Dog Friendly Activities in Asheville, NC

There are 85 dog friendly activities in Asheville, NC. Use the links below to get an overview of each attraction, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Asheville, NC, or call 877-411-FIDO to speak with one of our pet travel experts!

Biltmore Estate

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The Biltmore Estate is pet friendly! Dogs are allowed to explore the extensive grounds and roam through the more than 250 acres of landscaped gardens. Fido is also welcome to join the humans at several restaurants with outdoor seating in Antler Hill Village.

French Broad River Dog Park

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One of Asheville's most beautiful parks, the French Broad River Park meanders alongside the tranquil French Broad River, and features a vast area of open green space with old trees, a wildflower garden, a paved trail, a gazebo, picnic tables and grills, an observation deck, and a small playground. The Dog Park features a large fenced-in area made for exercising and socializing your pooch! It is a one acre lot with wood chips, fresh water, and dog waste bags. No separate areas for small and large dogs. There is a great trail system, picnic facilities, and wonderful access to the river for doggy swimming as well!

Azalea Park Dog Park

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This 155-acre park has been developed as one of Asheville's top parks. The John B. Lewis Soccer complex (4 soccer fields) is open with lots more special features to come including trails, picnic areas, disc golf, lakes, a retreat center, the historic Thomas Wolfe cabin and much more. The Dog Park features two separate fenced areas, one for small dogs and one for large dogs. Separate Parking for pet owners. There is a gazebo in the large dog area.

North Carolina Arboretum

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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 $14 per vehicle.

Carolina Mountain Trail

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Carolina Mountain Trail is an easy, 2.4-mile hike in the North Carolina Arboretum that will take about one hour to complete with Fido. This gentle trail is perfect for those looking for a nice stroll through the woods with their pup. It starts behind the education center. Dogs are not allowed inside the center. Dogs must be leashed at all times.

Patton Avenue Pet Company and Dog Park

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Patton Avenue Pet Company is a dog-friendly pet supply store with a free-to-customers, off-leash dog park behind the store! There is a toy box to try out some of the toys for sale in the store, as well as a swimming pool for dogs to cool off during hot weather!

Historic Gray Line Asheville Trolley Tours

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Dogs up to 25 lbs are welcome for no additional fee on Historic Gray Line Trolley Tours. Dogs must have up to date vaccinations and tags.

Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar

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Whether you are a bibliophile, oenophile, or cynophile, you’ll appreciate Battery Park Book Exchange’s vast selection of books and wines in Downtown Asheville’s Grove Arcade. Browse their 22,000 new and used books for sale with your dog in tow. History buffs will love perusing all of the regional and Civil War history books, which is Battery Park’s specialty. If you’re not into history, there are thousands of novels and other fiction titles to choose from. After purchasing your new favorite, head to the Champagne bar and order a glass of wine, a pint of beer, or an espresso to imbibe while sitting on one of the comfy couches or chairs. Pair your drink with a cheese and sausage plate, smoked trout dip, or dessert to nibble on while you read. Don’t worry, Fido won’t feel left out. Dogs eat and drink for free at Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar! This is a must-visit spot, whether you spend an hour or the afternoon sipping, shopping and reading with your pet.

Bryant Antiques

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Bryant Antiques is a 9,000 square foot antique store with over 70 dealers. They offer heat and A/C along with a fun adventure of antique hunting, and they love to see pets in the store!

Mast General Store

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Leashed dogs are welcome to join their humans in this quintessential general store.

French Broad Outfitters

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French Broad Outfitters offers three float trips for you to enjoy with your friends, family members, and Fido. The River Arts District trip is a six-mile urban float that takes you through one of the most creative neighborhoods in Asheville. Float through the gorgeous Biltmore Estate on the Historic Biltmore tour on a full-day float that also takes you through the River Arts District. The Tube Trip is very popular, relaxing two-hour float through Asheville. Dogs are welcome into the shop at any time. If they have been in a canoe/kayak before, they are welcome to join you on our river trips. Please mention your dog in your reservation.

River Arts District

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Head to the River Arts District with Fido and he can help you sniff out treasures in a variety of studios, galleries, businesses, restaurants, and more. The River Arts District is a bustling creative community of sculptors, painters, glass artists, fabric artists, ceramic artists, print-makers, potters, woodworkers, jewelry-makers, and other artisans. Many of the studios and galleries welcome dogs to join their humans as they pop in for a visit and to browse the artist's work. Come by on the second Saturday of the month and enjoy exhibitions and many open studios. Studio hours vary, so make a treasure hunt of it and visit with a mind open for possibilities. Just keep Fido on a leash at all times and make sure to get permission from the artist or store owner before bringing your pup inside.

