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Lebanon, Virginia is over two hundred years old. It was once a coal town. However, when the mine was closed, people started to leave to find work, so the community leaders jumped into action. They brought the town back together by reinventing the way the community attracted companies. It worked because there are now two Fortune 500 companies that call Lebanon home!
There is so much history here that you could listen to the stories all day long. The Elk Garden Church is not only registered in the National Register of Historic Sites, but it's also one of the original forts of the area. Fur babies aren't allowed inside, but you can walk the grounds and take pictures at the entrance.
J.S. Easterly Park is the pawfect place to bring your dog for a walk. It is mostly shaded and is nestled right next to the creek so that you can stay relatively cool on hot days. There are "doggie stops" along the way where you can get doggie waste bags. The restrooms aren't the greatest, but you can fill your dog's water dish and wash your hands. Overall, it is a furrific place to get back to nature and let your dog get some exercise as well.
The Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail is a fun trail for both train lovers and pet lovers. It is a pretty long trail, but if you want to come to the start it is about a twenty-mile drive from Lebanon. This trail goes along forests, farms, and towns. Damascus is about the halfway point and is worth stopping to visit or grab a quick lunch. Along The Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail, you will find restrooms and information centers that are housed in the original depots and cabooses. This is a grrreat trail to explore with your pup! Just remember to bring your leash.
Bristol, Virginia is a little more than thirty miles from Lebanon. It's home to a local gem: Sugar Hollow Park. You can camp if you would like to make a weekend of your adventure. There are multiple walking trails to walk your dog on here. Your mini humans will like the park and the pool. There is plenty for the whole family to do together! This is an on-leash park. You will want to bring your own doggie waste bags and water dish. Dogs aren't allowed in the pool except on doggie swim day. Camping is open seasonally. You can book your spot online or at the visitor center.
Bristol, Tennessee is also less than thirty miles away, which isn't far to go for a pawesome Bark Park! Charlie Robinette Park is the home of the Bristol Dog Park. Here, you will find a fenced area with double gates. You can let your dog off her leash once you are inside the gate. The park provides water, and there are fully stocked doggie clean-up stations as well as lots of room to run and play fetch in. If you prefer, you could sit at one of the shady sitting areas and visit with other pet parents. The park is open all year long from dawn to dusk.
The Salt Trail is a fairly new addition to the Rails-to-Trails family. It is located ruffly twenty-five miles from Lebanon. This trail is about eight miles long. It winds through farmlands and woodlands and also crosses several roads. This is an on-leash trail. It is a popular spot for horses as well, so make sure your pup is comfortable sharing the path. During the winter, it does get muddy. The trail is marked and has a couple of side trails to explore as well. Check the website for updated trail conditions and closures. Bring lots of water because there are no stops along this trail, but there are some planned.
Zazzy'z is a popular coffee shop in Abingdon. You can bring your dog to any of their outdoor tables and order your favorite pick-me-up. Of course, they have breakfast and brunch items on the menu should you decide that you need something to balance out the caffeine. Voted as one of the happiest places to be, Zazzy'z is a great place to meet new friends or meet up with your favorite people. Abingdon has some really special places for furry friends, so you'd be barking mad not to take the time to explore this town while you're here!
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