Virginia State Park Pet Policy
One of the great things about Virginia State Parks is that you can bring your four-legged loved ones along as well. Fido can come too but, of course, there are limits.
Pets are allowed in all Virginia State Parks. State regulations prohibit pets on public beaches and in public facilities (bathhouses, visitor centers, park offices, restaurants, etc.), and pets must be confined or kept on a leash no longer than six feet and kept under supervision while in the park. While pets are allowed at False Cape State Park, they generally are not permitted access through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, so be sure to call False Cape SP, (757) 426-7128, to verify access.
To avoid potential inconvenience, we ask that you bring proof of current rabies vaccination. This is strongly recommended in Virginia Beach where a rabies alert is in effect.
There is an additional nightly charge per pet for cabins and campsites.
Unfortunately, some pets and their owners don't always consider other guests. Pet owners must clean up after their pets. If a pet is left unattended, becomes a nuisance in violation of the leash law, disturbs others by barking during quiet hours or damages a park facility, the owner's stay may be terminated without refund. The owner will be billed for any damage to park facilities caused by pets.
Dogs assisting the disabled are not considered pets hence are welcome in all facilities at no additional charge.
Virginia State Park Pet Policy - FAQs
May I bring my pet?
Pets are allowed in Virginia State Parks campgrounds and cabins. A fee is charged per pet per night. Pet fees for cabins, lodges and other facilities are higher than they are for camping.
Guests must clean up after their pets and never leave their pets unattended.
To avoid potential inconvenience, we ask that you bring proof of current rabies vaccination.
Park staff reserve the right to terminate your stay without a refund should your pet be considered a nuisance, and customers will be billed for cabin damage.
State regulations prohibit pets on public beaches.
Your pet must be confined or kept on a leash no longer than six feet and under constant supervision while in the park.