Pet Safety

Two puppies on leash standing on sandstone.
Little River Canyon can be a great place to enjoy with your dogs.



Little River Canyon National Preserve has many scenic spots for you and your dog to enjoy together.

Whether it is a hike on a trail, a picnic at Canyon Mouth, a stop on the rim, or a splash in the river, Little River Canyon is a pet-friendly place. Your pets are welcome here, but to protect other visitors, wildlife, and your pets themselves, please remember the following:


  • Pets are allowed in all areas of the park, to include the Little River Canyon Center
  • Pets MUST be leashed (6 foot / 2 meter or shorter leash) at all times, including while in the water.
  • You must clean up your pet's poop and dispose of it in a garbage can or take it home and dispose of it there.
  • Pets may not be left unattended.

Safety Tips:

  • Take plenty of water and food, for you and for your pet.
  • Never leave your pet unattended, in or out of the car.
  • Keep your pet on a leash - for their safety! A leash helps keep your pet from getting lost, keeps wildlife and people who are afraid of dogs safe and happy, and prevents damage to the park. Failure to keep pets on a leash can result in a fine and could contribute to getting pets banned from the park.
  • Stay on the trail and be aware of where your pet is walking - Little River Canyon is home to poison ivy, ticks, hornets, and three venomous snakes.

Last updated: March 26, 2021

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Mailing Address:

4322 Little River Trail NE Ste 100
Fort Payne , AL 35967


256 845-9605 x201
Main phone number for Little River Canyon National Preserve.

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