National Park Service Laws & Policies
The National Park Service carries out its responsibilities in parks and programs under the authority of federal laws, regulations, and Executive Orders, and in accord with policies and Director's Orders established by the Director of the National Park Service and the Secretary of the Interior. To learn more about these directives, you can visit the National Park Service's web page at: www.nps.gov/aboutus/lawsandpolicies.htm
Superintendent's Compendium of Park Regulations and Policies
2019 Superintendent's Compendium
Dogs on leash are welcome to accompany their owners in the historic village. Only certified service dogs are permitted to enter historic structures with their owners. Since Hopewell Furnace NHS is also a working farm, visitors are asked not to feed the farm animals and keep dogs away from the livestock.
Firearms in National Parks
The law governing possession of firearms inside a national park changed on February 22, 2010.
Visitors may possess firearms within a national park unit provided they comply with federal, state, and local laws.
The role of the responsible gun owner is to know and obey the federal, state, and local laws appropriate to the park they are visiting. For more information regarding Pennsylvania state gun laws please visit their website.
Please remember that federal law prohibits firearms in certain park facilities and buildings. These places are marked with signs at public entrances.
Last updated: March 26, 2019