Lynchburg is not just a dog-friendly community, it’s dog-inclusive. In fact, many businesses and restaurants go out of their way to make room for man’s best friend. If you are visiting with your fluffy companion, there are numerous dog-friendly places in Lynchburg available for you and your pup to enjoy.
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Who doesn’t like traveling with their four-legged companion? In Lynchburg, many of our local hotels love your dog as much as you do. That’s why there are plenty of rooms for you and your pet to choose from. Lodging options include:
- Baymont Inn & Suites
- Craddock Terry Hotel
- Extended Stay America
- Hampton Inn & Suites
- Holiday Inn Downtown
- Holiday Inn Express
- La Quinta Inn & Suites
- Microtel Inn & Suites
- Spring Hill Suites
- Super 8 Motel
- The Virginian Hotel
- Acorn Hill Lodge
Note: Some hotels may charge a fee for pets.
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When it’s time to eat, you’ll be pleased to know there are several restaurants around town that have places for your pets at the outdoor table. The best place to find dog-friendly restaurants is downtown Lynchburg. Throughout the city, there are a variety of outdoor eating options that are happy to host you and your pup, many of which include a complimentary bowl of water on-site. Looking for a stunning view of the historic James River? Try dining along the Bluffwalk. Just be sure to call ahead and ask if dogs are allowed.
Dog-friendly restaurants include:
- El Jefe Garaje
- Brauburger Craft Burgers & Beer
- Mi Papa Authentic Mexican Grill
- Maylynn’s Creamery
- My Dog Duke’s Diner
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Blackwater Creek Dog Park
One of the best places to let your pup roam free is at the off-leash Lynchburg Dog Park at Blackwater Creek Athletic Center. The dog park is made up of two sections; a large dog section for dogs over 30 pounds and a small dog section for dogs under 30 pounds. During the weekends in late spring, summer and fall, you will find numerous dogs running around, digging in the large sandbox or getting a drink from the installed water spigot. Afterwards, you can take your dog on a leashed walk at the nearby Blackwater Creek Trail.
If you’re planning on visiting Lynchburg in August, your hound will love Paws in the Pool. This annual fundraiser gives you and your pup a chance to go for a swim at Miller Park Pool. The event also features local food trucks and contests. All proceeds go to the Lynchburg Dog Park.
Take to the Outdoor Trails
Lynchburg is lucky to have 40 miles of scenic trails set in the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Take advantage of these trails by walking with your dog! One of the local favorites is Percival’s Island Trail. This one and a half mile stretch consists of crossing over a converted railroad bridge onto Percival’s Island. For more outdoor fun, you can take Rover over to the Riverfront Park adjacent to the trail for some extra walking or a game of fetch.