Pet Safety at Congaree National Park

Congaree National Park welcomes all visitors and their pets! Pets are allowed on all trails, including the boardwalk, as well as in the campgrounds. Before you come out to the park, here are a few things that you should keep in mind:
  • Your pet needs water, too! In the summer months, it can be very hot and humid in the park. When you set out for your hike or paddle, be sure to bring enough water for everyone in your group.
  • All pets must be on a leash (6 feet long maximum) and under your control at all times. This is to protect you, your pet, other pets and their owners, and wildlife here in the park. In the spring especially, you may see snakes along the trails. Most of these are harmless, but it is important to keep yourself and your pet at a distance. The easiest way to do this is to keep your pet close to you!
  • Be aware of ticks! When you leave, be sure to check yourself and your pet for ticks.
  • Pets may not be left unattended for any period of time.
  • Please be a responsible pet owner and clean up after your pet! Pet waste bags are available outside of the visitor center for your use if you need them. Please do not leave used pet waste bags along the trails.

Last updated: June 21, 2021

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