Etna Mills is an unincorporated community that thrives on the edge of the Richmond muttropolitan area. Where neighboring towns offer big city attractions, Etna Mills is still a taste of the country in Virginia. Dogs love the country: fresh air, squirrels and birds to chase, and true amenities. You’ll have to go to neighboring King William for veterinary care, but that’s still less than 12 miles by car. Follow Etna Mills Road west, and you’ll come to Gravatts Millpond, where a turnout offers a great view of the water feature.
Using Etna Mills as your base, take a short trip over Hanover for lunch or dinner at the Houndstooth Cafe. True to its name, this little cafe welcomes dogs to its outdoor tables and chairs. Your pup can drink from a provided water bowl while you peruse a menu stocked with classics like collard greens and homemade lemonade.
If your pup prefers modern twists on classic meals, try The Hangover Cafe instead. The tongue in cheek name belies the treats that you can get there--classics like burgers are served side by side with flounder, reubens, and fried green tomatoes. Then head back to Etna Mills to enjoy all the charms that only a small town can offer to humans and dogs alike.
If your pup needs to let loose, head 10 miles west of Etna Mills to East Ashland and pay a visit to Taylor Dog Park. Your four legged pal can check his leash at the gate, then romp and play with new friends. Bring a ball for a game of fetch or just let him wander around on his own. He can even test his athletic abilities on the agility equipment. Water stations are available, so make sure he stops for a water break every once in awhile. For a leashed walk, hop over to Taylor Park and make your way around the walking trails.