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Elkins, West Virginia is a cozy, family-friendly city in Randolph County. This community started out as a smattering of farms and was originally known as Leadsville. Its location along the river made it a key place for trading. Elkins even had its own mini-war with Beverly, West Virginia, a nearby community, where neighbor was against neighbor for a while. The city hall was even burned down.
You and your pooch won't have to worry about war in modern-day Elkins, though! Elkins is a quiet place where you and your best furry friend can enjoy some mutts-needed R&R. Farmland makes up a large part of Elkins. Peaceful green spaces are abundant, which makes it the perfect place to bring your dog for a vacation. Plus, there's an animal hospital and vet clinic right in town.
Shortly before Elkins' famous mini-war in the 1880s, the family of one of the city's founders donated nine acres to Elkins. Those nine acres are now Elkins City Park. This family-friendly park only continues to grow, and has all kinds of amenities and activities for your whole family to enjoy -- furry members included!
Pegasus Farm and Campground is a busy home away from home where you and your dog can camp. Or, you can walk some the trails, participate in an RV rally, or even book a family get-together. Whatever you decide to do, you and your wily woofer will pawsitively love everything Elkins has to offer its furry residents and visitors!
Shaver's Fork is the tributary of the Cheat River. You will find a two-mile loop trail here which welcomes your dog to explore with you. The campsites are open for tent camping if you want to make it a weekend adventure. If you and your dog love the water, there is an open swimming area as well. You must register your dog when you arrive. This is a county park rather than a city park. A leash is always required. When the weather causes dangerous swimming conditions, there will be a no swimming sign posted. Please clean up after your pet.
Fox Forest Wildlife Management Area has many trails for you to enjoy. From just under one mile all the way up to over twenty miles, you can choose the length and difficulty of your adventure. The best part is, if you go online and get a map, you can even see the difficulty levels. You will need to bring a leash for your dog. Make sure you bring lots of water and a camera. There are no restrooms, but there's plenty of wildlife to spot here. This is the place to bring your pet for a digital detox day or weekend. You may even decide that this is your new favorite spot!
In 1920, the Monongahela National Forest was set aside for public conservation and use. It's the pawfect place to come for fishing, hunting, and camping, and the best part is, it's right in Elkins! Wildlife clubs meet here to study and observe the flora and fauna that live here. You can bring your dog; just register him first. Pay close attention to road signs along the way. Remember to bring plenty of water for you and your dog, as well as waste bags to keep the trails clean. The walking trails here have varying degrees of difficulty. Please note that you and your pooch are not permitted to stray off the marked trails.
The Allegheny Highlands Trail begins in Elkins but carries you 20 miles north and around the Pheasant and Polecat Knob mountains. This former rail line, converted into a Fido-friendly walking trail by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, does get a little difficult in places. Along the way, you will see stunning views of the mountains. You are definitely going to want a good pair of walking shoes! Make sure you bring a leash. There are a few rest stops along the way to sit and relax, but you will need to bring lots of water with you. Parts of the trail are paved, but others have been left more natural.
It's over an hour's drive away, but a trip to Morgantown might be just what you need if you are looking for a dog park. Stanley's Spot Dog Park is an off-leash dog area where your dog can socialize. It is located next to a trail so you can walk by the stream. You'll have access to water and doggie waste bags while you are here. Benches are provided for you to sit and watch your dog play. This is a great little spot for your dog to come sniff out some new friends and just be a dog for awhile!
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