Oxford has gone through a few names on its way to the town it is today. At various times, it was called both Oxford Crossing and Oxford Village. Today, it’s just known as Oxford, but losing a word doesn't mean its lost its charm! The town has barely five thousand residents, but it hosts six different veterinary clinics, which means that Oxford residents take the health of their furry companions very seriously. Start off your trip to Oxford secure in the knowledge that your best friend is going to be fine--no matter what.
Anyone with an interest in local history can enjoy the significance of Oxford's location. In the days before trains, it was the halfway point between Philadelphia and Baltimore. Pups are naturally a bit less impressed with history than their humans, but there’s plenty for them to enjoy in Oxford too.
Aside from the fresh air and small town charms, dogs in Oxford can enjoy the amazing Chrome Serpentine Barrens Preserve. This landscape is peculiar and poisonous, and is a unique place to stop and visit. Don’t worry--the poison is in the serpentine rock that the land is made of, and common exposure won’t harm person or dog. It does lead to a stark, harsher climate for plants, and has allowed the land to retain some of the natural beauty of the area before humans settled it.
If you’re stopping for a bite to eat in Oxford, choose Andre’s Pizza. This South Oxford staple serves a variety of classic pizzeria dishes that are sure to please a picky palate. Pizza and strombolis are popular, but the restaurant also serves salads, sandwiches, and more. The best part? Your dog can join you for a bite to eat! Andre’s Pizza has several outdoor tables that welcome canine diners. Your dog can people watch, enjoy a bowl of water, and hope for table scraps while you enjoy your meal. This restaurant is open seven days a week, making it easy for you to stop by anytime.
South West Grove is a neighborhood in the nearby town of West Grove, and home to one of the best dog parks in Chester County: Goddard Dog Park. If you have a high energy pup who needs to run, hop in your car and head 15 minutes east of Oxford to this great dog park. This large, fenced in park lets your pup play off leash! It’s popular with locals, so your dog will probably make friends on your visit. While there is some shade, make sure to bring your own water and water bowls. The park lacks doggie water fountains of its own.
This neighborhood in nearby Kennett Square is a short 20 minute drive from Oxford. Longwood is home to Barkingfield Park, and as the name suggests, this is a dog park with a lot to offer. Your dog will have a pawsome time running in these two large, fenced in fields. There are separate runs for large and small dogs, and they both provide ample room for running. The grassy ground is easy on paws. This park is still relatively new, and everything is in good condition, from fences to leashed walking trails that wind around the main off leash areas. Bring your own water and bowls to be sure that your pup never gets thirsty.
This neighborhood in Kennett Square is just 20 minutes from Oxford, and houses the Anson B. Nixon Park. The park’s old growth woods make it a puptastic place to visit. The park comprises 106 acres, making it the perfect place to exercise your dog on leash. You can walk miles of trails while enjoying the park’s views of trees, ponds, and wildlife. Bring a bowl so your dog can enjoy the drinking fountains throughout the park as well. When you’re done walking, you can stop at scenic benches, or spectate a game at one of the park’s many sports fields.
Westover Hills, a neighborhood of Wilmington, DE, is a 35 minute trip from Oxford. If you have the time to make the drive, however, you absolutely will not regret it. Rockford Park in Westover Hills has something for everyone. First, the natural beauty of the area cannot be overstated. The park itself is 104 acres, most of which overlooks the Brandywine River. There’s a historic observation tower and plenty of history for interested people to look over. All trails allow dogs on leash. Completing the area is a large, fenced off leash area just for dogs! Rockford Park defines fun for the whole family.