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Dog Areas in Bedford, VA

4 Parks
3 Trails
1 Groomer

Bedford is an incorporated town located within Bedford County. It is the gateway to the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains in the north and many spectacular green spaces dotted through the area.

 Liberty Lake Park is the perfect place to find your feet in Bedford and spend some time with your pup outdoors. There are three walking trails around the park, all easy and pleasant to traverse. There are also picnic shelters, a 1.8-acre fishing lake, ball fields and a skate park for the kids. It is a relaxed walk up into town from here as well, so take some time and check out this great place.

If you are up for a solid walk, take on Sharp Top Hike in the northern section of Bedford. This 3-mile trail is moderately difficult, but you will be rewarded with the most spectacular view from the top of the mountain, so take your camera! Your dog will love taking on this challenge with you, but keep him leashed for his protection. Start your trail walk at the Peaks of Otter Nature Centre and head out past an historical plaque, the day-use cabin, the Peaks of Otter Lodge and Abbott Lake to the North. For a little extra walk, take the extra 0.4-mile round trip to Buzzard’s Roost, where you will see beautiful views of the summit of Sharp Top.

There are two animal hospitals in town, so help is there should Fido need medical attention. Otherwise, you are both sure to have a great time here and enjoy many of the lovely outdoor activities on offer together!

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Bedford, VA

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    Population Density 96/sq mi

    #1 Thaxton / Bunker Hill

    Falling Creek Park in Bedford has over 10 miles of walking trails where you can bring your pup for a great walk through some beautiful woodland scenery. Trails vary in difficulty, from the easy Pond Loop or Creekside Trail, to the more advanced Ridge Loop or Slick Rock trails. Maps are available through Bedford Trails. In addition, there is a picnic area with grills, a playground, a series of fitness stations, disc golf and a skate park to keep the whole family happy. While dogs are permitted throughout the park, they must remain leashed and please pick up after your pet to keep the area clean for future visitors.
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    Population Density 34/sq mi

    #2 North Bedford

    Otter Creek Campground and Trail is in the far north of Bedford, 23 miles northeast of the town. There are numerous trails to explore with your pet here that are part of the 369 miles of hiking trails along the picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway. You can stay a night or two in the campground with your dog, so why not make a weekend of it? It is a lovely spot, but rather remote and rugged, so pack and dress accordingly. The Otter Creek Trail is one of the hikes here, taking you 3.5 miles from the campground to the James River Visitor’s Centre. For a shorter walk, take the one-mile Otter Lake Loop Trail or the 0.4-mile Trail of Trees that both extend from the Visitor’s Centre. The 0.4-mile Canal Lock Trail is another pleasant, easy walk that takes over a bridge to the old Battery Creek Lock.

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  3. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 1,801/sq mi

    #3 Richland Hills


    An easy highway drive east of Bedford is Lynchburg; the place to go for a bite to eat with your pup by your side. There are five places in this area that allow pets at one of their outside tables, so you can enjoy a great meal with your four-legged friend relaxing by your feet. TGI Fridays serves up the classic menu of wings, burgers and fries, or go for a lighter meal and hot cup of perfect caffeine at The Muse Coffee Company, Millie’s Living Café or Westside Deli. Tropical Smoothie Café has a range of healthy, light but delicious options, including breakfast wraps and store-made sandwiches, as well as the café’s namesake – smoothies!

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  4. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 3,181/sq mi

    #4 Westover

    Blackwater Creek Dog Park in Lynchburg is a pup-tastic place to let your pet off the lead to really burn off some energy. There is a space for the big dogs and a separate space for the little tykes, so every pup can have fun and be safe while they play. Water fountains are provided for thirsty pups and there is some seating for you to relax while you supervise. Some waste bags are also available. Outside of the dog park, there is a paved trail system to explore and plenty of places to stop for a picnic with Fido, but he will need to go back on the lead here.
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    Population Density 680/sq mi

    #5 Ballyhack

    In the eastern section of nearby Roanoak, to the southwest of Bedford, you will find the pup-friendly Explore Park. This 1100-acre park is a lovely spot to come for a walk with your pet along some of their 14-miles of trails through forest and along the Roanoak River. There is a Visitor’s Centre on site as well as a seasonal gift shop to check out. Canoeing is permitted in the river and there are plenty of places to stop for a picnic. The Roanoak River Greenway Trail also passes through this area and is another pet-friendly walk to explore. Totalling 9.5 miles, this paved loop trail is easy to navigate and has many interesting things to see along the river and through the town of Roanoake as you pass through. Dogs must be kept leashed in both of these areas, and always clean up any mess your pup leaves.
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