Dogs must be leashed in Bent Creek

Bent Creek is popular with hikers, bikers, and runners and many people bring their dog along for a great outdoor experience. To ensure the safety of your dog and other visitors, you must keep your dog on a leash and under control at all times.

Even dogs who are well-behaved at home can behave unexpectedly when they are excited by the new sights and smells of the forest. Dogs may be tempted to chase runners and bikers and can cause accidents or be hurt in encounters with other visitors. Dogs also may be tempted to chase wild animals causing stress or harm to wildlife or your dog. Many dogs become lost while pursuing wildlife into the woods.

If you encounter other visitors or wildlife, respect them by keeping your dog away from them. Consider that other visitors might be frightened by an unknown dog approaching them. Under no circumstances should you allow your dog to approach in a threatening manner or make physical contact with other people or animals. Keeping your dog on a leash is the best way to prevent confrontations with other dogs that may act aggressively. Remember that you are liable for injuries or damages caused by your dog.

Cleaning up after your pet is also your responsibility.  Please bring waste bags and pick up dog waste which otherwise can quickly accumulate causing a health and safety hazard for other visitors.  Dispose of bags and all other waste properly in trash bins.


National Forests are here for everyone to enjoy.

Be courteous to other visitors.

Respect wildlife.

Dispose of waste properly.

Minimize your impact.


Dogs on leash