Pet Safety at Congaree National ParkCongaree National Park welcomes all visitors and their pets! Pets are allowed on all trails, including the boardwalk, as well as in the campgrounds. Before you come out to the park, here are a few things that you should keep in mind:
Remember the B.A.R.K. Principles!
Bag your pet's wasteHelp keep trails and waterways clean by collecting and disposing of all dog waste
Always leash your pet
Leashes protect dogs from becoming lost, and from wilderness hazards
Keep a respectful distance away from all wildlife
Know where you can go
Pets are welcome on all of Congaree's trails, please remember to be courteous of others
Learn more about National Park Service B.A.R.K. Rangers
B.A.R.K. Ranger Tips for Congaree
The section of Boardwalk highlighted in the image to the right is elevated. This section is a confined space and there is no way to make a quick exit. If your dog is uncomfortable with other people or pets, consider taking another route.
Summer months in Congaree can be very hot and humid. Never leave your dog in a hot vehicle, bring enough water for them as well, and know the signs of heat stroke and dehydration.
Camping and Canoeing
If you will be in the park for more than a few hours, such as on a camping or canoeing trip, make sure to bring along food, water, a first aid kit, and any safety gear they might need (ex. PFD/life jacket).
B.A.R.K. Ranger Service Dogs
Daisy (pictured left) is a B.A.R.K. Ranger and a retired service dog. You may see Daisy on the trails with her human companion, Congaree volunteer Jory. Service animals are much more than just pets, receiving special training that allows them to perform specific tasks to keep their human companion healthy and safe from harm.
Last updated: February 23, 2023