If you take a 6-mile trip from Tar Corner, you will find yourself in South Mills. Right here in South Mills is Dismal Swamp State Park. They have 20 miles of trails for you and your dog to explore. The boardwalk is 2,000 feet long and overlooks the Great Dismal Swamp. You and your dog are free to explore as long as you want, as long as you keep your dog on the leash while in the park. This is a great way to spend the day outside in the fresh air. Each time that you come, you are sure to find something new!
Thirty-seven miles from Tar Corner is Norfolk, Virginia. This quick little drive will take you and your dog to Bea Arthur Dog Park. It is a barktastic park with an even more furrific view of the Elizabeth River. It is a full acre of fenced in area with an easy access ramp that allows Fido to splash in the water. And don’t worry if you forgot to bring Fido’s toy -- you can just borrow one from the bin at the park! There is so much to do and plenty of room to do it all in. This puptastic park has all the amenities you’ll need for a safe day out, including a watering station and a double gated entrance.
If you are up for an hour drive, you could head over to Woodstock Community Dog Park. This is a popular spot among the locals because the fence is high and secure so that Fido can run and play without any cares in the world. There are also lots of trails to enjoy off-leash with Fido! Just make sure he’s under your voice control throughout your time on the trails. There is a barktastic fountain to view as well. An annual fee is required to enjoy this park, or you can pay per visit. The atmosphere of this park is one of community and friendship. Come and make some new fur friends!
A little over an hour in the car and you can get to Nags Head. This is a little peninsula in the middle of the ocean, but it is really big on adventure. Nags Head Beach is an awesome dog-friendly beach that invites you to join your dog for a day at the park. The life guards are very friendly and will allow Fido to splash and play as long as he does it safely. The off-leash play is permitted with permission and on a day-by-day basis. The priority is safety first, so don’t be upset if the conditions don’t allow for off-leash play. It may be worth calling the parks department when planning your trip to ensure that you get to enjoy the beach!
This is the city of the queen -- at least, it was named for Queen Elizabeth. It is only about a half-hour drive to get to Elizabeth City from Tar Corner, which makes it the perfect place to go to dinner with your dog! El Parian invites you to join your dog for some tasty Mexican fare. Feel free to order a meal off the menu for Fido -- just make sure it isn’t too spicy for him! The patio is set up especially for fur families, and you are sure to make a new friend or two.