Pets are allowed on all trails at New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. We created our park rules for pets in a way to maximize safety and enjoyment for everyone. These rules allow visitors to enjoy the park with their pets while protecting park wildlife, ecosystems, and visitors. If you choose to bring your pet to New River Gorge please follow the following rules.
Park Pet Policies:
Service AnimalsQualified service animals as defined by the ADA are permitted throughout the park including in visitor centers, in park buildings, and on ranger led programs. Service animals are dogs who are trained to assist people with disabilities. Animals whose sole purpose is to provide emotional support or comfort are not service animals and are not permitted in park buildings or on ranger led programs.
Please keep in mind that all service animals are still subject to other park regulations including those regarding leashes and disposal of waste.
Last updated: October 4, 2022