one for campers-only near the west campground, and a second in the day use area.
Tawas Point State Park – A pet-friendly section of shoreline is available on Tawas Bay between the campground and the lighthouse. This pet-friendly area is enclosed by fencing and is the only shoreline-area in the park where pets are allowed. Pets are prohibited in all other beach-areas as well as the Sandy Hook Trail.
Warren Dunes State Park – Pets are allowed north of the northernmost swim buoy at the beach, providing 2.5 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.
Pets on a leash up to six feet long are welcome in Minnesota state parks and campgrounds, but may not be left unattended. Pets are are not permitted in buildings, lodging, cabins, camper cabins, on tours, or in beach areas.
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Pets on a leash up to six feet long are welcome in Mississippi state parks and campgrounds, but are not welcome in cabins, cottages, on beaches, or in swimming pool areas.
Pets on a leash no longer than 10 feet are welcome in Missouri state parks. Pets are not allowed inside any state park or historic site building, in public swimming areas and beaches, or on the trails at Prairie State Park.
Two pets are welcome per campsite in all Missouri state park campgrounds, and the parks listed below also have dog friendly accommodations, including outpost cabins, camper cabins, yurts, single-unit cabins, fourplexes and duplexes.
A pet fee of a minimum of $10 per dog per night, depending on the accommodations, applies on lodging rentals, and there is a limit of two dogs per unit. Dogs may not be left unattended at any time unless in a carrier or crate, which will be provided for your use fee of charge.
- Big Lake State Park
- Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park
- Lake of the Ozarks State Park
- Pomme de Terre State Park
- Mark Twain State Park
- Sam A. Baker State Park
- Bennett Spring State Park
- Lake Wappapello State Park
- Meramec State Park
- Montauk State Park
- Roaring River State Park
- Stockton State Park
- Thousand Hills State Park
- Washington State Park
Pets are welcome in most Montana state parks, and from April 15 – September 15, they must be on a leash no longer than ten feet, unless otherwise posted. Pets are not allowed on swimming beaches, at Frenchtown Pond SP, Wild Horse Island SP, Smith River SP (leashed pets are allowed only at the put-in and take-out locations, not on the float), Spring Meadow Lake from April 16 – October 14, and any other posted areas.
Montana also welcomes pets in most state park campgrounds, and the following parks offer pet-friendly tipi or shelter rentals:
- Bannack State Park
- Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park
- Missouri Headwaters State Park
Pets on leashes up to six feet long are welcome in Nebraska state parks and campgrounds, but are not allowed in lodge rooms, public buildings, and designated swimming beaches or pools.
The following Nebraska state parks offer pet friendly cabin rentals for an additional pet fee of $15:
- Chadron State Park
- Eugene T. Mahoney State Park
- Fort Robinson State Park
- Lewis and Clark State Recreational Area
- Medicine Creek Reservoir
- Niobrara State Park
- Platte River State Park
- Ponca State Park
- Victoria Springs State Recreational Area
READ MORE ⇒ Nebraska’s Fort Robinson State Park
Nevada State Parks – Pet Policy
Pets on leashes up to six feet long are welcome in nearly all Nevada state parks and campgrounds – the only exceptions are Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park, and Sand Harbor at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park.
Pet policies in New Hampshire state parks and campgrounds vary by location, but pets are always prohibited from state beaches, picnic areas, and historic sites. It’s best to refer to the state’s pet policy page to determine the pet policy of the park you’re considering before your visit.
Regardless of the location or time of year, pets in all New Hampshire state parks must be leashed and may not be left unattended.
New Jersey state parks and campgrounds welcome pets on leashes up to six feet long. Pets are prohibited from all buildings, swimming beaches, campsites designated as not pet-friendly, and overnight accommodations.
New Mexico State Parks – Pet Policy (See section 188.8.131.52)
Most New Mexico state parks and campgrounds welcome pets on leashes up to ten feet long. Pets must be vaccinated and cannot be left unattended in a vehicle or at a campsite.
Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park, and Smokey Bear Historic Park do not allow pets.
Most New York state park welcome pets on leashes up to six feet long, and two pets per site are allowed in designated loops of New York state park campgrounds. Pets must have proof of vaccination, may not be left unattended, and are not allowed in buildings, picnic or swimming areas, or where posted.
At Rockland State Park pets are allowed only between October 1 and March 31, and even then they are not permitted on the bike path or improved walkways. At Watkins Glen State Park, pets cannot go on the Gorge Trail.
The following New York state parks offer pet friendly cabin or cottage rentals:
- Allegany State Park
- Buttermilk Falls State Park
- Canoe Point State Park
- Cayuga Lake State Park
- Chenango Valley State Park
- Dewolf Point State Park
- Fair Haven Beach State Park
- Fillmore Glen State Park
- Gilbert Lake State Park
- Green Lakes State Park
- Kring Point State Park
- Lake Erie State Park
- Long Point State Park – Finger Lakes
- Mills-Norrie State Park
- Newtown Battlefield State Park
- Oquaga Creek State Park
- Robert H. Treman State Park
- Robert Moses State Park
- Selkirk Shores State Park
- Stony Brook State Park
- Taughannock Falls State Park
- Watkins Glen State Park
- Wellesley Island State Park
Pets on leashes up to six feet long are welcome in North Carolina state parks and in some campgrounds, but are not allowed in building, bathhouses, swimming areas, or on the ferry at Hammocks Beach State Park.
The following state park campgrounds offer pet-friendly campsites:
- Carolina Beach State Park
- Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
- Crowders Mountain State Park
- Eno River State Park
- Falls Lake State Recreation Area
- Hanging Rock State Park
- Jones Lake State Park
- Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
- Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
- Lake Norman State Park
- Medoc Mountain State Park
- Merchants Millpond State Park
- Morrow Mountain State Park
- Mount Mitchell State Park
- New River State Park
- Pettigrew State Park
- Pilot Mountain State Park
- South Mountains State Park
- Stone Mountain State Park
- William B. Umstead State Park
Leashed pets are welcome in North Dakota state parks and campgrounds. Pets must not be left unattended, and are not allowed in designated swimming areas, playgrounds, or in park buildings, including, but not limited to, cabins, dormitories and comfort stations.
Pets on leashes up to six feet long are welcome in Ohio state parks and campgrounds. Pets are not permitted in cabins, cabin areas, lodges, lodge areas, camping areas designated as not pet friendly, wildlife display areas, or at any beach, swimming pool, or golf course.
In addition to welcoming two pets per campsite in all 56 Ohio state park campgrounds, the following state parks offer pet friendly cabin, yurt, or lodge rentals:
- Burr Oak State Park
- Cowan Lake State Park
- Dillon State Park
- Hueston Woods State Park
- Lake Hope State Park
- Maumee Bay State Park
- Pike Lake State Park
- Punderson State Park
- Pymatuning State Park
- Salt Fork State Park
- Shawnee State Park
And, for even more fun, off-leash dogs parks and lake access swim areas are provided at the following Ohio state parks:
Alum Creek State Park – dog park and lake access
A.W. Marion State Park – lake access
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park – dog park
Harrison Lake – lake access
Hueston Woods State Park – dog park
Lake Alma State Park – lake access
Mosquito Lake State Park – dog park and lake access
Portage Lakes State Park – dog park and lake access
Salt Fork State Park – dog park and lake access
Wingfoot Lake State Park – dog park
READ MORE ⇒ Ohio’s East Harbor State Park
Oklahoma State Parks – Pet Policy
Pets on a leash up to ten feet long are welcome in Oklahoma state parks and campgrounds. In addition, the following Oklahoma state parks have special accommodations for dogs:
- Clayton Lake State Park in Clayton – pet friendly, two bedroom cabin with no pet fee
- Great Plains State Park in Mountain Park – dog swim beach
- Greenleaf State Park in Braggs – pet friendly cabins for a small nightly fee
- Hugo Lake State Park in Hugo – pet friendly primitive and resort cabins with small pet fee. Resort cabins feature satellite television, fully equipped kitchens, two bedrooms and spacious decks with views of Hugo Lake. Primitive cabins feature heating and air conditioning and screened-in porches with lake views.
