Dog Friendly Activities in Highlands, NC

There are 6 dog friendly activities in Highlands. 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 Highlands.

Pet Friendly Highlands Dog Park
Highlands Dog Park Highlands Dog Park is a fully-fenced park with a separate area for small, skittish, or elderly dogs. The park base is mulch and the park has a covered areas and water for dogs. See Details
Pet Friendly Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park
Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park is dog-friendly! The Park is a retreat for workers and visitors by day and a space for concerts, ice skating, arts and crafts, markets, and festivals by night. Dogs must be cleaned up after and leashed during their visit to Kelsey-Hutchinson. Dog pickup stations and trash bins are scattered throughout Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park. See Details
Dry Falls Dry Falls is pet-friendly. This popular waterfall located a few miles outside of Highlands, gives you the rare chance to walk safely behind the water flow. This 75-ft. tall waterfall in the Nantahala National Forest flows over a cliff, allowing you to walk behind the falls and stay dry (ish). Dogs are welcome on a leash, as long as they are cleaned up after. See Details
Mountain Waters Scenic Byway Mountain Waters Scenic Byway is pet-friendly. This sixty-mile drive leads through National Forest's two river gorges, hardwood forests and countryside. It's ideal for dogs who don't enjoy hiking, although you can stop along the way and get out for a walk at certain spots. See Details
Yellow Mountain Trail Yellow Mountain Trail is pet-friendly. This one's for more experienced canine hikers as it is rated difficult. Grab your supplies and stride out on a trail that leaves to astonishing views from the top of a mountain. Take pause at the fire tower at the top and enjoy the natural show. Leashed dogs are welcome, as long as they are cleaned up after. See Details
Secret Falls Trail Head Secret Falls Trail Head is a pet-friendly trail in Highlands. This 45 minute brisk walk leads to a 35 foot high waterfall and small lake below. Dogs are welcome, but owners are reminded to clean up after them and make sure they are leashed for other hiker's safety. See Details
Big Bear at Little Tennessee River Greenway Nice dog park with separate areas for big and small dogs. Parking, playground, picnic shelter, and restrooms. Also a nice 4-mile sidewalk along the river to walk the dogs. See Details
Bartram Trail (Jones Gap to Whiterock Mountain) The Bartram Trail from Jones Gap to Whiterock Mountain is a moderately easy, 4.6 mile hike in Nantahala National Forest that will take about 2.5 hours to complete with Fido. This section of the 100 mile long Bartram Trail starts at Jones Gap and heads northwest to Whiterock Mountain with some side trails along the way that offer summit views. Please note that dogs must be on a leash between April 1 and August 15, but must be under control at all times. See Details
Rabun County Park Recreation center, baseball field, pond See Details
Black Rock Mountain State Park Black Rock Mountain is Georgia's highest state park, offering stunning landscape views, roadside overlooks, and four hiking trails. The park welcomes dogs as long as they are on a leash no longer than 6 feet; however, they are not permitted in or around historic sites, lodges, group camps, or swimming areas. Please note: This park is closed from December 1 - March 15. See Details
Gorges State Park Gorges State Park is perfect for those looking for a challenge. Most of the trails in Gorges State Park are labeled as strenuous, but can offer rewarding panorama of Lake Jocassee or waterfalls. Trails range from half a mile to fourteen and a half miles, so be sure to check out the parks website to figure out what trail meets your needs. Leashed dogs are always welcomed! See Details
Jocasse Lake Tours Family owned tour company working out of Jocassee Lake in Salem, SC. The lake is relatively undeveloped and has only a few access points. The best way to see it is by boat. See Details
Blue Ridge Railroad Historical Trail The Blue Ridge Railroad Historical 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 Mountain Rest! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Blue Ridge Railroad Historical 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
Currahee Brewing Company Bring Fido to Currahee Brewing Company to enjoy a European-influenced ale or lager. Leashed dogs are welcome to relax on Currahee's outdoor patio, which borders the water. Dogs are not allowed inside the Brewing Company. Currahee's menu includes year-round brews such as the Frankenstark, Wayah Lager, and the Garand IPA, as well as seasonal and limited release beers. The Franklin location of Currahee has a food truck on site, seven days a week, from open to close. Currahee Brewing Company is open Monday through Thursday from 12:00pm to 9:30pm, Friday and Saturday from 12:00pm to 10:30pm, and Sunday from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. See Details
Tiger Drive-in Tiger Drive-in is a dog-friendly, vintage, drive-in movie theater. Priding themselves on being one of the last venues of this type in the country, Tiger Drive-in shows films while you relax in the comfort of your car—the old-school way. In addition to the big screen, they are home to grass terraces, FM broadcasts, outdoor speakers, Pandora pre-show music, Wi-Fi, and a TDI Grill. After the movie buffs have headed home, Fido and the family can stay the night in the RV or a tent in the campground. Campers have use of the shower and bathrooms on-site. Dogs must be kept on the leash during their stay. Tiger Drive-in shows movies on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Their ticket office opens at 7pm on these days. See Details
Oconee State Park Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife. Pets are not allowed in or around lodging facilities. Among the park's 1,165 acres are two mountain lakes and a variety of recreational facilities for visitors to enjoy, including campgrounds, cabins, picnic areas and hiking trails. The park also serves as the western terminus for the 85-mile Foothills Trail, which crosses the state's crown and ends at Jones Gap State Park. See Details
Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail is a pet-friendly hike in Nantahala National Forest. The hike is nearly 2 miles long and will take you to beautiful wildflowers along the way. Dogs are welcome on the trail, as long as they are cleaned up after and remain on a leash. See Details
Sawyer Family Farmstead Sawyer Family Farmstead is a pet-friendly wedding venue in Glenville. Located near the mountain town of Cashiers, this popular venue is a beautiful elevated place to say your vows. Dogs are welcome to take part in the ceremony or watch on with a tear in the eye. Contact the host to see how Fido can be a part of your big day. See Details
Bartram Trail Bartram Trail is pet-friendly. Following the route of 18th-century naturalist William Bartram's southern journey in the 18th century, this section of the trail leads from Wallace Branch to William's Pulpit. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners on the path, as long as they are well-behaved and cleaned up after. The trail is just over 4 miles and rated moderate. See Details
Franklin Dog Park Franklin Dog Park is a great place to bring your pooch to play off-leash in North Carolina. Featuring two fenced areas for large and small dogs, there's space for all sizes of pups to play. Take a walk around the trail that surrounds the fenced space with your leashed pooch after a game of fetch in the park. Public restrooms are also available, as well as dog waste stations to pick up after your pet. Franklin Dog Park is open every day of the week from 7am to 10pm. See Details