Dog Friendly Activities in Virginia

Don’t leave Fido in the hotel room when you’re on vacation. Get out and play! No matter where you’re headed in Virginia, we can point you towards the nearest off-leash dog park, the most popular dog beach, a really great hiking trail, and lots of other places to play with Fido.

Pet Friendly First Landing State Park Beach
First Landing State Park Beach 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. See Details
Pet Friendly Virginia Beach Public Beaches
Virginia Beach Public Beaches 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. See Details
Shirlington Dog Park Shirlington Dog Park is a very large park with gates that lead to a stream. The park has separate areas for large and small dogs to play, and is a well-maintained area with lots and lots of room for running. Shirlington Dog Park is open daily from sunrise - sunset. See Details
Crabtree Falls Crabtree Falls is the highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River and is located in Nelson County, Virginia, just six miles off the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway near milepost 27. Crabtree Falls features a series of five major cascades and a number of smaller ones that fall a total distance of 1,200 feet. The first overlook is just a few hundred feet from the upper parking lot along a gentle, paved trail, making it an excellent stopover for travelers of all ages and abilities. The more adventuresome hiker may continue along the 2 and 1/2 mile Crabtree Falls Trail to four other overlooks offering spectacular views of the Crabtree Creek Falls and the Tye River Valley. Crabtree Falls can be reached from the Blue Ridge Parkway by travelling to milepost 27. Exit onto VA 56 going east and follow the signs to Crabtree Falls (about 6.3 miles). It is open from dawn to dusk daily. Well-behaved dogs are permitted off-leash on the trail. All other dogs should be leashed. See Details
Ocean View Beach 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. See Details
Chris Greene Lake Park 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. See Details
NEON District Art Tour-Norfolk 'NEON District Art Tour-Norfolk' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Michael. You and Fido will take a 2-mile guided walking tour in Norfolk exploring different street art. Your host will provide brief narratives on the art and its creators. The experience lasts 2 hours and can accommodate up to 10 guests ages 13 and up. Be able to walk two miles in 90 minutes. Rates start at $30 per person. See Details
Barker Field at Byrd Park This large, off-leash dog park is fully fenced and includes bench swings, shade, and drinking water in-season. Be sure to bring water in cooler months. See Details
Vienna Dog Park The Vienna Dog Park is located at 700 Courthouse Rd, SW. The parking lot is off of Old Courthouse Road. If the lot is full, patrons can park up the hill at the Nottoway Park basketball courts. The Vienna Dog Park offers a doggie & human water fountain, fully shaded Woodchip surface, fully fenced area that's 5 ft high with double gates, and agility equipment (ramp, hoop, hurdles). See Details
Duke Street Dog Park This large, fenced, grassy dog park is a wonderful place to bring your pet to play off-leash. There are plenty of toys on hand, but bring your own water. See Details
Potomac Heritage Trail The Potomac Heritage Trail is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Arlington! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Potomac Heritage Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Azalea Dog Park Your pet will go wild for some off-leash exercise in the fenced dog run at Charlottesville's lovely Azalea Park. See Details
Dog Run Park at Carlyle Bring your pet to play off-leash at this fenced dog park with separate small dog area, grass, gravel, benches, and drinking water. See Details
A Photo Safari 'A Photo Safari' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Cherita. You and your pooch will go on a one-mile walking photoshoot tour into the Fan Neighborhood to discover great murals and capture great pictures. Your host will bring a tripod along and help you set up shots. The experience lasts 1.5 hours and can accommodate up to 10 guests ages 15 and up. Rates start at $25 per person. See Details
Bea Arthur Dog Park This 1-acre dog park features a large expanse of lawn, double-gated entrance, a water station, a toy bin, a shaded picnic area, and an easy-access ramp for dog-paddling in the Elizabeth River. In a beautiful picturesque location by the water, it is conveniently close to downtown Norfolk, and right near the Cruise lines port. It is open 24/7 and free of charge! See Details
Woodstock Community Dog Park Locals love this off-leash dog park, which is surrounded with a tall, secure fence and includes a lovely water fountain. Annual fee, license, and vaccination required. See Details
Lowes Bring Fido on a leash and shop away. Everyone was very friendly. See Details
Church Hill Dog Park at Chimborazo Park This fenced dog park is a great place for dogs to socialize off-leash. The park includes three doggie cool-down stations too. See Details
Grandview Nature Preserve Bring your dog with you as you walk this 2.5 mile trail to a beautiful sandy beach. Dogs permitted on-leash during the off-season. Dogs are not permitted from May 15 to September 15. See Details
Darden Towe Dog Park Your pet will love to play at this fenced, 1-acre, off-leash dog park, which includes a doggie water fountain, picnic table, and a friendly crowd. See Details
Norfolk Chronicles Walking Tour 'Norfolk Chronicles Walking Tour' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Michael. You and your pooch will be taken on a guided tour of Norfolk to learn more about the city's history, culture and vision for the future. You will see historic sites such as the Norfolk Mace, visionary Peter Wright's home, Commercial Place Fountain, and more as well as hear about the history of each site and Norfolk's colonial past. Please contact host prior to booking as the tour stops at a museum for a brief visit; the host can forego this part of the tour or someone can wait outside with your dog. The experience lasts 2.5 hours and can accommodate up to 10 guests ages 8 and up. Rates start at $21 per person. See Details
Stony Point Fashion Park Stony Point Fashion Park is a dog-friendly center. Each dog must be in either a carrier or on a leash no longer than 3 feet. Dog comfort stations are located throughout the center (drinking stations and bag dispensers). All of the dog friendly merchants display a "Welcome Dog" sign on their store fronts. A few of the merchants "Welcome Small Dogs" only. Dogs now have a new favorite place to have fun and get exercise! Stony Point Fashion Park also features a Dog Park, which gives dogs and their owners a place to meet and run off-leash in a safe, dog-friendly enclosed area. See Details
Glencarlyn Park Your pet will love the chance to cool off on a hot day in the stream at this designated off-leash area. Be careful as the park is not fenced. See Details
City View Park Bring your leashed pet with you to play at this 43-acre Virginia Beach public park. See Details