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I'm Aaron! I’m a graduate from Gonzaga University, former long distance runner, and a future physical therapist. I work great with large dogs, energetic pups, and senior dogs. I own a big 4 year old black lab, and cared for our 15 year old wire haired fox terrier. I also take good care of my tortoise, Barb.
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Rural Retreat is a small community in Wythe County. This mountain getaway is located near several parks and trails. If you're looking for professional care for Spot, you'll find about seven veterinary clinics in Wytheville, 12 miles east of here.
Plan a park day or an overnight at Hungry Mother State Park, located about 16.7 miles west of here. This facility has a campground, 108-acre lake, and over 17 miles of trails. Dogs are permitted but need to be kept on a leash no longer than six feet. Bring waste bags with you.
Head about 6.2 miles west to connect to the Appalachian Trail off Davis Valley Road in Davis Hollow. Hike through fields and forest with your special pal. This section of the trail involves some climbing. Dogs on a leash can join you here. Remember to pack water and waste bags.
Want to do some primitive camping with your four-footed friend? Head north about 23 miles to Comers Rock Recreation Area. This mountaintop facility includes a picnic area, a campsite, and hiking trails. You can bring Spot, provided that you keep him on a leash and pick up his waste.
The small town of Rural Retreat offers access to several parks and trails that allow dogs on a leash.
Rural Retreat is a quiet town that includes single-family homes, public and private schools, and a small factory. There's a local winery in the area where you can enjoy a deli meal and some wine tasting. If you're looking for a furrific place to get away with your furry pal, head to Rural Retreat Lake and Campground. This 90-acre facility offers fishing, camping, and picnic areas. Bring your tent or RV and spend a night or longer with your canine companion. Hike along the trails along the lake or fish for muskie and bass. Dogs need to be on a leash at all times.
Located about 13.4 miles east of Rural Retreat, the neighborhood of Stones Mill in Wytheville is a small development of private residences. This area located by Reed Creek features wooded country lanes. If you're looking for a pawtastic place to go exploring with your four-footed friend, head south just 4.3 miles to Crystal Springs Recreation Area. The property features hiking trails, campsites, and picnic facilities on 1800 acres. You and Spot can enjoy a gentle stroll by the creek, or take the trail that heads over the ridges. Dogs are welcome to join you here, provided they're on a leash and under your control.
You'll find Central Wytheville about 12.2 miles east of town. This neighborhood includes a downtown area with commercial buildings and some museums as well as private residences. Here, you and your pooch can enjoy a leisurely walk down the sidewalk. For a stroll and picnic in the park, head to Withers Park off North 4th Street. This community facility has a playground, open space, and a walking trail. Take a few loops around the paved pathway and pause at the Wall of Honor memorial with your fur baby. Dogs on a leash are permitted in the park, provided that you pick up their waste.
The neighborhood of East Wytheville includes a community college, apartment complexes, single-family homes, and a commercial area. You and your special pal can take a little walk around the block here. Take your fur baby for a weekend retreat to the Wytheville KOA, located just ten miles to the southeast. This property has cabins, RV sites, and tent platforms. Amenities here include wireless service, an off-leash dog exercise area, fishing, and hiking trails. Let your pooch play in the dog park or go walking together in the woods. Keep Fido on a leash when not in the off-leash area, and remember to pick up any droppings.
North Wytheville includes manufacturing areas, some country estates, the community hospital, and a trailer home park. There are peaceful roads and farm fields out here where you can take your pup for a stroll. When you want to take your canine pal on a mountain vacation, head about 9.3 miles north to Deertrail Park and Campground. This facility has tent and RV campsites, a fishing pond, a playground, and hiking and biking trails. Go exploring with your furry pal on-site, or branch out into the adjacent Jefferson National Forest. Remember to keep your pooch on a leash when outside and to clean up any waste.
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