North Carolina Arboretum
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- SuzanneMar. 15, 2021Fun 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.)
- ShondaOct. 8, 2020A 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.
- ShaanaSep. 5, 2020Great 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!
- SueJun. 20, 2020Beautiful 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 cheeseMar. 15, 2020Fun 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!!
- KileneNov. 24, 2019Fun 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!
- LauraApr. 16, 2019Plenty 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.
- MiaDec. 16, 2018Beautiful Even In The Snow
My family loved this park! Great trails and absolutely stunning in the snow and cold!
- LoriMore than a year agoGreat 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!
- AmaraMore than a year agoBeautiful 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)
- LauraAug. 13, 2018Perfect 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.
- WhitneyMore than a year agowonderful
Our pups had such a great time! We did the bent creek trail which was about 3,5 miles and took us about
- BridgetJan. 7, 2018Great Day Hikes
Beautiful venue for day hiking with 3 dogs... very dog friendly! No parking fee during Christmas week.
- KatieMore than a year agoPerfect 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).
- EmilyMore than a year agoTotally 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
- NoelMore than a year agoFab
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.
- DoriMore than a year agoShaded 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.
- NancyMore than a year agoMS
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.