The Best Places to Walk Your Pets in Spotsylvania
Chancellorsville First Day
6159 Plank Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22407
First Day at Chancellorsville Battlefield is a 5.5 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fredericksburg, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Chancellorsville Visitor Center
9001 Plank Rd, Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA 22553
This loop trail, approximately four miles in length, travers’s portions of the May 3rd battlefield and the final Union defensive line. Blue blazes on trees and mowed paths in clearings mark the route. Signs and maps at key locations will help you understand what occurred here. The Wounding of Stonewall Jackson.
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Battlefields
Lee Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania Battlefields are always great for pup walks. Either stick to the paved roadways or venture on to the wooded trails that run alongside. The Battlefields Are National Parks so they are clean and safe, regularly patrolled by the Park Service. All pets are to remain on a leash.
Lake Anna State Park
6800 Lawyers Rd, Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA 22551
Lake Anna State Park has 5 great hiking trails, walking trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions. Ready for some activity? There are moderate trails in Lake Anna State Park ranging from 3.1 to 0.3
10910 Leavells Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Mostly known for its playground, swimming pool, and sports fields, Loriella Park has some great wooded walking trails. The trails often intersect with the disc golf course so be respectful of the players. There is a lovely, wooded gravel path just to the right of the tennis courts and an access point for another wooded trail beside the playground.
5710 Smith Station Road, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22407
Conveniently located behind the Ron Rosner YMCA, there is plenty of parking because of the numerous sports fields. the trails themselves are wooded and private. This would be a good place for pups still working on their walking skills. The trails themselves are a little bit of a maze and crisscross one another but there are so many entrances and exits, it’s easy to get back to the main parking area and get your bearings.
8110 River Stone Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Salamander Loop Trail is a 2.7-mile loop trail. The trailhead is tucked behind the Spotsylvania County School Board building. The Salamander Loop is a quiet, easy wooded trail. hat features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Perfect for a timid dog still working on socialization and walking skills! There is a mostly flat, gravel trail around the pond that would be easy for kids to walk too.
Slaughter Pen Farm
11196 Tidewater Trail, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Spotsylvania County’s Slaughter Pen Farm, where the pivotal fighting in the Battle of Fredericksburg occurred, this beautiful tract of farmland with its abandoned house, makes for a picturesque backdrop as you walk this loop trail around the open fields. There is no shade on the trail so hot summer days might not be best. And if your dog spooks easily, trains frequently pass. Best for you and your furry friends to enjoy in early Spring on Fall Days! Use the virtual map as you walk the trail.
9550 West Grant Dr. Spotsylvania, Va. 22553
Spotsylvania Battlefield history trail is 7 miles long, but you can choose any number of shorter options. The trail begins at the exhibit shelter and is marked by blazed trees and mowed paths. Foot bridges are available at points where the trail crosses Civil War trenches. Interpretive signs, paintings, and monuments along the trail will supplement the exhibit shelter information.
35347 Constitution Hwy, Orange, VA 22160
Wilderness Battlefield Exhibit Shelter has a 2 –mile loop trial that follows John B. Gordon’s Confederate flank attack against the Union right on May 6.