Discover the New Loudoun County Pet Park and Explore Dog Friendly Hiking in Virginia and West Virginia

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Taking the family canine on a weekend road trip can be a challenge. Go Blue Ridge Travel introduces the first Pet Park at Great Country Farms and explores other weekend hiking adventures with ‘pet friendly’ lodging options available for the dog and his master.

Hiking with a Dog | Go Blue Ridge Travel

A Dog's View of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Thomas Jefferson visited Harpers Ferry in 1783 and wrote "The passage of the Patowmac through the Blue Ridge is perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in Nature."

Go Blue Ridge Travel is happy to announce the grand opening of the first Off Leash Dog Park in the Blue Ridge Shenandoah Valley. “The farm is going to the dogs!” saids Kate Zurchmeide, co-owner.

Great Country Farms has created a special facility where dogs can run free. The zone encloses over half an acre and includes a doggie wash station with access to the adjacent pond. The off leash dog zone is a space where dogs can exercise, play with other dogs, or take rest in the sun or shade – all in a controlled environment under the supervision of the dog owners.

Looking for a farm experience, the dog and his master can visit this Pet Park. Great Country Farms is a U Pick Farm at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Shenandoah Valley is bordered by four mountain ranges - Blue Ridge Mountains, Massanutten Mountain, Great North Mountain, Allegheny Mountain. These valley and mountains offer lots of activities for the outdoor adventure enthusiast.

Another great activity is hiking enjoyed by both locals and visitors to the mountains in Virginia and West Virginia an hour from metropolitan DC. Many trails are pet friendly and offer great stress escapes. There are two ways to approach hiking. As a hiking fanatic, the goal is to add a check mark to the completion of one trail after another. As a weekend novice, the goal is to pull alongside a road and take a one to three hour hike. Go Blue Ridge Travel (GoBRT) will let the hiking professionals explore the Appalachian Conservancy. GoBRT will showcase the novice trails here in the northern Shenandoah Valley where West Virginia and Maryland connect to Virginia.

At 1350 feet, Bears Den Rocks provide a panoramic view of the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The westward-looking view provides a prime spot for the sunset. This overlook has unique rock formations believed to be a directional landmark of the indigenous people who hunted and fished in the region 12,000 years ago. “One of the most popular experience on the GoBRT’s Kids Bucket List," said Nancy Craun, owner of GoBRT. “I knew one child who went there four times in one week by not letting his various visiting relatives know he had just been there earlier!”

Marriott Town Place and Country Inn and Suites also welcome pets as well and are less than 15 minutes from Bears Den. There are also vacation rentals and great camping sites available.

Following closer to the Potomac River, Antietam Battlefield located near Sharpsburg, Maryland is an easy drive from Interstate 70 or Route 340 to Shepherdstown, WV crossing the Potomac Bridge into Maryland. The battlefields are easy to find wrapping around the small village of Sharpsburg. There are many places to pull off and just start walking. This is a paved road experience thru the battlefields themselves with lots of markers explaining the battles that were fought.

C & O Canal runs alongside of the Potomac River. Less than 5 minutes from Sharpsburg, the hiker can walk or ride a bike. This section of the Potomac River is great for dogs loving the water. There are many good shallow places to wade into the Potomac. Bring bug spray since this is a historic canal with stagnant water.

West Virginians refer to many of the smaller ridges as the hills of West Virginia. Sitting on Jefferson Rock, one can look across at Maryland Heights and Loudoun Heights. Maryland Heights is a challenging climb but well worth the view at the top. Take a good amount of water for drinking. There are also the paths around Bolivar Heights where battles of the Civil War occurred.

Just over the line from Harpers Ferry is the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship. 900 serene acres offer three popular hiking trails. The Farmstead Loop is the Blue Ridge Center's signature hiking trail. Just over a mile long and with minimal elevation change, the trail is perfect for all ages and fitness levels. There is also the Western Trails with the highlight being Butterfly Alley and Birds of the Ridge for the bird watcher enthusiast.

Chris and Caressa Zanelli of Hillbrook Inn offer a pet friendly welcome with these words. “We are dog lovers at HIllbrook Inn and welcome your furry friends. We realize that some vacations are not complete without the furry members of your family. We have two ponds at Hillbrook Inn. Taking a plunge is not a problem. It is nothing a hose and some towels can’t fix.” said Chris.

June is a great time for a fun weekend with one's canine friend. There are always music festivals and events that are pet friendly. Explore GoBRT.

Founded in 2011, (GoBRT), a division of Encore Event Partners is the only regional website showcasing the activities, events, and accommodations in the Blue Ridge Mountains and northern Shenandoah Valley. With a ten year relationship of marketing the region to brides for their wedding destinations, GoBRT is now reaching out to families branding the trademark 'GoBRT's Kids Bucket List' showcasing the experiences tots to teens should have prior to turning eighteen in the valley. Covering Virginia and West Virginia, Go Blue Ridge Travel’s goal is to brand this 100 mile radius as a travel and wedding destination both nationally and internationally.

Contact: Nancy Craun Founder and President Phone: 540.533.1853 Email: info(at)GoBlueRidgeTravel(dot)com

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