Family and pooch-friendly, the historic town of Culpeper is a wonderful place to live and play. A revitalized downtown area features boutiques and antiques where you and Fido can window shop while strolling along the well-maintained sidewalks. The area also offers biking, hiking, canoeing and fishing all within a few minutes of the popular neighborhoods.
When traveling with your pup, you may worry about what happens if he gets sick or injured. Three Veterinarian clinics in Culpeper feature the motto “We are glad you are here!” and offer full-service routine and emergency care. With six pet-friendly hotels in town, you will not have to worry about where to stay. Quality Inn, Red Roof Inn, and Red-Carpet Inn all have a minimal charge for Fido to stay in your pet-friendly room.
Visiting local breweries and wineries is another great way to spend an afternoon with friends and your canine companion. Beer Hound Brewery offers microbrews and craft beers featuring familiar names of doggies throughout history. You can enjoy an Old Yella or Kujo on the outdoor patio where your pup will also enjoy a cool drink and treat. If your pup needs a new leash or collar, or you are looking for a special snack, Reigning Cats & Dogs is a locally owned store with a friendly staff and unique pooch-friendly products.
Dotted with small lakes and streams, the Eggsbornsville Rd neighborhood offers wide open spaces to walk your dog. When planning your weekend with the family and pup, head over to Mountain Run Park which features a 75-acre lake and some of the best fishing in Northern Virginia. The park also boasts the pupular off-leash Culpeper Dog Park, a perfect place to allow your pooch to run and socialize with other dogs. Although there is not a separate area for small pups here, thre are benches for relaxing. Remember to clean up after your pup, and bring water bottles for refreshment as there may not be any available.
Gardening and walking dogs are key features of the Lakeview of Culpeper neighborhood. Pooch loving families in the area are often found at Yowell Park strolling along the one-mile walking trails or traipsing through the more adventurous nature trail. The park is filled with historical markers, and kids can enjoy the play area while Fido frolics in the grass. Kestner Wayside Park is another great destination to meet up with friends and their furry pals. Picnic areas and benches shaded by trees offers pups and their owners a place to relax. After a fun afternoon you, can head over to Thyme Market for a snack or wood oven pizza and pups are welcome at the outdoor tables.
Pups of all sizes love the rural Stevensburg Road neighborhood where wide open spaces and large yards are perfect for dog lovers. When Fido needs some extra exercise, walk over to Lenn Park and enjoy the 85 acres of land with a bubbling mountain creek. While walking your pup, you can admire the views of rolling hills and farmland in the distance. Picnic areas and a playground will keep the children busy while your pup chases a ball or spends time sniffing the flowers. Families also meet at the park to fly radio controlled air planes in the specially designed field, so make sure to clean up after Fido and dispose of waste in provided containers.
A longer than normal commute to and from work is just one reason pup owners in the Mitchells/ Rapidan neighborhood need to provide Fido with extra love and attention when home. This rural area features plenty of space for your pooch to run and play. On the weekend, puppy parents often relax at the Cedar Mountain Campground with their canine companions. Spending the day hiking up Old Rag Mountain can give your dog an opportunity to use excess energy, or try your luck fishing at the pond. No matter what activities you have planned, your pooch will have a tail wagging good time.
Just 19 miles northwest of Culpeper, the village of Etlan offers access to the beautiful Shenandoah National Park. Dog owners who live in the area or visitors can enjoy hiking and admiring the cascading waterfalls and wooded nature areas here. The park covers over 200,000 acres where wild animals are protected and recreation is expected. Visitors to the area can also experience unique pet friendly accommodations at Old Rag Mountain Yurt. This Airbnb rental will sleep up to four people, and your pup for an extra fee.