Best Places to Walk Your Dog in Virginia Beach



I always like to say that Virginia Beach is for Dog Lovers.


Part of what drew me to this city from Tucson was its dog friendliness and abundance of greenery, walking trails, and places to go with my bestie.


Not only do we get to enjoy dog friendly businesses and restaurants in our beloved city, but there are also so many beautiful local places for dog walking. So get out there, spend some quality time with your buddy, and enjoy being out in nature together! It's good for the soul.


Here are our top picks for local dog walking in Virginia Beach:

The Virginia Beach Boardwalk

Virginia Beach, VA 23451


First on our list has to be the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, hands down. We live the beach life at my house and my pups are always thrilled to go. They just go crazy at the word!


Here you can enjoy three miles of boardwalk lined with beautiful Atlantic coastline and fragrant sea air.


There are always other pooches to meet while walking along the boardwalk. It's a great place to socialize!

Let your dog run around in the sand and appreciate the look of pure joy on their face. There's nothing better and your pup may even make a new friend.


Maybe they'll even catch a wave!


First Landing State Park

2500 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23451


A great place to hike with your dog is at First Landing State Park in North Va Beach. There are great walking trails here as well as a dog friendly beach on the Chesapeake Bay. The waves are also much gentler in case you have furbabies who are scared of the big waves.


It's a great place to get back into nature, where you and your dog will feel at peace.


"The trail system traverses most all of the habitats found in First Landing State Park - cypress swamp, salt marsh, maritime forest, freshwater wetlands, dunes, and bay shoreline." - first-landing-state-park.org



Chic's Beach

Virginia Beach, 23455


Speaking of the Chesapeake Bay, Chic's Beach is another place I've enjoyed walking pups. They're always thrilled to go to the beach and sniff everything on our adventures.


If you're looking for something quieter and less busy, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a nice morning walk and to catch the sunrise together.


Chic's is very casual- you'll mostly find locals around here as you are far away from the resort area.


I also love the surrounding neighborhoods, the beach houses are so nice to look at while walking around.




The Southern Beaches

Virginia Beach, VA 23456


If you're not a fan of the hustle and bustle of the Oceanfront, just drive south of the Oceanfront to find more beautiful peaceful beaches, just north of the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.


If you're military, you can enjoy walking your dog at the beach at the Dam Neck base. If you're not, there's always my personal favorite- Sandbridge Beach (Little Island Park specifically).


The sand dunes there are breathtaking and you and your pet will really feel like you've gotten out of town after driving the long windy road to the coast.


Here you can truly appreciate the coastal wildlife. They're are plenty of beautiful dolphins to watch from the shore. Your dog may even chase the crabs that always seem to be out at dusk.



Mount Trashmore Park

310 Edwin Dr

Virginia Beach, VA 23462


If the beach isn't really your thing and you'd prefer a walking path, you can enjoy a long leisurely stroll with your pup in the heart of Virginia Beach- Mount Trashmore.


I think this park is just the coolest as they actually turned a real landfill into a beautiful park for our everyone in our community to enjoy.


The main mountain, ​Mount Trashmore, now 60 feet in height and 800 feet long, was created by compacting layers of solid waste and clean soil." - Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation

Whenever I come here, it becomes so obvious how many dog lovers there are in our community. It's a great place to meet new dog friends and pet parents. Plus there is plenty of green grass for your dog to roll around in, as well as great views.


Red Wing Park

1398 General Booth Blvd

Virginia Beach, VA 23451


Red Wing Park, known for its annual Cherry Blossom Festival, is a favorite among locals.


Not only does it have a spacious and well-loved dog park that's open year round, but there are also walking trails to enjoy with your buddy, as well as plenty of grass to have a nice roll in.


I would also recommend you check out the beautiful Miyazaki Japanese Garden at the front of the park. It's a great place for meditation.


In case you didn't hear, there are no more dog park fees at any of the Virginia Beach Dog Parks.


