Dog Friendly Activities in Mountain Rest, SC

There are 2 dog friendly activities in Mountain Rest, and 29 more nearby. 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 Mountain Rest.

Pet Friendly Oconee State Park
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.
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Pet Friendly Bryson's Apple Orchard
Bryson's Apple Orchard Fido is welcome to join you when picking fresh fruit from Bryson's Apple Orchard, located in Mountain Rest, SC. Open seasonally for U-Pick visits or to purchase punnets of fruit directly from the store stand, bring Fido to enjoy a picnic lunch with the family after you've shopped for delicious goods. Bryson's have samples of their pressed cider and sell a wide variety of honey, syrups, local vegetables, peaches and apples. See Details
South Carolina Botanical Gardens South Carolina Botanical Gardens is a pet-friendly attraction in Clemson, SC. This diverse garden has 295 acres of natural landscapes, display gardens, and miles of streams and nature trails. The vast majority of Botanical Gardens in the U.S. do not allow dogs. The South Carolina Botanical Garden welcomes your pets as visitors. Dogs must be leashed, are not allowed on the Natural Heritage Garden Trail, must stay out of flower beds and stick to the trails. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that their pups leave behind. 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
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
Headwaters Outfitters Take Fido out on the water on a canoe or kayak trip with Headwater Outfitters. Canoe and kayak trips offer plenty of river fun along the beautiful headwaters of the French Broad River. Choose from 3, 4, or 7-hour trips through the ever-changing river with gentle currents, fast-moving shoals, and sharp riverbend curves. Your dog is welcome to join you on all kayak and canoe trips as long as you transport him to and from the put-in/take-out in your own vehicle. Life jackets for humans, paddles, parking, river map, safety video, and instructions are all included in your rental. Make sure to bring snacks, beverages, and a lunch to enjoy on your trip. 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
Highlands Biological Station Highlands Biological Station in Highlands, NC, is a dog-friendly native plant botanical garden with flat trails for owners and their dogs to walk along. The 12-acre botanical garden features native azaleas, plants of the Cherokee, mosses and liverworts, wildflowers, butterfly-pollinated species, and rock outcrop species. At 3,800 feet, it's the highest public native plant botanical garden in the east. The HBS Gardens and grounds are open year-round, dawn to dusk, and are free of charge. Please keep Fido on a leash while visiting. See Details
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
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
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
Franklin Dog Park Franklin Dog Park is a great place to bring your pooch to play off-leash in Franklin, NC. 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
Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center is a fun, dog-friendly, outdoor museum in Mountain City, GA that focuses on exploring Appalachian history. A mulched, half-mile walking trail takes you and your dog through over 20 historic log buildings that contain artifacts and interpretive signage. Some cabins are used as working artist studios, including a weaving studio and working blacksmith forge. The museum has a 1- mile connector trail that takes you up to Black Rock Mountain State Park. Leashes are required. 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
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
Keowee Toxaway 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.

This 1,000-acre park features outstanding rock outcroppings and views of the Foothills and Blue Ridge mountains. Rhododendron, mountain laurel, and other mountain vegetation can be found along the streams in the park.


Other facilities include picnic areas with shelters, a campground, lake fishing and trails.
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Tallulah Falls Rail-Trail Tallulah Falls Rail-Trail is pet-friendly. This 1.7-mile paved circuit throughout the Tallulah Gorge State Park used to be a railroad line. While the trail does not approach the gorge itself, it does include a bridge over the Tallulah River. Leashed dogs are welcome. See Details
Satulah Mountain Brewing Company Satulah Mountain Brewing Company is a dog-friendly brewery in Highlands, NC. Fido is welcome to join you inside the taproom or at a table on the patio. Enjoy a variety of Satulah's mountaintop brews along with guest beers. Light snacks are available for purchase or you can bring your own food. See Details
Yellow Branch Falls Hiking Trail Bring Fido for an adventurous hike along Yellow Branch Falls Hiking Trail near Walhalla, SC. This 3-mile out-and-back trail is moderately difficult and should take 1hr 30 mins to complete. Beginning at a picnic area off of SC-28, hikers should follow a short nature trail which connects to Yellow Branch Falls Hiking Trail. Meander across several small streams before reaching Yellow Branch Falls, a beautiful 50-foot vertical waterfall. The trail is open year-round and is a popular route to explore. Dogs are allowed to be off-leash in some areas. 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
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
Lake Keowee Boat Rentals Offering high-quality boats and jet skis, Lake Keowee Boat Rentals is dog-friendly! Leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners on its boats. Overnight docking and accessories such as tubes, wakeboards, and waterskis are also available. Bookings can be made online. Dog owners should check out the availability calendar and pricing breakdown on Lake Keowee Boat Rentals' website. Lake Keowee Boat Rentals is open daily from 9am to 6pm. See Details
The Wall of Beer The Wall of Beer is dog-friendly. You can bring your pooch with you to peruse the Largest Selection of Growlers, Wine, Craft, Imports, and Domestic Beer in Upstate SC. The Wall of Beer is open Monday through Wednesday from 8am to 11pm and Thursday through Saturday from 8am to 12am. See Details