National Recreation Area

Chickasaw Dog Policy

Chickasaw National Recreation Area is Somewhat Dog Friendly

Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash & Exceptions []
Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash []

Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a large area centered around springs, streams, and lakes. The recreation area offers many recreation opportunities including camping, hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, and hunting.

Chickasaw National Recreation Area is somewhat dog friendly, with some areas being more dog friendly than others. Dogs are allowed in campgrounds, and dogs are allowed on many trails, but not allowed on some (see below). Dogs are also not allowed in swimming areas east of US 177, south of the Northeast Perimeter Road, and north of the Southeast Perimeter Road. These swimming areas that are not allowed are also named Little Niagara, Bear Falls, and Panther Falls.


Trail Policy

Dogs are allowed on many trails at Chickasaw National Recreation Area while on a leash no longer than 6'. A map of trails is available here.

However, dogs are not allowed on trails east of the Travertine Nature Center. (The Travertine Nature Center is fairly far on the east side of the park. You can see it on the top right of the hiking trail map linked above)

Campground Policy

Dogs are allowed in campgrounds while on a leash. See the National Park Service site for more information on campgrounds.

Location & Map



Warning: Hunting is allowed at this location. Please be aware of and familiarize yourself with hunting seasons, and exercise appropriate caution with your dog. During hunting season(s), you may also want to consider having your dog wear a blaze orange vest.

For more information on hunting seasons and policies, please see:

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Note: Policies can change -- please make sure to check official dog/pet policies prior to making plans or booking travel.

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