Located on the site of a famous Civil War battle, Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park is home to hundreds of years of history. It sits within the Greenbrier River Valley, a lush area home to species of local fauna and flora.
This park is home to seven distinct trails, all with their own views and experiences. The Big Spring Trail terminates at a beautiful mountain spring, but challenges visitors with its steep grades and therefore may not be for everyone. If you're looking for a great dog walking trail, the Cranberry Bogs run is the most popular in the park. It's only a half mile in length and provides great views of the pine trees and famous bogs.
If you're a history buff, there's a path called the Civil War Discovery Trail that touches on all of the smaller pieces of history through the park that may get passed over. Stemming from a major battle in November 1863, these paths are littered with both Union and Confederate pieces of memorabilia. Due to the interactive nature of this trail, dogs are prohibited.
A small passenger train also winds through Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park, from which you can leisurely enjoy all the sites offered here. There is a small refreshment car onboard as well. Dogs are not allowed anywhere near the train.
Civil War reenactments are a major attraction here as well, happening several times throughout the year. Visitors are discouraged from bringing their canines, as these events have quite a few loud noises. During the winter months, many of these trails are sanctioned for snowmobiling and snowshoeing. For more information on what trails are open (and when), make sure to visit the West Virginia State Parks' website.
Fishing is popular along the Greenbrier River, with locals showing up in droves throughout the summer to enjoy the sport. Fishing is unlicensed, and equipment is not supplied. Dogs are allowed on the river provided they stay leased at all times.