Prince William Forest Park is a beautiful state park that welcomes dogs. It’s a popular spot for residents and visitors to walk their dogs, hike, and camp. Dogs need to be on a six-foot or shorter leash when visiting the park. Pet parents and dogs need to remain side-by-side at all times.
Rabies vaccination, up-to-date vaccinations, and a license are required for your dog when visiting this park. Dogs and their behavior is the responsibility of the pet owner. Remove your dog from any situation that involves aggression. Visitors sometimes are afraid of dogs, so pet parents need to be respectful and guide their dogs away from frightened park visitors.
There is wildlife living in their natural environment in different places throughout the Prince William Forest Park. There will be situations when your dog comes into the same path as a wild animal. Your goal is to keep your dog leashed and remove them from the pathway by guiding your dog in another direction.
Some dog breeds enjoy chasing wildlife such as birds and small rodents. Pet parents need to prevent this situation from happening by leaving the area safely and quickly with their dog. Canines are not allowed in the following areas, cabin camps, and public buildings. Cleaning up after dogs is the responsibility of pet parents.
You need to clean trails, parking lots, campsites, picnic areas, and any other public place your dog makes a mess at Prince William Forest Park. It’s best to always carry plastic doggie waste bags with you to assure you are able to clean up after your dog immediately.
Pet parents can receive a fine if their dog does not adhere to park rules or causes problems with visitors or local wildlife. Overall, Prince William Forest Park is an excellent park to enjoy bonding time with your dog. The campgrounds are great, the views are spectacular, and the park is a good environment to walk or camp with your dog.