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Great Falls Park Dog & Pet Policy

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All pets must be on a six foot leash AT ALL TIMES while in Great Falls Park. There are no off leash areas within the park.

Pets are welcome on all park trails, parking lots, falls overlooks, and picnic areas. Owners must have physical control of the animal. Electronic or 'shock' collars do not count as a leash.

Pets, with the exception of service animals, are not permitted in the Visitor Center, or on ranger led hikes and school programs.

Pets must be under owner control at all times and may not be left tied out or unattended. Do not leave a pet in an unattended vehicle. High temperatures during the spring and summer months can be fatal.

The leash law is in effect to protect pets and people. Be aware of dangerous currents in the Potomac, cliffs, venomous snakes, and the safety and comfort of other visitors and keep your pet on a leash at all times. An off leash dog park is available in Reston, about fifteen minutes from Great Falls Park. Other off leash parks are located in Herndon and Vienna.

Fairfax County parks, including Riverbend Park and the Cross County Trail, require all pets to be on a six foot leash at all times.

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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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