Dog at Everglades
A dog in front of a Florida Panther statue

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Pets are Allowed in Limited Areas in Everglades National Park

Due to the concern for wildlife management issues, Everglades' regulation allows the closing of an area to the use of pets and service animals, if it is determined that these pose a direct threat to the health or safety of people or wildlife.

Pets present in areas not permitted open themselves to predation by wildlife, as well as posing a significant danger to the handler and other visitors.

Where Can I Bring my Pet?

Pets must be kept on a leash (maximum of 6 feet in length) at all times. Do not leave pets unattended. Please pick up after your pet and dispose in a sealed container.

Pets are permitted in the following areas:

  • Roadways open to public vehicular traffic
  • Roadside campground and picnic areas
  • Maintained grounds surrounding public facilities and residential areas
  • Private boats

Pets not permitted in the following areas:

  • Unpaved roads and unpaved trails
  • Boardwalk trails
  • Shark Valley Tram Trail

Service Animals

Qualified service animals assisting people with disabilities are allowed in other areas where pets are traditionally prohibited and in all park facilities. However, they must be leashed. To learn more about bringing a service animal to the park, click here.

For additional information call the general park information phone 305-242-7700 or read the Everglades Compendium listing current park-wide laws and policies.

Last updated: September 24, 2018

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