With over 200,000 citizens, Chesapeake, Virginia, is a large city. But unlike some metropolitan areas residents of Chesapeake do not have to worry about feeling isolated from nature. The urban part is surrounded with forests, farmland, and marshland. Furthermore, a large fraction of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is part of Chesapeake.
Understandably, not all of these areas are suitable for pet owners to walk their dog. The farmlands are privately owned and dragging the dog through the mud does not equate to fun times. Luckily, Chesapeake, Virginia, offers multiple alternatives.
There are many regulars at the Chesapeake City Dog Park. This dog run, part of a larger recreational area, consists of two enclosed areas where dogs can play and run around without a leash. For the pet, owners who don't want to worry, there is a designated area for dogs that may be on the smaller side of the size spectrum in addition to a fountain to wash up once playtime is over.
The Western Branch Dog Park is also a place for dogs in town to get out of their leash and get rid of some of that energy. The park is fully enclosed and offers water fountains, shaded areas and park benches for the owners.
When you are just passing through, you and your furry pal can stay in one of the 20 pet-friendly hotels in the city. Don’t forget to stop at Bruster's Real Ice Cream for a special ice cream treat for your dog!
Greenbrier is a gorgeous area that plays host to many dog friendly places. Taking up nearly half of this neighborhood is the Chesapeake City Park, a large area with a lake, forested natural areas, and open fields. Walking paths wind through this entire park, allowing leashed dogs anytime during daylight hours. Also located in Greenbrier is the Chesapeake City Dog Park, a fenced in area where your pup can run about off leash to their heart’s content! This park includes a separate small dog area and a fountain for washing. Whatever your choice, both places are sure to be a tail wagger!
For dog owners and dogs alike, Oakbrooke is absolutely the place to be. Oakbrooke Park takes up the entire western edge of this neighborhood, and offers walking trails that travel through the entire natural area. The trails lead to two different ponds that often are home to waterfowl depending on the time of the year. All dogs are required to be leashed while on the trails. Enjoy the trickling water as you walk alongside it with your best furry friend! Shade trees are planted strategically to allow relief from the sun as you walk. Remember to bring water, as these trails are long and there isn’t always easy access.
Greenbrier West is a fantastic area to be in and has easy access to the freeway. Home to Oak Grove Lake Park, this natural spot is simply gorgeous and a breathtaking place to take your four legged friend out for a day in the open air. A one and a half mile trail winds around the lake, offering scenes like the shimmering waters and shade trees that play host to a variety of wildlife. The area is not fenced in, so remember to keep your dog secured by a leash at all times. Your pup is sure to rate the trip two paws up!