Asheville Outlets

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Real Brands. Unreal Savings. Save up to 70 percent off on America's most desired brands at Asheville Outlets, an open-air, pet friendly lifestyle destination developed by New England Development. Located at the intersection of I-40 & I-26 at Brevard Road, this open-air lifestyle destination includes nearly 75 stores and eateries, featuring some of the most popular brand names. Asheville Outlets also hosts Asheville’s first Pet Way Station. In a grassy area located near the West Elm entrance, pet owners can take their dogs for a cool drink of water and to enjoy the facilities. Bags and a receptacle are provided, along with their very own “fire hydrant.”

Historic Biltmore Village

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Nestled near Biltmore Estate, Historic Biltmore Village was originally designed to be a home for the many estate workers. Now, Historic Biltmore Village is home to national retail outlets, unique independent shops, a variety of eateries from formal restaurants to pubs and national chains, and historical architecture sure to delight visitors. Bring Fido for a stroll through this gorgeous, vibrant neighborhood. Many restaurants welcome dogs at their outdoor seating areas and many shops love canine visitors.

Pack Square Park

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Explore the more than 6 acres of Pack Square Park with Fido by your side. This stunning public park has a large open green space, three water features, original art by regional artists, native trees and greenery, ample seating, a veteran's memorial, and public restrooms. Just remember to keep your pup on a leash and clean up after him.

Haunted Asheville

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Haunted Asheville, Asheville's original and oldest ghost tour company, welcomes well-behaved, leashed pets on their Classic Tour and Vampire and Occult Tour. On the Classic Tour, you will walk through downtown Asheville and visit some of the area's most haunted spots. Your guide will tell you the history, legends, and lore surrounding these places as you learn about ghost hunting. On the Vampire and Occult Tour, you will hear about conspiracies surrounding the Freemasons, learn why the neighboring county was named Transylvania County, learn more about the local vampire scene and the tribal rites in Pritchard Park, and more, all while exploring Asheville by night. Both tours end with a visit to the Mystery Museum in the basement of the Masonic Temple. Dogs cannot go inside any of the buildings, so someone in your party will need to stay outside with your pup.

Asheville Urban Trail

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Asheville's Urban Trail is a 1.7 mile self-guided, walking tour through downtown Asheville with 30 public sculptures that highlight the town's history and past. Trail maps are available at the starting point at Pack Place and from other local downtown businesses, or you can download it by going to the website link (mp3 files are also available to download for a guided listening experience). The trail is perfect for lovers of art, architecture and history. Five distinct time periods are highlighted by pink granite markers in the sidewalk: the feather represents the Guilded Age, the horseshoe represents the Frontier Period, an angel for the Times of Thomas Wolfe, the courthouse for the Era of Civic Pride, and an eagle for the Age of Diversity. Enjoyed in its entirety, the walking tour requires approximately two hours to complete.

Asheville By Foot

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Bring Fido along on an urban adventure with Asheville by Foot's walking tours. You and your pup will enjoy a guided tour of Asheville's beautiful architecture, fascinating history, and unique culture. Your guide will tell you the stories of who and what shaped Asheville as you explore the town at a comfortable pace. To make sure you don't miss out on anything your guide says, you will receive a listening device to use as you tour. Advanced reservations are highly recommended.

Montford Historic District

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With its architectural beauty and significance, the Montford Historic District is a perfect place to stroll with your furry best friend as you enjoy the beauty of this neighborhood. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this community has more than 600 buildings, most of which were built between 1890 and 1920. As you wander, you will see a variety of architectural styles and influences including Victorian, Queen Anne, Arts and Crafts, Neoclassical, and Colonial Revival. Keep Fido on a leash while you walk and make sure to clean up after him. All homes are private residences and not open to the public.

Sweeten Creek Antiques

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Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome in Sweeten Creek Antiques.

Appalachian Craft Center

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Highlighting handcrafted North Carolina pottery and traditional Southern Appalachian art, Appalachian Craft Center features a variety of goods from many area artisans. Bibliophiles are sure to find something to interest them in the collection of books by local authors as well as books on the history, attractions, and activities available to visitors to the area. Popular area potters contribute many delightful and unique pieces to the craft center's inventory. Visitors to the center will also find wood crafts, handwoven rugs, jewelry, quilts, paintings, jams, jellies, preserves, and honeys, rock lamps, candles, and more. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome at Appalachian Craft Center. Just keep in mind that if any object is damaged by your pup, you will have to purchase it.

