Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, Harrisonburg is not only modern and diverse, it is also pet and family friendly. Outdoor recreation among the beautiful mountain range creates a wonderful atmosphere for spending quality time with the family and Fido. Your pup will have a pawesome time hiking through 500 miles of trails of the Shenandoah National Park admiring the scenery.
When traveling with your pooch, Harrisonburg features three quality clinics where your pup can receive routine and emergency care. Fourteen pet fur-iendly hotels are perfect when visiting the area or stay at Stonewall Jackson Bed and Breakfast with your pooch. Just make sure when scheduling reservations that you include your pup to get a pet friendly room.
Be sure to check out Three Notched Brewery where you and your canine companion can enjoy some craft beers, which is one of the five breweries and wineries listed on Pups & Pints. If your pooch needs some pampering, head over to two locally owned pet stores, Nerdy Dogs or Sylvia’s for a new collar and leash, or some tasty treats. Hungry hounds also need a place to relax and take their humans for a meal. Jack Brown’s Burger and Beer Joint offers great burgers and dog friendly outdoor patio seating with friendly staff who will bring water and milk bone treats for the pup.
Most well-known as a settlement formed after the Civil War by freed slaves, the Zenda neighborhood is a pooch friendly historic area. When visiting the neighborhood, you and your dog will want to spend time at the Smithland Road Dog Park. The park is open from morning until sunset and a double gate will allow your pup to safely enter the open area. Smaller shy pups can socialize on one side of the park, while larger pups can run, frolic and sniff butts on the other side. Make sure the gates are kept closed at all times and clean up after your pooch. Water is available, but bring your own bowl. Be sure to leave all human or dog treats at home.
Attractive and historic, pet lovers will enjoy a variety of activities in the Central Harrisonburg neighborhood. When your pooch is ready for a walk, head over to the Bluestone Trail, a 1 mile shared, wide path connecting several neighborhoods. When driving, you can park your car at the Purcell Park and begin a puptastic hike. Purcell Park also features a playground, picnic shelters, and restrooms where you can fill up your water bottles before heading down the trail. When you need some kibble, try out Tutti Gusti Pizzaria, an Italian restaurant where your pup can join you at one of the outdoor tables.
Perfect for biking or strolling with your pup, the Sunset Heights neighborhood features a variety of parks and amenities for your furry pal. Westover Park features 48 acres of open space where you and Fido can play. The skate park, disc golf course, and swimming complex make the area perfect for both two and four-legged children. You can also watch for announcements when your pup is welcome to come and swim in the pool with proof of vaccinations. Greenberry’s Coffee and Tea is also located in the neighborhood where you can enjoy breakfast, sandwiches, and drinks at one of three pet friendly outdoor tables.
Historic homes with large grassy yards are featured in the pooch friendly Old Town Harrisonburg neighborhood. Puppy parents will enjoy walking their pups through the 3.8-acre Kiwanis Park to work off excess energy. Although there is no fenced area, there is plenty of space for your dog to frolic in the grass and sniff the trees and flowers. You will want to bring your own water bottles and doggie waste bags to keep the park clean. After a couple hours at the park, take a walk over to Dairy Queen where you can get a pup cup for your pooch, and a cone for you.
Visitors to the city often spend time in the James Madison University neighborhood with their pets. Many of the open green spaces are pup friendly, but most of the university buildings do not allow dogs. While visiting the campus, you and Fido will find fun activities at the Edith J Carrier Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. The gardens are dog friendly, and everyone will have fun walking along the paths admiring the flowers and trees. The trails through the arboretum are perfect for exercise, or laying a blanket on the lawn to bask in the sunshine. So don’t leave your pup at home when spending at day at the gardens, the staff will welcome both you and your pooch.