Hickory is a small community in the southern tip of the city of Chesapeake. It is home to the Chesapeake City Park, located at 900 City Park Drive. The city park has two dog parks. The largest of the two has 1.5 acres with 6-foot high fencing so your pup will play securely in this off-leash dog park. There is a separate enclosure for small dogs. The park provides water fountains for dog and people. There is a supply of waste bags available, and benches are available for the human companions. The second dog park is located in the front of the city park. It, too, has a separate enclosure for the small dogs. It is a bit smaller than the newer dog park, but it has enough grassy area for a dog to happily run and socialize off-leash. Admittance to the City dog parks requires registration with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.
The South Norfolk neighborhood is 13 miles north of Hickory. This neighborhood is home to the Elizabeth River Dog Park, located at 1400 Elizabeth River Way. This fully enclosed dog park gives dogs three-quarters of an acre of leash-free exercise. This park has a separate area for smaller dogs. Water is available on-site, and waste stations make for convenient cleanups. This dog park fronts the Elizabeth River, and from its location human companions get a close view of the river and the Jordan Bridge. There are several benches from which a human companion can get a good view of the river. Membership is required to use this park, which is open from dawn to dusk.
Chesapeake’s Western Branch North neighborhood is 26 miles north of Hickory. Western Branch Dog Park is located at 4437 Portsmouth Blvd. This dog park is one fenced area of .65 acres for small and large dogs.This dog park has large areas of bare ground and some grass. Trees grow inside the dog park and give a lot of shade for dogs and their human companions. Water is available on-site, and waste stations make for easy clean ups. Dogs must be registered with the city of Chesapeake before using it. The dog park is open from sunrise to sunset. The main park also has a two-mile walking trail through natural terrain for leashed dogs and their human companions to explore.
The city of Norfolk is 17 miles north of Hickory. Bea Arthur Dog Park is located at 501 Front Street. This is a one-acre fenced enclosure that gives your dog the opportunity to run and play leash-free. There is a separate area for small dogs. This dog park is owned and maintained by PETA. Drinking water is available on-site. The dog park makes sure that toys are always well-stocked for some added play and safe chewing. There is also access to the river for those dogs that need a splash or swim. Human companions can relax on covered seats while they watch their pups at play. This dog park is free to use, but PETA does solicit for donations.