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Hello, I am a dog lover from way back. I grew up on a farm and always had a furry friend to call my own. I enjoy exercise as I am a Health/PE teacher, so the walking is very enjoyable to me. I own a maltipoo named Lexie and she is such a joy to me! I look forward to meeting you and your sweet furry friend too! I hope that I can be a blessing to you and your doggie.
Saltville is a well-known town among those who love to study historically significant places in the United States. Saltville rests right along a 30,000 year old natural saline marsh, where salt is formed in abundance! This simple cooking staple has a lot more history than it gets credit for. As the town boasts, wars have been fought and entire cultures formed around salt, and they have plenty of it to share! The town has been a major producer of salt since the 1780s. The town rests at the base of the Appalachian Mountains, making it the pawfect stop during a road trip to the area, or even worth a trip all of its own. The town is no stranger to tourists; visitors and new neighbors with dogs are a welcome sight.
The nearest animal hospital is 20 minutes to the south in Glade Spring. Glade Spring is considered a sister town to Saltville, sharing many resources in an otherwise well spread out area. While you are exploring the area, the King-Stuart Cabin is a simple but fascinating outdoor exhibit with some Civil War history dating back as early as 1795 that you can stop by and admire while walking your pup.
Central Saltville is an enchantingly puptastic place to be if you love nature and history! Tumbling Creek is close by and is a great fishing spot for trout and spotting the local waterfalls. There is a spot called "The Overlook" off of Route 107 where you will find a great place to pull over and snap a picture or enjoy the fresh air with your dog. At the various outdoor festivals held in town throughout the year, you are sure to catch a glimpse of salt being made by kettle, a time-honored skill that's well-known throughout the region.
Allison Gap is a small unincorporated community right next to Saltville, right at the base of the mountains. The community is just a short drive from the Virginia Salt Trail, which is a multi-use trail that goes for more than eight miles down toward Glade Spring. You can access the trail from Allison Gap Road right in town! Dogs on leash are welcome along the trail; just be sure to pick up after them. The trail is relatively new, so if you find yourself in the area, be sure to grab a harness for your pup and check it out!
Hungry Mother State Park is a gorgeous park that is family- and dog-friendly with a 108 acre lake right in the middle of it. There is a beach and boat rental area where you can go fishing or canoeing with your best bud during the warmer months! You can rent cabins or camp out in your own tent or RV. The park rests on the site of the legend of Molly Marley and her children, who are rumoured to have wandered the area after a Native American attack on their settlement, and where their mother supposedly died before help arrived. Molly's Knob and Hungry Mother Creek are said to be named in their memory.
Grayson Highlands State Park is about one hour from Saltville. It is a puptacular mountain park known for its bouldering spots for enthusiastic climbers, as well as its hiking and horse-friendly trails. There is even a herd of wild ponies that still call the area home! Some of the views are over 5,000 feet high, with the highest being Little Pinnacle at an elevation of 5,089 feet, if you and your pup are up to the challenge! You can also camp out in the park with a permit. This 4,502 acre park is open year-round and provides access to the Appalachian Trail.
Just 45 minutes from Saltville, just across the Virginia/Tennessee state line is the small, sleepy little town of Shady Valley. The northern end of town is home to Backbone Falls, a pupular trail. It has some steep trails with great views of local waterfalls and Beaverdam Creek running right through the middle. If you plan on visiting this tranquil trail with your pup, be sure to bring a harness to help with the tricky parts of the terrain. You will also want to have some waste bags on hand and clean behind your pet at rest areas and picnic spots.
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