Grafton is a small town with a big history. It may be most well known for establishing Mother’s Day back in 1908. The now international day of honoring mothers is commemorated with a shrine right in Grafton! This beacon of caring continues to this day. Grafton supports two vets, which shows this small town puts its animals first.
Your dog will love the hiking in Grafton. Start with a trail that runs around the edge of Tygart Lake and starts right in the Tygart Lake State Park. This 6.1 mile loop makes for a challenging climb due to the occasional but rapid elevation gains.
The Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area is another great hiking choice in Grafton. The trails are less manicured and more natural, and the area is often used for hunting as well as hiking. If you’re going during hunting season, put on some bright orange!
If you don’t have the time for a hike, try the Maple Ave Playground for a quick walk. This park has a lot of open green space for on-leash exploring! No matter where you go, bring some water for your dog.
Grafton is a thriving small town with plenty to offer visitors and residents whether they have two legs or four!
The Fetterman Park & Pool in Grafton’s Fetterman neighborhood is a pawfect community park. There’s a pool and playground for kids, and picnic tables, benches, and shade trees for adults. You could bring the family and make a day of it, but your dog will be equally happy with a quick walk. The paths of Fetterman Park & Pool wind through the other attractions, making every walk an interesting and varied experience. Peak hours are 3-6pm, so shy dogs beware! Remember to keep your dog on leash inside the park. Water fountains are available, but bring a bowl for your dog.
If you’re ready for an all day adventure, take your dog to the Valley Falls State Park. This park is located in South Fairmont, just 20 minutes from the heart of Grafton. This state park allows dogs on the trails as long as they remain leashed and their owner cleans up after them. The park stretches an amazing 1,145 acres, far more than even the most diligent dog could explore in a day. You can pick from a variety of trails to find one that fits your intended activity level. Just bring all your food, water, and doggie bowls in with you!
West Pruntytown is a 10-minute drive west of Grafton. It’s home to Pruntytown State Farm Wildlife Management Area, communal lands that are traditionally used for hunting and, in designated areas, ranching. It’s a gorgeous place to explore, and has access via several foot trails to various parts of the area. Just be sure to wear bright orange if you’re walking during hunting season! Keep your dog leashed at all times as well, since you could come around the corner and find yourself sharing the trail with someone! Bring your own water and a bowl to drink it out of, because this area is untamed!
Gaston Junction in Fairmont is the place to go if your pup needs off leash play. FIDO’s Backyard, a cutely named dog park, is open year-round for frolicking. It’s a somewhat steep thirty minute drive away, but completely worth it. It’s inside of East Marion Park, so be prepared for a short, on-leash walk before you get to the off leash area. FIDO’s Backyard makes up for a remote location with all the amenities you need. There are separate, fenced areas for large and small dogs. It also has plenty of tables, benches, and shade trees. The water is filled by volunteers, so bring your own to be totally safe!
Prickett’s Fort State Park in North Fairmont is a historical marvel just thirty minutes from Grafton. The site is well-preserved and filled with both guided tours and historical reenactors. Of course, your dog is going to prefer the state park’s hiking trails instead! This 188-acre park has plenty of room to roam, with various walking and hiking paths available. Bring your own water and a bowl to share it in, as some of these hikes are strenuous or simply long! Once you’re tired out, feel free to wander the preserved areas so long as you don’t take your dog inside any building, and they remain on leash inside the park.