A one-acre off leash park with a dedicated swimming area just for dogs! The dog park is located close to the main parking area for the beach. Look for the Dog Park sign on your right as you enter the top part of the parking lot, and follow the trail. Open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset.
We're going to declare UVa and Charlottesville pet friendly, first because the acronym for the town's transit system is CAT (Charlottesville Area Transit), and students, faculty, and staff can ride free with a valid ID. Second because Thomas Jefferson is the first person to bring the Briard to the U.S. from its native France, a female named Buzzy who is the progenitor of the Briard Bergere line in this county. He also had a pet mockingbird name Dick but that's another story.
UVa let's you walk the campus with your pooch on leash but when he's ready to run off some steam, you have two county off leash parks to choose from, Darden Town Park and Chris Greene Lake Park, which we truly love because it also allows dogs to swim in a roped off section of the lake. The city has its own off leash park, Azalea Park, which runs along Moore's Creek.
Charlottesville offers some tasty pet friendly dining. The Clifton Inn, open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, has a fantastic menu and beautiful patio where your pooch is always welcome..
If you have a taste for seafood, get yourself to the Public Fish & Oyster, where you can get oysters five ways, seafood pan roasts, and a Low Country boil with shrimp, crawfish, clams, crab legs, and chorizo.
Finally, for an awesome pet friendly beer garden experience, go to Kardinal Hall, where the motto is Beer, Bocce, Food & Fun. In addition to the beers, hard cider, and kombucha they have on tap, you can satisfy any hunger pangs you might have with their Belgian Fries (the hard part will be picking which of their 14 dipping sauces you want!), house-made sausages, Chicken Schnitzel with Bacon Aioli, and so much more.
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