Dog Friendly Activities in Columbus, NC

There are 50 dog friendly activities within 20 miles of Columbus. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, 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 Columbus.

Pet Friendly Grandad's Apples
Grandad's Apples 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. See Details
Pet Friendly Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock State Park 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). See Details
Burntshirt Vineyards 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. See Details
SkyTop Orchard 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! See Details
Pulliam Creek Trail 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. See Details
Pet's Own Place Dog Park 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. Located across Mud Creek at the Oklawaha Greenway trail head. See Details
Morris Broadband Dog Park Opened in 2013 within the Bill Moore Community Park, the Morris Broadband Dog Park has two fenced in areas for large dogs and small dogs. Call ahead to find out about any temporary restrictions due to COVID-19. See Details
Lake Lure Adventure Company Whether you're a water sports expert or novice, non-stop action is waiting for you at Lake Lure Adventure Company. Dogs are allowed to accompany you on the pontoon boats, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards.Strap your four-legged sidekick into a doggie life vest and enjoy the views from the lake with Fido. 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 $85 per hour for pontoons and $20 per hour for kayak and paddle boards. If Fido isn't afraid of getting wet, Lake Lure Adventure Company is not to be missed. See Details
Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE) This site is primarily oriented to horses, but when equestrian events are not in progress, it's a great place to bring the dogs. There are many trails, streams, ponds, and woods. Lots of places for dogs to run and explore. Close to Columbus, NC, and Landrum, SC. See Details
Discover the Psychology of Tarot 'Discover the Psychology of Tarot' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Angela. Each guest will choose a tarot deck of their choice for their reading and hang on to them until it is time for their reading. Dogs are welcome if they don't cause a mess. A pet deposit may be required. Contact your host for specifics. The experience lasts 2 hours and can accommodate up to 4 guests ages 18 and up. Rates start at $77 per person. See Details
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards 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! See Details
Landrum Community Dog Park Located behind Stone Soup restaurant, this fully fenced park offers a spacious area for dogs to run and play off leash. Open dawn to dusk. See Details
Blue Ridge Beer & Wine Jitney 'Blue Ridge Beer & Wine Jitney' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Uncle Dave. Enjoy a fun-filled and relaxing afternoon in the Blue Ridge-Tryon Region on a wine and beer tasting adventure. Dogs are welcome on the tour. Contact your host in advance to arrange a tour of pet-friendly breweries and wineries. The experience lasts 6 hours and can accommodate one guest ages 8 and up. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. Rates start at $240 per person. See Details
Savvy Scavengers Antique Mall and Marketplace Savvy Scavengers has 8,600 square feet of floor space jampacked with furniture, lamps, glassware, cutlery, wall art, and a variety of bric-a-brac. Well-behaved dogs are welcome inside. See Details
Bubba O'Leary's General Store 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!! See Details
Justus Orchard Justus Orchard has been a great spot for picking apples for over one hundred years. This pet-friendly orchard offers you and Fido the chance to meet the owners dog, Izzy, while you're picking your own fruit on-site. Justus Orchard is open every day of the week during picking season from 8:30am to 6:00pm. See Details
Sunrift Adventures South Carolina's premier outdoor outfitter. Purveyor of boats, bikes, hiking, and backpacking equipment - as well as Ruff Wear for your pooch! We love to have your dog visit. Come in for a King of Pops Ice Cream and fresh water for Fido. See Details
Landrum Eclectics Landrum Eclectics sells a wide selection of antiques, including indoor/outdoor furniture, home and kitchen decor, jewelry, and rugs. Dogs are welcome inside. See Details
Point Lookout Vineyards Point Lookout Vineyards is pet-friendly. This vineyard has 30 mile views. Visit the Tasting Room, tour the Vineyard, and check out the Wine Cellar. Relax and enjoy mountain views and delightful wine. Dogs are welcome inside and out, year-round. Small plates available as well as food truck onsite some days. They are open Sunday through Thursday from 12pm to 6pm and Friday to Saturday from 12pm to 9pm. See Details
Thermal Belt Rail-Trail The Thermal Belt Rail-Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Spindale! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Thermal Belt Rail-Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Overmountain Vineyards and Winery Tasting Room Leashed dogs are welcome inside this family-owned vineyard’s wine tasting room, which overlooks the Tryon foothills. You can purchase a sample tasting of their current-release wines, or buy them by the glass or bottle. They offer distinctive French-style whites and reds, which are all created primarily from 17 acres of their own estate-grown fruit. No outside alcohol is permitted and they don’t serve food, but you’re welcome to bring your own picnic to accompany the wine. They have bar stools and a few small tables inside, as well as a variety of covered/uncovered seating outside, such as a porch, two patios, a small pavilion, and grassy areas with seats. The tasting room is open year-round, with days/hours varying by season and event. See Details
R.J. Rockers Brewing Company Located in Downtown Spartanburg, R.J. Rockers Brewing Company is dog-friendly! While dogs are not allowed in The Silo, they are allowed both inside and outside of R.J.'s Taproom. Dogs must be on a leash during their visit. R.J. Rockers boasts a selection of handcrafted beers, as well as live music and special events, dogs on staff, and a water dish for thirsty canines. The Taproom is open Tuesday through Friday from 3pm to 10pm and Saturday from 11am to 10pm. See Details
Two Doors Down Two Doors Down is a moderately priced women's clothing boutique where you can shop with your dog. See Details
Bullington Gardens Bullington Gardens is pet-friendly. This 12 acre horticultural education center and public botanical garden provides hands-on education to students, youth clubs & adults. It's also a place where visitors can stroll the grounds, enjoy the gardens and find a peaceful spot to relax. Dogs are welcome on a leash. Bullington Gardens is open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 4pm. See Details