Montford Park Players

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Enjoy the works of Shakespeare in the company of your furry best friend at the Hazel Robinson Ampitheatre. The Montford Park Players is North Carolina's longest-running Shakespeare Festival, free for the public to enjoy. Throughout the summer, dogs are welcome to join humans for the performances. In the winter, performances are held at the Asheville Masonic Temple where dogs are not permitted.

Portico Market at Grove Arcade

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Asheville is a place known for unexpected finds and some of those delightful treasures are sure to be found at the Portico Market at Grove Arcade. Although dogs are not allowed inside Grove Arcade, the Portico Market on the south end of the arcade is pet-friendly. Leash Fido and up and browse through the dozen stalls filled with wares from farmers, artists, and craftspeople. On any given day, you might find your own piece of the unexpected to take home with you amidst the handmade jewelry, paintings, musical instruments, paintings, clothing, farm products, soap, local honey, and more. Meet the makers and purveyors of these products and enjoy conversation with the locals while you explore. Just keep Fido leashed at all times.

Biltmore Antiques District

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For anyone with a penchant for antiques and unique finds, the Biltmore Antiques District is a must-see. Stroll through the neighborhood with Fido, popping into the enchanting shops, each offering their own array of lovely antiques including furniture, glassware, art, silver, estate jewelry, porcelain, fine collectibles, and more. Stores include Sweeten Creek Antique Mall, Biltmore Lamp & Shade Gallery, Village Antiques, The Antique Tobacco Barn, Bryant Antiques, Odd Fellows, Nostalgique, Estate Jewelry Limited, and The Screen Door. Just keep Fido on a leash at all times.

Ghost Hunters of Asheville

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Ghost Hunters of Asheville offers Asheville's only interactive ghost tour with free access to ghost-hunting equipment. Well-behaved, leashed dogs can join the fun of hunting for spooks and spectres on the tours. Choose from the Downtown Spirits Ghost Tour, The Haunted Montfortd Ghost Tour, or the Ghosts & Grapes Tour. The downtown tour includes Asheville history, ghost stories, and paranormal information as you work with EMF meters and dowsing rods. Or you can roam through the historic Montford neighborhood soaking up information on all the ghostly haunts and inhabitants of this spooky area. The Ghosts and Grapes tour is a 2.5-hour tour with wine tastings, haunted history, ghost-hunting with equipment. No matter which tour you choose, you will be joined by friendly, knowledgeable guides with a knack for storytelling and vast stores of paranormal knowledge.

Asheville Drum Circle

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Bring your pup to this quintessential Asheville event and enjoy the camaraderie that abounds in Pritchard Park on Friday nights in the warm-weather months. Whether you want to watch, dance, or drum, you will find yourself in good company, surrounded by people of all ages, locals and visitors. The drummers usually begin showing up between 5:00 and 6:00 pm and the crowd continues to build until the drum circle draws to a close at 10:00 pm. Just keep Fido on a leash at all times and make sure he is comfortable in crowds and around drum noises.

Three Dog Bakery

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Three Dog Bakery is dog-friendly and bakes healthy, human-quality dog biscuits that are made from only natural ingredients. They add no salt, sugar, chemicals or animal fat to any of their products. Bring your dog with you to choose from freshly baked treats, pre-packaged goodies, leashes, beds, bowls, treat jars, and even a "Pity The Poor Kitty" section. Owners on leash are welcome!

Ariel Gallery

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Head to downtown Asheville with your furry best friend and visit Ariel Gallery--an artist-owned and operated fine craft gallery. At the gallery you will find ceramics, fiber and glass crafts, jewelry, metal art, and wood crafts. Since the gallery is run by artists, you and Fido will have a chance to meet at least one of the gallery's artists when you visit.

Chevron Trading Post and Bead Co.

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Chevron Trading Post and Bead Co. is part of the Fabric Fiber and Bead Trail and one of the largest full-service bead stores in the country. Whether you are a novice or a bead expert, this store has something for you. Unique and vintage beads, gemstones, crystals, starlamps, pewter findings and alphabet beads, silver, trade beads, natural beads, stringing supplies, tools, and more can all be found at this downtown Asheville store. Workshops are also available. Fido is welcome to join you as you browse. Just keep him on a leash at all times.

L.O.F.T. - Lost Objects Found Treasures

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L.O.F.T. is a unique gift shop in Asheville with something for everyone. Browse apparel, antiques, local art and jewelry, housewares, furniture, bath products, candles, inspirational items, children's items, vintage pieces, and adult items, and more. Bring Fido into the shop with you as you search the shelves for the perfect item. You never know what you'll find at this quirky shop!

