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Dog-Friendly Fall in & Near Yorktown

Fall is here and we’re jumping into our cozy sweaters and headed out and about to enjoy the Yorktown area’s autumnal beauty. At Hearts at Home, we love fall because it’s one of the prettiest and most enjoyable times of the year to be outdoors. As dog walkers and pet sitters, we know a thing or two about dog-friendly fall in and near Yorktown, Virginia. Let us share them with you!


Dog-Friendly Fall in & Near Yorktown: Hiking Trails

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Those who love to walk with their dogs will love the Nolan Trail, a 5.6-mile loop around Mariner’s Lake in Newport News, Virginia. Comprised of easy dirt trails and fourteen bridges, the Nolan Trail is free and can be accessed from across the Mariner’s Museum and Park.


About two miles into the trail, hikers and their dogs can go up to the Oak Tree Overlook and cross over the Lion Bridge, overlooking the James River. The trail features plenty of picnic tables for a casual meal or a simple rest. And, it culminates near the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.


Dog-Friendly Fall in & Near Yorktown: The Beach

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NPS 1001 Beach in Yorktown is dog-friendly but dogs must remain on a leash, which keeps all canine visitors safe. Dogs are also welcome at the beach picnic area. If you’re new to taking your dog to the beach or your dog is new to the experience, read the AKC’s tips on making your dog-friendly beach day a safe and successful one.


Dog-Friendly Fall in & Near Yorktown: Parks


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Like beaches, not all parks are dog-friendly. Newport News Park, however, welcomes dogs and is considered a nice place to stretch your legs with your canine companions.


While Newport News Park doesn’t have a dog park and dogs are required to remain on a leash, there are lots of places to explore including some water and nature trails.


Those interested in trying out a nearby dog park might want to try Fido Field Dog Park in Newport News. According to Bring Fido, Fido Field Dog Park is a safe, well-kept dog park that includes over one acre of fenced space for your pet to run and play, with separate areas for small and large dogs. There are also covered benches and water fountains for dogs and handlers. Please visit the website for park rules and regulations.


Dog-Friendly Fall in & Near Yorktown: Excursions

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Fall is a great time to be out on the water. It’s not too hot and dogs can safely navigate the beautiful waters around Yorktown with us. Williamsburg Charter Sails in Gloucester Point offers multiple cruise options that are dog-friendly. As a bonus, as if you needed one, having your dog(s) join you on the cruise is free with your paid excursion.

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For more fun ideas of ways to celebrate fall with your beloved pup(s,) visit Dog-Friendly Norfolk by Visit Norfolk or A Dog Lover’s Guide to Hampton Roads by Virginia Coastal Connection.


If you decide to take some longer trips that aren’t suitable for your pets, we can care for them in the comfort of your home. We offer customizable pet sitting visits on your pet’s schedule and as needed, according to your travel itinerary. Our service area includes Yorktown, Poquoson, Newport News, and Hampton, Virginia.


As reminder, the last quarter of the year is very busy for pet sitting requests. We are already booked for Thanksgiving weekend and are booking up over Christmas and New Year's.


If you are a registered client of Hearts at Home Pet Sitting and need care for your pets come December, we ask that you please schedule services as soon as you have confirmed your travel dates.


If you are new to Hearts at Home, please submit a new client questionnaire here. For more information, visit our website or contact us by email at Hello@HeartsAtHomePetSitting.com or by phone at 757-745-9868.Contact us at 757-745-9868 or Hello@HeartsAtHomePetSitting.com to learn more.

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