Have a Dog Gone Good Time in the Fredericksburg Region
Your dog is your best friend. And there are plenty of opportunities to spend time in the Fredericksburg region having fun— with your best friend. Here are a few options for dog-friendly fun:
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Some best dog experiences can be found at the regions parks. On the National Park Service’s Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park you can take in the history, while your pooch prances in the wilderness. Chancellorsville Battlefield and the trails off Lee Drive, both in Spotsylvania County, are ideal hikes that can be tailored to any level of endurance.
And while city residents can take advantage of the dog park downtown, the larger region calls the dog park on Stafford County at Duff McDuff Green Memorial Park home. Its dog run features roughly four acres of open field, and is open to both small and large dogs. The small dog run is for dogs 30 pounds and under, while the large dog run is suited for dogs over that limit. Duff’s Dog Park will be open to the public and their dogs during regular business hours: Mid-March thru Oct. 31, Monday through Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m./ Nov. 1 thru Mid-March, Monday through Sunday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The park is a great area for agility training and exercise, and it has access to the Rappahannock River.
Tip: Don’t forget to bring bags and pick up after your dog, so the parks can be enjoyed by the next visitor. Also make sure to keep your dog on a leash, even if they want to run free and explore.
Speaking of the Rappahannock River, the region has multiple opportunities for water-inclined canines to take a dip. Falmouth Beach in Stafford County is a great place to have a beach day with the entire family- dog included.
And the Fredericksburg Rappahannock River Heritage Trail is a scenic marvel for you, and easy exercise for your dog. There are multiple points along the trail where Fido can take a dip.
Fredericksburg’s Mott’s Run Reservoir Recreation Area also has trails with water featured. You and your dog can forge a stream together, looking for adventure in the woods.
Tip: Driving back from a canine adventure? Any of the regions Starbucks Coffee’s is happy to make a “pupaccino” for tired canines in need of a jolt. It’s just whipped cream in a cup.
Want something a little more laid-back and civilized? Downtown Fredericksburg has many sidewalk cafes where you can dine, and your dog can relax. Sugar Shack Donuts on William Street has lots of outdoor seating for those with pets to casually sit and dine. Further up William Street, Kybecca’s sidewalk cafe is happy to have pets join their owners for dinner. It’s on a busy corner with lots for your dog to watch and smell. Sammy T’s on Caroline Street also welcomes dogs, and always has water out for those dining with them or those dogs passing by.
Tip: Always ask before sitting down if the outdoor tables are suitable for pets.
But maybe your dog isn’t the outdoor type, and would prefer a little shopping and pampering. Dog Krazy has you covered. The store, with three locations in the region, specializes in pet nutrition, and offers a wide variety of toys, treats and other pet goods. Your dog is welcome to come in and shop alongside you. They also have a grooming service for your dog to enjoy a day of pet pampering. Locations include William street in downtown Fredericksburg, Lee’s Hill in Spotsylvania, and off Garrisonville Road in Stafford.
Tip: Other stores, like Riverby Books, in downtown Fredericksburg allow pets. Always ask before bringing them in.
After spending the day doing what you LOVE in Fredericksburg with your best friend, you’ll need a picture to commemorate the experience. Luckily, the region has multiple Virginia LOVEworks signs that present the perfect photo opportunity. Find a LOVE sign downtown at Hurkamp Park or in Spotsylvania County in front of the visitor’s center (which is also a great place to find out more information about what to do in the region). Need to get on the road? There’s an additional sign at the Virginia Welcome Center on I-95 South between exit 133 and 130.
Tip: Share your photo online with the hashtag #lovefxbg, #visitfred and #fredregion.
What if you don’t have a dog? If you can’t adopt but still want to spend quality time in the Fredericksburg region with a canine companion, our local SPCA has you covered. The Fredericksburg SPCA’s “Adventure Tails” program allows people to sign out dogs patiently waiting for adoption and take them out.
Anyone 18-years and older with a valid government ID can walk into their 10819 Courthouse Rd. facility in Spotsylvania and sign one out. They provide a harness, leash, poop bags, water bowl and maps of local parks and trails to explore. You can pick out any dog to spend the day with, or choose a new friend from their list of longer term dog.
Tip: None, have fun!
Written by Lindley Estes and Mr. Bo