Asheville Bike Taxi

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When you and your pup are tired of walking around Asheville, call the Asheville Bike Taxi for a lift in their electronic pedicab taxis. They will pick you up or drop you off at any parking deck, hotel, restaurant, or business in downtown Asheville. Asheville Bike Taxi also offers bike tours of downtown Asheville and the historic Montford neighborhood. Taxi hours and rates do not apply to tours.

Grovewood Gallery

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Located adjacent to the Grove Park Inn, Grovewood Gallery is a wonderland of creativity and history. Bring Fido along as you stroll through the delightful sculpture gardens, visit a working artist's studio, learn more about Asheville's early history, explore a collection of rare automobiles, and browse an expansive collection of American craft. Grovewood features arts and crafts from over 500 artists located throughout the United States. Just keep Fido on a leash at all times.

Bon Vivant Co.

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Located in an old brick building in Biltmore Village, Bon Vivant Co. presents an eclectic selection of the finest locally produced and antique items for gifts, the home, and professional designers. We feature an ever changing selection of unique items, quality second hand pieces, or original works by local artists in a clean and air conditioned gallery environment. At Bon Vivant Co. we are dog friendly establishment, check out our very own shop dog Claude or see some of our wonderful inventory on our facebook page www.facebook.com/bonvivantavl

Spellbound Children's Bookshop

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Spellbound is an independent bookstore just for kids (and kids at heart) in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. New books for kids of all ages, babies to teens, and a small selection of used books for all ages--even adults. Weekly story time, book clubs, and other fun events can be found on our website or Facebook page.

Jonas Gerard Fine Art

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A self-taught painter and sculptor, Jonas Gerard is an artist who loves to watch others enjoying his art as they stroll through his gallery. Bring Fido in for a fine art experience as you wander the gallery and explore the stunning works of art and talk with Jonas himself, when he is there. Just keep your pup on a leash while you visit the gallery.

Tasty Beverage Co.

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Tasty Beverage Company is a specialty beer store in Asheville, NC's South Slope neighborhood. It's a good spot to find local, craft, and specialty beers. They offer an extensive selection of beers from the American craft beer industry as well as the world. Tasty Beverage Company also features a selection of wines, high quality sodas, local meats, and cheeses.

Tops For Shoes

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We are a family owned shoe store in the heart of Downtown Asheville, North Carolina. We carry Men's, Women's and Children's shoes that come in a wide range of brands like Ecco, Merrell, Naot, Clark, Dansko, Munro, Cole Haan, Stride Rite and many others. We offer a large number of sizes and widths. In September and October we are open on Sundays from 1-5. If you go on our website and give us your email, you will be notified when we do our sales and, especially, in the Clearance Center only, when we do our "buy one get one for a penny sale". We are also on Facebook and Twitter. We are very dog friendly and always have a treat for our four legged friends.

Zest

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If you are looking for an uncommon piece of jewelry for yourself or as a gift, stop into Zest and peruse the offerings of artists Wren Hendrickson and Michael Overstrom. Zest offers original, handcrafted jewelry and art. Fido can help you pick out the perfect jewelry, since he's welcome to join you in the store. Just make sure your pup is leashed and well-behaved in the shop.

Diamond Brand Outdoors

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When you are preparing for your outdoor fun, head to Diamond Brand Outdoors with your pup and find everything you need for your upcoming camping trip, hike, climb, or paddle. Diamond Brand prides itself on offering quality products for a broad range of activities including yoga, disc golf, running, walking, climbing, camping, paddling, hiking, working out, and backpacking. Services such as custom pack fittings, kayak demos, guided hikes, and guided family float trips are also offered.

Lexington Glassworks

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Lexington Glassworks, located in the heart of downtown Asheville is the area's premier glassblowing studio and gallery. Lexington Glassworks high quality custom lighting and handmade glass for any budget. Lexington Glassworks is a makers studio where the public is invited to view the artists at work.

Village Antiques at Biltmore

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Wander through more than 25,000 square feet of European and American antiques, fine art, and decorative art, as well as Southern folk art, potter, and furniture, and African art. Fido is welcome to join you while you search for your next fantastic find. Whether you are a designer, collector, or decorator, chances are you will find something you want to bring home after visiting this antique shop. Just keep your pup on a leash and make sure he doesn't damage anything while in the store.

BETTE

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Fido can be the first to give his opinion on your new wardrobe choices because BETTE welcomes dogs to join their humans while they shop. Here you will find fashionable clothing and accessories from a variety of designers along with helpful and friendly people who will do everything they can to ensure your visit to BETTE is thoroughly enjoyable.

