There are over 8.1 million people in Virginia, and almost 247,000 of them live in Norfolk, which makes it the second most popular city in the state. Many dog owners live there with 55,300 dogs in Norfolk, making it one of the most popular dog-lovers’ city in the state. That means there are numerous dog-friendly places in the area.
The First Landing State Park has ten hiking trails for all skill levels ranging from 1/3 of a mile to 6 miles long. Each of the trails run along the beach and have their own particular highlights, such as marshland, Spanish moss, woods, all kinds of wildlife, and you can usually see dolphins in the Chesapeake Bay if you go along Osprey Trail. The Long Creek Trail has the best view with the highest elevation on White Hill, which is 65 feet.
If you just want to let your pup run with other dogs, you should check out Bea Arthur Dog Park behind the PETA office on Front Street. This park has plenty of room to run, a community toy box, lots of trees and picnic tables, and Fido can even take a swim in the river. PETA also provides a small pool in the summer and a water fountain. Enjoy your stay in Norfolk.