THING TO DO

Bring Your Dog to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Small dog on a leash stands in front of the fort stockade
When you bring your dog to Fort Vancouver, please be sure to keep them on a leash no longer than 6 feet.

NPS Photo

Dog walking is a great way to get exercise for both you and your pet! At Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, our paved, easily accessible trails provide great pathways for easy or more strenuous walks.


Trails

Walking your dog at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is also a great way to learn about history! Each of our trails contains interpretive signs that will help you learn about the area. See a full map of our trails here (link goes to a PDF).


Bark Ranger Walking Tours

During the summer months, we also feature Bark Ranger Walking Tours. These guided, ranger-led tours are designed for visitors and their dogs, and feature different aspects of the site's history. Check here for an updated schedule, as it becomes available.


The BARK Rules

To make sure that everyone at the national park has a great experience, it’s important to follow the rules when you bring your dog to Fort Vancouver National HIstoric Site.

When you visit the national park with your dog, remember to BARK!

  • Bag your pet’s poop. Help keep your national park clean by collecting and disposing of all dog waste. Public garbage cans are located throughout the park, including at the reconstructed fort, Visitor Center, and Pearson Air Museum.
  • Always keep your pet on a leash. For the safety and comfort of all the park’s visitors, dogs must be restrained on a leash no longer than 6 feet. We know that sometimes Fido likes to run free, but keeping dogs on leashes will also protect them from joggers, bicyclists, and other dogs. For a list of Clark County dog parks, including off-leash dog parks, click here.
  • Respect wildlife. Though we are an urban park, Fort Vancouver can be home to migrating birds, rabbits, and other wildlife. Pets can harass or harm wildlife by making noise or scaring wildlife away. Please keep your dog at a respectful distance from any animals you may encounter.
  • Know where you can go. Pets are not allowed inside park facilities, including the reconstructed Fort Vancouver, the Visitor Center, and Pearson Air Museum. However, the national park is home to many great, paved trails that dogs (and their humans) love! For a map of trails at the park, click here. Pets are also welcome on the Great Meadow, which is a wonderful spot for a picnic or a family gathering!

Additionally, pets should not be left unattended. Summer heat poses a threat to pets left in vehicles.

Certified guide animals are an exception to these rules and may accompany their owner to all park locations.
Details
Some trails at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site are short and can be walked fairly quickly; others are longer and more rigorous. Refer to the trail map link for more information.
All ages.
Pets are allowed throughout the site, except inside the reconstructed Fort Vancouver stockade, inside Pearson Air Museum, and inside the Visitor Center. Certified service animals are an exception to this rule.
A fee is required to enter the reconstructed Fort Vancouver. However, this is not an area where pet dogs are allowed.
Accessibility Information
The park features five "Level 1" and "Level 2" trails that are wheelchair accessible. For full information on trail accessibility, refer to this trail map (link goes to a PDF). 

Last updated: April 23, 2018