American Folk Art and Framing

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American Folk Art and Framing is more than just a store. Step into this gallery and explore a aesthetic wonderland of charming folk art, magnificent quilts, true Southern folk pottery, intricate wood carvings, unique jewelry, and intriguing exhibitions. More than 60 potters, painters, and artists are represented in this gallery space, each offering something truly their own. American Folk Art and Framing also offers creative framing solutions so you can preserve, protect, and present your favorite pieces once you bring them home. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to join their humans as they wander the aisles. Just keep in mind that any pieces damaged by wagging tails or rambunctious dogs will have to be purchased by the dog's owner.

Appalachian Vintner

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Appalachian Vintner is dog friendly! Bring Fido along to help you pick out a nice bottle of wine or a six pack or growler of locally-made craft beer. You can enjoy a pint of beer or glass of wine while you shop or just meet friends to enjoy a drink.

Firestorm Cafe and Books

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A worker-owned operation located in West Asheville offering coffee, tea, bagels, and desserts along with small-press and rare books. Cafe is all vegan and dogs are welcomed throughout the store.

Duncan & York

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Leashed dogs are welcome to join you while you shop for unique gifts at Duncan & York. The store sells stationary, locally-made jewelry, art prints, candles and other items. Open 11 am to 6 pm daily.

Pets' Own Place

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Contains fenced-in sections for large and small dogs. Waste bag dispenser and water spigot available. Located across Mud Creek at the Oklawaha Greenway trail head.

Big Butt Trail

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Big Butt Trail is a difficult, 6 mile hike in Blue Ridge Parkway headquarters that will take about 4 hours to complete with Fido. Despite what one would think from the name of this trail, this hike is for those people and dogs in fit condition. It has some steep climbs in sections and doesn't have any regular water sources. Spring is the best time to visit, with wildflowers blooming in mid-April, however it is nice anytime from spring to fall. Please note that dogs must be on a leash on Blue Ridge Parkway property, and on U.S. Forest Service land and state game land, between April 1 and August 15.

Mills River Dog Park

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Recently built dog park, smaller area for 25 lb dogs and a larger area for larger, 25 lb and over dogs. Nice grass area, area with gravel and a small sidewalk area. Fresh water is available, along with several benches.

Craggy Pinnacle Trail

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Craggy Pinnacle Trail is a moderately easy, 1.4 mile hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway that will take about 1 hour to complete with Fido. Although the Catawba rhododendron blooms in mid to late June are a must see, this trail is great throughout the season for its views of Craggy Pinnacle. Winter conditions can cause the access road to close, so call the parkway's phone number for automated conditions before heading out. Please note that dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.

Chimney Rock State Park

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Chimney Rock is a 1000 acre scenic attraction located in Hickory Nug Gorge, just 25 miles from Asheville. The Park features hiking trails and amazing 75-mile views. They are pet-friendly, however dogs are not allowed in the elevator because it opens into a food service area (state health laws).

Sam Knob Summit and Flat Laurel Creek Trail

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Sam Knob Summit and Flat Laurel Creek Trail is a moderately easy, 3.6 mile hike that will take about 2.5 hours to complete with Fido. These two trails combine for a nice loops hike that leads you out to a picturesque lookout. The trail itself is gorgeous with wildflowers and berries to enjoy in spring, and colorful leaves in the fall. Please note that dogs must be on a leash between April 1 and August 15, but must be under voice control at all times.

Pulliam Creek Trail

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Pulliam Creek Trail is a moderately difficult, 6.5 mile hike that will take about 3 hours to complete with Fido. Your dog will appreciate you taking him on this trail. Visit in spring to see the wildflowers in full bloom. Please note that dogs must always be on a leash; Hunting mid-September through mid-May. The trailhead is on Big Hungry Road, not far past its intersection with English Heifer Cove Road. There is a green ribbon tied around a pole and a Wild Trout Waters sign with a small parking area.

Rattlesnake Lodge Trail

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The Rattlesnake Lodge Trail is a moderately difficult, 3.2 mile hike that will take about 2 hours to complete with Fido. At the end of the trail you can explore the remnants of the Rattlesnake Lodge, which served as a mountain retreat in the early 1900s. Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.

Graveyard Fields Trail

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Graveyard Fields Trail is a moderately easy, 3.4 mile hike in the Pisgah National Forest that will take about 2 hours to complete with Fido. This trail was named for the devastating fires in 1925 and 1942, but still offers plenty of beauty. The well-marked trails will bring you by two waterfalls, a river, blueberry bushes, and still offers cool temperatures in the summer. Please note that dogs must be on a 6-foot leash on National Park Service property.

