Easy Hike at the Virginia Arboretum

Hello NoVA Traildogs! All this spring weather has inspired me to shed some layers and shake off the winter cobwebs at a little-used but beautiful resource:  The State Arboretum of Virginia. The Virginia Arboretum is a lovely sanctuary just off Rte 50 past Boyce, and is maintained as a research facility by the University of Virginia. We will plan to do 3-5 miles, depending on the composition of the group, and there are many places where you can peel off from the group to explore on your own.

Expect mostly flat terrain with gentle hills and wide, well-maintained trails. There will be opportunities for OFF-LEASH romping on this hike! Dogs must be leashed on certain trails and within 200 yards of any building, and waste must be picked up and removed- bring your baggies! Please review the page Alex created about off-leash hiking if you intend to let your dog off leash.

There are several wineries within a 20-30 minute driving distance, so if you want to plan your own apres-hike excursion, please do your research and use the comments below to let folks know if you want to meet up somewhere.

Here's the website for the State Arboretum if you'd like more information: http://blandy.virginia.edu/home

Baloo and I hope to see you out there this weekend!

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  • Keith S.

    Great job leading the pack Allie!!

    April 14, 2013

  • David C

    Had to change my RSVP to No. Kid's soccer game changed to early morning. Sad cause I'm sure this will be a beautiful walk at this time of year. Enjoy

    April 13, 2013

  • Elaine L.

    I might have a friend attend the walk with me. I apologize for the short notice. I'm not sure if he will stay for the duration.

    April 12, 2013

    • Allie E.

      Hi Elaine, please update your RSVP- there's still room on the hike, so having your friend join is just fine!

      April 12, 2013

  • Jenny S

    First meeting with this group. Looking forward to meeting you and your pups!

    April 12, 2013

  • Lisa and M.

    I thought was Sunday Hike, Mac will miss his friend. Mac have class.

    April 12, 2013

  • Elaine L.

    I want to attend but I'm a little nervous. This will be my first hike with my Shephard...Gabby. She's a herder and yappy. So, I'm not sure how to react to her at times. I would like to try it.

    April 9, 2013

    • Allie E.

      Hi Elaine, this is a nice hike to start with because the trails are wide and easy, and there are lots of places to turn back if it isn't working. Hope you all will enjoy!

      1 · April 10, 2013

    • Trishia

      Give her a chance, she may surprise you!

      April 12, 2013

  • David C

    Do I need to update the guest count depending on if I bring my skin family or not, or more than one pup?

    April 9, 2013

    • Jennifer

      I have never heard the term "skin family" before. Always fun to learn something new!

      April 10, 2013

    • David C

      My fur babies and my skin babies. Although collectively I call them all my puppies regardless of age and/or "genetic" differences. ;p

      April 10, 2013

  • Harmony P.

    I am having some dental work done the day before. Should be good to come, but if anything changes last minute we will let you know!

    April 9, 2013

  • Harmony P.

    Coming with my sister and my two yorkies!

    April 9, 2013

  • Agi

    Unfortunately a bit too far for me for this Saturday, as I have plans for early afternoon. Sounds lovely, though!

    April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, I have another commitment. Usually, I need more advanced notice of these events. This one sounds wonderful!! Sorry to miss it. Ann

    April 9, 2013

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