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 Biltmore Estate
Biltmore Estate The Biltmore Estate is pet friendly! Dogs are allowed to explore the extensive grounds and roam through the more than 250 acres of landscaped gardens. Fido is also welcome to join the humans at several restaurants with outdoor seating in Antler Hill Village. Open daily throughout the year. Hours vary by season and rates vary by month; visit website or call for specific information. See Details
Pet Friendly Freeman Park
Freeman Park Freeman Park on Carolina Beach 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
Oak Island Beaches Leashed dogs are welcome year-round at this NC beach. Oak Island is an island off the North Carolina coast about 30 minutes south of Wilmington, NC. It is accessible across a bridge (you do not need to take a ferry to get there). Oak Island beaches (Caswell, Yaupon, & Long Beach) are very family and pet friendly. See Details
Fort Fisher State Park Dogs are allowed on leash year round at the Ft. Fisher State Park. This very wide beach is great for your dog to run and swim with other dogs. Pet waste cleanup laws are strict, and bags are provided for this purpose. Please pick up after your pet so we do not lose dog privileges at this beautiful beach! See Details
Topsail Beach Dog Beach Enjoy a fun day at the beach at Topsail Beach Off-Leash Dog Beach during the off season. Dogs must be on a leash from May 15th through September 30th. Additionally, all dogs must be on a leash from April 1 through September 30 of each year in the area designated as Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) Unit L07 by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and as clearly marked by the Town. At other times dogs are required to be under voice command and can be off-leash. Owners must remove any waste left by dogs on the beach or in town. See Details
French Broad River Dog Park One of Asheville's most beautiful parks, the French Broad River Park meanders alongside the tranquil French Broad River, and features a vast area of open green space with old trees, a wildflower garden, a paved trail, a gazebo, picnic tables and grills, an observation deck, and a small playground. The Dog Park features a large fenced-in area made for exercising and socializing your pooch! It is a one acre lot with wood chips, fresh water, and dog waste bags. No separate areas for small and large dogs. There is a great trail system, picnic facilities, and wonderful access to the river for doggy swimming as well! See Details
William Davies Park William Davies Park provides plenty of space for your pup to run off leash and features separate areas for small and large dogs, seating areas, and trees for shade. The park has two sides to it. One side is for small dogs from 20lbs on down, and the other is for big dogs fro 20lbs on up. Nice fenced in area plenty of water, running room, and toys. The parents also have a place to sit and watch their fur-children run wild. There plenty of trees around for some nice shade. 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
Azalea Park Dog Park This 155-acre park has been developed as one of Asheville's top parks. The John B. Lewis Soccer complex (4 soccer fields) is open with lots more special features to come including trails, picnic areas, disc golf, lakes, a retreat center, the historic Thomas Wolfe cabin and much more. The Dog Park features two separate fenced areas, one for small dogs and one for large dogs. Separate Parking for pet owners. There is a gazebo in the large dog area. See Details
Dog Park at Hugh MacRae Park This dog park, located in Hugh MacRae Park, features separate areas for small and large dogs, picnic tables, and shaded areas. See Details
Historic Tour of Wilmington 'Historic Tour of Wilmington' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by J.R. Take this 2.5 mile guided walking tour with Fido and learn about the history that shaped this Port City as well as the architectural beauty preserved in the historic homes. You will also talk about the decline and subsequent revitalization of the downtown area. The experience lasts 1.5 hours and can accommodate up to 8 guests ages 13 and up. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. Guests should be capable of walking 3 miles with intermittent rests. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. There is no charge for children under 13. Rates start at $15 per person. See Details
Emerald Isle Beach Emerald Isle allows leashed dogs on the beach year-round. See Details
Wrightsville Beach Leashed pets are welcome during the off-season (October 1 to March 31) at this beautiful, clean beach. Dogs are not allowed on the beach from April 1 to September 30. Please note: Leash laws are strictly enforced and fines are $250. See Details
Barkingham Park at Reedy Creek Park This off-leash dog park is loved by both owners and dogs. It's a great spot for dogs to play and run in Charlotte. See Details
Wilmington Dog Park at Empie Wilmington Dog Park at Empie is the first functional off-leash dog park in Wilmington. The park is incorporated into a 2-acre site of unused land within the confines of Empie Park. The park is completely fenced in with two play areas -- one for large dogs and another dog dogs under 20 pounds. There is also water, pet waste stations, and lots of shade. Located on the corner of Independence and Park Ave, Behind Steinmart. See Details
Riverside Dog Park Riverside Dog Park offers two fenced areas for dogs. Water and poop bags are available. See Details
Southwest Park Dog Park Your pet will love to roam free over the 2.5 fenced acres of this off-leash dog park, which includes separate sections for large and small dogs as well as fresh water and treats. Fees apply. Use 3403 Wall Road, Greensboro for GPS purposes. See Details
History Walk of the Queen City 'History Walk of the Queen City' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Bliss. You and Fido will take a walking guided tour of Charlotte to discover how the city was originally designed by its founders. See Victorian homes, First Presbyterian Church, the US Mint Site, Settler’s Cemetery, 4th Ward Park and more. The experience lasts 1.5 hours and can accommodate up to 10 guests ages 10 and up. Rates start at $25 per person. See Details
Frazier Dog Park Dogs are allowed to play off-leash in a designated area of this park on Sycamore Street. See Details
Queen City Craft Beer Tasting 'Queen City Craft Beer Tasting' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Mandi. Hop flight with PudgyGirlNC Tours on a memory making experience, visiting up to 4 Charlotte breweries, enjoying delicious selections and exploring the unique taprooms. Your guide will take you through the insider tidbits on the beers, brewery perks and you'll get a historic rundown, too. The experience lasts 3 hours and can accommodate up to 6 guests ages 21 and up. Dogs must be comfortable in crowds and in vehicles. Rates start at $50 per person. See Details
Close up Magic and Craft Beer 'Close up Magic and Craft Beer' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Hayden. This is a chance to experience a unique and interactive style of close-up magic and mentalism in an intimate, personable environment. This experience takes place in one of two pet-friendly breweries. The experience lasts 2 hours and can accommodate up to 10 guests ages 18 and up. Guests should be comfortable in a brewery as well as open minded to new experiences. Rates start at $40 per person. See Details
Abbey Nature Trail The 67-acre Abbey Nature Preserve has a 2.4-mile nature trail winding through woods and crossing over the mill pond. Once the original site of Poplar Grove's gristmill, the preserve is now part of the Coastal Land Trust and a wonderful escape from the city. Poplar Grove, dedicated to education, preservation and service to the community, maintains a busy schedule of activities throughout the year. Dogs must be on a leash, and please clean up after your pooch. See Details
Nags Head Beach Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round as long as they are restrained by a leash not exceeding 10 feet. See Details
Caswell Beach Caswell Beach, located on Oak Island, is a dog friendly beach year round. Walking on or over sand dunes or beach vegetation by persons or pets is prohibited - $100 fine per occurrence. Dogs must be on a leash - $25 fine Only summer exception: Dawn - 9:00AM on the beach only while under adult owner’s strict supervision and control. You must carry and use plastic bags to scoop up after your dog - $25 fine See Details