State parks are wonderful places to enjoy nature and spend time walking, hiking, boating, picnicking, or just kicking back for a relaxing afternoon with your pet. Some state parks have even gone the extra mile to provide pet friendly cabin rentals, off-leash play areas, and dog beaches where your pup can splash! So, how do you know where to go? We’ve done all the sniffing for you – below are the park pet policies and amenities for 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.
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.
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. Additionally, 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. Additionally, Barr Lake, Cheyenne Mountain, James M. Robb – Colorado River and Mueller State Parks restrict pets in some park areas or trails. Chatfield and Cherry Creek State Parks offer dog off-leash areas, stretching 69 and 107 acres, respectively.
Pets on a leash are permitted in most Connecticut state parks and forests, but are not allowed in state park campgrounds, swimming areas, or buildings. In addition, pets are not permitted at Dinosaur State Park at any time, or at Sherwood Island or Squantz Pond State Parks between April 15 and September 30.
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 “doggie dooleys” (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. Dogs and cats must be vaccinated, and non-furbearing pets, such as reptiles, birds, or fish, must be confined or under the physical control of the owner. 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.
In addition, 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. Dog friendly cottages are listed below and can be reserved at GeorgiaStateParks.org.
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 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. In addition, dogs and cats must be current on their vaccinations.
Whitewater Memorial State Park offers pet friendly cabins for rent.
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.
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. In addition, the following parks have dog friendly cabins available for rent:
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. Also, a few trails at Blue Licks Battlefield State Parks, Carter Caves, Cumberland Falls, and Pine Mountain are part of nature preserves, and trails were pets aren’t allowed will be posted as such.
Leashed pets are also 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.
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. In addition, pets are 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, so 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. 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, but 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.
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 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.
Mississippi State Parks – Pet Policy
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.
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 pet 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 and, regardless of the location, pets in all New Hampshire state parks must be leashed and may not be left unattended.
Pets on leashes up to six feet long are welcome in New Jersey state parks and campgrounds. Pets are prohibited from all buildings, swimming beaches, campsites designated as not pet friendly, and overnight accommodations.
Pets on leashes up to ten feet long are welcome in most New Mexico state parks and campgrounds. Pets must be vaccinated and cannot be left unattended in a vehicle or at a campsite. Pets are not allowed at Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park, and Smokey Bear Historic Park.
Pets on leashes up to six feet long are welcome in most New York state park, 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. Pets are not allowed on the Gorge Trail at Watkins Glen State Park, and at Rockland State Park pets are allowed only between October 1 and March 31 – even then they are not permitted on the bike path or improved walkways.
Additionally, the following New York state parks offer pet friendly cabin or cottage rentals:
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:
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.
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
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:
Pets on leash up to six feet long are welcome in most Oregon state parks and campgrounds. 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:
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
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.
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.
Utah State Parks – Pet Policy
Pets are welcome at most Utah 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). Dogs are allowed only in Great Horned Owl and Chokecherry campgrounds, and are not permitted on boats, beaches, in the reservoir, or in any park buildings at Deer Creek State Park.
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 an pavilions, or in cottages or cabins.
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:
Pets on leashes up to ten feet long are welcome in West Virginia state parks, forests, and campgrounds. Certificate of vaccination is required, and designated pet relief areas should be utilized where provided.
For an extra pet fee of $50 per pet for the first night and $5 for each additional night, plus a $50 refundable security deposit the following West Virginia parks offer pet friendly cabin or cottage rentals (two pet limit):
Additionally, the parks listed below offer pet friendly lodge accommodations with a pet fee of $25 per pet for the first night and $10 for each additional night, up to $75 per visit. A refundable security deposit is also required, there is a two pet limit, and a 15-pound maximum weight per pet.
Pets on leashes up to eight feet long are welcome in most Wisconsin state parks, forests, and campgrounds. Special amenities and/or rules apply in the following locations:
Unless specifically stated above, pets are not allowed in buildings, picnic areas and picnic shelters, beaches, playgrounds, marked nature trails, including the trails around the waterfalls at Copper Falls, Paradise Springs at Kettle Moraine State Forest, and Boardwalk Trail at Big Bay, cross-country ski trails when groomed for skiing, and observation towers.
In addition, pet are not permitted in the following areas:
Pets on leashes up to ten feet long are welcome in Wyoming state parks and campgrounds, but are not allowed in picnic areas, food stores, public buildings, or on designated swimming beaches. Pets cannot be left unattended for more than an hour.