Named for the Occaneechi Indians who lived in the area, Occoneechee State Park is a paw-some pet-friendly camping destination near Clarksville, Virginia. Covering almost 2,700 acres, this big park welcomes canines and offers plenty of chances for you to get out and about all year round.
The park's main feature is the John H. Kerr Reservoir, better known as Buggs Island Lake. Located on the edge of this beautiful lake, Occoneechee State Park is understandably a popular destination for anyone who likes to get out on the water. Providing 24-hour access to Virginia's largest lake, it offers three boat ramps for anglers and boaters to do what they do best.
If you'd rather stay on dry land, the park offers around 20 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. There are also two self–guided, interpretive trails designed to introduce visitors to the Terrace Garden - Occoneechee Plantation site and the Tutelo Birding-Wildlife Trail.
Picnic shelters, an amphitheater, and a private concession offering boat rentals and snacks also feature, but the highlight for younger visitors is undoubtedly the Splash Spray Ground. With playground equipment and random sprays of water, it's the best spot to cool off on a hot summer's day.
When you're ready to set up camp for the night, Occoneechee State Park's campground offers 48 campsites for tent and RV campers. The sites located right on the waterfront are particularly sought-after, while there are also 13 cabins for those who appreciate a few more creature comforts. Best of all, pets are welcome.
When camping with your furry friend, make sure you stick to the designated pet-friendly areas and keep your pooch leashed and under control at all times. Cleaning up after your dog is also essential.
If you can abide by these simple rules, there's absolutely nothing to stop you and your furry friend enjoying a memorable camping vacation in this popular state park.