Many visitors to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park want to enjoy the company of their pets as they experience the beautiful scenery and historic landscape. To help us preserve these resources and keep the park clean and safe for all visitors, please observe the following guidelines when bringing pets into the park.
Leash your pet
Pets must be kept on a six-foot leash at all times while visiting any area of the park.
This prevents encounters between pets and wildlife, protects pets from hazards, and prevents unwanted interaction between pets and other visitors.
Retractable leashes should be kept at a maximum length of six feet.
Plan your day
*Pets are not permitted on the park shuttle buses or in park buildings.* (Exception: Service animals are permitted on park shuttles and in buildings while functioning in their work capacity.)
Pets may not be left unattended while their owners explore the park.
When planning your visit, please determine what activities you plan to enjoy before deciding to bring your pet.
Adequate water, shade, and supervision are all important considerations for your pet, especially in the hot summer months.
Information on areas closed to pets is available at the park Visitor Center on the day of your visit.
Dispose of pet waste
All pet waste must be removed from the park.
If you are visiting with your pet, please remember to bring plastic bags and determine how you will transport waste from the park: Harpers Ferry NHP is a Trash Free Park.