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Pets in Virginia State Parks

One of the great things about Virginia State Parks is that you can bring your four-legged loved ones along as well. Fido can come too but, of course, there are limits.

Pets are allowed in all Virginia State Parks. State regulations prohibit pets on public swim beaches and require pets to be confined or kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet and kept under supervision while in the park. Pets are also not allowed in public facilities (bathhouses, visitor centers, park offices, restaurants, etc.) While pets are allowed at False Cape State Park, they are not permitted access through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

To avoid potential inconvenience, we ask that you bring proof of current rabies vaccination. This is strongly recommended in Virginia Beach where a rabies alert is in effect.

There's an additional nightly charge per pet for cabin stays. Customers with pet allergies may contact the park at least a week before check-in to request allergen-removal cleaning for a reserved cabin. There's no additional charge for pets in campgrounds.

Unfortunately, some pets and their owners don't always consider other guests. Pet owners must clean up after their pets. If a pet is left unattended, becomes a nuisance in violation of the leash law, disturbs others by barking during quiet hours or damages a park facility, the owner's stay may be terminated without refund. The owner will be billed for any damage to park facilities caused by pets.

Assistance dogs are not considered pets hence are welcome in all facilities at no additional charge.