Tucked in between the peaks and valleys of West Virginia’s heartland region, Cairo, WV is certainly in a beautiful spot! The town was named Cairo because the lush, fertile floodplains of the North Fork Hughes River reminded settlers of the Nile Delta.
Historically an oil settlement, these days, the town is a tight-knit, rural community with a family-friendly vibe and a real small-town feel. You won’t find any pyramids here, unfortunately, but history buffs should note that the gorgeous, classically inspired Bank of Cairo building -- now the town hall -- was added to the National List of Historic Places in 1996! With a population of three hundred and seventy or so, Cairo is too small to sustain its own veterinary practice, but you’ll find a clinic to take care of your buddy in nearby Harrisville.
It should come as no surprise that Cairo doesn’t have its own dog park, but you and your furry friend are still sure to sniff out something to do! The town is surrounded by some of the most splendid scenery West Virginia has to offer. There’s a pawpular hiking route that runs right through downtown, and Cairo is bordered by a furrific state park. And if you’re willing to drive a little, you and your pooch can dig up some more adventures fur-ther afield!
You’ll need to drive all the way to Deerwalk to get to a fenced area where your furry friend can run free, but once your pooch is let loose in the dog run in Mountwood Park, you two might decide that the trip was worth it! There’s plenty of space in this pawesome park for your furball to leap about and run around in, and there’s a separate small dog area, so your pooch can socialize no matter their size. It’s well worth exploring the people side of the park, too -- Mountwood Park boasts over 50 miles of trails and a breathtaking lake, and hosts many outdoor events throughout the year.
Jackson Dog Park in Vienna is a real mutts-visit! This converted ballpark still has dug-outs in place, so tired owners have a shady spot to take a load off and watch their pups play. Mini mutts have access to their very own park, just across from the basketball courts, but there’s enough room in both for everyone to exercise! Bags are provided, but the water is shut off in the winter -- you might need to bring your own bottle. And be warned -- the big dog area can get very muddy when it rains, so it’s a good idea to pack a towel for post-play cleanup.