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If you plan to hike in a national park with your pet, here are a few guidelines most parks request you adhere to. You must clean up after your pet. Pets are prohibited at many state beaches, picnic areas, and historic sites, so keep this in mind when you make travel plans. Pets are not to be left unattended in vehicles or enclosures, mainly for their own safety. If you walk your pet in the park, keep him/her on a leash at all times.