Northern Virginia: The 10 Best Places To Hike With Your Dog
1. Sky Meadows State Forest
When you place your park on the Blue Ridge Mountain mountain
slopes far removed from eight-lane roads clogged with traffic
you have to work hard not to be the best place to hike with your
dog in Northern Virginia and Sky Meadows does not disappoint.
The real star here are the meadows - your dog can't hike through
2. Mason Neck State Park
A half-dozen canine hiking options through an attractive oak/holly
forest on paw-friendly soft dirt are pretty enough you will want
to complete them all with your dog. If you have time after lingering
on the best beach for your dog in Northern Virginia.
3. Prince William Forest Park
The many miles of wooded trails in the largest swath of protected
land in the Washington DC metropolitan area are refreshingly
uncrowded - always an attraction for canine hikers. The trails
are wide enough for a pack of dogs to travel easily over and
4. Great Falls Park
You may come for the spectacular views of the Falls of the Potomac
but you'll stay for the canine hiking on wide trails that take
your dog through a variety of habitats and the ruins of a Colonial
canal town. Hold the swimming for someplace else, however.
5. The Battlefields of Manassas
Two five-mile interpretive hikes examine the year-apart clashes
of the North and South across this Civil War battlefield. For
your dog these hikes offer the best mixture of open field and
wooded trail hiking in Northern Virginia.
6. Claude Moore Park
This eastern Loudoun oasis serves up a pastiche of a dozen short
trails that add up to more than ten miles of canine hiking. You
get your choice of two trails that circle the park, both of which
visit Little Stoney Mountain for long views at Sugarloaf Mountain
7. Fountainhead Regional Park
Fountainhead is a trail user's park. there are trails set aside
for horses and for bikes and the white-blazed pedestrian trail
is a snaking, two-mile excursion around wide ravines and through
airy woods. For real canine adventures you can set out on the
18-mile Bull Run-Occoquan Trail.
8. Leesylvania State Park
There are three loops to enjoy with your dog in Leesylvania -
the star being the Lee's Woods Trail. This canine hike packs
history aplenty into its two sporty miles atop the bluffs overlooking
the Potomac River. For easy hiking with your dog take the Potomac
Trail as it weaves through the former waterside amusement park
that was part of the gambling gambit. Plenty of beach and swimming
time for your dog here too.
9. Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
Few places in America pack as much scenic wonder and historical
importance into such a small area as Harpers Ferry National Historic
Park where the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers join forces. Your
dog can sample hikes in three states here - up the mountain at
Maryland Heights, through the town in West Virginia and across
the Appalachian Trail in Virignia.
10. Mount Vernon
America's most-visited home is dog-friendly to the core - the
gate attendants provide a bowl of water for canine visitors.
George Washingtn would have it no other way. The Father of Our
Country is also the Father of the American Foxhound. He bred
a new type of fox hunter with dogs from his friend Marquis de
Lafayette and English hounds. The President favored silly names
for his beloved dogs: Drunkard, Tipler, Tipsy.
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