- Lake Murray State Park and Lodge in Ardmore – pet friendly cabins for a $15 per pet per day fee
- McGee Creek State Park in Atoka – pet friendly rustic lake huts outfitted with bunk beds, a fireplace and air conditioning
- Robbers Cave State Park in Wilburton – pet friendly cabins for a $15 per pet per day fee
Most Oregon state parks and campgrounds welcome pets on leash up to six feet long. Pets are not allowed in Dabney State Recreation Area, or on the Canyon Trail or connecting Winter Trail, Maple Ridge Trail and Twin Falls trails at Silver Falls State Park.
In addition to welcoming pets at Oregon their campgrounds, the following parks offer pet-friendly cabin and yurt rentals:
- Beachside State Park
- Beverly Beach State Park
- Bullards Beach State Park
- Cape Blanco State Park
- Cape Lookout State Park
- Champoeg State Park
- Devils Lake State Park
- Emigrant Springs State Park
- Fort Stevens State Park
- Harris Beach State Park
- Honeyman State Park
- Jasper Point State Park (at Prineville Reservoir)
- LaPine State Park
- Nehalem Bay State Park
- Prineville State Park
- Silver Falls State Park
- South Beach State Park
- Stub Steward State Park
- Sunset Bay State Park
- Tumalo State Park
- Umpqua River Lighthouse State Park
- Valley of the Rogue State Park
- William M. Tugman State Park
Dogs are generally allowed off-leash on Oregon state beaches, as long as they are under your direct control. Exceptions include areas designated as occupied sites for western snowy plovers where dogs are not allowed in wet sand areas, and in areas designated as unoccupied sites for western snowy plovers, where dogs must be on a leash of six feet or less. Always carry a leash, prevent your pet from disturbing wildlife, and clean up after your pets on the beach (and everywhere else).
Finally, several Oregon state parks have designated off-leash areas for dogs. Those locations are:
Cascadia State Park – unfenced
Champoeg State Park – unfenced
Elijah Bristow State Park – fenced
Farewell Bend State Park – fenced
Goose Lake State Park – unfenced
Hat Rock State Park – unfenced
Jasper State Park – fenced
LaPine State Park – fenced
Lewis & Clark State Park – unfenced
McVay Rock – fenced
Milo McIver State Park – unfenced
Molalla River State Park – unfenced
Rooster Rock State Park – unfenced
Silver Falls State Park – unfenced
Stub Steward State Park – fenced
The Cove Palisades State Park – fenced
Wallowa Lake State Park – unfenced
Willamette Mission State Park – unfenced
READ MORE ⇒ Dog Friendly Whidbey & Fidalgo Islands
In Pennsylvania state parks, leashed pets are allowed in day-use areas, on trails, in most campgrounds (two pets per campsite), and in designated cabins, camping cottages, and yurts. Pet must be vaccinated, may not be left unattended, and are not permitted in swimming areas, inside public buildings, in overnight areas not designated as pet friendly, and in any area posted as closed to pets.
Pets are not permitted at the Night Sky programs at Cherry Springs State Park or in the campgrounds at the following parks:
- Cherry Springs State Park
- Kettle Creek State Park (Lower loop only)
- Caledonia State Park (Chinquapin Hill campground only)
- Promised Lands (Pine campground only)
The Pennsylvania state parks listed below offer dog-friendly rental cabins, cottages and yurts for up to two dogs for an additional pet fee of $2-5 per night. Some accommodations close for the winter, so verify availability on the state’s website.
