Located at the confluence of the Cowlitz and Columbia Rivers, Longview is a relatively young city that was established in the 1920s. What used to be sparsely populated wilderness and rural lands is now a bustling, thriving community, with no shortage of attractions and activities for people and puppers alike. Longview has four veterinary clinics to ensure the well-being of the city's animals.
your pooch is new in town, the best place for him to make new friends
is at the Longview Dog Park, located inside Gerhart Gardens Park. Let
Fido run and play off-leash at this spacious and fully fenced dog
park, which has separate areas for big and small dogs, picnic tables,
benches, and a covered picnic shelter. Fresh water and kiddie pools
are also available, so that's great news for water-loving hounds!
Dog Bakery is a must-visit for any pooch that sets paw in Downtown
Longview. This locally famous bakeshop makes healthy dog treats
in-house every day using fresh, local ingredients, without any
fillers, additives, or preservatives. Fido will surely love the
all-natural offerings at Farm Dog Bakery, so it would be a good idea
to buy a few extra treats to take home.
and see what makes Longview such a furrific place to live, work, and
Highlands residents love their neighborhood for being dog-friendly and walkable. Take your pup for a morning stroll at the Archie Anderson Park, a tree-lined green space featuring basketball courts, playground equipment, picnic tables, a hard court area, and a baseball field. But the best thing about the park, as Fido would agree, is that it provides access to the Highlands Trail. One of the longest fully paved trails in the city, the Highlands Trail stretches 1.3 miles, and offers a safer, greener, dog- and bike-friendly alternative to busy Industrial Way. Mutt Mitt stations and benches are located along this well-lit trail.
Enjoy nature in the middle of the city at Lake Sacajawea Park, a jewel that's worth visiting any time of the year. This 127-acre park is home to an arboretum setting with tree identification tags, a 3.5-mile lighted gravel trail, picnic areas, fishing docks, and various gardens. Go for a leashed walk on the paved path, explore the open spaces and water features, or simply hang out on a bench with your best friend and take in the picturesque scenery. For something different yet equally beautiful, stop by the park's Japanese garden, which can be accessed by crossing the scenic bridge.
Need to stay in town for a couple of days? Quality Inn & Suites is a pup-friendly hotel that welcomes two pets of any size for an additional fee per pet, per night. It is located about three miles from the city center in an industrial area, but guests say the vicinity is actually very quiet, so you can get a good night's sleep with your pup. Fido can still get his walkies during your stay as there is ample walking space on hotel grounds. Be sure to call or book online first to reserve a pooch-friendly room and avoid unwanted surprises at check-in.
The historic Old West Side neighborhood has two parks for Fido to explore. Vandercook Park is a 2.6-acre site with playground equipment, athletic courts, picnic tables, a shuffleboard, and a paved walking path covered by a canopy of trees. The slightly bigger R.A. Long Park spans 5.5 acres and features walking paths, picnic areas, historical markers, and a plaza area with a fountain. Situated in the center of the Civic Circle, R.A. Long Park is surrounded by historic buildings such as the city hall, public library, and post office. If all that exploring has made you thirsty, grab a drink at the nearby Zojo Coffee, where Fido is welcome to join you at one of their outdoor tables.
Even if you and Fido find yourselves on the outskirts of town in West Longview, there are still some dog-friendly activities that you can do. The Altrusa Park Trail, also called the Mt. Solo Trail, is a 1.3-mile gravel path that meanders along the slough. From the trail, you and your furry buddy can access Altrusa Park and rest your feet and paws on one of the benches. The park also features a basketball court, playground equipment, and a picnic shelter. Canine companions must stay leashed while on the Altrusa Park Trail. As always, bring waste bags to clean up after your pet.