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Everglades National Park Dog & Pet Policy

(305) 242-7700

Everglades National Park encompasses 1.5 million acres, of which most is a designated wilderness. It is also an area where many family and community group activities take place; ranging from boating, hiking, camping and participating in ranger-led programs.

Pets often come with us to share in leisure time. There are trails and areas of the park accessible to pets and service animals. Due to the concern for wildlife management issues, Everglades National Park’s regulation allows the closing of an area to the use of pets and service animals if it is determined that these pose a direct threat to the health or safety of people or wildlife.

To determine whether a pet poses a direct threat, individualized assessments based on current scientific knowledge or on the best available objective evidence to ascertain the nature, duration and severity of the risks have been taken into account and less restrictive measures will not suffice.

Currently pets are permitted in the following areas:

• On roadways open to public vehicular traffic
• In roadside campgrounds and picnic areas
• On the maintained grounds surrounding public facilities and residential areas
• Aboard boats.

*All pets must be on a leash not to exceed six feet and under close supervision, even in designated areas.

For additional information call 305-242-7700 or read the Everglades Compendium listing current park-wide laws and policies.

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dog friendly stops visit our
Journey Guide Map for Dogs

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Disclaimer: This information is provided as a courtesy only. The governing agency may have updated policies not reflected by information provided here. We recommend you verify current pet policies with the relevant governing agency prior to your visit. strives to ensure correct information is provided. Please notify us at if you have updated information.

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