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Yes, pets are permitted in "designated areas" of Florida State Parks, including campgrounds. Here's Pet Policy.

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    Hillsborough River State Park

    Photos from FloridaStateParks.org are used with permission. Leashed pets are permitted in "designated areas" at this state park located about 12 miles north of Tampa and six miles south of Zephyrhills on U.S. 301. Open 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year. For more information visit Pet Policy for State Parks. Reader Notes: "This park offers several trails of varying lengths which provide a great place for leashed dogs to romp around. Bring poop bags and bottled water for your pet." Please Share...

  • Honeymoon Island State Park

    Honeymoon Island State Park is located at #1 Causeway Boulevard in Dunedin. Dogs are allowed in designated areas of the Park, such as the picnic area, the pet beach on the southern tip of the island and on the nature trail. Pets must be on a 6-foot hand-held leash at all times. Direction: Take the Dunedin Causeway/Curlew Road/Route 586 to the Honeymoon Island State Park entrance. One of our readers said Curlew Road dead ends at the park, then just follow the signs for the dog beach. They pointed out Palm Harbor is right next to Dunedin, but technically, this park is in Dunedin. The entry fee for the park is $8 per car. You have to pay this fee to access any areas of the park, including the "dog beach." Dogs are not allowed on the ferry to Caladesi Island because dogs are not allowed on the island. Web Mistress Note: The dog park area has trash cans, a couple of benches and poop bag dispenser and there are phones, picnic tables, water facilities and restrooms around the rest of the island. This is a popular spot, often crowded, but dogs and their guardians are usually well-behaved. Reader Notes: "When we were there it was not at all crowded. Dogs must be on leashes, but they can swim there. They're also allowed on the nature trails. The only thing we were disappointed to see was that a lot of people were not 'scooping' along the pathway leading to the dog beach, that was a shame, but the beach was lovely. "The island is quite large, so there is a lot of room and there are numerous stations with restrooms, changing facilities. There is one that has a cafe and gift shop also. Shelling is good there, and just before sunset, we watched five dolphins playing offshore, right in front of where a guy was fishing! Although there are facilities, it is large enough that there is plenty of undeveloped area and nature trails, etc. We thought it was quite enjoyable; we didn't want a place that was just a little fenced in area, to us that is no fun for our [dog]. There is also a ferry to Caladesi Island there, which is really nice, but unfortunately, you cannot take pets on the ferry. One other note is that there is not really any cover there, except for the facilities, so most people [should] bring umbrellas or such if they're planning to stay long." Please Share...

  • Oscar Scherer State Park

    Located at 1843 South Tamiami Trail in Osprey, just south of Blackburn Point Road. Hours: 8 a.m. to sundown. This nearly 144-acre state park allows leashed pets and offers 15 miles of trails, including Lester Finley Nature Trail. Offers trash cans, canoe rentals, children's playground, fishing, swimming, camping, picnic areas, and guided walks. There is a per-vehicle entry fee into the park. Please Share...

  • Big Lagoon State Park

    First acquired in 1977, Big Lagoon State Park is a 705-acre Florida State Park located on the northwestern Florida coast, approximately 10 miles southwest of Pensacola on Gulf Beach Highway. 698 acres, a 500-seat amphitheater, sandy beaches, salt marshes on Big Lagoon, plenty of wildlife, picnic areas with shelters, camping, canoeing, swimming, boat ramp, and a nature trail. Florida State laws do not permit pets on beaches, but visitors may walk their leashed dogs on specified trails, paths, and park roads. Leashes must be 6-foot long. For more information, call Big Lagoon State Recreation Area at 850-492-1595. Please Share...

  • Perdido Key State Park

    Perdido Key State Park is a 290-acre Florida State Park located on a barrier island fifteen miles southwest of Pensacola, off S.R. 292, in northwestern Florida. Located at 12301 Gulf Beach Highway, off S.R. 292 in Pensacola. This is a 247-acre barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico. Offers beautiful, white, sandy beaches with sand dunes covered with sea oats, swimming, showers, and a picnic area. Florida State laws do not permit pets on beaches, but visitors may walk their leashed dogs on specified trails, paths, and park roads. Leashes must be 6-foot long. For more information, call Perdido Key State Recreation Area at (850) 492-1595. Please Share...

