Nestled on the banks of the New River between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, Radford, VA is a true Virginia Highlands gem. Once a bustling railway town, the boom in Radford ended almost as soon as it began with the Panic of 1894. The town pulled together and pulled through, however, and the recovery was greatly helped by the development of a women’s college. The institution lives on as Radford University, a small but prestigious co-ed school that has produced graduates that lead in their field, like human rights activist Scott Long.
That’s not the only feather in Radford’s cap, though -- the town is simply a lovely place to live. Radford is a safe, cordial, and community-oriented city, with a charming downtown filled with eclectic, locally owned shops, and some truly beautiful natural surroundings.
Radford is known for being family-friendly, and that attitude definitely extends towards four-legged family members! The town has its own dog park, as well as some pawesome community parks. Bisset Park is a wonderful spot for a leashed walk, and boasts some gorgeous riverside views. Not only that, but the city is close by some fantastically fur-friendly hiking options. No matter how long or short your stay, you and your pooch are sure to have a grrreat time in Radford!
Quiet and residential, the neighborhood of Tom’s Creek in Blacksburg sits right in the shadow of the mountains. That being said, a visit to Blacksburg Dog Park is sure to be the bright spot in your furry friend’s day! The park is huge -- there’s tons of space for your pooch to run around and tire themselves out in, and fitter furry friends will be glad to know that there’s some agility equipment for some extra canine cardio. The only downside is that Blacksburg Dog Park doesn’t have a separate small dog area, but if that’s not a dealbreaker for you, you’d be barking mad not to bring your dog here!