National Park

Shenandoah Dog Policy

Shenandoah National Park is Dog Friendly

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

Shenandoah's Blue Ridge Mountains are covered by hardwood forests that teem with a wide variety of wildlife. The Skyline Drive and Appalachian Trail run the entire length of this narrow park, along with more than 500 miles (800 km) of hiking trails passing scenic overlooks and cataracts of the Shenandoah River.[1]

Shenandoah National Park is a dog friendly national park. It's one of the rare national parks that allows dogs on trails. There are only a few trails (noted below and on the linked NPS pet policy page) on which dogs are not allowed. Dogs are also allowed in the campgrounds. Please make sure to watch out for and respect local wildlife such as bears.

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Website
https://www.nps.gov/shen/index.htm
Pet Policy Details
https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/pets.htm
Area
311 mi2
Annual Visitors
1,666,265

Trail Policy

Dogs are allowed on most trails at Shenandoah National Park. Out of 500+ miles of trails, there are only about 20 miles of trails on which they're not allowed. Dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than 6'.

Dogs are allowed on all trails except the following:

  • Fox Hollow Trail (mile 4.6)
  • Stony Man Trail (mile 41.7) except for portion that follows the Appalachian Trail
  • Limberlost Trail (mile 43)
  • Post Office Junction to Old Rag Shelter
  • Old Rag Ridge Trail
  • Old Rag Saddle Trail
  • Old Rag Access Trail
  • Ridge Access Trail (Old Rag area)
  • Dark Hollow Falls Trail (mile 50.7)
  • Story of the Forest Trail (mile 51)
  • Bearfence Mountain Trail (mile 56.4)
  • Frazier Discovery Trail (mile 79.5)

Campground Policy

Dogs are allowed at campgrounds, but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6'. Below are details on the main campgrounds at Shenandoah. In addition to the main campgrounds, there is also the small campground Lewis Mountain Campground, which also allows dogs, and is first-come, first-served.

Campground Dogs Allowed? # Dog Friendly Sites Equipment
Big Meadows Campground - Shenandoah (Va) Yes 223 Car, Caravan/Camper Van, Fifth Wheel, Hammock, Pickup Camper, Pop Up, RV, Tent, Trailer, Vehicle Reservations/Info
Dundo Group Campground Yes 3 Tent Reservations/Info
Loft Mountain Campground Yes 210 Car, Caravan/Camper Van, Fifth Wheel, Hammock, Pickup Camper, Pop Up, RV, Tent, Trailer, Vehicle Reservations/Info
Mathews Arm Campground Yes 166 Car, Caravan/Camper Van, Fifth Wheel, Pickup Camper, Pop Up, RV, Tent, Trailer, Vehicle Reservations/Info
Campground details from Recreation.gov

Location & Map

State
Virginia

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[1] Overview text from the Wikipedia article List of national parks of the United States, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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