With so many rolling hills, forests, and gorgeous scenery to be held, it is hard to resist the urge to take your pet out in Charlottesville, Virginia.
For starters, you can let your pet romp around Darden Towe Park. It has a one-acre fenced-in area to let your dog run around freely and if you'd like to keep your dog close, there are plenty of fields to play on.
If you're interested in letting Fido hit up the water check out Pleasant Grove Dog Park. This dog park has gorgeous walking trails, a nice clean beach, and plenty of room for your dog to roam. You might consider bringing an extra long leash, as most areas are not enclosed, especially if Fido likes to explore freely.
On the property of Sugar Hollow Farm, not only is your dog allowed to stay with you, but he can have just as much fun as you are having. You and your dog will have over 70 acres to explore, as well as hiking trails to trek on through the Shenandoah National Park. As long as he's well behaved, Fido is more than welcome to join in on the terrace of the bed and breakfast's restaurant while you eat or they can suggest to you other restaurants to visit, such as Miller's Downtown or Beer Run.
Forest Lakes-Briarwood is a beautiful area with easy access to the freeway. Home to two parks, there’s plenty for dogs and dog owners to do! Just off 850 is the Chris Greene Lake Park, a park that, like it’s name indicates, is centered around a large lake! There’s a dock and beautiful paved paths to walk while you admire the shimmering surface of the waters. Located in this park is also a fenced in dog park for dogs to run around off leash. There’s water access for swimming to help cool off in those hotter months and plenty of room to roam.
For a place with tons to do, Locust Grove is an ideal choice. This neighborhood is home to Pen Park, a large natural area that’s covered with scenic walking trails. Trees shade the majority of the paths to keep the hot sun off your back, and the trails start with disposable bags so you can pick up after your pup along the way. Remember to keep your pup leashed, as the area is unfenced and a popular home to a small variety of wildlife. Stop at one of the three ponds for a look at the shimmering waters or to watch the waterfowl.
Greenbrier plays host to a lovely community and ideal scenery. Nestled inside the neighborhood is Greenbrier Park, a beautiful green stretch that’s fed by Meadow Creek to keep it lush. A walking trail stretches through this entire park, offering a scenic route that’s gorgeous anytime of day. You can follow the trail all along the river and watch the streaming water as you go. The park is not fenced in, so be sure you keep your pup on a leash at all times for the safety of both of you. To the south is McIntire Park, a larger area with yet more trails winding through to offer a change of pace.
For a quiet place with a humble community, look no further than Rugby Hills. This tidy neighborhood plays host to the wonderful Greenleaf Park, a lush natural expanse with numerous trails running through it to provide a wide variety of walks. The park isn’t fenced in and is also by a main freeway, so be sure your dog remains on a leash at all times. You may want to stay closer to the western edge of the park to avoid passing traffic. With plenty of green space and natural areas to explore, your dog will be begging to come again and again!