Roanoke Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly in Virginia's Blue Ridge

The 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!

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Dog Hiking Roanoke

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

Storefront of Unleashed Dog Bakery & Boutique featuring a dog mural that reads, "Stay safe. Shop local."

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.

Unleashed Dog Bakery & Boutique: A dog-centric shop (pictured above) in Downtown Roanoke that features an assortment of treats, toys and other specialty items. Humans are allowed to visit, too. :)

Black Dog Salvage: The iconic salvage and restoration company features a 40,000 square foot warehouse that is full of unique treasures. If you're lucky, you'll get a chance to meet May and Stella, the resident black dogs and team members that are carrying on the Black Dog legacy of having the cutest greeters in Virginia's Blue Ridge.

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, as well as local distilleries, 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. 

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

Roanoke Dog Friendly

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 1,000 miles of trails and incredible parks, making it a beautiful mountain playground.

When You Go: Please recreate responsibly with your pet when exploring in Virginia's Blue Ridge. Stay on designated trail areas, keep your pets on leash unless in designated areas where they're allowed to be off-leash, be courteous to people you encounter along the trails and mindful that they may be uncomfortable around animals, and remember to pack out all trash, which includes picking up after your pet and properly disposing of the waste. 

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. Because this area features the reservoir that serves as the region's primary water source, please keep your dog from going in the water.
  • 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, access to the Roanoke River, and cabins & camping options for overnight lodging.
  • 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.
  • Bridgewater Marina at Smith Mountain Lake - a local outfitter that offers pet-friendly boat rentals and life jackets for dogs of all sizes
  • State Parks - Virginia's Blue Ridge features four Virginia State Parks - Claytor Lake State Park, Douthat State ParkFairy Stone State Park, Natural Bridge State Park & Smith Mountain Lake State Park.
  • Public Parks - Paved paths for walking, running, biking, as well as hiking trails and other open spaces are fun spots to enjoy with your pets.

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

Pet-Friendly Events

Roanoke Go Outside Festival - Dog Dock Jumping

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:  

Roanoke Valley Spotlight

Pet friendly hotels and lodging options in Virginia's Blue Ridge.

Find all the information and resources you need to plan a weekend getaway to Virginia's Blue Ridge with your pet.

A collection of dog-friendly hikes in Virginia's Blue Ridge

Local restaurants, breweries & wineries with the best pet-friendly patios in Virginia's Blue Ridge.

Check out the resources on and its directory of dog-friendly activities!