Dogs are allowed everywhere on the Trail except in three areas:

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina
  • Trailside Museum and Wildlife Center in Bear Mountain State Park, New York
  • Baxter State Park, Maine

Dogs must be leashed on the forty percent of the Trail that uses National Park Service-administered lands - though we recommend that you keep your dog leashed, particularly to protect you and your dog in the event of an unexpected encounter with wildlife.


Pack animals are NOT allowed on the trail. This includes horses, donkeys, llamas and alpacas.

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