- Bald Eagle State Park – Yurt B and Camping Cottage 1
- Chapman State Park – Camping Cottage 1
- Clear Creek State Park – Cabins 10-13
- Cook Forest State Park – River Cabins 11, 14 and 15
- Cowans Gap State Park – Cabins 1, 2, and 3
- Hills Creek State Park – Cabins 1 and 2
- Kooser State Park – Cabins 21 and 22
- Linn Run State Park – Cabins 9 and 10
- Little Buffalo State Park – Cottages 4 and 5
- Moraine State Park – Cabins 7 and 11
- Nockamixin State Park – Cabins 1, 2, and 3
- Ohiopyle State Park – Cottages 235, 236 and 237
- Parker Dam State Park – Tyler Cabin
- Poe Valley State Park – Cabin 11
- Prince Gallitzin State Park – Cabins 1 and 10
- Promised Land State Park – Cabins 11 and 12
- Pymatuning State Park – Jamestown Cabins 1-4
- Yellow Creek State Park – Cottages 1 and 2
Cats and dogs on leashes up to six feet long are welcome only in the Rhode Island state parks and campgrounds (two pets per campsite) listed below. Proof of vaccination must be provided upon request, dogs must have a valid license tag, and pets may not be left unattended.
In addition, leashed pets are allowed on state bathing beaches from October 1 – March 31.
- Beavertail State Park
- Blackstone River Bikeway
- Brenton Point State Park
- Burlingame Campground – Campground only, Pet Certification Form required
- Colt State Park
- East Bay Bike Path
- Fisherman’s Memorial Campground – Pet Certification Form required
- Fort Adams State Park
- Fort Wetherill State Park
- George Washington Campground – Pet Certification Form required
- Goddard Memorial State Park
- Haines Memorial State Park
- John H. Chafee Nature Preserve
- Lincoln Woods State Park
- Pulaski State Park – dogs not allowed on cross-country ski trails
Pets on leashes up to six feet long are welcome in the outdoor areas of South Carolina state parks and campgrounds. Pets are not allowed in or around cabins, cabin areas, or other lodging facilities. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets, or any pet that threatens or harasses wildlife.
Pets on leashes up to 10 feet long are welcome in South Dakota state parks and campgrounds. Outside of campgrounds and day use areas pets must be under immediate control and more than 200 feet from other park guests. Pets are not allowed on designated swimming beaches or in any park buildings, including camping cabins, lodges and comfort stations.
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Leashed pets are welcome in Tennessee state parks and campgrounds, but are not permitted in park inns or cabins (except those designated as pet friendly), lodges, food stores, picnic areas, swimming beaches, or pools. Trails and other areas of the parks may also be posted as closed to pets as deemed necessary. Pets may not be left unattended, and proof of rabies vaccination may be requested.
For an additional fee of $18 per pet per night, the following Tennessee State Parks offer a limited number of pet-friendly inn rooms and one cabin at each park for guests who travel with their pets. Reservations should be made by calling the park and asking for a pet friendly room or cabin.
- Big Ridge State Park
- Cedars of Lebanon State Park
- Chickasaw State Park
- Cumberland Mountain State Park
- David Crockett State Park
- Edgar Evins State Park
- Fall Creek Falls State Park
- Henry Horton State Park
- Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
- Montgomery Bell State Park
- Natchez Trace State Park
- Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
- Norris Dam State Park
- Paris Landing State Park
- Pickett State Park
- Pickwick Landing State Park
- Roan Mountain State Park
- Rock Island State Park
- Standing Stone State Park
- Tims Ford State Park
Texas State Parks – Pet Policy (See section 59.134(c)(2))
Most Texas state parks and campgrounds welcome pets on a leash up to six feet long. Pets cannot be left unattended, and proof of vaccination must be provided upon request.
Pets cannot go in restaurants, snack bars, cabins, lodge rooms, restrooms, park stores, shelters, refectory buildings, amphitheaters, administration buildings, railroad coaches, or designated swimming beaches.
