Doggin' The Tidewater - The 33 Best Places To Hike With Your Dog From The Northern Neck To Virginia Beach by Doug Gelbert
The Tidewater can be a great place to hike with your dog. Paw-friendly sand trails, shady maritime forests, some of the most historic grounds in America, the estates of Virginia's wealthiest families and some of the country's dog-friendliest beaches all beckon to your canine adventurer.
I have selected what I consider to be the 33 best places to take your dog for an outing in the Tidewater and ranked them according to subjective criteria including the variety of hikes available, opportunities for canine swimming and pleasure of the walks. The rankings include a mix of parks that feature long walks and parks that contain short walks. Did I miss your favorite? Let us know at www.hikewithyourdog.com.
For dog owners it is important to realize that not all parks are open to our best trail companions (see page 14 for a list of parks that do not allow dogs). It is sometimes hard to believe but not everyone loves dogs. We are, in fact, in the minority when compared with our non-dog owning neighbors.
So when visiting a park always keep your dog under control and clean up any messes and we can all expect our great parks to remain open to our dogs. And maybe some others will see the light as well. Remember, every time you go out with your dog you are an ambassador for all dog owners.