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I'm Aaron! I’m a graduate from Gonzaga University, former long distance runner, and a future physical therapist. I work great with large dogs, energetic pups, and senior dogs. I own a big 4 year old black lab, and cared for our 15 year old wire haired fox terrier. I also take good care of my tortoise, Barb.
Can run with dogs, Senior dog care, High energy dogs, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker
Chilhowie, Virginia took its name from the Native Americans. Chilhowie means "the valley of many deer." In the 1700s, this area was popular with longhunters and was a favorite stopping point for stagecoaches. This is the reason that the A.C. Beatie House, H.L. Bonham House, Chilhowie Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Downtown Chilhowie Historic District are all registered on the National Register of Historic Places. If you and your hound love exploring historic places, just leash up and wander around town -- you're all set for an un-fur-gettable historic excursion!
Chilhowie has a whole committee that is dedicated to health and wellness. The Town Park reflects this by giving the community a safe place to walk and play. This is a quiet park with clearly marked paths along the hilly area. Dogs are welcome to walk here, but remember that you will have to clean up after them and keep them on a leash.
The Blue Ridge Highlands Fishing Trails has plenty of opportunities to walk along the river. Or, you can bring your pup with you and take advantage of the fishing. You can fish from the shore at marked points or hire a charter -- just check with them to see if you can bring your pup. There are several to choose from.
Chilhowie is the pawfect community for pups and people who pre-fur living in a rural area.
Saltville is a tiny community that is about ten miles from Chilhowie. This is where you will find the Salt Trail. The Salt Trail was once part of the railroad, before the Rails-to-Trails Conservation converted this abandoned rail corridor into a Fido-friendly walking trail. As you walk the eight-mile trail, you will pass through farmland, woodlands, and across several city roads. There aren't many places to stop, so you will want to bring lots of water for you and your fur baby. Remember that this is a leash-only trail system. Everything is clearly marked so that you don't get lost along the way.
At the corner of Main and Pecan, you will find the entrance to The Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail. The Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail runs from Abingdon to Damascus, which is about 17 miles. Along the way, you will see dense forests, beautiful countryside, Christmas tree farms, and even grazing llamas. There are restrooms along the way that are housed in the former railroad depots, which are worth the walk all on their own. The Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail follows along the Holston River and Laurel Creek, so be sure to bring a towel if you plan to let your pup swim!
It's a good thing that Abingdon is so close to Chilhowie -- it has some really great places to eat! Rain Restaurant is fur-friendly and features fresh, locally-sourced food. The goal of Rain Restaurant is to serve food made with ingredients taken right from the farm. The menu is classic American with all your favorites, but there are also seasonal twists that are constantly changing. Remember to check the daily specials to see what was picked from the farm that morning. The entire patio caters to canines. Don't forget to bring a water dish for Fido. You both are going to be ready for a belly rub when you leave!
Grayson Highlands State Park is located a little over twenty miles from Chilhowie. It is just far enough away that you can escape here every weekend if you want to. It has over 4,500 acres of room to play and explore. There are complete hook-ups where you can camp. There's even an entire section for you to bring your horse along as well! This is the pawfect place to hike; you can choose from trails of various difficulties based on your experience. Be careful, though -- there are bears in this park, and they've been known to traverse the trails, so keep your eyes peeled! The weather here is harsh and constantly changing, so please check the weather and pack your gear accordingly.
If you go just past Marion, down Lee's Highway, and take exit 54, you will find a roadside stand called Dip Dog Stand. A "dip dog" is kind of like a corn dog, but so much better! This is a family-run stand that has burgers, fries, shakes, and ice cream. It is the perfect place to stop by because it has plenty of tail-wagging, dog-friendly friendly seating. The barbecue sauce is said to be the best in America! You can even get it by the bottle. The best part is that this unique attraction is only 13 miles from Chilowie.
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