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Dog-Friendly State Parks

Dog-Friendly State Parks 

Wanting to take your dogs along with you as you travel the country in your Lance Camper is natural. After all, they love being around you, you love being around them, and you both love travel and the outdoors. It's a classic combo, like peas and carrots, peanut butter and jelly, and Lance Campers and the highway.

State Parks feature prominently as destinations, but the rules that govern them vary from state to state. While it would take an encyclopedia to list every State Park and their pet policies, here are some of the more popular states and parks.


Dogs on a leash up to six feet long are welcome in many California state parks and campgrounds. Vicious or unusually noisy dogs will not be allowed in any park, and dogs are not permitted at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, on the trails or in the campground at Malibu Creek State Park, or on the trails or beach at Andrew Molera State Park. Additionally, San Diego Coast District parks and San Luis Obispo District parks do not allow dogs on any trails, and Mendocino District parks allow dogs only in traditional campgrounds and other designated areas.


Pets on a leash up to six feet long are welcome in all Florida state park day-use areas, except Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs State Park because of the captive wildlife. (That park provides complimentary, self-service kennels at the main entrance for visitors traveling with pets.) Pets are not permitted on beaches or playgrounds, or in bathing areas, cabins, or park buildings. Leashed pets are also welcome at Florida state park campgrounds. Dogs must be vaccinated. Dogs that are noisy, vicious, dangerous, disturbing, or intimidating to other persons or pets, or which damage park resources, are considered nuisances and will not be permitted to remain in the park.

New York

Pets on leashes up to six feet long are welcome in most New York state park, and two pets per site are allowed in designated loops of New York state park campgrounds. Pets must have proof of vaccination, may not be left unattended, and are not allowed in buildings, picnic or swimming areas, or where posted.


Pets on a leash up to six feet long are welcome in most Texas state parks and campgrounds. Pets must not be left unattended, and proof of vaccination must be provided upon request. Pets are not allowed in certain facilities unless they are service animals.


Pets on leashes up to eight feet long are welcome in Washington state parks and campgrounds, but are not permitted on designated swimming beaches, within a natural area preserve, or on any designated alpine ski site or cross country trail which has been prepared, set, or groomed during ski season.

See the Country with a Lance Camper

If you're ready to see the country with your dog, do so in a Lance Camper. From truck campers to travel trailers, to toy haulers, Lance Camper has a travel system to work for you.