Woof! Charleston is going to the dogs

24Jul 2017

Look around and you'll find Charleston is a mutt-loving place. Take Spot out to the ballgame during West Virginia Power Pets in the Park Night, run with him at the Dirty Dog 15K trail race at Kanawha State Forest, or even take a dip with him when local parks and community centers offer their summer's end dog swims.

Many Charleston restaurants have outdoor seating where you can dine al fresco with Fido. Check out Tricky Fish and Moxxee Coffee on the East End, Lola's Pizza in South Hills, or some of the great restaurants in the heart of downtown, like Black Sheep Burrito and Brews or Ichiban Pan-Asian Cuisine. The friendly folks at Ellen's Homemade Ice Cream even place a bowl of water outside for thirsty mutts! 

Friday nights all summer long, you and your canine companion can enjoy Live on the Levee shows at the amphitheater on the Kanawha River. 

You'll find lots of great places to walk your dog -- from the Kanawha Boulevard path that runs along the river to the beautiful Carriage Trail that winds around the hill by the South Side Bridge. At the Ruth Raftery Peyton Dog Park on the East End you can let your pooch run off leash and play with other furry friends. If you really want to get out in nature, Coonskin Park, Cato Park, and the aforementioned Kanawha State Forest have trails and walking paths

If you're staying overnight, you'll find several area establishments offering pet-friendly lodging, including the Brass Pineapple Bed & Breakfast and several chain hotels and motels. If you have to run out for a bit and can't take your mutt with you-- no worries. House of Hounds offers doggy daycare!

Pack up your poodle and visit us here in Hip, Historic ... Dog-friendly Charleston, West Virginia.