Coontree Loop Trail

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Coontree Loop Trail is a moderately easy, 3.7 mile hike in Pisgah National Forest that will take about 2 hours to complete with Fido. Fall on this trail offers a cornucopia of color as the leaves changes color, and early spring affords the opportunity to see ridge-top views through trees that have not yet bloomed. Please note that dogs must be leashed between April 1 and August 15, but must be under voice control at all times; Mountain Biking Oct. 15- Apr. 15, Hunting allowed.

Pink Beds Trail

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Pink Beds Trail is an easy, 3.4 mile hike in Pisgah National Forest that will take about 1.5 hours to complete with Fido. This loop trail is nice for all levels and ages, with its little elevation gain and foot-bridges for water crossing. Please note that dogs must be on a leash between April 1 and August 15, but must be under voice control at all times.

Laurel River Trail

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Laurel River Trail is a moderately easy, 7 mile hike in the Pisgah National Forest that will take about 3.5 hours to complete with Fido. This trail is one of the flattest around and offers plenty of shaded woodland and opportunities to cool off in the river. This is an ideal hike for any time of the year. Please note that dogs must be on a leash.

Cat Gap Loop

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Cat Gap Loop is a moderately easy, 5 mile hike in Pisgah National Forest that will take about 3 hours to complete with Fido. Your dog will love this gentle trail that has plenty of water around with its rivers, streams, cascades, and puddles. During the spring and summer enjoy the many wildflowers along the trail, and in fall it is best to wear hunter orange. This hike is slightly easier when hiked in a clockwise direction. Please note that dogs must be on a leash between April 1 and August 15, but must be under control at all times; Hunting allowed.

Pine Tree Loop Trail

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The Pine Tree Loop Trail at Bent Creek Experimental Forest is an easy, 2 mile hike that will take about 1 hour to complete with Fido. This popular trail is wide enough to let bikers easily pass and offers plenty of stream crossings for your dog to splash in. Come during the week, or the off season, to avoid the larger crowds. Please note that dogs must be on a leash, except during fall hunting season; Hunt, Horseback riding, Mountain biking.

SkyTop Orchard

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Perched in the mountains of Western North Carolina, SkyTop Orchard is a "pick-your-own" orchard offering a wide variety of apples, grapes, pears, and pumpkins. SkyTop also offers bags of pre-picked fruit as well as apple treats, cider, honeys, jams, gift boxes, and more. SkyTop's famous apple and pumpkin donuts are made while you watch and served hot. Picnic shelters and an expansive play area make Skytop the perfect place for parties and group get-togethers. Visitors to Skytop are welcome to explore the grounds which include ponds, a bamboo forest, and plenty of barnyard animals. Leashed pets are welcome to join in on the fun!

Jackson Park Dog Park

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An "unofficial" dog park, this spacious field surrounded by streams on both sides is an ideal spot to let dogs run free. Enter the park via Route 64 and take the first right. Follow a dirt road to the end to find the park beside a bicycle obstacle course.

Mount Pisgah and Buck Spring Lodge Trails

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Mount Pisgah and Buck Spring Lodge Trails is a difficult, 2.4 mile hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway that will take about 1.5 hours to complete with Fido. This trail involves a lot of climbing, so be sure you and your dog are in shape before heading out. The views from the summit of Mount Pisgah, one of the highest peaks in the Blue Ridge range, are spectacular. Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash or shorter.

Fryingpan Mountain Trail

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Fryingpan Mountain Trail is a moderately easy, 4 mile hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway that will take about 2 hours to complete with Fido. If you are taking advantage of the beautiful Mount Pisgah Campground, than you will want to add this trail to your plans as well. It is good to know that the parkway can be closed to motor traffic during the winter due to weather. Please note that dogs must be on a leash on Blue Ridge Parkway property, but not on the U.S. Forest Service roads.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada in Mills River is dog-friendly! Dogs are welcome on the Back Porch and in certain areas of Upper Park. Your dog can join you as you sample some of the craft beers and delicious appetizers. There are fire pits, corn hole games, and occasional live music. Stop by the Gift Shop on your way out to pick up Sierra Nevada dog treats, dog collars with beer openers attached, or a squeaky Pale Ale dog toy for your pup.

Lovers Leap Loop Trail

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Lovers Leap Loop Trail is a difficult, 1.6 mile hike in Pisgah National Forest that will take about 1 hour to complete with Fido. This short trail is possibly the best part of the loop for dogs with its shade trees along the French Broad River. Be sure your dog has energy for this hike, since it gets rocky and difficult as you go on. Please note that dogs must be on a leash.

