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Dog Areas in Smithfield, VA

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The quaint city of Smithfield in eastern Virginia is a place of true hospitality with the allure of a small town. Tiny neighborhoods and small streets will lead you to the downtown area with its majestic, historic architecture and small-town charm. According to Best of the Bay 2013 Awards from Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Smithfield is recognized as the fifth best dog-friendly town in the area! No wonder almost all the cafes, restaurants and shops are happy to see your pooch every time you come by. And, if your furry friend is in need of some medical help, you'll find an animal hospital in the center of the city.

The first place you must visit in Smithfield is Windsor Castle Park, which has a designated dog park on-site. The dog park features two separate areas for running and exercising, benches, shade, and even pools! Registration (which involves paying a small fee) is required for all visitors.

Chesapeake Bay Magazine also considered Smithfield to be the number one town for food, and this award is truly well-deserved! There are so many places to eat here that it's almost impossible to choose one! You should definitely stop by Smithfield Gourmet Café and Bakery on Main Street, which offers fresh homemade pastries and dog-friendly outdoor tables.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Smithfield, VA

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    Population Density 3,234/sq mi

    #1 Riverview

    Riverview is a western neighborhood of Newport News, nestled on the banks of Warwick River and the closest place to Menchville. One of the most captivating tourist attractions here is Riverview Farm Park, which occupies the heart of the area and features an extensive soccer field, a playground, and a dog park for visitors year-round. Feel free to bring your mutt to Fido Field Dog Park, set in the northern part of the community park. This is a fenced and secure place to let your buddy play off-leash and make some new local fur-iends!
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    Population Density 5,193/sq mi

    #2 Watkins

    Set close to the city center, the Watkins neighborhood is one of the most densely populated and often most visited areas in Newport News. In addition to eateries and shopping facilities, this neighborhood is home to a huge recreational area to the east. Sandy Bottom Nature Park welcomes your pooch to enjoy a nice, on-leash walk exploring the miles of walking trails around two beautiful lakes. Apart from this, the park has a special enclosed area where your mutt can burn some energy and play with other four-legged visitors. If you are visiting the park for the first time, you will need to register your dog.
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    Population Density 4,422/sq mi

    #3 Ridgway Park

    Ridgway Park is a nice recreation spot for visitors of Hampton who have grown tired of the hustle and bustle of the city center and need some quality time with their pooches. The park located off, but close to, Mercury Boulevard, one the main roads in the city, where you'll find plenty of eateries, shops, and other facilities. You'll find Ridgway Dog Bark Park within the main community park. This is a fenced, designated area for pooches to play and run off-leash. The section is not big, but it's got plenty of grass where your pal can run and romp.. Make sure to bring water and toys with you.
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    Population Density 3,271/sq mi

    #4 Dunbar


    Dunbar is a neighborhood located at the very tip of south Newport News, offering relaxing marina views and a waterfront area to the east. But the views aren't the only reason you should stop by with your pooch! This neighborhood also features a middle-sized recreation area along the shore of the Hampton Harbor with a natural beach, playgrounds, a picnic area and fishing pier. Pooches are not allowed to swim in the public areas, but are welcome to sniff and explore walking trails and the shore. Your mutt can join you at all outdoor activities, but must be kept on a leash and supervised at all times.

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    Population Density 1,959/sq mi

    #5 North Main Street


    North Main Street stretches far beyond downtown, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have plenty of things to do! Both sides of the street are full of different shopping amenities, convenience stores, restaurants and drive-in cafes. Once you have passed this foodie heaven, you will spot Holly Lawn Cemetery to the east, and Lake Meade Dog Park right behind it. This is the first and only dog park in Suffolk, featuring two fenced areas for small and large pooches, benches, picnic tables, shade and water facilities. Be sure to register your pooch before visiting this park.

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