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Highlands Biological Station

Highlands Biological Station in Highlands, NC, is a dog-friendly native plant botanical garden with flat trails for owners and their dogs to walk along. The 12-acre botanical garden features native azaleas, plants of the Cherokee, mosses and liverworts, wildflowers, butterfly-pollinated species, and rock outcrop species. At 3,800 feet, it's the highest public native plant botanical garden in the east. The HBS Gardens and grounds are open year-round, dawn to dusk, and are free of charge. Please keep Fido on a leash while visiting. Visit Website

Or call (828) 526-2602 or email hbs@email.wcu.edu for more information.


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Highlands Biological Station has received a rating of 4.0 out of 5 bones by 1 canine critic on BringFido.

  • Kate
    Aug. 10, 2021
    Great for a flat hike

    If you are looking for a pleasant place to walk with your pup that's low-key, Visit the Botanical Gardens at the Highlands Biological Station. Lots of great plant life, much of it is marked. You can walk around the lake, filled with lily pads & snapping turles, or pick one of the meandering paths the go by the tiny creeks. The longest walk is about 40 minutes.

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