Snowball Trail

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Snowball Trail is a difficult, 6 mile hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway that will take about 4 hours to complete with Fido. Trek past white pines and wildflowers as you take in the gorgeous mountain views. Please note that dogs must be on a leash on Blue Ridge Parkway property, and under control on U.S. Forest Service and North Carolina Game Lands property.

Mount Mitchell State Park

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Nestled in the Black Mountains, Mount Mitchell State Park provides nearly 2,000 acres of tranquility and natural beauty for you to enjoy with Fido by your side. At an elevation of 6,684, Mount Mitchell rises above the surrounding landscape and, as the highest point east of the Mississippi, provides stunning, one-of-a-kind views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the summit. You and your pup can enjoy a picnic before setting off on a short stroll or a more extensive hike through the forests of Mount Mitchell. Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times and may never be left unattended. They are not permitted in any park buildings, rental boats, swimming beaches, rinsing stations, changing stations, or cabins.

Burntshirt Vineyards

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Take a short drive to Hendersonville from Asheville with your pup in tow for a wine tasting at Burntshirt Vineyards. All of Burntshirt’s wine is made from local, Blue Ridge Appalachian Mountain fruit and the high elevation produces grapes perfect for varietals not typically grown in the United States, like Gruner Veltliner. Your dog is welcome to join you in the tasting room while you taste Merlot, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon, a red wine blend called Altitude 3400, and two Chardonnays. After discovering a new favorite, order a glass to enjoy on their verandah overlooking the vineyards. Note that dogs are welcome on Burntshirt’s walking trails, gardens, and in the tasting room but not on tours or in the vineyard. The tasting room is open daily and the fee of $7 - $10 includes a sampling of several wines and a souvenir glass.

Cold Mountain via Art Loeb Trail

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Cold Mountain via Art Loeb Trail is a difficult, 10.6 mile hike in Pisgah National Forest that will take about 7 hours to complete with Fido. Although this trail is one of the easiest for exploring the 6030 foots summit of Cold Mountain, it is only for those people and dogs who are experienced and in fit condition. Please note that dogs must be leashed between April 1 and August 15, and under voice control; leashing dogs is strongly recommended in wilderness areas year-round.

Devils Courthouse and Little Sam Trail

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Devils Courthouse and Little Sam Trail is a difficult, 4.2 mile hike in the Pisgah National Forest that will take about 2 hours to complete with Fido. When you pull into the parking lot you will be staring up at an impressive rock face standing 5760 feet. Please note that dogs must be on a leash on National Park Service property.

Old Mitchell Trail

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Old Mitchell Trail is a difficult, 4.4 mile hike in Mount Mitchell State Park that will take about 3 hours to complete with Fido. Enjoy exploring the eastern United State's tallest peak at 6684 feet. The park itself is all above 6000 feet and offers a campground, picnic area, restaurant, and museum. Please note that dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.

Grandad's Apples

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One of the best ways to enjoy Asheville’s crisp fall weather with your furry friend is to spend the day walking through the orchard at Grandad’s Apples. Whether you choose to pick your own apples from the orchard or select your favorite variety of pre-picked apples, your dog is welcome to join in on the fun. Other pooch-friendly activities include a pumpkin patch, painted farm backdrops for fun photos, and a 5-acre corn maze that offers a challenge for the whole family. Kids will love riding the Cow Train Ride and petting the Barnyard Corral of animals. Be sure to stop by the country store and bakery before you leave to sample and purchase items to take home including local honey, apple ice cream, apple cider, and even apple cider doughnuts. From August through November, the orchard and store are open daily from 9am to 5pm.

Black Balsam Knob

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About 35 miles from Asheville, at milepost 420 on the Blue Ridge Parkway is the turn-off for Black Balsam Knob Rd. Drive the mile or two to the end of the road (where there is a parking area with pit toilets) to start on any number of trails. From here you can access the Sam Knob Summit and Flat Laurel Creek Trail as well as the Art Loeb, Ivestor Gap and Mountain to Sea Trail, just to name a few. The trail network is extensive and beautiful. Camping is abundant. Some trails have creeks and streams for Fido to get a drink and others are high and dry, so plan accordingly. Bringing along a trail map of the area is highly encouraged.

