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Evan from Virginia asked

Dog-Friendly Hiking Near Washington, DC

We're always looking for new places to hike with our pup, so I'd love any suggestions for good hiking spots (easy-moderate) within a 2 hour-drive from DC.  Also, any locations near good restaurants with pet-friendly patios are a huge plus. 

We've done some of the big ones (Great Falls, Appalachian Trail, Harper's Ferry, etc.), but would also like to find some smaller, scenic hikes that may be not be as well known. 

Thanks in advance!

Washington, DC (District of Columbia)

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Sarah from Washington, DC

I recommend Sky Meadows State Park out towards Delaplane, VA. It's off Rt. 17, between I-66 and Rt. 50. It's a beautiful park with some great trails (some fairly hilly) and a cool old historic home and visitor center on-site. There's camping available too.

Afterwards (or before), check out the adorable town of Upperville and Hunter's Head. It's very pet friendly (even sell farm-made dog/cat food) and has a great menu and beer/wine list!

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Great first answer, Sarah! These sound like awesome places for pups! By the way, I'm a community manager here and I've helped you highlight the places in your answer on a map! In the future, you can do this yourself as you answer a question by simply typing the @-symbol followed by the name of the place. Take a look at your map next to your answer :)

Thanks, Sarah! Never heard of Sky Meadows before, but this is definitely the type of hike we're looking for.

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Chelsea from North River Mills, West Virginia

Hi! 2 hours west of DC is a tiny town Capon Bridge , which is 7 miles from Ice Mountain where you can hike a trail with your pooch to see a beautiful vista of the valley or the natural wonders, the ice vents, below The mountain. 

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