Monday, December 4, 2023

Ferris’ Day Off (A Pup’s Adventure in the Historic Triangle): York River State Park

HISTORIC TRIANGLE — Part beagle, part foxhound and all attitude, Ferris Bueller (no, not THAT Bueller but, definitely named after the ’80s icon) is a one-year-old pup who loves to head out on adventures and explore new places and meet people.

Ferris loves to visit parks, beaches, breweries and any other places where doggies are allowed. WYDaily is following Ferris’ quest for the best dog-friendly places our area has to offer.

York River State Park was a fun afternoon where Ferris and his “sister”, Barley Malt, could enjoy some diverse hiking and new scents.

According to the webpage, pets are allowed in all Virginia state parks. Dogs should be leashed and owners are asked to keep them out of public facilities.

The pups enjoyed a hike that took them past horses, children enjoying time on a playground and down to a little sandy beach area where both hound noses worked overtime taking in the smells.

The park is on the York River and is designated as a Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Programs, activities and visitor center displays focus on the history, use, wildlife and preservation of the York River and its marshes.

There are more than 30 miles of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails that allow visitors to explore the marsh, river shoreline and forests.

A boat ramp, fresh and saltwater fishing spots, a fishing pier, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and seasonal boat and recreational equipment rentals are available.

York River State Park is open from 8 a.m. to dusk. The park visitor center, office, and gift shop are open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.

There is an entrance fee of $5 per vehicle or an annual park pass can be purchased.

Happen to spot Ferris out on an adventure? Come say hello! If you have a dog-friendly suggestion you would like Ferris to consider visiting, please email his mom. Hounds are not very good at responding.

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