Situated in Lancaster County, Virginia, Belle Isle State Park boasts seven miles of spectacular shoreline on the banks of the Rappahannock River. The park covers a total area of 733 acres and offers a host of paw-some outdoor activities that you and your dog can enjoy together.
Pets are permitted in Belle Isle State Park when in enclosed areas or when on a leash of no longer than six feet. It's essential that you always remember to clean up after your furry friend, and that your dog remains under your control at all times.
Home to a mix of tidal wetlands, farmland and upland forest, the park offers a diverse range of environments to explore. Fishing and boating on the river are the biggest drawcards for many visitors to the area, and canoes, kayaks, and other watercraft are available for hire.
If you'd prefer to explore on foot, Belle Isle State Park boasts a trail network that stretches for almost 10 miles. Most trails are gravel and multi-use and give you and your canine companion a great opportunity to get some exercise and work up a sweat.
Keen birdwatchers also love visiting the park thanks to its abundance of predator birds. If you're lucky, you might lock eyes on a blue heron, a hawk or even a bald eagle, while white-tailed deer, turkeys, groundhogs and a wide range of reptiles and amphibians also call this part of the world home. There are also three, large picnic shelters available in the park, the biggest of which can accommodate up to 70 people.
If you want to stay a while, Belle Isle State Park offers lodge accommodation as well as a host of powered campsites. Pets are welcome to join you wherever you stay, giving you the paw-fect opportunity to enjoy a camping getaway with your dog.