Dog Friendly Activities in North Carolina

Don’t leave Fido in the hotel room when you’re on vacation. Get out and play! No matter where you’re headed in North Carolina, we can point you towards the nearest off-leash dog park, the most popular dog beach, a really great hiking trail, and lots of other places to play with Fido.

Pet Friendly Wright Brothers National Memorial
Wright Brothers National Memorial Bring your leashed pup to the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, NC, and see the site of the first successful airplane flights. While there, you can fly kites, visit the beginning and end locations of the first flight, see the reconstructed 1903 camp buildings, and visit the Wright Brothers National Monument. The area is dog-friendly but Fido must be leashed at all times and is not permitted inside any buildings. See Details
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
Freeman Park The dog-friendly Freeman Park on Carolina Beach, NC, welcomes dogs on a leash from April 1 to September 30. From October 1 to March 31, dogs are allowed off-leash as long as they are under voice command and their owner is near. Owners must carry a minimum of two suitable plastic or paper waste containers until it can be disposed of in an appropriate receptacle. The bags must be produced and shown upon request. 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
Fort Macon State Park Fido is welcome to join you on a visit to Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach, NC. Your companion must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet and remain under your control at all times. Pets are permitted in some campgrounds but should be confined to the owner's tent or vehicle during quiet hours. Pets are not allowed in buildings. Opened in 1936, Fort Macon State Park is the site of a perfectly restored Antebellum-era fort, nature trails, a protected swim area, surf fishing, guided tours, a refreshment stand and boathouse. Situated on the eastern tip of Bogue Banks, the park offers undisturbed natural beauty and opportunities to explore and learn about salt marshes, estuaries, and dune fields. The park is open year-round and free parking is available. With the exception of the boathouse, admission is also free. See Details
French Broad Outfitters Dog-friendly French Broad Outfitters offers three float trips for you to enjoy with your friends, family members, and Fido. The River Arts District trip is a six-mile urban float that takes you through one of the most creative neighborhoods in Asheville. Float through the gorgeous Biltmore Estate on the Historic Biltmore tour on a full-day float that also takes you through the River Arts District. The Tube Trip is very popular, relaxing two-hour float through Asheville. Dogs are welcome into the shop at any time. If they have been in a canoe/kayak before, they are welcome to join you on our river trips. Please mention your dog in your reservation. Tours depart from different locations; inquire as to specific address of your tour. See Details
Riverwalk Leashed dogs are welcome to stroll along the pet-friendly Riverwalk in historic downtown Wilmington. The Riverwalk runs for nearly two miles along the bank of the Cape Fear River, from the foot of Nun Street on the South to the Isabel Holmes Bridge on the North. Paid parking areas are located along the boardwalk. 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
Bald Head Island Beaches Bald Head Island is surrounded by 14-miles of pristine beaches. You'll need to take a pet-friendly ferry to get there (from Southport), but once you arrive, you'll find that dogs are allowed off-leash on any of them year-round. The only exception to this is in turtle nesting season, when dogs must be leashed from sunset to sunrise. South Beach features long stretches of sand and calmer waters, while East Beach is better for boogie boarding and surfing. If you don't want to bring beach gear along with you on the ferry, you can rent everything you'll need from Riverside Adventure Company. See Details
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Take your four-legged companion for a splash! The pet-friendly Cape Hatteras National Seashore in Manteo allows leashed dogs on all beach areas except those designated as swimming beaches. Be sure to keep Fido on a leash no longer than six feet, as this shore is not off leash. Leashed dogs are also allowed on the grounds surrounding the Bodie Island Lighthouse, and on the boardwalk and nature trail. Pets are not permitted inside any buildings. See Details
Doggos Dog Park & Pub Dogs are welcome at this 21+ indoor dog park that sells beer and wine. The owners and staff are dog lovers and incredibly accommodating. Bringing your pup for the first time? Make sure you head over to their website and register for a day pass before you arrive. Reply back to the confirmation email with proof of your vaccines, and you're good to go. Everything is supervised, and while there is accountability for over aggressiveness, dogs can play freely with others. Stay and play in a 10,000 square feet pet-friendly facility. There's even a cool down area for dogs who need to take a moment of reflection. Humans can enjoy the indoor or outdoor bar during the visit. Please note that Doggos is a cashless business. See Details
Justus Orchard Justus Orchard has been a great spot for picking apples for over one hundred years. This pet-friendly orchard offers you and Fido the chance to meet the owners dog, Izzy, while you're picking your own fruit on-site. Justus Orchard is open every day of the week during picking season from 8:30am to 6:00pm. See Details
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
New Belgium Brewery Dogs are welcome to join their owners at New Belgium Brewing Company in Asheville, NC. The second location of this popular beer manufacturer is a pretty spot to take Fido for a cold one. Situated next to the river, Fido is welcome to join you on the outdoor patio and around the firepit. The popular beers you can try in the tap room include Voodoo Ranger, Fat Tire, and Citradelic. New Belgium is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00am to 8:00pm and Sunday from 11:30am to 8:00pm. See Details
Lake Norman State Park Dog-friendly Lake Norman State Park is great place to hike and explore with Fido in Troutman, NC. There are a total of four trails to hike on and three picnic areas throughout the park. Boating, swimming, and fishing are allowed at the state park as well. Dogs are not allowed in swimming areas, but are allowed everywhere else as long as they remained leashed. See Details
The Arboretum Visitors to Greensboro rave about the beauty of this serene public park, no matter what the season. Leashed dogs are welcome to explore the manicured grounds and trails. See Details
Banner Elk Winery Banner Elk Winery is a dog-friendly winery nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Fido is welcome to join you inside the tasting room or outside for a tasting or a tour. Enjoy stunning views and award-winning wines while you explore the property. Open seasonally. Check their website or call before visiting. 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
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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Malaprop's Bookstore The region's largest locally-owned independent bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore is dog-friendly. Located in Asheville, NC, Malaprop's welcomes leashed dogs in the book section of its store; however, they are not allowed in its cafe. Malaprop's Bookstore sells a carefully selected array of books, gifts, and educational items for customers of all ages and backgrounds. See Details
Rolling Thunder River Company Dogs are welcome to join their owners on a couple of the tours that Rolling Thunder River Company has to offer. They serve up two pet-friendly boating adventures, the Nantahala River Trips and the Toccoa River Trips. Depending on what you're looking for, you can take to the waters on a raft or canoe with your pooch. Rolling Thunder River Company is open every day of the week from 9am to 6pm. See Details
Nantahala Outdoor Center Dogs are allowed to join their owners at Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina. People and pooches flock from all around the world to check out everything they have to offer at this outdoor center, including tonnes of outdoor activities. Feel free to plod along the hiking trails with your four-legged friend. Generally, guests enjoy hanging out by the river when their furry friends are around. It is shallow enough beside Big Wesser Riverside for pups to get their paws wet and cool off! Nantahala Outdoor Center is open Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm and Friday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. See Details
Pisgah National Forest Pisgah National Forest is pet-friendly. Dogs are allowed on all hiking trails in Pisgah National Forest if they follow the leash law. Known as a land of mile-high peaks, cascading waterfalls, and heavily forested slopes. The forest huge, spanning half a million acres in total. The trails that weave around the area go through hardwood forests and alongside waterfalls. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess left behind to preserve the cleanliness of the area. See Details