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Written by: Beth Stinnett
Friday July 26, 2019

Dogs. They truly are mans’ best friend and Martinsville - Henry County wants to make it easy for you to enjoy an adventure you won't soon forget. Whether you are looking for a place to take a stroll, a swimming hole for your pooch, or simply ways to hang out together, we’ve got you covered.

Take your pal for a walk along the Smith River Trail System. Did you know that there is a special trail in Henry county specially designed for our four-legged friends? It’s called the Paw Path and is located along the Smith River at the Smith River Sports Complex. Doggies will be thrilled with the balance beam and fire hydrant they encounter along their path. They may even stop to read; like Nellie, you see to the right!

Philpott Lake, the Smith River and the Beaver Creek Reservoir offer a chance for your pooch to cool down after tackling the surrounding trails or casting your rod, or for when your pup just wants to be on the water! It’s not uncommon to see pooches in or on boats in the waters of MHC. The word must be out!

Sometimes you just want to have a drink and chill with friends, and if your pooch is your favorite sidekick, they are invited to join you at Mountain Valley Brewing & Hamlet Vineyards. * Mountain Valley Brewing, the area’s first craft beer brewery, is open Thursday through Sunday. Hamlet Vineyards is open every Sunday afternoon from 1-5 for Wine Tastings. *

The annual Smith River Fest outdoor recreation festival, held at the Smith River Sports Complex, also welcomes your four-legged friends to join you. *Save the date for 2019’s event on Saturday, August 10th from 9-4.

Whether you are local or you are visiting and need daycare or grooming services for your pooch, Grooming Tails in Uptown Martinsville, and Home Run Pet Parlor in Fieldale, can both be of service.

If you love dogs (and cats), love shopping for great deals and want to support our local SPCA, make sure to stop by Fido’s Finds & Kittie’s Kollectibles in Uptown Martinsville. This antiques and collectibles shop is run by SPCA of Martinsville-Henry County board members and volunteers. All the proceeds from the store go back to the animals in hopes of making a brighter future for our furry friends. Fido’s Finds and Kittie’s Kollectibles carries new and used furniture, artwork, antiques, Cd's, DVDs, jewelry, lamps, home décor and more.

While we are on the subject of shopping, check out these new Virginia is for Lover's pet bandannas available at the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center. (Modeled by Marley pictured to the right). We all know that Virginia is for Lovers, and we believe that includes Animal Lovers as well! (While supplies last)

Be sure to share your favorite puppy pics from your Martinsville - Henry County adventures by tagging @VisitMartinsville on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!

Pet-Friendly Lodging Options (deposits may be required)
Starling Place B&B 
Baymont Inn
Deluxe Inn
Econo Lodge
Hampton Inn
Quality-Dutch Inn
Travelodge 

Pet-Friendly Dining Options (patios) 
Daily Grind 
Kafenio
Sweet Cakes
Wild Magnolia 


*Well-behaved dogs, on a leash are welcome.

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