Florida's Forgotten Coast Pet Friendly FAQs
Do you have questions about vacationing with your pet on Florida's Forgotten Coast? We have all the answers you need right here!
In Franklin County Florida, it is unlawful for any animal to run or remain at large on any public street, road, park or other public place. All dogs must be under direct control, which is immediate, continuous physical control, at all times such as by means of a leash, cord or chain at least 6’ in length, of such strength to humanely restrain the dog, and controlled by a person capable of restraining the dog. Voice control shall not be allowed at any beach, public boat ramp, public park or public parking area. Read the full ordinance here.
Franklin County offers tons of pet friendly accommodations in Carrabelle, St. George Island, Apalachicola, Alligator Point or Eastpoint. Whether you’re looking for a pet friendly motel, hotel, cottage, campgrounds, beachfront vacation rental or Bed & Breakfast, our area offers something for everyone! See our pet friendly accommodations page for a full list of properties.
Absolutely! There are numerous pet friendly shops and restaurants all across the Forgotten Coast that welcome dog and cat guests with open arms. Whether you’re visiting Carrabelle, St. George Island, Apalachicola, Alligator Point or Eastpoint, you’ll have no problem finding pet friendly places to eat and shop with your four-legged friend. Visit our pet friendly activities page for a full list of shops and restaurants that allow furry friends.
Yes, many of our local beaches allow leashed and well-behaved pets. All St. George Island beaches (except for Julian G. Bruce State Park beach) are pet friendly. Carrabelle Beach also allows leashed dogs.
Yes, quite a few local outfitters offer boat, kayak and paddleboard rentals that you can try with your furry friend. If you’re looking for calm water locations to go paddling with your pet, ask a staff member at one of these rental stores to recommend a good spot. For a list of paddleboard and kayak rental stores, visit our paddling page.
Yes, the Forgotten Coast is home to some of the greatest dog friendly camping Florida has to offer! In addition to primitive camping in our area’s state forests and national forest, there are a number of RV campgrounds in the county that welcome pets. To find pet friendly campsites, visit our campgrounds page and look for properties with a paw print.
Yes, Apalachicola Dog Park is a free, 2-acre fenced site where dogs can run, play and fetch off-leash. Located on the corner of Avenue L and 12th Street in Apalachicola, this paw park includes separate areas for large dogs and small dogs. Both sections offer water, shade structures, safety gates and seating. The park is open to the public from dawn until dusk.
Tate's Hell State Forest and Apalachicola National Forest both offer pet friendly trails and a variety of other dog friendly recreation activities. Leashed pets are welcome in designated areas.
Yes, the majority of our local festivals and events are pet friendly. In fact, many of these events put four-legged friends in the spotlight! From pet parades and dog and cat costume contests to pet photo opps with Santa, there’s something for every furry friend to enjoy at our exciting events. For more info, visit our calendar of events.
Yes, there are plenty of places where you can take your pet for a bath, grooming, boarding or pampering during their visit!