Dog Friendly Activities in Marion, NC

There are 16 dog friendly activities within 20 miles of Marion. 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 Marion.

Pet Friendly Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock State Park Chimney Rock State Park is a 1,000 acre scenic attraction located in Hickory Nut Gorge, just 25 miles from Asheville, NC. The park features dog-friendly hiking trails and amazing 75-mile views. Hickory Nut Falls Trail is a beautiful hike to take with your leashed dog at any time of year. The 1.4 mile round trip leads visitors to one of the tallest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. Magnificent views await those who take this gently rolling trail with gradual, moderate uphill sections, rocky terrain, and a small staircase at the base of the falls. The hike should take 45 minutes to an hour. Picnic tables, benches, and resting areas are located at several points along the trail. See Details
Pet Friendly Lake Lure Adventure Company
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 in Lake Lure, NC. 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, dog-friendly Lake Lure Adventure Company is not to be missed. See Details
Catawba Falls Trail Please note that the Catawba Falls Trail will be closed from May 2, 2022, until the spring of 2023 for major improvements.

Catawba Falls Trail is a pet-friendly trail in Old Fort, NC. This wonderful trail has multiple bridges and a stream crossing that ends at a beautiful waterfall where both you and your dog can play.
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Emerald Village Bring Fido to roam through Emerald Village, a group of gem, mining, and historical attractions nestled deep within the Blue Ridge Mountains. Leashed and well-behaved dogs are welcome everywhere in Emerald Village, including the North Carolina Mining Museum and the historic Bon Ami Mine. Take a tour deep underground, pan for gold, and explore the Discovery Mill Building. Admission varies between activities, and Emerald Village is open seasonally. Dog owners can check out Emerald Village's website for more information on dates, rates, tours, and times. See Details
Mount Mitchell State Park 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. See Details
Crabtree Falls Loop Trail Crabtree Falls Loop Trail is a moderately difficult, 2.5 mile hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway that will take about 1.5 to 2 hours to complete with Fido. This lovely trail, popular for its waterfall, is best spring through fall since the road to the campground is closed October through May. Day hiking is free, and an honor payment system is in place for tent and RV camping. Please note that dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet. See Details
Linville Falls Linville Falls is a pet-friendly hike in Newland. Flowing from its headwaters high on the steep slopes of Grandfather Mountain, the Linville River flows cascades through two falls on its way to a beautiful gorge. Linville Gorge was America's first officially designated wilderness area. Enjoy the towering hemlocks, dense stands of rhododendron, and native wildflowers on the trails that surround the falls with your leashed pooch. 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
Roaring Fork Falls Leashed dogs are welcome to join you for a hike at Roaring Fork Falls in Burnsville, NC. This 1.4-mile out-and-back trail in the Pisgah National Forest is a popular area for birding, hiking and running. The terrain is mostly flat and offers wonderful views of the waterfall. This trail is open year-round, and there is a small parking area at the trailhead. See Details
Catawba River Greenway The Catawba River Greenway is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Morganton! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Catawba River Greenway. 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
The Historic Orchard at Altapass Bring Fido along for a delightful time picking apples and enjoy country air at the Historic Orchard at Altapass. At the orchard, you will find heirloom apples, a butterfly garden, trails, hay rides, a general store, free music programs, and plenty of history. Just keep Fido on a leash at all times and make sure to clean up after him. See Details
Lake James State Park Lake James State Park has fifteen miles of trails to stroll through with Fido. The state park also has picnic sites, boat access, and swimming areas. Dogs are not allowed in swimming areas or beaches. See Details
Old Mitchell Trail 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. See Details
Sandy Cliff Overlook and Lake Channel Overlook Trails Sandy Cliff Overlook and Lake Channel Overlook Trails is an easy, 2 mile hike in Lake James State Park that will take about 45 minutes to complete with Fido. This small park offers only four trails, but is a wonderful spot to take your dog to enjoy the lake in solitude. Please note that dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet. See Details
Freedom Dog Park Freedom Dog Park is pet-friendly. Dogs love to play and watch the kids play soccer at the field on the other side of the fence at this popular dog park. It's on the greenway, which is dog-friendly so there are 2.5 miles of paved nature walking to enjoy, too. The park is open every day of the week from 8am to 8pm. See Details
Mount Mitchell Trail Mount Mitchell Trail is pet-friendly. Hike up the highest peak east of the Mississippi River on Mount Mitchell Trail at Mount Mitchell State Park. This 12-mile out-and-back trail offers views for miles from the top. The trail is rated difficult and will take all day to complete. Leashed dogs are welcome, as long as they are cleaned up after. See Details