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Located about an hour south of Lynchburg, Nathalie is a quaint town surrounded by fields and meadows. Pups and their parents can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities while admiring scenic views of vegetation and clear blue skies. The town is pooch-friendly, but its size doesn't allow for its own veterinarian. When your pup needs help, you can travel to the neighboring cities of Halifax or South Boston for veterinary care.
On a warm summer morning, take Fido for a stroll along the Clarkton Bridge that connects the counties of Charlotte and Halifax. The restored wooden bridge spans 53 feet over a riverbed, offering amazing views of the surrounding countryside. Your pup will enjoy walking along the bridge, and then climbing down the banks and splashing in the water.
When you need a beautiful, yet casual venue for a party or wedding, Bright Meadows Farm should be first on your list. Well behaved pups are always welcome as long as you clean up!
Whether you are looking for a small town to raise your pooch and family or passing through the area, Nathalie is a great destination for some peace and quiet.
If you are looking for a fun, family and pooch-friendly activity in Nathalie, check out Bright Meadows Farm on Nathalie Road. This small-town Mom and Pop winery offers award-winning wine on the property of a 100-year-old mansion. You can walk around the ground with Fido on his leash and take a break at one of the tables to enjoy a picnic. Sampling the many wine choices will feel like a little taste of heaven and the kids can wander through the pasture while your pup socializes with the owner’s dogs.
About 20 miles south of Nathalie, the Paul C. Edmunds Park in South Boston is a great place to exercise with your pup. You can walk around the park on the paved path while admiring the Botanical Garden, and your pooch can roll around in the grass. You will also enjoy strolling around the pond where you will see ducks roaming and fish jumping. The younger kids will enjoy the playground and older kids can play a game of disc golf while you and your pooch relax at one of the covered picnic areas. If Fido likes to get wet, let him splash in the pond, but be sure to keep him on a leash.
One of the most “pup”ular destinations in the area is the Staunton River Battlefield Rail Trail about 18 miles east of Nathalie. This is a fun path that used to be part of the railroad corridor connecting several local towns. You can walk along the railroad or take your pup into the park that features interesting history from the Civil War. You can even walk over a refurbished train trestle and admire the views of wildlife and plants. There are restroom facilities at the visitor’s center, and you can refill your water bottles while Fido sniffs and rolls in the grassy field. If you are looking for a place for a great meal, stop by Darby’s Tavern at the Berry Hill Resort. You can enjoy authentic Southern cuisine while relaxing at the outdoor tables with your pooch.
Less than an hour from Nathalie, Occoneechee State Park Campground is a puptastic destination for Fido and the family. The campground is located on the John H. Kerr Reservoir and features a place to relax and spend quality time with the kids and your furry companion. You can hike along the nature trails nearby, but be sure to keep your pooch on a leash since the trails are often used for horseback riding. Whether you choose to stay in a tent for primitive camping or one of the climate-controlled cabins, you will have fun checking out the area with the kids and your pup.
If you travel about 30 miles southwest of Nathalie to the town of Sutherlin, the Richmond and Danville Rail Trail is a great place to hike with your pooch. The pathway is a former railroad line that was used during the Civil War. You can walk along the path and enjoy the farmland and wooded areas and the trail is pretty flat making it perfect for bikes or a stroller. Fido will have a great time jumping around in the wetland and getting his feet wet and you can lay a blanket on the open field when you need a rest and a snack. You can access the parking off State Road 1016 and be sure to dispose of doggie waste bags in the trash cans near the parking lot.
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