Enjoying the Park with Your Best Friends
Little River Canyon National Preserve has many scenic spots and open spaces for you and your pet to enjoy together. Whether you share a tranquil riverside stroll or a hike into the canyon, always be aware of your surroundings and considerate of others. It takes a cooperative effort to make the Preserve safe and comfortable for everyone. Pets are welcome in the Little River Canyon Center.
When you bring your dog to the park, please remember:
- To take plenty of water and food, for you and for your dog
- To clean up after your dog
- To never leave your pet unattended
- To keep your dog on a leash and under control
Why Should Your Dog Be on a Leash?
For the Safety of Your Dog
Your dog can become trapped or injured while running, digging or jumping. Your dog could get bitten by a venomous snake or even another dog. Your dog can be exposed to ticks, poison oak, poison ivy, poison sumac or other plants that have thorns or burrs. With a leash, your pet will be less likely to encounter these dangers.
For the Safety of Wildlife
Animals may be flushed out of nesting sites or burrows by your dog. A dog’s quick dig can destroy a wild animal’s home.
For the Safety of People
Some people, particularly children, are afraid of dogs – even friendly ones.
It’s the Law
Federal, state and county laws* require dogs to be on a leash. Please be aware that leashes, even retractable ones, must be six feet or less in length.
* Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 2.015(a)(2). This regulation helps us protect and preserve the natural landscape.