Inconsiderate dog owner bagged the poop but left the blue bag on a stump next to the trail
An inconsiderate dog owner bagged the dog poop, but left the bag on the trail. This is considered to be littering and is harmful to the environment.

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Pets are allowed on the battlefield if on a leash and under control. Leashes cannot exceed 6 feet in length. At no time are pets allowed to be off leash and run free. Pets are not permitted in the visitor center, unless they are Service Animals. A Service Animal is defined as an animal "that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability." If you have questions, you can consult the U.S. Department of Justice's webpage of "Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA"

Leash your dog because it's the rules!

  • Leashes protect dogs from becoming lost and from wilderness hazards such as sick, injured, or rabid animals.
  • Unleashed dogs intimidate other battlefield visitors and their dogs, depriving them of the peace this park provides.
  • Unleashed dogs could harass, injure, and sometimes kill wildlife.
  • A leashed dogs keen senses can enhance your awareness of nearby wildlife or possible dangers.
  • Unleashed dogs increase the probability of dogs being banned from Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.
  • Failure to leash your dog may result in a fine above $75.00.

Pick up the poop!

Protect the ecosystem by picking up after your dog. “Dog feces is not a ‘natural fertilizer.’ Dogs are not native to our forest environments, so nature lacks a seamless way of managing dog waste, especially when it’s deposited onto a trail in high quantities. Parvovirus, giardia and roundworms are just a few of the organisms you, your family and your pets probably don’t want to encounter on a hike, yet dog feces can carry such parasites and pathogens. The park has waterways that are integral to Greensboro, which means these diseases are in the urban water supply.

Owners of pets are responsible for waste cleanup and any damage their pets cause. Please clean up after your pet! Leaving bagged poop on the trails is NOT an option. The bags will degrade or rip, and the waste will infect the environment.
Protect the people, nature, and fellow pooches in the park!

The Park has 7 waste disposal locations, equipped with bags. You can find these at the Forbis Monument, Stop 2, Stop 4, Stop 6, Stop 7, and Stop 8 next to the parking lot. Grab a bag and go!

B.A.R.K Ranger!

B = Bag Your Poop

  • Help keep the park's green spaces clean by collecting and disposing of all dog waste. Be sure to carry out the bag with you or throw the bag away into the park's public trash receptacles.

  • Dog feces is not a natural fertilizer. Dogs can carry disease such as parvovirus, giardia and roundworms into the park's wildlife populations. Water sources may also be polluted by dog feces.

A = Always Wear a Leash

  • Pets must be restrained on a leash no longer than 6 feet; retractable leashes extended beyond this limit are prohibited.

  • Leashes protect dogs from becoming lost and from hazards, such as vehicle traffic.

  • Not everyone is a dog person no matter how friendly and well behaved your dog may be. Many people, especially children, are frightened by dogs, even small ones. Uncontrolled dogs can present a danger to other visitors. Leashes also protect the experience of other visitors who may be afraid, allergic, or who do not want a dog approaching them.

  • Unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells can disturb even the calmest, friendliest, and best-trained dog, causing them to behave unpredictably or bark excessively.

R = Respect Wildlife

  • Dogs can chase and threaten wildlife, scaring birds and other animals away. There are many deer in the park who could react unpredictably to your dog.

  • Please keep your dog at a respectful distance from any animals you may encounter.

K = Know Where To Go

  • Pets should not be left unattended. Summer sunshine poses a threat to pets in vehicles. Don't leave pets alone in a car or tied to an object while visiting.

  • Pets, with the exception of service animals, are not allowed to enter the Visitor Center.

Last updated: December 9, 2023

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2332 New Garden Road
Greensboro, NC 27410


336 288-1776
This phone number will direct your call to the Visitor Center where you can speak with a Park Ranger or Volunteer.

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