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North Carolina Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum is a 434-acre natural treasure with 65 acres of cultivated gardens and 10 miles of hiking and biking trails adjacent to the Bent Creek Experimental Forest. The Arboretum offers a variety trails rated as Easy, Easy to Moderate, Moderate, and Moderate to Difficult, and dogs are allowed on all of them with you. Dogs are not, however, allowed in any of the buildings and some of the gardens. Parking fee is $16 per vehicle. Visit Website

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BringFido Guest Rating

North Carolina Arboretum has received a rating of 4.9 out of 5 bones by 18 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Suzanne
    Mar. 15, 2021
    Fun hike for pups

    Our dogs had a blast hiking here. The trails are well maintained and clean. (Just FYI there is a fee to park ($16) and dogs are not allowed inside buildings or in the bonsai area but there were plenty of trails to hike and it was well worth the money.)

  • Shonda
    Oct. 8, 2020
    A Great Spot to Hang Outside with Fido

    After searching out a socially-distanced spot to enjoy an afternoon, the arboretum did the trick! Having the dogs with us naturally helped us avoid the more crowded areas. A wonderful spot to picnic and walkabout.

  • Shaana
    Sep. 5, 2020
    Great Place For Pups

    We walked 4 miles of trails with our dog with no problem. The trials were easy to walk, amongst the trees for perfect shade. There is one trail which goes along a river, this gives lots of opportunity for your dog to take a paddle to cool off. Will definitely visit again!

  • Sue
    Jun. 20, 2020
    Beautiful Trails

    We took our 2 dogs here yesterday, walked 2 of the trails and checked out some of the gardens. We and our dogs totally enjoyed the surroundings!

  • Cheddar bacon cheese
    Mar. 15, 2020
    Fun Day In The Arboretum

    Really well maintained trails and beautiful creeks well worth the $16 admission. Did the bent creek trail and took the Carolina mountain trail back. Beautiful!!

  • Kilene
    Nov. 24, 2019
    Fun Morning!

    We took our pups here on a nice fall morning and did the Carlolina Montain and Bent Creek Trails. Took about an hour. Had a lot of fun!

  • Laura
    Apr. 16, 2019
    Plenty of Dog Visitors But Not Truly Friendly

    Although you can bring your dog, the buildings prohibit pets. Usually I’m fine with that if there is a reason (food served, private establishment and it is owner’s policy, space not conducive, or concerns about damage to property). But the welcome center is a giant modern accessible largely empty box. Nothing to damage, plenty of clearance, not even a place people would loiter. The kicker is that the entry to the gardens is through the welcome center. Since dogs cannot do that you must trek up and down a hill to use alternate entry. There is gate access adjacent to the building but it is padlocked. There’s no reason for access to be restricted in this punitive way. In mid-April we found the gardens only lightly blooming.

  • Mia
    Dec. 16, 2018
    Beautiful Even In The Snow

    My family loved this park! Great trails and absolutely stunning in the snow and cold!

  • Lori
    More than a year ago
    Great trails

    Wonderful place to view plants and wildlife with your furry friend! Over 10 miles of trails. They are welcome anywhere except the bonsai Garden and inside the visitor center. Beautiful place! Lots of other dogs around too!

  • Amara
    More than a year ago
    Beautiful long walk

    We had a great time walking through all sorts of paths through the gardens and forest.

    Things to know:

    $14 parking day pass for a normal car

    Only Service dogs inside

    There are deer in the forest.

    Keep an eye out for snakes - mostly near/in the water, but sometimes on the forest paths (wasn’t an issue, just be aware)

  • Laura
    Aug. 13, 2018
    Perfect Hiking with Pups

    Very well maintained grounds with great hiking trails for pups! We had a 2 year old Goldendoodle who had a blast running in and out of the streams and a 6 month old hound puppy who really enjoyed his first hiking experience.

  • Whitney
    More than a year ago

    Our pups had such a great time! We did the bent creek trail which was about 3,5 miles and took us about

  • Bridget
    Jan. 7, 2018
    Great Day Hikes

    Beautiful venue for day hiking with 3 dogs... very dog friendly! No parking fee during Christmas week.

  • Katie
    More than a year ago
    Perfect place for pups and people

    We love taking our dogs to the NC Arboretum! We have one senior dog, a middle aged hound and a 2 year old Yorkie. All three love the easy hiking trails and playing in the streams. The trailers are 100% dog friendly (dogs must be leashed) and the trails are rarely crowded.

    It's a beautiful area full of gorgeous local flora. Inexpensive as well ($14 I think for the whole car).

  • Emily
    More than a year ago
    Totally Worth It

    Absolutely beautiful surroundings and tons of places to walk around. We did the hike from the greenhouse to lake Powhatan and it was awesome. My dogs enjoyed playing in the river and seeing all the sights. Look forward to going back

  • Noel
    More than a year ago

    This is really worth seeing, we go back every time we visit. There are natural areas as well as formal designs. The employees always have a dog biscuit ready when you arrive.

  • Dori
    More than a year ago
    Shaded trails, pretty stream

    We visited in the summertime with our small dog. The trails were a variety of dirt paths and gravel roads. The wooded area offered good shade, and some of the trails run alongside a stream where your dog can take a drink or cool off in the water. We were told at the gate that dogs can go everywhere except in the buildings. There are no water dishes here, so bring your own.

  • Nancy
    More than a year ago

    I Can not say enough good about it. Gardens are beautiful, trails are well taken care off. Cafe was excellent. We had our two Whippets with us and they were able to go everywhere but in the buildings. Highly recommend it.

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