Dog Friendly Activities in Pisgah Forest, NC

There are 6 dog friendly activities in Pisgah Forest. 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 Pisgah Forest.

Pet Friendly Triple Falls and High Falls Trails
Triple Falls and High Falls Trails Triple Falls and High Falls Trails is a moderately easy, 2.6 mile hike that will take about 1.5 hours to complete with Fido. Although this trail may be short, it will certainly take you past some of the most beautiful areas on the way to the waterfalls. Color is plentiful in spring when the flowers are blooming and fall when the leaves are changing. Please note that dogs must be on a leash and under control of the owner. Hunting allowed by permit on certain days. See Details
Pet Friendly Pink Beds Trail
Pink Beds Trail 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. See Details
Sliding Rock Pack up the whole family for a trip to Sliding Rock, a popular swimming hole in Pisgah Forest, NC. The area features a natural rock water slide that is a part of the Chattooga River in the pet-friendly Pisgah National Forest. Please note that Sliding Rock is a popular destination and can get busy during the summer months and weekends. Visitor limits are enforced. Dogs are allowed in the area but must be on a leash and cannot slide. See Details
Ecusta Brewing Company Fido is welcome on the outdoor patio at the dog-friendly Ecusta Brewing Company in Pisgah Forest, NC. You'll find this production brewery and taproom right outside an entrance to Pisgah National Forest, alongside the Davidson River. It's a great stop after a hike with your pooch for a hoppy IPA, a tasty sour, or a delicious stout. They welcome outside food and sometimes have food trucks on weekends. See Details
Hooker Falls Trail Hooker Falls Trail - DuPont State Forest is an easy, 0.75 mile hike in DuPont State Forest that will take about 20 minutes to complete with Fido. This fabulous state forest has 10,400 acres of lush forests, waterfalls, lakes, rivers, wildflowers, and more. Please note that dogs must be on a leash and under control at all times; Hunting by permit on certain days. See Details
Cradle of Forestry 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. See Details
Biltmore Estate Leashed dogs allowed to explore the extensive grounds and roam through the more than 250 acres of landscaped gardens at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. Fido is also welcome to join you at several restaurants with dog-friendly, outdoor seating in Antler Hill Village. Please note that dogs are not permitted inside any buildings. Open daily throughout the year. Hours vary by season and admission rates vary by month; visit website or call for specific information. See Details
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Mills River, NC is dog friendly! Dogs are welcome on the Back Porch and in certain areas of Upper Park, but not inside any of the buildings. Your dog can join you as you sample some of the craft beers and delicious appetizers outside in the gorgeously designed gardens. 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. See Details
North Carolina Arboretum 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 $16 per vehicle. See Details
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
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
Southern Appalachian Brewery Southern Appalachian Brewery is pet-friendly. You and Fido are welcome to sit inside the tasting room or outside on the patio. Enjoy a delicious brew, a soft pretzel and check the food truck and live music calendar! See Details
Whistle Hop Brewing Company Whistle Hop Brewing Company is a dog-friendly, train themed destination brewery and playground for all ages in the beautiful mountain setting of Fairview, NC. Drink outside the box with flavorfully hand-crafted ales and lagers. Their taproom and outdoor grounds are family and pet friendly.. They also offer a full wine, cider, craft soda and snack selection. See Details
Mills River Dog Park 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. See Details
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards Saint Paul Mountain Vineyard in Hensersonville, NC 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
D.D. Bullwinkel's Outdoors D.D. Bullwinkel's Outdoors is a dog-friendly outfitter in Brevard, NC. The store has every piece of gear you could possibly need for your next adventure. Leashed dogs are welcome to join you as you browse their selection of hiking, camping, climbing, and travel accessories. See Details
Lake Junaluska Walking Trail Dogs are welcome on the two paved walking trails at Lake Junaluska Retreat and Conference Center. Choose between a 2.3-mile loop around the lake or a longer, 3.8-mile trail. All visitors are welcome, not just those staying at the United Methodist retreat near Asheville. See Details
Asheville Outlets 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.” See Details
Bullington Gardens Bullington Gardens in Hendersonville, NC is dog-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. Leashed dogs are welcome on the property and water is provided beside the gift shop. 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
Burning Blush Brewery Burning Blush Brewery is a dog friendly brewery in Mills River, NC. Their focus is on highly crafted beer integrated with genuine customer service. A place where traditional beer treads on experimental. Appropriate glassware will be served with the style of beer they are meant to be poured in, whether it is a wine barrel aged sour or a juicy IPA. The family welcome you to bring your family and your pups to the taproom where you can enjoy a large, climate-controlled indoor area or a spacious, outdoor biergarten. They do not serve food, but food trucks can sometimes be found onsite. Check their website for current schedule. See Details
Guidon Brewing Company Guidon Brewing Company is a dog-friendly, American/German ex-military, family-owned brewery and taproom in Hendersonville, NC. Their goal is to provide guests with good beer, good food, and Gemütlichkeit. Food truck and live entertainment available throughout the week; check their website for current schedule. Dogs are welcome both inside and in their outdoor courtyard. 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
Blue Ghost Brewing Company Blue Ghost Brewing Company is pet-friendly. They aim to make world-class beer while being a community center in Fletcher, promoting family, worthy causes and local natural wonders. Their resident food truck, The Hungry Ghost, offers tasty food items to pair with your beer. Blue Ghost's hours vary by season. Dogs are welcome inside and outside. See Details