If your doggo needs some action, grab the leash and head over to Staunton River State Park. This year-round park has 2,400 acres of recreational space that stretches along the shores of both the Staunton and Dan Rivers. This pawsome park also has access to John H. Kerr Reservoir, also called Buggs Island Lake, which just happens to be the largest lake in the state of Virginia.
Staunton River State Park is chock full of pupperific amenities including an Olympic size swimming pool, playgrounds, sport courts, and boat launches. Your pooch will be most interested in the 17 miles of trails. They range from under a half mile all the way up to 8.5 miles, so you can select a hike that best suits your furry friend’s energy level. Since the trails are multi-use, expect to encounter mountain bikers or horseback riders. Help your pooch yield as appropriate.
Staunton River State Park was Virginia’s first state park to be designated as an International Dark Sky Park. Its location makes it a pawfect stargazing spot. Stick around after the sun sets so your four legged astronomer can check out the constellations. To enhance your experience, rent a telescope from the park services.
If your pooch is having a puptacular time and doesn’t want to go home, stay the night in one of the park’s cabins. These dwellings have everything you need for a cozy night in the woods. If you are traveling with the whole pack, the rustic camping lodge is a great option. It’s more of a bunkhouse, but it sleeps up to 14. Of course, there are also RV, tent, and equestrian sites, so take your pick!
While out and about in the park, always carry a clean-up bag and pick up after your canine companion. And don’t forget to have plenty of water on hand. No bones about it, this park will make your dog’s tail wag!