The small town of Saluda is most well-known for historic buildings and as the home of Lt. Gen. “Chesty” Puller who was raised in the area. Pet lovers enjoy the friendly neighborhoods where you will find three excellent veterinarians at Countryside Animal Hospital, Saluda Veterinary Clinic, and Hartfield Animal Hospital all within minutes of the center of town.
Several beaches are located around the Chesapeake Bay, including Wake Beach, Piankatank Shores, and Bethpage Beach on the Rappahannock River. You and Fido are welcome to take your beach towels and cooler and spend a day relaxing on the sand with your puppy pals. You can even pack up your life jackets and kayaks and take a cruise down the Dragon Run on a cool Spring day.
Although the town is small, canine lovers came together to create a wonderful retreat and dog park for local pups and rescue dogs. Pet Friends for Life dog park offers a safe place for Fido to run and romp and meet for playdates. Pups are also welcome at the town park in Urbanna where you and your pooch can walk or sit in the shade. If you need a place to spend the night, the Pilot House Inn allows well behaved clean pups.
Spending the day at walking around the historic area of Rosegill is great when Fido needs his exercise and a swim. The area is near Christchurch School and the historic Episcopal Christ Church parish. The open area includes 125 acres surrounding the school campus and the lake allows your pooch to run and play without worrying about cars or traffic. You can take your fishing pole and while Fido sniffs and searches for wildlife and you can catch dinner for the family. You will need to bring your own doggie waste bags and clean up after your pup and bring a cooler with your water bottles if you need a cool drink. Just up the road you will find Debbie’s Restaurant where you can get lunch or dinner at the outdoor tables during the summer.
Situated conveniently in the Cooks Corner neighborhood, Pet Friends for Life Dog park is a great destination for pups of all sizes and ages. Gated entry into two separate parks offers your pooch a chance to run and play with other dogs or by himself if he doesn’t feel like socializing. Water is available to fill up bowls and a doggie pool is filled with water during the hot summer days. The park is closed to visitors between 10 am and 2 pm to allow the local rescue pups to get their daily exercise. Make a play date with your furry friends and enjoy a few hours in the shaded area with your energetic pup.
Walking through the Cedar Pointe neighborhood in Urbanna, about 5 miles from Saluda, will take you to the popular Bethpage Camp Resort. Here, you and your pup can enjoy walking along the trails or a picnic in the shade. Depending on the time of year, you and your pooch may have to pay a fee to enter the campground, but if you are not planning to camp, you can take advantage of the open spaces and access to the water free of charge. You will find many of your neighbors walking their pups or playing a friendly game of corn hole. When you are ready for a snack, head over to Mi Jalisco, a tasty Mexican restaurant where pups are welcome at the outdoor seating.
The small community of Deltaville is about sixteen miles from Saluda. Here you'll find the Holly Point Nature Park that offers an expanse of open grassy area near Jackson Creek where your pup can get his feet wet on a hot day. There is also plenty of shade to relax in. Expansive gardens create a peaceful atmosphere where you may meet up with other canines and their owners enjoying a sunny day. When hunger strikes, breakfast and lunch are available at Café By the Bay where you can sit bring your dog on the deck, and the friendly staff will bring him a treat.
Situated on the Piankatank River, Piankatank Shores is about 10 miles from Saluda in the small town of Hartfield and is a wonderful place to spend time with your furry pal. Walking around the neighborhood you will see pups playing in yards or hanging out with their owners on golf carts. You can walk down to the recreation area and let your pooch play on the beach and jump in the water while chasing a ball or frisbee. You will need to bring your own doggie waste bags and water bottles if you are planning to spend the day, but there are trash cans near the beach. Picnic tables under the shade trees allow you and your pup to enjoy lunch on a beautiful day.