Dog Days of SummerJuly 31, 2020
Here in the New River Gorge, we love furry friends, too! If you are planning an upcoming visit to the Gorge and are worried your four-legged companion might not have much to do — don’t be! The New River Gorge is extremely pet-friendly with endless adventures for you and your pet. Here are some of our favorites!
Take to the Trails
From Long Point to Endless Wall, we are known for our hiking trails that offer picturesque views of the Gorge. Luckily, pets are allowed on all of the trails in the New River Gorge National River! Just make sure your animal pal stays on a leash and that you bring plenty of water to share.
Experience the Views
Hiking is not the only way to spend time with your animal and take in gorgeous scenery. Travel to an easily accessible overlook, and you can still experience a beautiful view. This activity is ideal if the weather is too warm for your pet or if they are not a trail dog.
Hit the Water
Is your dog more adventurous than the rest? Head to the river and let them splash around! From rafting partners to swimming sidekicks, bring your water-loving pet to the New River Gorge for an exciting excursion! Just make sure your animal is comfortable in the water and is wearing a life jacket. If your four-legged friend still needs a life jacket, stop by ACE Adventure Gear or Waterstone Outdoors to grab one while you’re in the area!
Guard the Gear
For all those climbers that also love their dogs, don’t worry! Crag dogs are welcome in the New River Gorge. When bringing your dog with you to a climbing area, make sure it is on a leash, out of the way of belayers and is never left on the ground alone.
While you are in the area, check out the Oak Hill Dog Park for your pet’s own personal New River Gorge adventure!
Not a Dog Person?
The dog days of summer in the New River Gorge aren’t just for canines! We’ve got activities for any pet.
Where To Stay
Camping is an obvious option for a pet-friendly night in the Gorge, but leaving your animals in a tent is not a safe choice during the summer months. Luckily, Hemlock Haven Luxury Cabins are all pet-friendly! ACE Adventure Resort, Adventures on the Gorge and River Expeditions also have pet-friendly lodging options.
Where is your favorite pet-friendly place to take your furry friends in the New River Gorge? Tag us in your adventure photos with #GoGorge.