LIRI BARK Ranger Tags
Little River Canyon National Preserve BARK Ranger tags lined up on a rock, a larger size and a smaller size. The smaller tag reads on the front "Bark Ranger" and "Little River Canyon National Preserve" on the back. The larger tag reads "Little River Canyon National Preserve Bark Ranger"

NPS / Matt Switzer

Be a Little River Canyon B.A.R.K. Ranger!

National parks are exciting places for pets to visit with their family while on vacation or while getting some good healthy exercise in the great outdoors. Little River Canyon National Preserve is a dog-friendly park, with four-legged friends welcomed on all trails and at the Canyon Center. Now, you and your canine can show the world that you're a responsible steward of the environment by becoming a BARK Ranger!

BARK Ranger is a program to teach dog owners about the benefits of visiting the park and being a responsible and respectful admirer of your public lands with a dog.

Best of all, it's easy to do - you just have to follow the rules of BARK:
  • Bag your waste
  • Always wear a leash
  • Respect wildlife
  • Know where you can go
BARK Ranger Yeager
BARK Ranger Yeager sits in the grass with a collar on showing off a BARK Ranger tag.

NPS / Matt Switzer

How does my pup become a BARK Ranger?

Pick up the BARK Ranger handout at the Canyon Center information desk, complete the checklist, and return it to the Canyon Center. Show the staff member working the desk a picture of you and your dog demonstrating the BARK Ranger principles, sign the checklist, and receive your official Little River Canyon National Preserve dog tag!

* Dog must be present to receive the tag.
BARK Ranger tags come in two sizes for big and little dogs. This program is part of the Healthy People Healthy Parks Initiative.

Become a BARK Ranger today!

* BARK Ranger Tags are Back in Stock!

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.


Last updated: August 3, 2023

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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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