Summer beckons with warmer temperatures and beautiful blue skies. Answer the call with your favorite four-legged friend and escape to the outdoors of Culpeper and beyond. Check out these pet-friendly trails for exercise, fresh air, and a little rejuvenation.
The Lake Pelham Connector Trail, a multi-use trail joining Yowell Meadow Park, Lake Pelham, and a residential neighborhood, opened in fall 2017. It’s a paved one-mile stretch perfect for strolls with your pooch.
Yowell Meadow Park has its own one-mile paved trail and an unpaved nature trail, both offering learning opportunities along the way. Get to know a little bit of Culpeper’s history while you walk the dog!
The 75-acre Mountain Run Lake is the centerpiece of Mountain Run Lake Park, and it’s a popular place to fish for largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and varieties of catfish. It’s also a popular location for wildlife watching and is on the Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail. Your leashed pet is welcome. [map]
Should you choose a Saturday morning to walk the trail near the little league baseball field at the Culpeper Sports Complex, you’ll be greeted with cheers and squeals of joy as kids take turns at bat. Views along the trail include the pond, Monarch butterfly garden, and the Five Senses Garden. [map]
Nearly two miles of trails at the 80-acre Lenn Park yields bucolic views of Culpeper’s countryside and Mountain Run Creek. If you’re lucky, you’ll see model airplane enthusiasts flying their crafts in the designated runway space. A post-walk cool down is most enjoyed across the road at Old House Vineyards, Distillery, and Craft Brewery. [map]
Gravel and grass trails both weave through the woods of the 27-acre Spillman Park in northern Culpeper County. Disc golf, kids’ playground, picnic accommodations, and more make this a great retreat from the hustle and bustle. Your pup will love Spillman. [map] Enjoy our parks with your favorite friend, but if that friend is a canine, please keep him or her leashed. Oh! And don’t forget to practice “leave no trace,” if you know what we mean.