In addition, the following parks have specific pet restrictions to protect pets and wildlife:
- Big Bend Ranch State Park
- Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
- Government Canyon State Natural Area
- Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site
- Old Tunnel State Park – pets are not allowed
Utah State Parks – Pet Policy
Most Utah state parks are pet friendly, however, pets must be on a maximum six foot leash and not left unattended. Pets cannot go in buildings, on beaches, or in the lakes or reservoirs.
The following areas do not allow pets: Rock Cliff (Jordanelle), and on boats, beaches, in the reservoir, or in any park buildings at Deer Creek State Park. Dogs are allowed in Great Horned Owl and Chokecherry campgrounds.
Pets on leashes up to ten feet long are welcome in most Vermont state parks and campgrounds, including all trails (unless otherwise designated), Mt. Philo summit and day use area, Sliver Lake and Branbury beaches (except the sandy part of the beach and swimming area), Lake St. Catherine campers’ beach, Lake Carmi Loop A campers’ beach, picnic areas at Osmore Pond, Owls Head, Allis, Elmore, and Underhill, and cabins A and B at Lake Carmi.
Proof of rabies vaccination must be provide upon request, and a pet fee of $1 per pet per night applies at all campgrounds. Unless specifically stated above, pets are not permitted in day use areas, on beaches, in picnic areas and pavilions, or in most cottages or cabins.
The following parks each have a pet-friendly cabin:
Brighton State Park, Burton Island State Park, Button Bay State Park, Gifford Woods State Park, Grand Isle State Park, Half Moon Pond State Park, Lake Carmi State Park (2), Little River State Park, Mt. Ascutney State park, Ricker Pond State Park, Wilgus State Park, Woodford State Park.
Pets on leashes up to six feet long are welcome in all Virginia state parks and campgrounds. Pets may not be left unattended, and proof of vaccination must be provided upon request.
State regulations prohibit pets on public swim beaches, in public facilities like bathhouses, visitor centers, park offices, and restaurants. While pets are allowed at False Cape State Park, they are not permitted access through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
For an additional fee of $10 per pet per night, the following Virginia state parks offer pet friendly cabin, lodge, and travel trailer rentals for guests traveling with their pets:
- Bear Creek Lake State Park
- Belle Isle State Park
- Chippokes Plantation State Park
- Claytor Lake State Park
- Douthat State Park
- Fairy Stone State Park
- First Landing State Park
- Hungry Mother State Park
- James River State Park
- Kiptopeke State Park (Yurt is not pet friendly)
- Lake Anna State Park
- Natural Tunnel State Park
- Occoneechee State Park
- Shenandoah River State Park
- Smith Mountain Lake State Park
- Southwest Virginia Museum
- Staunton River State Park
- Twin Lakes State Park
- Westmoreland State Park
Washington State Parks – Pet Policy
Pets on leashes up to eight feet long are welcome in Washington state parks and campgrounds, but are not permitted on designated swimming beaches, within a natural area preserve, or on any designated alpine ski site or cross country trail which has been prepared, set, or groomed during ski season.
The following Washington state parks offer pet-friendly cabins and yurt rentals for guests traveling with their pets:
- Battle Ground Lake State Park
- Bay View State Park
- Cape Disappointment State Park
- Conconully State Park
- Dash Point State Park
- Dosewallips State Park
- Fields Spring State Park
- Grayland Beach State Park
- Ike Kinswa State Park
- Kanaskat-Palmer State Park
- Rasar State Park
- Steamboat Rock State Park
- Twin Harbors State Park
- Wallace Falls State Park
Pets on leashes up to ten feet long are welcome in West Virginia state parks, forests, and campgrounds. Be prepared to provide a certificate of vaccination, and use designated pet relief areas where provided.
West Virginia State Parks With Pet-friendly Cabin or Cottage Rentals
The parks listed below offer pet friendly cabin or cottage rentals. Additional pet fees apply.
