Dogs in the Arboretum
Going for a hike can be extra fun when accompanied by “man’s best friend.” While we welcome dogs, all dog owners are reminded that leashes are always required on the Arboretum grounds. There are many important reasons for this leash rule, including:
• Keeping wildlife safe. Dogs are carnivores by instinct, and can cause serious harm to small animals that live on site, especially ground-nesting birds.
• Keeping dogs safe. Off-leash dogs can get into fights with other dogs on the trail, get lost in the woods (no joke!), and even be injured by wildlife they encounter along the trail. Remember, this is mountain lion territory.
• Keeping people safe. Our hikers come in all ages and abilities. Not everyone is spry enough to safely leap out of the way of a galloping pup!
Heading over the hill? In the larger Howard Buford Recreation Area that surrounds the Arboretum, leashes are required on Trail 1 and Trail 2. Dogs must be under voice command on all other trails.