Dog Friendly Hiking 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!

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 Potomac Heritage Trail
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
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
Rose River Falls Loop The 4-mile Rose River Falls Loop is one of Shenandoah National Park’s best hikes for water-loving dogs as you'll get to see plenty of streams and waterfalls. See Details
Elizabeth River Trail (Atlantic City Spur) The Elizabeth River Trail (Atlantic City Spur) is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Norfolk! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Elizabeth River Trail (Atlantic City Spur). 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
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
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
Cub Run Stream Valley Park A 800 acre mostly a wooded flood plain and mostly paved. It is approximately 5 miles. A very quiet park. Dogs can dip in the creek. There is plenty of shade when walking. See Details
Mason Neck Park Nice park with wooded trails and bay views. Took the pup swimming here in the calm bay water with a nice sand/mud beach. Pets must remain on leashes and of course clean up after them. Watch out for wildlife- we passed a big snake on the trail. But not very crowded so a nice place to walk with the pup. See Details
Mount Vernon Trail The Mount Vernon Trail is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Alexandria! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Mount Vernon 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
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
Lake Accotink Trail Lake Accotink Trail is pet-friendly. The trail on the north side of the lake, as well as the paved trail downstream from the lake, are part of the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail which traverses Fairfax County. To protect the forest habitat, users should stay on established trails and avoid creating new ones. Dogs must be leashed and all mess cleaned up after them. See Details
Sandy Bottom Nature Park Leashed pets welcome at this nature park, which also includes an enclosed off-leash area. Registration required for use of off-leash space. See Details
Great Falls Park Dogs are welcome to join their owners at Great Falls Park. The trails at the park will lead you to an amazing view from the top of this park. There are several different trails to to enjoy with your dog. See Details
Four Mile Run Trail The Four Mile Run 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 Four Mile Run 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
Warrenton Branch Greenway The Warrenton Branch Greenway is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Warrenton! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Warrenton Branch Greenway. 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
Chester Linear Park The Chester Linear Park is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Chester! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Chester Linear Park. 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
Manassas National Battlefield Park 5,073 acres, dog friendly Manassas National Battlefield Park, located north of Manassas, in Prince William County, Virginia, preserves the site of two major American Civil War battles: the First Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861, and the Second Battle of Bull Run which was fought between August 28 and August 30, 1862 (also known as the First Battle of Manassas and the Second Battle of Manassas, respectively). The peaceful Virginia countryside bore witness to clashes between the armies of the North (Union) and the South (Confederacy), and it was there that Confederate General Thomas J. Jackson acquired his nickname "Stonewall." Today the National Battlefield Park provides the opportunity for visitors to explore the historic terrain where men fought and died more than a century ago. More than 900,000 people visit the battlefield each year. See Details
Burke Lake Park Leashed dogs are welcome on the hiking and walking trails, but not in the lake. There is a $10 fee for non-Fairfax County residents on weekends; admission is free during the week. See Details
Lake Accotink Park 493-acre park with a 55-acre lake for boating and a four-mile hiking trail. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trails. See Details
Mount Trashmore Park Known for its 60-foot tall and 800-foot wide mountain, made of compacted layers of solid waste and clean soil, Mount Trashmore Park is dog-friendly! The Park encompasses 165 acres and features two man-made mountains, two lakes, two playgrounds, picnic areas, a skate park and vert ramp, outdoor fitness stations, and multi-use paths. Leashed dogs are allowed to explore the park as long as their owner cleans up after them. There are plenty of dog waste stations scattered throughout Mount Trashmore. Visitors can stop by the park office to check out corn hole boards and bags, footballs, Frisbees, horseshoes and more. Mount Trashmore's hours vary seasonally, so dog owners should check its website or call ahead before planning their outing. See Details
Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail The Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Roanoke! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Hanging Rock Battlefield 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
Ashland Trolley Line The Ashland Trolley Line is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Ashland! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Ashland Trolley Line. 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
Fountainhead Regional Park Discover Fountainhead Regional Park, 2,000 acres of rugged adventures in Fairfax Station, Virginia. Whether you’re a cyclist, kayaker, hiker or miniature golf aficionado. Fountainhead Regional Park contains shared-use hiking and equestrian trails and provides trailhead access to the 19.7 mile Bull Run Occoquan Trail. Leashed dogs are welcome on trails. See Details