Pet Friendly Florida State & National Parks

Florida State Parks

Pets are OK in "designated areas" of Florida State Parks, including campgrounds. For specifics read State Park Pet Policies.

Special Note: September is State Park Literacy Month during which time visitors can enjoy free entry into any state park except Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.

National Parks in Florida

The Dry Tortugas National Park is the only Florida National Park that allows leashed dogs. This park is in the Key West area and is 1 of only 14 national parks across the country. This is a very environmentally-sensitive area with many rules and regulations about where dogs are permitted. For example, they are permitted on Garden Key, but not inside Fort Jefferson, or on any other Key in the park. All pets must be leashed and controlled at all times. Visitors are expected to clean up after themselves and their pet while enjoying this beautiful location. See National Park Regulations.

National Forests in Florida

This pertains to Apalachicola National Forest in Wakulla County, Ocala National Forest, mostly in Marion County, and Osceola National Forest spread across both Baker and Columbia Counties. According to the USDA Forest Service, dogs are permitted in national forests but must be under physical restraint at all times when you are hiking. In campgrounds, dogs must be on a leash of not more than six feet and under control. Pets are not permitted in any swimming, picnicking or day-use areas.

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