Dog Walkers in Elkton, VA

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Dog Areas in Elkton, VA

3 Parks
1 Trail
1 Groomer

Sitting pretty between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Massanutten Mountain Range, there’s no denying that Elkton, VA is in a beautiful spot! Elkton’s name comes from the Elk Run River, a tributary of the South Fork Shenandoah river that bisects the town. Cultured canines and owners might be glad to know that Elkton contains a few buildings of historical interest, including a Civil War hospital. Today, though, Elkton is mostly known as a tight-knit, family-friendly community filled with local businesses and small-town charm. The city might be on the small side, but there’s certainly room for a veterinary clinic, and 24-hour care is available in nearby Charlottesville.

Elkton doesn’t have its own dog park, but you and your buddy are still sure to sniff out something to do! The city is bordered by a gorgeous national park, where you’ll find plenty of fantastically fur-friendly hiking trails. Stonewall Memorial Park on North Terrace Avenue also features a walking trail that’s a lovely little spot for a leashed walk. You might need to drive a little to get the best for your buddy, but you’ll find plenty of scope for off-leash adventures a little further afield!

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Elkton, VA

  1. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 34/sq mi

    #1 Shenandoah National Park

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    Shenandoah National Park is right on the edge of town, so it’d be a huge faux paw not to visit! This beautiful, lush green space is well known for its rocky peaks and waterfalls, and has over 500 miles of trails all told, including a 100-mile stretch of the famous Appalachian Trail. The trails vary in difficulty, so you and your pooch are covered whether you’re looking for a challenge, or for a more sedate stroll. Pets aren’t allowed on a couple of hikes, though -- it’s best to look up a trail map before you go, just to make sure.
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  2. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 2,473/sq mi

    #2 Smithland Rd.

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    Make no bones about it -- your pooch will love a trip to the Smithland Road Dog Park in Harrisonburg! The park is huge -- there’s plenty of room in both the large and small dog areas for your furball to leap about and tire themselves out in. There’s also a covered shelter with some benches, so tired owners can chill out and take a load off on a hot day. Bags and water are provided, so just bring your pup, some favorite toys and prepare to play! Careful, though -- the park’s surface is mostly dirt and grass, so you might want to bring a towel in case your buddy gets muddy.
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  3. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 7,437/sq mi

    #3 Central Harrisonburg

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    Blue Ridge Dog makes downtown Harrisonburg a real mutts-visit! This furrific dog bakery stocks only the best in all-natural, homemade dog treats, and their helpful staff is always on hand to help you pick out something that’s sure to make your buddy sit up and beg. The dog-chocolate iced dolphins in particular are a favorite of local pooches! Of course, owners need to eat too, so consider checking out The Artful Dodger, a funky, locally-owned cafe that welcomes wagging tails on the outdoor patio. They’ll even put out water for your pup on a hot day!

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  4. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 2,008/sq mi

    #4 Park View

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    Pups and owners that like their nature a little more maintained might enjoy a leashed stroll in Harrisonburg’s Purcell Park! The park’s 1.5-mile paved trail makes for a calm, relaxing walk on a nice day, and non-furry family members might certainly appreciate the large playground. Purcell Park is also home to the Bluestone Trail, which connects the green space to James Madison University. Afterward, you two can chow down at Tutti Gusti Pizza! This Harrisonburg gem serves up a delicious thin crust and caters to canine companions outside. Just remember to bring a leash and plenty of waste bags for your adventures in this part of town!
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  5. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 2,388/sq mi

    #5 Lake Acres

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    If your pooch loves swimming as part of their off-leash exercise, you’d need to be barking mad not to bring them to Chris Greene Lake in Charlottesville! The fenced-in area here really has it all -- woodland to sniff and explore, an acre of open space that’s ideal for games of tug-of-war or catch, and of course, access to the lake. The dog run is well-shaded by mature trees, making this an ideal option for hot days -- your furball can run and play to their heart’s content without you worrying about them overheating! Waste bags are provided, but there's no drinking fountain -- you'll need to bring your own bottle.
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