Top Dog Friendly Beaches in Virginia

Dog friendly beaches are heaven on earth for Fido. And since sandy paws equal happy dogs, we’ve sniffed out the best beaches in Virginia where dogs can run, swim, and frolic in the sand. Use the links/map below to find a dog-friendly beach in Virginia.

Pets are allowed in all Virginia State Parks. State regulations prohibit pets at designated swim areas and require pets to be confined or kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet and kept under supervision while in the park. Pets are also not allowed in public facilities (bathhouses, visitor centers, park offices, restaurants, etc.) While pets are allowed at False Cape State Park, they are not permitted access through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. To avoid potential inconvenience, we ask that you bring proof of current rabies vaccination. This is strongly recommended in Virginia Beach where a rabies alert is in effect. This massive historical park includes an authentic Indian village, 20 miles of walking trails, and a beach that's dog-friendly year round. The park is the site of the first landing of the Jamestown colonists in 1607. Now, as Virginia's most-visited state park, it's a natural oasis in Virginia Beach's urban oceanfront area. The park has 20 miles of trails and 1.5 miles of sandy Chesapeake Bay beach frontage. Offering many recreational and educational activities, it's a great place to explore unusual habitats featuring bald cypress trees, lagoons, rare plants and wildlife, and maritime forest ecology. Cabins, water and electric hook-up campsites, picnic areas, boat ramps and a camp store with bicycle rentals are also available.

Your pet is welcome to join you at the beach on-leash anytime before Memorial Day weekend and after Labor Day. During the summer season, your pup can still enjoy beach time before 10:00 am or after 6:00 pm at the north end of Virginia Beach above 42nd Street or at the south end in the Sandbridge area. Just keep your dog on a leash at all times and clean up after your pet.

A wonderful dog park for dogs and people alike! Chris Greene Lake Park has a 1 acre fenced in area for dogs to run off-leash, with a roped water access for dogs to swim. Located near the Charlottesville airport.

Pets are seasonally welcome to join you on-leash on the white sands of this popular beach. No dogs or domestic animals are allowed on beaches from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. seasonally, beginning the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day.
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