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The city of Norton is a furrific place for dog lovers and their furry friends. There are five community parks and a few trails in town that you can check out with your pal. When you're in need of professional health services, you'll find a veterinarian about ten miles away in Big Stone Gap.
Want to spend a day on the water with your canine companion? Head to Norton Reservoir and go canoeing or boating. If you have a license, bring along a pole and fish for trout, catfish, and other species. The reservoir is about 4 miles south of Norton.
A pawtastic place to go hiking and exploring with your canine pal is Flag Rock Recreational Area. This 1,000-acre facility has hiking trails, picnic areas, and campsites. Dogs are welcome if they're on a leash and under control.
About 6.5 miles south of town, you'll find the High Knob Recreation Area. This secluded campsite has hiking trails and a spring-fed lake. As the highest elevation campground in the southwestern part of the state, the facility boasts cool summer temperatures. Dogs can join you, but they must be on a leash that's no longer than six feet.
Norton and the surrounding areas have a variety of dog-friendly outdoor activities.
Dorchester Junction is a remote neighborhood of private estates and trailer homes. There are some quiet roads that wind through wooded areas here where you and your pup can take a walk. When you're looking for a peaceful spot to take a hike with your pup, check out Legion Park off 12th Street SW. This facility has a shelter with tables, a grill, and a water fountain. Hike along the interpretive pathway through the forest with your pup, then share a picnic. Dogs are welcome to accompany you if you pick up their waste and keep them leashed or under your control.
The downtown area of Norton is a mixed zone community with a commercial main street and residential areas. You'll be able to take your pooch for a daily stroll along the roads in the neighborhood. There's a nice little park right in town by 11th Street NW. This facility has sidewalks where you can walk with your fur baby. Bring a frisbee and play on the open lawn. After you get some exercise, share an outdoor meal at one of the picnic tables. You can bring dogs as long as they're on a leash or under your control. Remember to clean up any waste.
The neighborhood of Esserville on the north side of Norton has some trailer homes and other single-family residences. You'll find some wooded roads where you and Spot can take a daily walk in this area. If you're looking for some open space to enjoy with your canine pal, head to Clear Creek Park off 12th Street SE. This four-acre facility has a walking track that wanders around the softball field. Take a jog with your fur baby, then walk by the water. You can share the park with your four-footed pal if he's on a leash and you pick up his droppings.
Just south of town, the neighborhood of Hoot Owl Hollow has a church and some private estates that are nestled in the woods. This is a furrific place to go walking down country roads with your special pal. There's also a pawtastic out-and-back hiking trail in this area. The Flag Rock Trail is a 2.8-mile pathway that connects Legion Park and Flag Rock Overlook. Take an easy walk by the stream in the north before starting a challenging climb to the overlook. Dogs on a leash are allowed to join you. Make sure you bring plenty of water and waste bags.
The community of Powell Valley in Big Stone Gap is about six miles southwest of Norton. This country neighborhood has private residences and a golf course. There are plenty of quiet roads where you and Fido can take a daily walk down here. For a puptacular adventure, head to Big Cherry Reservoir. This 2,200-acre park located in the forest includes a 250-acre lake. You'll need to purchase a use permit for access to the undeveloped facility. Dogs are welcome to join you as long as they're under control. This is rugged country, so come in a four-wheel drive vehicle.
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