Designated as part of the Appalachian Trail Community, Waynesboro is an excellent area for doggie parents to live or visit. If you and your pup love the outdoors, you can enjoy walking through 500 miles of trails in the Shenandoah National Park while checking off destinations on your bucket list. Pups who enjoy the water will also want to experience the Waynesboro Water Trail that stretches from Ridgeview Park to Basic Park along the South River. You can put in your canoe or kayak and paddle down a stretch of 4 miles taking in the sunshine and scenic views.
Keeping Fido healthy is important, and 3 veterinarian clinics in town are committed to providing compassionate and professional care for your pup. Whether your pooch needs routine care, surgery, or emergency services, the vets in Waynesboro will take care of all your needs. After a visit to the doctor, you may want to visit South Paws K9 Bakery and treat your pup to a special treat made with organic ingredients.
Dining out with your pooch is also convenient with over 10 restaurants that offer dog-friendly seating. You and Fido can enjoy delicious BBQ at EBF Smokehouse where the outdoor tables allow you to spend time quality time with your family.
Large yards and dog-friendly neighbors are key features of the Oak Hill neighborhood. Whether you are visiting friends in the area, or you live in one of the homes, your pup will be sure to find new playmates at Coyner Springs Dog Park. This is a 300 acre nature area offering trails and a picnic area. The park is not fenced, but there are wide open spaces where your pooch can run off-leash. Many locals spend Saturday afternoons walking the trails and allowing their pup to have a sniff-tastic good time. Be sure to bring your own water bottles and doggie waste bags to keep the dog park clean for all your doggie pals.
When traveling through the Tree Street neighborhood, be sure to stop off at Ridgeview Park where Fido can enjoy 85-acres of grassy area. Paved trails meander through the park where shaded benches offer a spot to sit down and relax while your pup enjoys a drink of water. Gardens and nature trails provide the perfect opportunity to exercise with your pooch and enjoy the beauty of flowers and plants. After an afternoon walking the trails, head over to Kline’s Dairy Bar where Fido can lap up some ice cream and cool off on a hot day. If you are just visiting, consider staying in one of the affordable pet-friendly rooms offered at the Best Western Plus Waynesboro Inn & Suites.
Fido and his friends will enjoy frolicking in the grass at Constitution Park in the Basic City neighborhood. The park is open from sunrise to sunset, so head over in the morning and walk the trails while enjoying the sunrise on a beautiful day. Your pooch can accompany you to many of the festivals and car shows held in the park each year, but you will want to make sure to bring water bottles and a bowl to enjoy a cool drink. Sam’s Hot Dog Stand is located nearby where you and your pup can sample hot dogs and BBQ at the outdoor tables.
The Dorcliffe neighborhood offers pups and their owners great opportunities for exercise and walking through scenic trails. Basic Park features 18-acres of space, including a spot to go fishing on the South River. The park is also where you and your dog can access the Waynesboro Water Trail and float down the river admiring the views. Another pooch-friendly area is North Park where your pup can spend time running through 14-acres of grassy areas. The playground equipment is perfect for the children, and during baseball games, you can visit the concession stand and purchase snacks for the family.
Waynesboro is well-known for its amazing hiking opportunities along the Appalachian Trail. You and your dog can access the Greenway Trail in the Evershire neighborhood where pup owners will often spend time walking along the South River. The trail continues to be developed, and will eventually connect to Crozet Tunnel, offering even more miles to walk your pup. The trail currently connects to other parks throughout the city, and provides the perfect space to safely walk your pooch and meet up with furry companions. Remember to bring water bottles so you and Fido can enjoy a cool drink on a hot day, and bring your own doggie waste bags to clean up and keep the nature area looking great.