Lynchburg Dog Park is Lynchburg’s only off-leash dog park. This park has two separate areas – one for large dogs (heavier than 30 pounds) and one for small dogs. Small dogs are welcome to play in the large dogs’ area, but if any problems occur, they must return to the small dog area. Dogs must be at least four months old and have an up-to-date license on their collars to be allowed into the park. Lynchburg Dog Park is open every day during daylight hours.
Is Fido getting tired of the same old walking route? Consider changing things up a bit by exploring the James River Heritage Trail. The James River Heritage Trail is one of the 1,600 rail-trails created by the Rails-to-Trail Conservancy. You and your pup will see bikers, joggers, skaters, and other dog-walkers on this trail, so make sure your dog does well around strangers. Dogs must be on their leashes and cleaned up after.
Hiking James River Heritage Trail will definitely build up an appetite, so you and Fido should visit Abbey Road Pub and Restaurant afterwards. Enjoy seafood, steak, salads and more, and then wash it all down with your choice from over 100 types of beer from 80 countries. Canine companions can eat with their humans on the patio.
The large James River neighborhood is home to Riverside Park, which is comprised of 49 acres complete with numerous walking trails and many shade trees. It affords views of its wooded hillsides with the James River in the distance. It is especially distinguished by the Alpine Trail, the first dedicated hiking trail in Lynchburg. Leashed and controlled dogs are welcome throughout this lovely park. For chowhounds, both human and canine, the park provides picnic tables and grills. For a more formal meal, take your pup to The Corner at Rivermont, a restaurant with outdoor tables perfect for fur-babies, that serves classic Southern and creole fare.
The Lynchburg College neighborhood contains College Park, a shady park with 3 separate grills and picnic areas, and a basketball court for casual hoop-shooting. Leashed dogs are welcome under their humans’ control. A tributary of Blackwater Creek meanders through the center of the park, which provides a natural and refreshing touch to this tiny gem within the city. Lynchburg College also provides access to The Dell, the park-like grounds surrounded by College buildings, and the perfect spot for a game of frisbee or catch. Just down the street from the college is JoJo Pizza, which features a dog-friendly patio and gourmet pizza, along with sandwiches, wings and other tasty treats.
The Garland Hill neighborhood is home to the popular Hollins Mill Park, which welcomes leashed dogs to enjoy. Hollins Mill Park boasts a green open field with many shade trees, along with fishing access streamside at a tributary of Blackwater Creek, and stunning views of the historic Hollins Mill Dam and its old stonework. This park also features trail connections to the Blackwater Creek Bikeway, including the Point of Honor Trail section of the James River Heritage Trail System. For a casual picnic with your Best Friend, spread a blanket under one of the many trees, or claim a picnic table and grill.
The Lynchburg neighborhood of Boonesboro contains 9 businesses with over 1,400 employees. In the center of this commercial district, inside the Lynchpin Industrial Park, is a green oasis called Ivy Creek Park. This park features the 6-acre Clemmons Lake, on which you and your pooch can paddle a kayak or canoe while looking out for geese, water snakes and other reptiles. You can fish with Fido at your side from the pier, and along the boardwalk over the lake and creek, or share a picnic lunch on the shore or under the picnic shelter. The park also boasts multi-use trails for some exercise after lunch, and provides plentiful spots for simply contemplating the peace of this bucolic setting.