This coming weekend – on Saturday – is “Take a Walk in the Park Day”! What will make that day more meaningful (and fun!) for you? Take your DOG for a Walk in the Park! We are fortunate in the Richmond area to have so many beautiful parks. In fact, it can be mind-boggling to choose where to go! To help you decide, we’ve gathered information on some of the most popular dog-walking parks in the area, broken-down by county. We have also included helpful details about the size of the park and whether or not trails of any kind are listed in the park. View our list of dog-friendly parks in Virginia.
It’s hard for us dog lovers to believe, but some parks in our area are not dog-friendly. On the Chesterfield.gov website under Parks and Recreations, it states that dogs are allowed at any of the Chesterfield County parks (yay!!), but must remain on the leash at all times. In an email to Henrico County Recreation and Parks, it was also confirmed that leashed dogs are allowed at all Henrico county parks (yay x 2!). On the hanovercounty.gov site, it says that “bringing animals that are not kept on a leash” is prohibited, so we can deduce that leashed dogs are allowed in Hanover County Parks. Although each individual park in the City of Richmond states their own pet policy, Richmondgov.com/parks specifically states the following:
Dogs are allowed only in the following Richmond parks:
- Barker Field Dog Park
- Byrd Park
- Chimborazo Dog Park
- Forest Hill Park
- Service dogs are allowed in every park
We recommend you contact the park directly if you are unsure.
Except when specifically posted, please keep your dog leashed. Fines of up to $250 can be issued for unleashed dogs, not to mention that it’s just not safe. And please, let’s be good stewards and pick up our dog’s waste.
We hope to see you on the trails on “Take a Walk in the Park Day”!