Pennsylvania Governor Announces More State Parks to Allow Pets at Campsites

Posted by Paige Cerulli

If you love to camp with your pet, then Pennsylvania is the place to be this summer, with more state parks becoming pet friendly in 2017.

There's good news if you like to travel or camp with your pet: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced that this year more state parks will allow pets at campgrounds.

The change is the result of a process that began in 2001. When information gained from surveys, feedback to park staff, and park reservation inquiries all indicated that people wanted more options for traveling and camping with pets, Pennsylvania answered by opening up nine parks to pets.

With the pilot having been a success, Governor Wolf announced that as of 2017, 56 parks in Pennsylvania will now allow campers to bring their pets with them.

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The sites which will newly allow pets this season are at Codorus, York County; Colonel Denning, Cumberland County; Greenwood Furnace, Huntingdon County; Shawnee, Bedford County; and Sizerville, Cameron County.

If you're not into totally roughing it outdoors, don't worry - cabin sites are also being offered for pet owners at Codorus State Park. Walled tents for pet owners will be available at Cook Forest, Clarion County, and Ohiopyle State Park, Fayette County.

State park sites which allow pets also have program regulations to ensure that all campers stay happy. Pet owners must abide by regulations on leashing, barking, the number of pets allowed, aggressive pet behavior, proper pet cleanup, pet licensing, and vaccinations.

If pet owners violate the regulations, they may be removed from the park.

These new pet-friendly campgrounds could expand the range of travel and recreational options available to pet owners. You can see the full statement by the Governor here.

The Department of Conservation and National Resources' site has more detailed information on the parks allowing pets. Please see this site for more information on reservations.

Will you be making a camping trip to Pennsylvania this summer? Tell us in the comments below.

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Pennsylvania Governor Announces More State Parks to Allow Pets at Campsites