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A healthy dog is also a happy dog. Here are the local trails and parks where you can keep your dog active.

April has been designated National Active Dog Month, and why not? It's spring, and even though we still might have some chilly days in our region, we know warmer weather is on the way. Goodbye, rain and snow, and hello, sunshine. 

Fortunately, the home you chose from Wheeling homes for sale or Moundsville homes for sale are right in the midst of some great active dog venues. Here are some recommendations from our real estate agents to get you started. So grab your pooch's leash and hit the trails.

  1. Wheeling Heritage Trails. Ohio River Trail: From 48th St. at Water Street in South Wheeling north to Pike Island Locks and dam in Clearview; Wheeling Creek Trail starts in downtown, continues east to Elm Grove.
    Wheeling Heritage Trails run on the former B&O line. Connecting in downtown Wheeling, the two trails are known as the Ohio River Trail and the Wheeling Creek Trail. Bring your canine for a walk on the flat, paved trails. You'll find out a bit about Wheeling's background by perusing the signs along the route. The Ohio River Trail follows the Ohio River's eastern bank. A rest on a bench affords a great view of the river and local wildlife. The Wheeling Creek Trail takes you into a less urbanized and more wooded environment. (Hint: Hike, run, or bike, but if you're bringing a canine along, carry plenty of water and let Fido have a break. Continuous running may work for a sled dog, but beware of injuring other breeds with prolonged running.)
  2. Glen Dale to Moundsville Rail Trail. Glen Dale: Park off Baltimore Street near the airfield. Moundsville: Park at Riverside Park.
    Walk or bike with your canine companion on the Glen Dale to Moundsville Rail Trail. The paved trail runs 3.4 miles between Glen Dale City Park and Moundsville Riverview Park, behind residential neighborhoods and shopping plazas, and offers a view of the Ohio River. 

  3. Grand Vue Park. 250 Trail Drive, Moundsville.
    Grand Vue Park
    is a wondrous place to experience the beauty of West Virginia outdoors. Book a weekend for the family (including the dog) in one of the 40 RV camping sites along the beautiful Ohio River. Cabins are also available. There are plenty of activities, such as zipline adventures and swimming in the aquatic center, but bring your canine companion along for some invigorating walks along the trails. 

  4. Fitzsimmons Family Dog Park. Vehicular access from 18th Street. 2000 Eoff St., Wheeling
    A dog park in the neighborhood is always good news for families with a canine. Whether you have a small dog or a large one, take them to meet new friends at Fitzsimmons Family Dog Park. There are water and waste stations in each section of the park. As part of the Tunnel Green Recreation Complex, the dog park sits on the south side of a ball field in a wooded lot. 

  5. Bridge Street Park. Wheeling Island, 191-199 Zane St, Wheeling
    There's a playground and ballfields on Bridge Street Park, but you can also walk your doggo here. Take the Wheeling Suspension Bridge to Wheeling Island. The island is located at the mouths of the Wheeling Creek of West Virginia and Wheeling Creek of Ohio. It's also home to a racetrack and gaming center, as well as a stadium. There's a residential area with historic homes and a school. The Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge is located here.

Our knowledgeable real estate staff can help you find a home that suits your needs, as well as those of your pets. Contact us today.  

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