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!