Cradle of Forestry

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Stroll the grounds of America's first school of forestry with a trip to the Cradle of Forestry. You and Fido can walk along the Biltmore Campus Trail and see such buildings as the schoolhouse, the ranger's house, Schenk's summer office, Black Forest Lodge, and more. In summer months, you may see crafts people in period clothing make the Biltmore Campus Trail come alive with a recreation of early homesteading skills. You can also enjoy a beautiful scenic walk along the Forest Festival Trail, where you and your pup can see an ozone garden, antique portable sawmill, and a 1915 Climax locomotive. Just keep your dog on a leash at all times and make sure to clean up after them.

Craggy Gardens

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Wander off the gorgeous Blue Ridge Parkway to enjoy a closer look at the beauty of the area with a stop at Craggy Gardens. Located just north of Asheville, Craggy Gardens provides one of the most stunning viewpoints on the parkway. June and July are the most popular time for visits thanks to the rhododendron thickets teeming throughout the park, but throughout the year there is plenty of natural wonder to enjoy including violets, blackberries, Turkscap lilies, May Apples, along with a variety of birds and other fauna. One of the popular hiking trails, Craggy Pinnacle, winds through a tunnel of rhododendrons and leads the hiker to gorgeous 360-degree views at the summit. This hike is only a 1.5-mile round-trip hike, making it a relatively easy walk for you and your pup. Visitors to Craggy Gardens can also enjoy the Visitors Center where books, souvenirs, and CDs are available for purchase.

Bone-A-Fide Pet Boutique

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Bone-A-Fide Pet Boutique is a top Asheville destination for pups with a taste for fresh-baked treats. Made fresh and delivered weekly from Bone-A-Fide bakery, the treats are made with human, food-grade ingredients and do not contain salt or sugar. They also carry a variety of all-natural, organic treats. With a focus on high-quality, earth-friendly, non-toxic toys and products, Bone-A-Fide Pet Boutique's offerings are sure to please humans and canines alike. As an added bonus, more than half of the products carried in the store are purchased from other small business owners that manufacture in the USA. The shop also carries artwork and gifts from regional artisans. Just keep Fido on a leash while he shops.

Lake Lure Adventure Company

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Whether you're a water sports expert or novice, non-stop action is waiting for you at Lake Lure Adventure Company. Feeling bold? Make some spray and catch a little air water skiing and wakeboarding. Eager to try something different? Strap your four-legged sidekick into a doggie life vest and rent a stand-up paddle board. In the mood to chill out? Spend a relaxing afternoon admiring the scenery on a Fido-friendly pontoon boat. Each of the certified instructors will be more than happy to show you the ropes to ensure your lake experience is a safe one. Dogs are allowed to play in the water as long as they are closely monitored. Rates (gas included) start as low as $80 per hour for pontoons and $15 per hour for kayak and paddle boards. If Fido isn't afraid of getting wet, Lake Lure Adventure Company is not to be missed.

B. B. Barns - The Garden Company

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B.B. Barns is not only a landscaping company. It is also one of the premier garden and gift centers in the Southeast. Located on seven gorgeous acres just south of Asheville, B.B. Barns offers landscape design and maintenance services and a gift gallery with unique treasures for every occasion. Bring Fido along as you wander through the grounds and shop, exploring all your options for landscaping, outdoor living, and gifts.

Bubba O'Leary's General Store

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Outdoor and tourist style General store. Tee shirts and knick knacks and whatnot. When asked if dogs could come in, staff member said, "we let kids come in, of course you can bring your dog." Best answer ever!!

Visions of Creation

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Designer Roberto Vengoechea, originally from Colombia, South America, welcomes you and your pup to enjoy the works showcased in his gallery, Visions of Creation. Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted and many are signed limited edition items. Keep Fido on a leash while in the gallery, and call ahead to ensure that the gallery is open.

Gov. Vance Birthplace Historic Site

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This pioneer farmstead, tucked in the Reems Creek Valley, features the birthplace of Zebulon Baird Vance. Vance's political career as Civil War officer, North Carolina governor, and U.S. senator is traced at the homestead. Also included is the history of Vance's famous mountain family. Dogs are welcome on the 7-acre property on a leash. Pets are not allowed inside the historic home or Visitor Center.

Beads and Beyond

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Beads and Beyond offers precious gems, minerals, exotic stones, jewelry and jewelry-making materials, repairs, and classes. Fido is welcome to join you as you browse through the shop.

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards

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Saint Paul Mountain Vineyard is dog friendly! The first commercial vineyard in Henderson County, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards is a family owned winery located on acreage that has been farmed by their family for more than nine generations. Dogs are welcome in the tasting room with both indoor and outdoor seating with spectacular views of the vines. Be sure to try the hard apple cider named after the vineyard dog, Wallace. SPMV frequently has live music and food trucks, too!