Hiking and Camping with Dogs

General Information

  • You must have your pet on a leash on National Forests and have control over your animal.
  • You must have appropriate equipment for your pet. For example, make sure you have an appropriate leash depending on the size of your dog.
  • You must clean up pet waste, no matter where it is.
  • Do not leave a poop bag on the trail to pick up later - they are often forgotten or missed on the way back leaving litter on the trail.

Frequently Asked Questions

Federal Regulations

  • Failure to have a dog on a leash can lead to a citation.
  • Within developed recreation sites, you can be cited under 36 CFR § 261.16j.
  • Within the rest of the forest, you can be cited under 36 CFR § 261.8d.