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Roanoke Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly in Virginia's Blue Ridge

Roanoke Hiking DogsThe Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge is a pet-friendly destination that welcomes visitors of all types, including your four-legged family members!

With a local culture that makes the most of our outdoor amenities and natural resources, it's a fantastic place to enjoy with a pet.

Between a variety of pet-friendly accommodations, pet-focused events, local parks to meet new furry friends, and the countless opportunities for outdoor recreation, your pet will love Virginia's Blue Ridge as much as you will - maybe even more!

Pet-Friendly Accommodations

Having a comfortable place where you and your pet can rest at the end of the day is an important part of any travel experience. The Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge features a great selection of pet-friendly lodging options, including hotels, cabins, and campgrounds

Learn more by viewing our complete list of pet-friendly accommodations.

Pet-Friendly Places of Interest

Bringing your pet with you for the adventure is part of the fun of having a Blue Ridge Day! The easy access to public parks and walkable downtown districts, as well as wineries and breweries with outdoor patios, means you and your pet are never far from something new to explore. This article by Ginger Warder also features many pet-friendly experiences in the region.

The following are places to check out with your pet in Virginia's Blue Ridge.

Farmers Markets: Farmers markets are a great spot to meet local farmers and vendors from Virginia's Blue Ridge, including a few who specialize in pet products.

Black Dog Salvage: The iconic salvage and restoration company features a 40,000 square foot warehouse that is full of unique treasures. Our favorite treasure is Sally the Salvage Dog, a black lab who will often be seen at the entrance of the store and acts as the resident greeter. If you're lucky, you might also encounter her trusty sidekick, Molly May.

Breweries: Along with producing fantastic craft beer, the local breweries in Virginia's Blue Ridge provide great communal atmospheres for visitors, including dogs. The following breweries offer outdoor patio space that is pet-friendly:

Wineries: Many wineries and vineyards in Virginia's Blue Ridge are accommodating to pets, and many host events and concerts throughout the year where pets are allowed. The following wineries allow pets, though we encourage you to check for specific guidelines and special events:

Dog-Friendly Chateau Morrisette Winery

Walkable Neighborhoods: The walkable downtowns of Virginia's Blue Ridge serve as great opportunities to enjoy the area with your pet. Our downtowns also provide a glimpse into the rich history and heritage of the region, along with opportunities for shopping and dining. Here some of the walkable downtown districts to explore with your pet:

Pet-Friendly Restaurants

You can have a delicious meal while having your pet by your side when dining in Virginia's Blue Ridge. Many of the great local restaurants in the region feature pet-friendly patio space*, providing the perfect atmosphere for you and your guests.

See our complete list of pet-friendly restaurants in Virginia's Blue Ridge.

*Note - Some restaurants only offer seasonal patio space. We recommend checking to make sure the patio is open, especially during winter months.

Outdoor Fun

Walking Dog in Roanoke, Virginia

Exploring the outdoors with your pet is one of the best ways to spend a vacation in Virginia's Blue Ridge! The region boasts over 600 miles of trails and incredible parks, making it a beautiful mountain playground.

Here are some of the best ways you and your pet can enjoy the outdoors.

  • Carvins Cove - Over 12,700 acres of outdoor fun, featuring trails for hiking and biking, as well as water access for paddling.
  • Dog Parks - Dog parks in Virginia's Blue Ridge are a great way for your dog to socialize, but please make sure your dog is properly vaccinated, licensed, and identified.
    • Highland Dog Park - The Highland Dog Park is located in Roanoke's Historic Old Southwest Neighborhood and is a 1-acre fenced space for dogs to play. There are two divided spaces to accommodate large and small dogs.
    • Salem Rotary Dog Park - The Salem Rotary Dog Park on Indiana Street in Salem offers a space to help your dog exercise and socialize. The park is open daily from 6am - 10pm and includes designated spaces for large and small dogs.
    • Thrasher Dog Park - The Thrasher Dog Park in Roanoke offers one acre of fenced space for dogs, which includes Mutt Mitt stations for owners and dog fountains for drinking. There are designated areas for large and small dogs.
  • Explore Park - Located at Milepost 115 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Explore Park has 14 miles of biking and hiking trails, and offers access to the Roanoke River.
  • Mill Mountain Park - Between the scenic overlooks, hiking trails, picnic areas, and the photo opportunity beneath the iconic Roanoke Star, you and your pet will love Mill Mountain.
  • Roanoke Valley Greenways - Over 30 miles of greenway space wind throughout the Roanoke Valley, offering riverfront views that are popular for walking, running and biking.
  • Roaring Run - The Roaring Run Trail is a fun, family-friendly hike that leads to the stunning Roaring Run Falls, as well as unique foot bridges and rock walls.
  • State Parks - Virginia's Blue Ridge features three Virginia State Parks - Claytor Lake State Park, Fairy Stone State Park, & Smith Mountain Lake State Park. All three offer fantastic opportunities for camping, hiking, biking, and water access.

Learn more about recreation in Virginia's Blue Ridge by viewing our complete section on Outdoor Adventures.

Pet-Friendly Events

Dog Jumping at GO Outside Festival

The animals are part of the fun in Virginia's Blue Ridge! Whether it's a fun run where you can bring your dog or a festival where the animals are the stars, your pet will feel like a celebrity.

The following are some of the most popular pet-friendly events in the region:

  • Woofstock Dog Festival - Date: To be Announced
  • K9s in the Vines Jump for the Cure Wine Festival - June  
  • Horse & Hound Wine Festival at Peaks of Otter - July
  • GO Outside Festival - October
  • Drumstick Dash - Thanksgiving Day
  • Pet Costume Contest at Dickens of a Christmas - December

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