Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Charlottesville, VA

There are 4 dog friendly hiking trails in Charlottesville. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Charlottesville.

Pet Friendly Crabtree Falls
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
Pet Friendly Rivanna Trail Off Leash Area at Riverview Park
Rivanna Trail Off Leash Area at Riverview Park Your pet is welcome to join you off-leash on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays on the designated portions of the Rivanna Trail. Be careful as the area is not fenced. See Details
Preddy Creek Trail Park Preddy Creek Trail Park is dog-friendly. There are ten miles of trails for hiking, running, mountain biking and horseback riding around the area. The rolling trails range from easy to moderate, so most hikers and their canine companion will find a trail that suits. The main loop is 3.5 miles of sustainable trail built by Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club. The park can be accessed from 7am until dark throughout the year. See Details
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Thomas Jefferson's Monticello is pet-friendly. For almost 100 years, Monticello has been maintained and kept open to the public by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. Explore the grounds with your pooch, including Mulberry Row, the main street of the 5,000-acre Monticello plantation. Leashed dogs are welcome, as long as all mess is cleaned up after them. See Details
Shenandoah National Park Shenandoah National Park offers 500 miles of trails, all but 20 of which are dog-friendly. Travel along the Skyline Drive National Scenic Byway from Front Royal to Waynesboro, stop at one of the 75 scenic overlooks, and enjoy the abundance of nature at this paradise in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. See Details
Pleasant Grove This beautiful county park has it all -- 900 acres of off-leash trails through fields, as well as a fenced dog park for pets with a tendency to run off. See Details