  • St. Andrews State Park

    St. Andrews State Park is a 1,200-acre Florida State Park located three miles east of Panama City Beach Florida, off U.S. 98. It is the headquarters of one of the state's five AmeriCorps Florida State Parks chapters. Located off SR 392, at 4415 Thomas Drive. Open 8 a.m. until sundown. This park has 1260 acres and is located on a peninsula with over 1 1/2 miles of beach on the Gulf of Mexico. Pet policy, per the Web site, states, "Pets are not allowed in camping areas, on bathing beaches, in concession areas and may be restricted in other designated areas of the park. Where pets are allowed, they must be kept on a six-foot, hand-held leash and well-behaved at all times." Reader Notes: One of our readers visited this park and said while it's a beautiful park and there is a place to walk dogs, there seems to be a general pet-UNfriendly attitude in this part of Florida. She said she was walking her leashed dog in a regular park and had a poop bag on hand when a very angry man approached her and threatened to call the police if she did not leave. She was told by a staff member of the Chamber of Commerce there are no places in the area for people to exercise their dogs. Please Share...

  • Silver Springs State Park

    Silver Springs State Park, formerly known as Silver River State Park, is a Florida State Park located on the Silver River in Marion County. The park contains Silver Springs, Florida's first tourist attraction. Lucy Tobias, the publisher of the monthly Saturday Morning Magazine, reminds readers that when traveling around Florida, the early bird gets the worm - in this location, the scenery. "My dogs like walking the Sand Hill Trail at Silver River State Park in Ocala", she said. "Often we’re the first ones walking the leaf-strewn path and that means our chances of seeing wildlife are pretty good." Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome in the Park's campground, picnic area, and on the trails. Humans are expected to clean up after their pets. Excluding service animals, pets are not permitted in the restrooms, museum or cabins. Please Share...

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    Sebastian Inlet State Park

    Sebastian Inlet State Park is a Florida State Park located 10 miles south of Melbourne Beach and 6 miles north of Vero Beach, Florida. Located at 9700 South A1A, Melbourne Beach. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Dogs are not allowed on the beach in this park, but are allowed on the trails if leashed. Please Share...

  • Bahia Honda State Park

    Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $3.25 to $4.00 per carload. Leashed pets are welcome in designated areas. Offers shaded picnic tables and grills, guided nature trail walks, three cabins, camping, boating and boat tours. Please Share...

  • The Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve

    The Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve is a U.S. National Preserve in Jacksonville, Florida. It comprises 46,000 acres of wetlands, waterways, and other habitats in northeastern Duval County.This National Park is located in the northeastern portion of Jacksonville and allows leashed dogs throughout the property. Please Share...

  • Grayton Beach State Park

    Located on S.R. 30-A, south of U.S. 98. Hours are 8 a.m. to sundown. This is a beautiful 400-acre oceanfront park. Pet policy, per the Web site, states, "Pets are not allowed in camping areas, on bathing beaches, in concession areas and may be restricted in other designated areas of the park. Where pets are allowed, they must be kept on a six-foot, hand-held leash and well-behaved at all times." Reader Notes: "The only dogs allowed on Grayton Beach anymore are those of residents of Walton County who have a special license." "There has been talk of Walton County constructing a new dog park near State Road 331." (We'll research this, but does anyone have more information about this? Please Share...

  • DeSota National Monument Park

    Well-behaved, leashed dogs are permitted in this park as long as dog guardians are responsible for poop scooping. Reader Notes: "It has a wonderful walking trail that allows pets. It winds through grassy areas, ocean view, wooded areas, beach area and sidewalked areas. There are plenty of doggie stations that supply bags and refuse cans. Parking can be somewhat of a problem at times." Please Share...

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