dog at Hampton
Pets are welcome in most areas of the park, but must be on a leash at all times.

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Hampton National Historic Site is a pet-friendly park. Visitors are welcome to bring their pets to the park, but please be mindful of the following regulations and limitations:

  • Leaving pets unattended in a vehicle is prohibited. If you see an unattended pet please notify park staff immediately.

  • Pets may be walked in designated areas of the park, but must be on a leash not exceeding six (6) feet in length at all times. Pets are not permitted in the Family Cemetery and the fenced yard of the Lower House. Leaving a pet unattended and tied to an object at any time is prohibited.

  • Pets are not permitted in any of the buildings or historic structures on site, including the Visitor Contact Station.

  • Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. Garbage cans are available throughout the park for disposal of pet waste. It is unlawful to abandon waste bags in the park. Please bring your own supplies as the park is not responsible for providing clean up bags to visitors.

  • It is unlawful to allow pets to harass and/or chase the wildlife. Please maintain control of your pet and keep a safe distance from any other animals in your general area at all times.

These regulations and laws exist to keep pets, visitors, and park resources safe. There are no exceptions to the regulations for carried pets (in arms, carriers, strollers, backpacks, etc.) in restricted areas of the park. For more information, please consult the Superintendent's Compendium.

Please be mindful of weather conditions when bringing your pet to the park. Extremes in hot and cold tempatures can sometimes be dangerous to pets. Water fountains are available throughout the park but visitors should bring their own containers in order to provide water to their pets.

Service Animals

Qualified service animals assisting visitors with disabilities are permitted throughout the park and in all park facilities. However, they must be on a leash.

Ranger petting dog at Hampton NHS
Ranger petting at dog at Hampton NHS

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B.A.R.K. Ranger Program

National parks are exciting places for pets to visit with their family while on vacation. Sometimes these new places can be so exciting as to be overstimulating. Join these events to learn how to have a positive experience with your pet in unfamiliar environments. Learn the B.A.R.K. principles so you and your pet can have a safe and fun visit anytime you go to a national park. This program is part of the Healthy People Healthy Parks Initiative. B.A.R.K. stands for:

  • Bag your pet’s waste
  • Always leash your pet
  • Respect wildlife
  • Know where you can go

Want to become a B.A.R.K. Ranger? Click to learn how!

Paw Patrol
Dog lovers and their furry friends can join the Hampton Paw Patrol volunteer program.

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Volunteer Opportunities

We are excited to offer a unique volunteer opportunity for dog walkers who want to help preserve, protect, and interpret the history and resources of Hampton National Historic Site. The Hampton Paw Patrol is a group of volunteers and their four-legged friends who patrol the park and demonstrate good canine behavior to other visitors. Find your BARK and join the Paw Patrol today!

Last updated: May 6, 2024

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535 Hampton Lane
Towson, MD 21286


410-962-4290 (option 2)

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