While pets are allowed on the grounds with responsible supervision, regulation of pets in national parks occurs for several reasons. In fact, pets are banned in the backcountry of larger parks such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, and Great Smokey Mountains. A few reasons for pet regulation are listed below.
- Dogs can carry disease into the park's wildlife populations or goat farm.
- Dogs can chase and threaten wildlife, scaring birds and other animals away from nesting, feeding, and resting sites. The scent left behind by a dog can signal the presence of a predator, disrupting or altering the behavior of park wildlife. Small animals may hide in their burrow the entire day after smelling a dog and may not venture out to feed.
- Dogs bark and disturb the quiet of the wilderness. Unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells can disturb even the calmest, friendliest, and best-trained dog, causing them to behave unpredictably or bark excessively.
- Pets may become prey for larger predators such as bears. In addition, if your dog disturbs and enrages a bear, it may lead the angry bear directly to you. Dogs can also encounter insects that bite and transmit disease and plants that are poisonous or full of painful thorns and burrs.
- Many people, especially children, are frightened by dogs, even small ones. Uncontrolled dogs can present a danger to other visitors.
The Western North Carolina region offers an amazing variety of federal, state, and local public lands for recreation and enjoyment. Some public lands outside Carl Sandburg Home NHS may offer a wider range of recreational opportunities than are available here. For maps and information about these other recreation areas please contact the offices listed below.
- Pisgah National Forest (828) 257-4200
- DuPont State Forest (828) 877-6527
- Holmes Educational State Forest (828) 692-0100
- Henderson County Parks and Recreation - Hendersonville Dog Park located at E. Caswell Street and S. Glover. Call (828) 697-4884 for more information.
- City of Asheville Parks and Recreation - Several designated "dog parks" within the City limits. Call (828) 259-5800 for more information.
Thank you for helping by doing your part as a pet owner.