Find Us on

Shenandoah National Park Dog & Pet Policy

(540) 999-3500

Read about Prospect the Dog's visit to Shenandoah National Park, his trail up Compton's Peak, and see his photos.

Pet owners have the special responsibility of following park rules for pets. Pets must be on a leash at all times in the park. Pets are allowed in campgrounds, and pet-friendly lodging is available. Pets should not be left unattended at camp or in vehicles.

Your pet is allowed on most trails, if he/she is on a 6-foot lead. But a few trails are rocky, or designed for family groups; and one trail is ADA accessible. For the protection of the park and the safety of others, a few trails, listed here from north to south, are not open to pets:

- Fox Hollow Nature Trail (mile 4.6)
- Traces Trail (mile 22.02)
- Stony Man Nature Trail (mile 41.7)
- Limberlost Trail (milepost 43)
- Old Rag Ridge Trail
- Ragged Run Trail
- Old Rag Saddle Trail (above Old Rag Shelter)
- Dark Hollow Falls Trail (mile 50.7)
- Story of the Forest Nature Trail (milepost 51)
- Bearfence Mountain Trail (mile 56.4)
- Frazier Discovery Trail (mile 79.5)

Even though it may appear long, this list totals fewer than 20 miles of the 500 miles of trails in the park!

For more information on
dog friendly stops visit our
Journey Guide Map for Dogs

Click Here to see
National Park List

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.

© 2011
Legal Notice, Terms, and Conditions