black hills national forest dog pet rules and info

Black Hills National Forest

Located in the states of South Dakota and Wyoming

Consisting predominately of Ponderosa pine, this forest is located in the namesake Black Hills. There are 11 reservoirs, 353 mi (568 km) of trails, and 1,300 mi (2,100 km) of streams in this forest. Black Elk Peak is the highest point in South Dakota and the highest point in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains at 7,244 ft (2,208 m).

  • Along roads
  • Hiking trails
  • Campgrounds
  • Picnic areas
  • Other developed exterior areas of the forest
  • Must be restrained or kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.
  • Dogs must wear a collar with current tags at all times
  • Pick up after your dog at all times – Leave no trace
  • Saddle or pack animals are allowed in recreation sites only where authorized by posted instructions.

*Please see more details for leash info

  • Inside buildings (unless service animal)
  • On beaches or in other swimming areas (unless service animal)
  • In the spring there may be some areas closed to dogs for the protection of Threatened and Endangered Species.
  • Some cabins may not allow dogs.
  • Never leave your pet unattended or alone inside a vehicle
  • Never off leash – unless inside a vehicle, tent, dog crate or other portable kennel
  • Untagged dogs or dogs with uncurrent tags
  • Excessive barking

*Please see more details for leash info

  • Extreme range of weather
  • Poisonous Snakes
  • Poisonous Plants
  • Predatory animals
  • Be aware of hunting areas
  • Ticks and biting insects
  • Do not drink from waterways
  • Bring plenty of drinking water
  • Swim safely, extreme water areas
  • Hantavirus

Leash Laws: Most parks require dogs to be on a leash in some or all areas, however, some parks allow dogs off leash in certain locations, please consult the parks website before going off leash, Thank you!

  • Consult the park website before traveling all information is to be used as a guide.
  • Respect local wildlife.
  • Leave no trace – What you bring in, you bring out.
  • If you are visiting during the hottest months of the year, a “palm test” is recommended before walking your dog – place your hand on the pavement for a minute and see if it is comfortable there. If the pavement feels hot to your palm, it will be hot to your dog’s paws.

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Black Hills National Forest Website

Black Hills National Forest Camping

Black Hills National Forest Hiking

Black Hills National Forest Volunteer

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