About 30 miles west of Lexington, Virginia, you'll find a place called Pine Mountain. There are several hiking trails on this mountain, one of which is called Hoop Hole. The Hoop Hole Trail is 9.7 miles total, but there's also a 3.8-mile loop within the trail if you're looking for a shorter hike. Your dog can come along for your walk as long as they stay on a leash, and whether you choose the long or shorter way, the two of you are sure to have a pawesome time! Just don't forget drinking water and doggie bags.
The first part of the trail will take you along two streams that are surrounded by rhododendrons. You'll also see a few small swimming spots on the way, and if your dog enjoys the water, they can stop and take a dip. If you complete your hike with this circuit, you'll still get to take in plenty of scenery and get a good workout.
Most visitors say the majority of your hard work will occur at the beginning of the hike, where there are plenty of inclines to take on. As challenging as the first part of the hike may be, hikers say the views you'll see on your descent make it all worth it.
If you choose to continue on for the next 5.9 miles to complete the upper loop, you'll come across prime camping spots, as well as other areas that are worth stopping to check out. About half a mile after you begin your descent on the east side of the mountain, you'll see signs for the Blazed Iron Ore Trail. If you follow this trail, you'll come to the Roaring Run Recreation Area. Here, you'll find Civil War relics, as well as waterfalls and more swimming holes.You can then head back to the Hoop Hole Trail to complete your hike, and you're sure to finish this hike with a happy, tired dog and a smile on your face!