Dog Friendly Activities in Sapphire, NC

There’s 1 dog friendly activity in Sapphire, and 34 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 Sapphire.

Pet Friendly Gorges State Park
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
Pet Friendly Graveyard Fields Trail
Graveyard Fields Trail Graveyard Fields Trail is a moderately easy, 3.4 mile hike in the Pisgah National Forest that will take about 2 hours to complete with Fido. This trail was named for the devastating fires in 1925 and 1942, but still offers plenty of beauty. The well-marked trails will bring you by two waterfalls, a river, blueberry bushes, and still offers cool temperatures in the summer. Please note that dogs must be on a 6-foot leash on National Park Service property. See Details
Sam Knob Summit and Flat Laurel Creek Trail Sam Knob Summit and Flat Laurel Creek Trail is a moderately easy, 3.6 mile hike that will take about 2.5 hours to complete with Fido. These two trails combine for a nice loops hike that leads you out to a picturesque lookout. The trail itself is gorgeous with wildflowers and berries to enjoy in spring, and colorful leaves in the fall. 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
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
Richland Balsam Nature Loop Trail Richland Balsam Nature Loop Trail is a moderately easy, 1.4 mile hike that will take about 1 hour to complete with Fido. Set out on this trail that is only a few feet short of being the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The elevation makes it a nice, cool hike during the summer. Please note that dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet. See Details
Coontree Loop Trail Coontree Loop Trail is a moderately easy, 3.7 mile hike in Pisgah National Forest that will take about 2 hours to complete with Fido. Fall on this trail offers a cornucopia of color as the leaves changes color, and early spring affords the opportunity to see ridge-top views through trees that have not yet bloomed. Please note that dogs must be leashed between April 1 and August 15, but must be under voice control at all times; Mountain Biking Oct. 15- Apr. 15, Hunting allowed. See Details
Mount Pisgah and Buck Spring Lodge Trails Mount Pisgah and Buck Spring Lodge Trails is a difficult, 2.4 mile hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway that will take about 1.5 hours to complete with Fido. This trail involves a lot of climbing, so be sure you and your dog are in shape before heading out. The views from the summit of Mount Pisgah, one of the highest peaks in the Blue Ridge range, are spectacular. Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash or shorter. 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
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
Fryingpan Mountain Trail Fryingpan Mountain Trail is a moderately easy, 4 mile hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway that will take about 2 hours to complete with Fido. If you are taking advantage of the beautiful Mount Pisgah Campground, than you will want to add this trail to your plans as well. It is good to know that the parkway can be closed to motor traffic during the winter due to weather. Please note that dogs must be on a leash on Blue Ridge Parkway property, but not on the U.S. Forest Service roads. See Details
Black Balsam Knob About 35 miles from Asheville, at milepost 420 on the Blue Ridge Parkway is the turn-off for Black Balsam Knob Rd. Drive the mile or two to the end of the road (where there is a parking area with pit toilets) to start on any number of trails. From here you can access the Sam Knob Summit and Flat Laurel Creek Trail as well as the Art Loeb, Ivestor Gap and Mountain to Sea Trail, just to name a few. The trail network is extensive and beautiful. Camping is abundant. Some trails have creeks and streams for Fido to get a drink and others are high and dry, so plan accordingly. Bringing along a trail map of the area is highly encouraged. 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
Cat Gap Loop Cat Gap Loop is a moderately easy, 5 mile hike in Pisgah National Forest that will take about 3 hours to complete with Fido. Your dog will love this gentle trail that has plenty of water around with its rivers, streams, cascades, and puddles. During the spring and summer enjoy the many wildflowers along the trail, and in fall it is best to wear hunter orange. This hike is slightly easier when hiked in a clockwise direction. Please note that dogs must be on a leash between April 1 and August 15, but must be under control at all times; Hunting allowed. See Details
Cold Mountain via Art Loeb Trail Cold Mountain via Art Loeb Trail is a difficult, 10.6 mile hike in Pisgah National Forest that will take about 7 hours to complete with Fido. Although this trail is one of the easiest for exploring the 6030 foots summit of Cold Mountain, it is only for those people and dogs who are experienced and in fit condition. Please note that dogs must be leashed between April 1 and August 15, and under voice control; leashing dogs is strongly recommended in wilderness areas year-round. See Details
Devils Courthouse and Little Sam Trail Devils Courthouse and Little Sam Trail is a difficult, 4.2 mile hike in the Pisgah National Forest that will take about 2 hours to complete with Fido. When you pull into the parking lot you will be staring up at an impressive rock face standing 5760 feet. Please note that dogs must be on a leash on National Park Service property. 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
Oskar Blues Brewery Taproom Oskar Blues Brewery Taproom is pet-friendly. With an outdoor patio bar, the Tasty Weasel taproom in Brevard, NC is open daily and is a great place to hang with your pooch. The Oskar Blues CHUBwagon food truck serves up CHUBurgers to accompany your beer. Five nights a week, local and regional bands provide the soundtrack. Pisgah National Forest is nearby and offers a number of pet-friendly trails to explore. Oskar Blue Brewery Taproom is open Monday through Thursday from 12pm to 8pm, Friday to Saturday from 12pm to 9pm and Sunday from 12pm to 7pm. 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
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
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
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
The Grateful Dog The Grateful Dog Pet Supplies is dog-friendly. Along with stocking food, treats, collars, leashes and more, the store is a big advocate for local animal shelters and rescues. Your pooch can choose their own item to take home with them. The Grateful Dog is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm. 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