- Babcock State Park
- Beech Fork State Park
- Blackwater Falls State Park
- Bluestone State Park
- Cabwaylingo State Forest
- Cacapon Resort State Park
- Canaan Valley State Park
- Greenbrier State Forest
- Holly River State Park
- Kumbrabow State Forest
- Lost River State Park
- North Bend State Park
- Pipestem Resort State Park
- Seneca State Forest
- Twin Falls Resort State Park
- Tygart Lake State Park
- Watoga State Park
West Virginia State Parks With Pet friendly Lodge Accommodations
The parks listed below offer pet friendly lodge accommodations. Additional pet fees apply, and there is a two pet limit, and a 15-pound maximum weight per pet.
- Blackwater Falls State Park Lodge
- Cacapon Resort State Park Lodge
- Chief Logan Lodge
- Hawks Nest State Park Lodge
- North Bend State Park Lodge
- Pipestem Resort State Park – McKeever Lodge
- Twin Falls Resort State Park Lodge
- Tygart Lake State Park Lodge
Pets on leashes up to eight feet long are welcome in most Wisconsin state parks, forests, and campgrounds. Unless specifically stated, pets cannot go in buildings, picnic areas and picnic shelters, on beaches, playgrounds, marked nature trails, or in observation towers. That includes the trails around the waterfalls at Copper Falls, Paradise Springs at Kettle Moraine State Forest, and Boardwalk Trail at Big Bay, and cross-country ski trails when groomed for skiing.
Special amenities and/or rules apply in the following locations:
- Buckhorn State Park – pet swim area on Water Street, west of the Buckhorn Bridge
- Flambeau River State Forest – pet friendly picnic area at Connors Lake
- Governor Dodge State Park – pet swim area next to Cox Hollow swimming beach, and designated pet picnic area near pet beach
- Governor Nelson State Park – pet swim area (Leash pets when they’re not swimming.)
- Governor Thompson State Park – pet friendly Woods Lake picnic area, Woods Lake beach, and Boat Landing 13 (South Bay)
- Harrington Beach State Park – pet swim area and picnic area at south beach (Leash pets when they’re not swimming.)
- High Cliff State Park – pet swim area in pond near office, with pet picnic area nearby, and a second pet picnic area near the pavilion
- Interstate State Park – pet picnic area in the second loop of the River Bottoms Area
- Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit – two pet swim areas – at Ottawa Lake on the left side of the boat launch and at Rice Lake on the right side of the boat launch (Leash pets when they’re not swimming.)
- Kohler-Andrae State Park – welcomes pets on leash on beach north of the Nature Center
- Lake Kegonsa State Park – pet swim area (Leash pets when they’re not swimming.)
- Pattison State Park – small pet picnic areas at Big Falls and Little Falls and an area next to the main picnic area
- Whitefish Dunes State Park – pets allowed on trails and designated pet beach (Pets must be leashed at all times while on the trails and shoreline.)
- Richard Bong State Recreation Area – area for teaching dogs to retrieve, point, flush and/or track game for the purpose of hunting or dog trial competition (Please keep in mind that live ammunition is used in the dog training area.)
Pets cannot go in these areas:
- Aztalan State Park
- Copper Culture State Park
- Devil’s Lake South Shore area (except on paved roads and walkways leading to areas that allow pets)
- Governor Nelson State Park (except at the dog swim area)
- Parts of Havenwoods State Forest
- Heritage Hill State Park
- Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area
- Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit – Loop 1 of Pinewoods family campground and the west loop of Whitewater campground in
- Parts of the Rock Island State Park campground
- Parts of the Tower Hill State Park campground
Wyoming State Parks – Pet Policy (See Section 10)
Wyoming welcomes pets on leashes up to ten feet long in state parks and campgrounds, but not in picnic areas, food stores, public buildings, or on designated swimming beaches. Don’t leave pets unattended for more than an hour.
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