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Galax, Virginia is a small, independent city that lies along Chestnut Creek. The city's founders fell in love with the wide-open meadows here and decided to establish a settlement. In fact, Galax was named after an evergreen plant called Galax urceolata.
Apart from being a scenic city with plenty of green space, Galax is also rich in historical treasures and has plenty of buildings that are on the National Register of Historic Places, such as the Galax Commercial Historic District, Old Grayson County Courthouse and Clerk's Office, Gordon C. Felts House, and more.
If you need a place to stay in Galax where you can spend a couple of nights cuddling with your pup, check out the Rodeway Inn Galax or the Galax Knights Inn. Both hotels welcome canine guests.
While you're here, you'd be barking mad to miss out on Creek Bottom Brews, a local brewing company and pub. The place is also dog-friendly so it's a win-win! Another place in Galax where you can dine with your dog is Scoots Restaurant. Galax also has two animal hospitals and two veterinary services that will help you out in case you need them.
For the wine lovers, a great place to visit in Galax is the Mt Vale Vineyard, a pet-friendly winery that's home to gorgeous mountain views and tasty wines! Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome here as long as you clean up after them.
Looking for a challenge? If you and your hound love hiking in a natural setting, we recommend that you take the time to visit the beautiful Stone Mountain Summit Trail. The trail is around 28 miles away from Galax, in West Roaring Gap, and it is a pretty difficult 3.6-mile hike that will take approximately 2 hours to complete. Your dog is welcome to follow you on this journey as long as he's wearing a leash no longer than six feet. Take plenty of water with you, as well as some snacks and waste bags. You and Fido will pawsitively love exploring this trail!
New River State Park is located in North Laurel Springs, around 35 miles away from Galax. This expansive park offers ten trails that meander through forests and are both family-friendly and dog-friendly. All of the trails are either easy or moderate difficulty, with the longest being 1.4 miles. Don't fancy a walk? The park has plenty of other activities for you to enjoy. You can fish, canoe, or simply have a nice family picnic. Dogs have to be leashed at all times, but that won't make this experience any less enjoyable. Bring water and doggie bags and have a furrific day here!
The closest off-leash park to Galax is about 50 miles south, or around an hour-and-a-half drive away. Hidden Oaks Dog Park is a 5-acre park that's the perfect place to let your dog off-leash in an enclosed space and let him enjoy running and socializing with other pups. Like most dog parks, this one has two separate areas for large and small breeds. The ground is mostly grass, and there are some trees that provide shade for the hot days. Pet parents can rest and relax at the shaded picnic tables or on the benches in the dog park. Water is provided, but waste bags are not.
50 miles away from Galax, you'll find the Mount Jefferson State Natural Area located in the eastern area of West Jefferson. This is another great place for you and your pooch to embark on an adventure! Share a picnic near the summit with your doggo, and don't forget to snap some pics. There are a couple of hiking trails that you can hit up, but your dog has to remain on-leash. The most famous trails are The Lost Province Trail and The Rhododendron Trail. The first one is 3/4 of a mile long and is a medium difficulty trail, while the other one is a mile long but is fairly difficult to finish.
Two more trails are available for you and your pup to explore around 42 miles away from Galax, both of which have starting points at Pilot Mountain State Park. Both of the trails are moderately easy and around 1.5 miles each. Each trail will take about 80 minutes to complete. If you want to loop around part of the park, choose the Jomeokee trail. If you want to enjoy the park from a distance, choose the Sassafras trail. Doggies are, of course, very welcome, as long as you clean up after them and keep them on a leash that is no longer than 6 feet. Bring water as well.
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