Just behind Richmond’s WWI memorial, the Carillon, stretches Richmond’s Byrd Park. Nestled within Byrd Park is Barker Field; a park made just dogs. Open from sunrise to sunset each day, Barker Field is a completely fenced-in off-leash dog park. Dogs of any size, breed and weight are more than welcome, as long as they have a valid license and vaccines are up-to-date, they’re sociable, and they are under their owners’ control at all times. Dogs taken outside of Barker Field must be put back on their leashes.
Ruff House Dog Park at Rockwood Park was designed with dogs big and small in mind. Ruff House has two separate, completely fenced-in areas – one for large breeds and one for small breeds – so every dog can explore and roll around fearlessly. Benches and water are also provided at this park. Dogs must have current licenses and vaccinations, be healthy and sociable, have tags on their collars, and be under their owners’ control at all times. Dogs must be leashed when entering and leaving the fenced-in areas.
Located in the downtown historic district, The Jefferson Hotel allows dogs of all sizes for an additional $40 per pet, per night. As with most hotels, dogs be tidy (aka cleaned-up after) and on-leash, in order to not disturb other visitors, at all times.. Owners cannot leave their pets unattended at any time in the hotel. If needed, pet owners can pay an extra $7.50 an hour to have their dogs looked after and/or walked.
Located just southwest of downtown, Richmond’s Church Hill area is a vibrant community with one of the city’s best dog parks. Church Hill Dog Park is a fenced park located at Chimborazo Park. There is plenty of space for dogs to run and explore off-leash as well as three doggie cool-down stations for those hot summer days. There is even a kiddie pool for your pup to enjoy! The park features separate areas for large dogs and small dogs, and pup parents will enjoy relaxing on one of the benches in the parks two shelters or catching some rays at one of the picnic tables.
When visiting Maymont, be sure to check out Barker Field at Byrd Park. The large, off-leash dog park has high, secure fences to securely contain even the most adventurous explorers. Water is available during the summer months as well as tennis balls and clean-up bags. Like most parks, this one features separate areas for large and small breeds. There is plenty of open space and shade. Get out and play with your canine companion, or sit and watch from one of the bench swings. Whichever you choose, you and your pup will have a great day at Barker Field.
The community of Rockwood is home to Ruff House Dog Park at Rockwood Park. Locals rave about this large, well-maintained dog park. There are two areas for large dogs as well as a separate area for smaller dogs. The park hosts various events throughout the year, so there is always something to do. There is a water area to keep your pooch hydrated and benches where you can relax while your companion plays and makes new friends. The park also provides clean-up bags, trash cans and a few toys for dogs to enjoy. For pet parents, there are benches and awnings for shade.
Just across the James River from downtown Richmond, the Forest Hill area is a great community to visit with your canine companion. Stop by Phideaux Field at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church, and let your dog blow off some steam in this private, fenced-in park. This park is usually quieter than many of the city’s other parks, so it’s a good place to relax. If you’re in the mood to take your pup for a walk, head over to Forest Hill Park. This large park features a lake, picnic shelters and plenty of paths and trails for walking and jogging with your best friend.
If you want to spend a day outside of the city with your furry friend, head north to Ashland, Virginia. While you’re there, be sure to check out Hanover Dog Park. This one-acre grassy park is fenced in and has agility equipment for adventurous canines. There are also hydration stations and a few toys for dogs to play with. Benches are situated around the perimeter so pet parents can relax and take in the action. Located just off I-95, this park is perfect for travelers passing through the area as well as locals. If you’re up for a longer walk, check out the Ashland Trolley Line, which is part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.