Paw Park

Welcome to the Smith River Paw Park! Your furry friend will love sharing the experience of nature and hiking with you in a safe, fully-fenced natural space. Plus, more off-leash time will help both of you feel great, bond, and improve your overall well-being. 

The Smith River Paw Park was generously donated by Ed Marvin, in loving memory of his wife, Jewel Spencer Marvin.

Park Hours

The Paw Park opens at 7:00 a.m. and closes at dusk. The Smith River Paw Park reserves the right to close the park without notice, as needed for emergencies, maintenance, and repairs. The Paw Park will be closed when the Smith River Sports Complex is closed to the public for any reason.

Usage Guidelines

It is essential that off-leash etiquette guidelines are followed for dog owners and their dogs to be able to enjoy a safe and enjoyable experience.

When you use the Smith River Paw Park, you agree to, and understand, the following rules: 

  • Please re-lock the main gate when you enter and when you exit.
  • Dogs should wear a collar and ID tags at all times.
  • Dogs must be leashed before entering and prior to leaving the park.
  • Owners must accompany dogs at all times and carry a leash.
  • Please only two dogs to one handler in the Paw Park during any visit.
  • Only dogs are allowed in the park. No other pets are allowed.
  • Dogs in heat or puppies under four months of age are not permitted.
  • Any damage and/or injury caused by a dog will be the owner's responsibility.
  • Dogs who exhibit a history of aggressive behavior will not be permitted to enter.
  • Please clean up after your dog and yourself.
The Smith River Paw Park

1000 Irisburg Road, Axton, VA 24054

When entering the Sports Complex, turn left at the "River Access" sign and drive to the trail head of the Paw Path.