We've barely skimmed the surface on what our city has to offer for furfamilies, but I hope this guide has helped give you some ideas of new places to try. Where is your favorite place to walk your dog in Virginia Beach? Did I miss any really good ones? Let me know in the comments below 😀

The Paw Love Barker- A Pet Parenting Blog

February 28, 2019

Nothing gets a pet parent's heart racing like the realization that their pet may be missing. Here are the steps to take if your pet is lost in Virginia Beach.

February 8, 2019

Yappy Valentine's Day! 

If you treat your pups like royalty like I do, you might have pup friendly Valentine's treats on your mind right now.


I am a huge fan of treating my dogs. Mostly because they're adorable, perfect, and their eyes demand it.

But I am not a fan of giving them treats with ingredients that I cannot pronounce. If I wouldn't feel comfortable eating it myself, I won't give it to my dogs. Penny is now what you mig...

January 17, 2019

It happens nearly every morning.

The morning light starts to trickle into my window. I try to keep my eyes shut tight. Just a few more minutes, please... That's all I need...

My alarm goes off.

Only it's my puppy dogs crawling all over my face, giving me kisses and rolling around on top of me. In the midst of craziness, I get showered with dog sneezes. 

"Mom, it's time to get up! Time for our morning walk." 

Or sometime...

December 6, 2018

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... Paw prints everywhere.... " 

I admit, I tend to go a little crazy buying gifts for my furbabes. They often have more stuff under the tree than we do! 


I know I'm not the only one. So while shopping for my pets, I've compiled a list of some of my top favorite pet gifts from interactive puzzle toys to engage your dog's mind to cool pet tech gadgets! There's something for everyone he...

November 15, 2018

To many Americans, the holidays mean time spent with family & friends, shopping, and food. It's that time of year where you feel so full and happy that you may want to give your pal a doggy feast of their own. 


But before you go too crazy showing your gratitude for your best friend, remember that many foods that we eat as humans can be toxic to our animal friends. 

See below for ways to give your pet their own holiday...

October 19, 2018

We've seen the bumblebee (Penny's rocked it), hot dog, superman, batman costumes. They're all great & absolutely adorable. 

But I wanted to see the most unique ones!

So I scoured the internet for the BEST pet costume ideas for Halloween (or should I say Howloweeen) 2018. 

Starting with our Virginia Beach dogs

Mermaid sighting in Virginia Beach!  

Crab... For us Virginia Beach locals

Shark aaahhhttack!

A Peackock for ou...

October 4, 2018

I'll be the first to admit it. 

I'm obsessed with my dogs. My heart feels full just because they exist in my life.

Do you ever just look over at your dogs and think, how did I get so lucky to have them in my life?

I do. All.the.time. 

How can you not? Dogs are basically life's way of making up for every crappy day ever. I mean, they love you unconditionally, more than themselves, in a way that no one else can. 

I don't know where I...

September 23, 2018


The FDA has issued an alert for the Isoxazoline class of flea and tick products (such as Bravecto, Credelio, Nexgard and Simparica).
 

Please talk to your veterinarian about whether your pets' medication is the appropriate one for them.


Thank you to team member Kayla for bringing this to my attention! 

Read More

FDA Fact Sheet
 

 

September 20, 2018

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: The content provided in this post is intended to be for informational use purposes only and does not constitute the providing of medical advice, judgment, diagnosis, or treatment. Please seek out and only take medical advice from your veterinarian.

We’ve all seen it. We’ve cried to it.

Marley & Me, the book and film featuring Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, and the wild dog named Marley who gets himself into h...

September 12, 2018

I've been receiving calls & messages from concerned pet parents and those in Zone A who need to evacuate but are not sure what to do with their pets so I thought I would answer some questions here. 

As of the time of this writing 9/12/18 at 2pm, it looks as though Virginia Beach is out of the direct path of Hurricane Florence, which is wonderful news for us ... Not so much for our neighbors in the south, unfortunately....

Please reload

Have questions? We've got answers. 

Follow

  • Black Facebook Icon
  • Black Instagram Icon

Service Areas in Virginia Beach

23451         23455         23462

 23452         23454         23453
Parts of 23464         Parts of 23456