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Pennsylvania State Park Dog Information

Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks

Pennsylvania State Park Pet Policy



Pennsylvania State Parks allows pets in designated campsites in 30 state park campgrounds. Specific pet camping guidelines govern this program and are listed here. The designated campgrounds and campsites are listed below.

Other state parks will continue to prohibit pets in overnight areas.

No more than two non-caged pets are allowed to stay on any one campsite


What is a Pet?

A house pet is limited to any dog or cat commonly kept in household captivity, or a caged pet.

A caged pet is an animal that will not be released from its cage for the duration of its stay in the state park, like birds and hamsters.

A pet is not livestock, like horses, cows, pigs, sheep and goats.

A pet is not a vicious or dangerous animal, like any animal with a history of attacking without provocation.


Pet Camping Guidelines


* Responsible ownership is the key!

* Pet owners must pick up after their pets and dispose of pet waste properly.


* Pets can only be brought into a designated campground if caged, contained in a vehicle, trailer, motor home or camper, or on a leash. Inquire at the park office about specific leash length requirements.

* Dogs and cats must have current rabies vaccinations. A pet must display a valid license, if required in its home state.

* Pets must not be left unattended, except when using a restroom or visiting a park building for a brief period of time. When doing so, the pet must be kept in a camping unit or vehicle, weather conditions permitting.

* Pets must be under physical control at all times.

* Pets may not create a disturbance or nuisance. Excessive barking is a disturbance.

* Pet food must not remain outside of a camping unit or vehicle because it will attract rodents/wildlife.

* Pets are to be walked in the designated walking areas of the campground and on designated pet walkways when accessing other areas of the park from the campground. Pets may not be walked through non-pet areas of the campground unless it is designated as a pet-camper travel route.

* Pets are permitted in day-use areas, on designated sites in campgrounds and all areas not otherwise closed to pets.


* Pets are not permitted in swimming areas, inside buildings, in non-pet overnight areas like cabins and group tenting areas, or in any area designated as an area closed to pets.

* Animals that are considered vicious, dangerous or that display vicious behavior will not be permitted in the park.

Responsible ownership is the key!

More information is available at any Pennsylvania state park office or by calling 888-PA-PARKS.

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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