The general FPS Pet Rules may vary from park to park. Please read below for additional and specific park information or use this link:


Domestic Animals

Pets are permitted in designated day-use areas at ALL Florida State Parks. They must be kept on a hand-held leash that is six-feet or shorter and be well-behaved at all times. Pet owners are required to pick up after their pets and properly dispose of their droppings. Pets are not permitted on beaches or playgrounds, or in bathing areas, cabins, park buildings, or concession facilities. Within individual parks, specific areas also may be designated as no-pet areas.

List of Florida state camping parks that will allow pets

Service animals are welcome in all areas of Florida State Parks.

Pet Camping Rules

For everyone's enjoyment, including pets, please observe the following pet camping rules.

Pets must be vaccinated against rabies, but owners are no longer required to show proof of vaccination (except horses- where proof of negative Coggins test are required)

Pets must be confined, leashed, or otherwise under the physical control of a person at all times. Leashes may not exceed six feet in length. Pets that are tethered at the campsite cannot be left unattended for more than 30 minutes. Pets may not be tied to trees, bushes, tables, shelter facilities even when the owners are present.

Pets must be well-behaved at all times. Pets must be confined in the owner's camping unit during the park's quiet hours (11 PM - 8 AM).

Pet owners are required to pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all pet droppings in trash receptacles.

Any pet that is noisy, dangerous, intimidating, or destructive will not be allowed to remain in the park.

Non-furbearing pets, such as reptiles, birds, or fish, must be confined or under the physical control of the owner. Some animals may be prohibited on park property. Captive wild species, whether native or non-native, and barnyard animals, except horses, are prohibited.

Pets are not allowed in cabins.

Failure to abide by these rules may result in the camper being asked to board the pet outside the park or to check out of the campground.

Camping areas and other park areas will be evaluated, as to the suitability of pets, on a periodic basis as part of the unit management planning process. Areas of the park designated as prohibited for pets shall be determined based on park natural and cultural resources, primary recreational activities, camper and pet health and safety, geographical location and layout of camping areas, and the ability to provide a quality recreational experience for all visitors.

Florida State Parks are managed to restore and maintain a delicate ecological balance between native Florida species. Non-native plants and animals often upset that balance. The growing list of non-native animals that harm native wildlife unfortunately includes free-ranging domestic cats. Recognizing that this is a matter of growing concern throughout the state, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has embarked on an education campaign in support of the national Cats Indoors! movement. Their website also provides excellent information about native wildlife and the impacts of domestic animals. FWC's Cats Indoors! Education Campaign.

Bahia Honda State ParkBig Pine Key FL 33043

Bahia Honda is noted as one of the best beaches in South Florida. It is located along both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Popular activities include snorkeling, swimming, and fishing. Camping, cabins, 2 exceptional boat ramps, a certified "Clean Marina," and a concession and gift shop make Bahia Honda an outstanding recreational opportunity. Read more

Barrington Hills RV ResortHudson, FL

Barrington Hills RV Resort formerly known at Sunburst RV Park is the ideal location for the value-minded traveler looking to spend a month or more in the active, scenic paradise of Port Richey. Local attractions are plentiful and sure to provide entertainment for the most discriminating visitor. Enjoy the community's special events, sports leagues and hobby clubs, or simply relax and soak up the sun.   Read more

Big Lagoon State ParkPensacola FL 32507

Sitting on the northern shoreline of its namesake, Big Lagoon State Park’s 655 upland acres separate the mainland from Perdido Key and the Gulf of Mexico.The park also beckons visitors to camp, swim, fish, boat, canoe and hike. Crabbing in the shallow waters of Big Lagoon is a popular activity as well. The West Beach picnic area, shaded by pines and oaks, is just the place to enjoy a relaxing meal. Read more

Alexander Springs Recreation AreaAltoona FL 32702

Alexander Springs Recreation Area is located in the Ocala National Forest. The semi-tropical region gives the campground a mixture of pines and palms, with lush greenery and warm temperatures. The sites are well shaded with level parking pads and tent space on all sites (there are no full hook-up sites). Read more

Anastasia State ParkSt. Augustine FL 32080-5422

Anastasia State Park was first opened to the public in 1949 and since that time has become one of Florida's busiest state parks. Located off A1A, and just 1 1/2 miles from historic downtown St. Augustine, Anastasia has everything for the active park visitor. The park boasts a broad beach flanked by sand dunes and a lagoon bordered by rich tidal marshes. Read more

Arcadia Peace River CampgroundArcadia, Florida 34266

Peace River Campground offers over 100 acres of wilderness camping for your enjoyment. You can make camp anywhere you like, including many places right on the beautiful Peace River's edge. During less busy times you can spend days out of site of other campers. While there are no utilities, picnic tables or other campground amenities, you are only a short walk to our hot showers, swimming pool, campground store and all the trappings of the "civilized" world. Read more