Washington is a city on the Pamlico River that boasts of being the first city named after George Washington. It has an active waterfront, as well as some dog-friendly green spaces that will bring fun to outdoors-loving folks and their pups! Should your fur-buddy become ill or injured, there are two pawsome veterinarians in Washington.
The Goose Creek State Park is located at the outlet of the Pamlico River to the Sound of the same name, making it a great spot for you and your fur-pup to launch a canoe or kayak to explore the sound, or you can take the canoe trail up Goose Creek. The park also features 8 miles of hiking trails that meander along the river and creeks, through wetlands, swamps, and marshes, partly on a long boardwalk. Parking areas and restrooms dot the landscape, and there are two picnic areas where you can enjoy an al fresco meal with Fido. Park rangers live at the park, and are available for questions about the terrain and the denizens your pup will no doubt flush out on your hike. And if you're interested in an overnight stay, there are primitive and group camping sites as well. Woofderful!
Whether you are a resident of the Washington area or just visiting, you’re sure to find lots to do here with your furry bestie!
The City Center is home to the Washington Off-Leash Dog Park, a .5-acre area divided into separate sections for large and small dogs. Featuring water faucets, waste stations and an area for the humans with shade trees and benches, this is a welcome place for pups to socialize and romp with some new friends. The surface is sandy/grassy, so be sure to bring along a towel on wet days to clean Fido’s paws before leaving. This neighborhood is also where you’ll find the Stewart Parkway Promenade, a brick walkway along the river that will take you near the homes and feeding grounds of several species of birds, including bald eagles and herons. It’s great for birdwatching or just observing what’s going on at Washington’s busy waterfront. Pawsome!
Head over to the
Washington Heights neighborhood, where you’ll find the Washington Crab and
Seafood Shack. This well-known seafood restaurant
features an outdoor patio and tables where
you and he can share a lunch or dinner and watch the world go by. The seafood
is fresh and everything is made on the premises, including the sides. You’ll be
able to try their specialty blue crabmeat in everything from appetizers to soup
to steamed or fried entrees. Pawlicious! If you just
can’t get enough, take some of their raw seafood home to cook yourself – they sell it retail, and even give you the
recipe! That’s woofderful!
The City Center neighborhood of Greenville, a short distance from Washington, is home to the Greenville Off-Leash Dog Area, on North Ashe Street. Equipped with a safety-gated entrance for transition into the park, this is a large, shaded area where dogs can socialize and get some exercise, and their humans can make new friends, too. Conveniently-placed waste stations help with cleanup and the sand surface is kind to the pups’ feet. There is no water provided, so be sure to bring some along with all the balls and toys you can carry! You and your fur-baby will have a pawsome time!
This neighborhood in Greenville is where you’ll find River Park North, a 324-acre dog-friendly nature park that features 3 trails that meander alongside its 5 ponds, through campgrounds and along the Tar River. Two observation points are pawrfectly placed for sniffing for the wildlife that lives here, and 5 picnic areas with a total of 40 tables and 2 shelters with grills are located on the ponds. Pups will love the trails that loop from the park’s main track, and you will love the easy stroll they afford so you can turn your attention to the beauty around you. Entrance and parking are on Mumford Road. Woofderful!
This neighborhood is home to two of Greenville’s dog-friendly greenways that connect with each other and the Town Commons in an adjacent neighborhood. The South Tar River Greenway is just over 3 miles long and weaves through forest along the South Tar River from Green Springs Park to the Commons. Surfaced in asphalt, it’s a multi-use trail where you might encounter cyclists and skaters as well as folks fishing in the river. The Green Mill Run Greenway is also about 3 miles and an asphalt multi-use trail that connects with the South Tar River trail at its east end. While there are a couple of street crossings, both trails feature seclusion and quiet in the midst of a bustling city, pawrfect for a stroll with your furry bestie! Arf!