Top Dog Friendly Trails in Virginia

If your dog likes to ruff it, bring Fido hiking in Virginia. Our dog friendly hiking section includes everything from easy one-hour walks to fantastic overnight trips in Virginia that won’t be soon forgotten. Seriously, go take a hike!

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.

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 <a href="http://www.nps.gov/pohe/planyourvisit/directions.htm">TrailLink.com</a>.

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.

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.
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