With all the hustle and bustle going on in the United States’s capital city, Washington, D.C., it can be easy to overlook the smaller cities that lie just beyond Capitol Hill. Herndon, Virginia, located in Fairfax County, is one of these smaller towns. Founded nearly two hundred years ago in 1858, Herndon became a major hub for the railroad tracks, giving the town ample opportunity to profit beyond the town limits. Herndon has also been home to many notable figures, including professional soccer player Jeremy Barlow and pop musician Ronnie Dove.
Today, Herndon has blossomed into a well-developed city. It’s not just full of opportunity for you, though; your canine companion can also have plenty of fun in Herndon! There are many dog-friendly restaurants, including chain restaurants like Panera Bread. There’s a dog park within the city, and there are many more within twenty or thirty minutes of the town. There are three vets to choose from, one of which is an emergency clinic that’s open twenty-four hours a day. You can rest easy knowing care is always available for your dog. Make sure to pay Herndon a visit!
A local favorite, Chandon Dog Park, located within Chandon Park, is sure to be a ball of fun for you and your pooch! This off-leash dog park is completely fenced in, giving your dog the opportunity to run around and get his exercise. Locals brag about how spacious this park is, even with it being divided into two separate areas; one is for smaller dogs, and the other is for larger dogs. There’s plenty of shaded seating for pup parents, and if your dog likes chasing squirrels, Chandon Dog Park can’t be beat! Make sure to bring water and waste disposal bags with you.
If you’re looking to grab a bite to eat and want your best four-legged friend to be your dinner date, make sure to check out Herndon Center! If you’re in the mood for classic American grub, ranging from mouth-watering omelettes to delectable burgers, check out Virginia Kitchen. Craving Mexican, maybe? Visit Pollo Campero for their delicious chicken dishes and more. Your dog can dine with you on the patio of either restaurant, but he’ll need to be on his leash and on his best behavior. Both restaurants can give water to your dog.
Located ten minutes from Herndon is Reston’s Lake Fairfax Park, where you and your leashed dog can go exploring! Walk along the dock by the lake and take in the beautiful view; locals say it’s particularly awe-inspiring around sunset. Enjoy going for a walk on the trail that winds through the park. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can even bring along a tent and camp out. Let park officials know first, though. Make sure to bring along plenty of water and waste disposal bags. Your dog’s leash should be no more than six feet in length.
If you’re wanting to take a walk with your dog, and you want to take in every bit of beauty that nature has to offer at the same time, head to Great Falls Park! Located in Mclean, which is about a thirty-minute drive east of Herndon, this beautiful park has several trails you and your dog can hike. You’ll get the chance to see pawesome waterfalls and meet other great dogs! Your dog will need to be on his leash, and although there’s plenty of water in the area, you’ll still want to have some on hand for Fido.
Thirty minutes south of Herndon is Manassas Park, which is home to Manassas Park Dog Park! This popular bark park has two separate areas, like most dog parks. One is for small dogs, while the other section is for larger, more energetic dogs. Water spigots are provided so that your dog can keep cool on even the hottest days. There are even kiddie pools for your pooch to splash around in. Make sure to bring waste disposal bags, as none are provided. A few times of year, the dog park is closed for private events, so be sure to check beforehand.