At eXplore Brown County we understand that many people travel with their pets. We are now welcoming pets with the following guidelines in place:
There is a campground dog that lives on the property named Barney. He is very friendly with humans and dogs and is allowed to roam freely. Please keep this in mind when considering bringing your pet.
The 6-foot leash rule applies to the entire property and to all pets. The only time your pet may be off the leash is inside your camper, tent, or vehicle. This includes pets traveling with mountain bikers and hikers. If it's not possible to keep your pet on a 6-foot leash, the best and safest option is for your pet to stay at home.
Your pet is a guest but the wildlife lives here. Please respect wildlife and plant life. Follow the 6-foot leash rule to protect wildlife, other people, and your pet.
Please pick up after your pet. Animal waste can contain parasites. The hiker behind you and the camper who follows you at the site do not want to step in pet waste. Buy waste bags at your pet store or bring plastic grocery bags. If you are hiking, pick up the waste and carry it out. When cleaning your campsite before leaving, remove all pet waste and place the bags in the campground dumpster. Double bagging is helpful.
Campground quiet hours (12 a.m. – 7 a.m.) apply to all guests, including pets. If your dog barks excessively at your campsite, particularly during quiet hours, we may ask that you take your pet home.
Explore Brown County is not the place for territorial pets. If your pet is highly dominant or aggressive, please leave your animal at home in familiar territory. Explore Brown County is not liable if your pet bites another guest or injures another guest's pet.
When you go exploring, please take your pet with you. Keep your pet with you at all times. Do not leave your pet tied up at a campsite or locked in a car.
Your pet’s vaccinations must be up-to-date. This protects your pet from other pets (or wildlife) that may not be in perfect health. You may be asked to provide proof of this.
You will be required to pay a pet fee per pet.
You can bring a maximum of 2 pets.
You agree to pay for any damages caused by your pet(s) This includes injuries to another guest and/or their pets as well as damages to Explore Brown County property or another guest's property
WARNING: Under Indiana law, an agritourism provider is not liable for an injury to, or the death of, a participant in agritourism activities at this location if the death or injury results from the inherent risks of agritourism activity. Inherent risks of agritourism activities include risks of injury inherent to land, equipment, and animals as well as the potential for you to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury or death, or for other participants to act in a manner that may cause you injury or cause your death. You are assuming the risk of participating in this agritourism activity. As added by P.L.3-2011, SEC.1. The property used by Valley Branch Retreat Inc. dba eXplore Brown County dba Paintball Valley is a Classified Forest/Tree Farm and an Indiana Agritourism provider.
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