Dogs in Cabins Program
As part of a pilot program, Pennsylvania State Parks now allow dogs in a limited number of cabins, camping cottages, and yurts. For a list of participating parks, pet friendly facilities, and additional details, explore the Dogs in Cabins Factsheet 2017 (.pdf) (513 kb, 3/17), or the Dogs in Cabins Factsheet 2018 (.pdf) (453 kb, 3/17). Dogs will only be permitted in the designated facilities at these select parks. Specific program guidelines governing this program are listed below.
Where to Camp also contains a listing of parks that allow pets in camping cottages and yurts located within their campgrounds as well as additional information on campsites and associated amenities. For information on cabins, camping cottages, and yurts not within campgrounds, explore Lodging.
Dogs in Cabins Guidelines
Responsible ownership is the key!
- A maximum of two dogs per cottage/cabin are allowed, regardless of size.
- Dogs must have current rabies vaccinations and must display a valid license. Dogs must be clean and free of ticks, fleas, worms and mange.
- Dogs that are considered vicious, aggressive or that display hostile behavior will not be permitted in the park.
- Dogs must be under physical control at all times. Please inquire at the park office about specific leash length requirements. Dogs may not be tied to trees, porches, or anchored to the ground. Temporary fencing and all types of electronic shock collar or monitoring systems do not meet the physical control definition and are therefore prohibited as the primary control method.
- For the dog’s health and safety of park staff, dogs may not be left unattended in cottages/cabins.
- Only house-trained dogs are allowed in cottages/cabins. Female dogs should not be in cottages/cabins while in cycle (heat). Owners must always pick up after their dog(s) and properly dispose of the waste.
- Dogs are permitted in day-use areas and all areas not otherwise closed to pets.
- Extra fees will be assessed for damages to the cottage/cabin and/or fixtures, or if special cleaning is required. Park staff will assess damage fees based upon the materials and labor required to make any repairs necessary to return the damaged area to its condition before the damage occurred.
- Dogs may not create a disturbance or nuisance. Excessive barking is a disturbance. Visitors may be asked to leave if their dog(s) continue to disturb other visitors.
- Dogs are not permitted in swimming areas, inside buildings, group tenting areas, or in any area designated as an area closed to pets. Dogs are prohibited in all overnight areas. They are to be walked in designated pet walking areas only. Dogs may not be walked through non-pet areas of campground unless it is designated as a pet-camper travel route.
- Dog food must not remain outside of a cottage/cabin because it will attract rodents/wildlife.