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Dog Areas in Norfolk, VA

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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.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Norfolk, VA

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    Population Density 1,308/sq mi

    #1 Fort Norfolk

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    The neighborhood of Fort Norfolk offers parks, commerce and a whole slew of things to do along the waterfront. One of the best dog parks in the area is the Bea Arthur Dog Park that includes a dog run, a fenced in play area with toys, a swimming ramp and a picnic area. Another great park in this neighborhood is the Hague Dog Park, which offers great off leash outdoor fun for your pup. This park offers a large grassy area, and while your pup is allowed to run free, be aware that it is not fenced in.
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    Population Density 4,623/sq mi

    #2 Ocean View

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    Ocean View is a beautiful coastal neighborhood that offers several miles of shoreline on the Chesapeake Bay. With lots of resident pups, the community does have some laws regarding walking your dog on the Ocean View Beach. Dogs are welcome seasonally to join you on this beach, but they must be leashed. No dogs are allowed on any beaches from 10:00am to 6:00pm between Memorial Day and through Labor day. Ocean View Dog Park is an alternative that allows your pup to run free year round! This park offers a fenced in area for dogs to run and play. There are also toys on hand and a water spigot available for thirsty pets. The park is a nice wide open grassy area with shade and has places to sit and relax. Also, in this neighborhood is the Maple Dog Park. Dogs are allowed off leash here, but be aware that this area is not fenced in, so make sure your pup has good recall.


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    Population Density 5,410/sq mi

    #3 Ballentine Place

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    The Ballentine Place neighborhood is part of the historic district near the center of Norfolk, and features many historic buildings that can be viewed on an afternoon stroll. In the midst of this family friendly area is the Ballentine Bark Park, a spot your pup will love to visit! One of the great assets to this off leash park is that it is fully fenced in, with two separate areas of the park, one for big dogs and the other area for small dogs. Dog toys and water bowls are available, as well as a water spout. Dogs and their owners can enjoy this park all year round.
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    Population Density 5,550/sq mi

    #4 Ghent

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    This neighborhood is filled with museums, opera houses, restaurants and unique family-owned shops. Ghent Dog Park is about .61 acres, and offers fully fenced in area for dogs to interact, play and run. There are grassy areas and a water area for thirsty dogs. The park is opened daily from sunrise to sunset. After a fun day at the park, take a stroll through the commerce area for great shops and good food. Check out one of the many dog-friendly restaurants here, such as The Public House, Peck and Pour, or Cogan’s Pizza for a bite out with your pup in tow.
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    Population Density 5,535/sq mi

    #5 Lafayette Winona

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    This neighborhood is one of Norfolk’s historic districts, and features beautiful homes in the Queen-Anne and Gothic Revival style. Also in this neighborhood lies the Lafayette Dog Park.This beautiful dog park is a wonderful place for dogs to socialize and play, featuring benches, toys, water, and obstacles for dogs. It is always well-maintained and offers clean up bags for owners. The Winona Dog Park is also in this area, and offers an off leash outdoor area for romping near a creek. Make sure your dog is good at recall, as this dog park is not fenced in.


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