Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Arden, NC

There are 30 dog friendly hiking trails within 20 miles of Arden. 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 Arden.

Pet Friendly North Carolina Arboretum
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
Pet Friendly Carolina Mountain Trail
Carolina Mountain Trail Carolina Mountain Trail is an easy, 2.4-mile hike in the North Carolina Arboretum that will take about one hour to complete with Fido. This gentle trail is perfect for those looking for a nice stroll through the woods with their pup. It starts behind the education center. Dogs are not allowed inside the center. Dogs must be leashed at all times. See Details
Craggy Pinnacle Trail Craggy Pinnacle Trail is a moderately easy, 1.4 mile hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway that will take about 1 hour to complete with Fido. Although the Catawba rhododendron blooms in mid to late June are a must see, this trail is great throughout the season for its views of Craggy Pinnacle. Winter conditions can cause the access road to close, so call the parkway's phone number for automated conditions before heading out. Please note that dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet. See Details
Chimney Rock State Park Chimney Rock is a 1000 acre scenic attraction located in Hickory Nug Gorge, just 25 miles from Asheville. The Park features hiking trails and amazing 75-mile views. They are pet-friendly, however dogs are not allowed in the elevator because it opens into a food service area (state health laws). See Details
Big Butt Trail Big Butt Trail is a difficult, 6 mile hike in Blue Ridge Parkway headquarters that will take about 4 hours to complete with Fido. Despite what one would think from the name of this trail, this hike is for those people and dogs in fit condition. It has some steep climbs in sections and doesn't have any regular water sources. Spring is the best time to visit, with wildflowers blooming in mid-April, however it is nice anytime from spring to fall. Please note that dogs must be on a leash on Blue Ridge Parkway property, and on U.S. Forest Service land and state game land, between April 1 and August 15. See Details
Mount Mitchell State Park Nestled in the Black Mountains, Mount Mitchell State Park provides nearly 2,000 acres of tranquility and natural beauty for you to enjoy with Fido by your side. At an elevation of 6,684, Mount Mitchell rises above the surrounding landscape and, as the highest point east of the Mississippi, provides stunning, one-of-a-kind views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the summit. You and your pup can enjoy a picnic before setting off on a short stroll or a more extensive hike through the forests of Mount Mitchell. Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times and may never be left unattended. They are not permitted in any park buildings, rental boats, swimming beaches, rinsing stations, changing stations, or cabins. See Details
Pine Tree Loop Trail The Pine Tree Loop Trail at Bent Creek Experimental Forest is an easy, 2 mile hike that will take about 1 hour to complete with Fido. This popular trail is wide enough to let bikers easily pass and offers plenty of stream crossings for your dog to splash in. Come during the week, or the off season, to avoid the larger crowds. Please note that dogs must be on a leash, except during fall hunting season; Hunt, Horseback riding, Mountain biking. See Details
Craggy Gardens Wander off the gorgeous Blue Ridge Parkway to enjoy a closer look at the beauty of the area with a stop at Craggy Gardens. Located just north of Asheville, Craggy Gardens provides one of the most stunning viewpoints on the parkway. June and July are the most popular time for visits thanks to the rhododendron thickets teeming throughout the park, but throughout the year there is plenty of natural wonder to enjoy including violets, blackberries, Turkscap lilies, May Apples, along with a variety of birds and other fauna. One of the popular hiking trails, Craggy Pinnacle, winds through a tunnel of rhododendrons and leads the hiker to gorgeous 360-degree views at the summit. This hike is only a 1.5-mile round-trip hike, making it a relatively easy walk for you and your pup. Visitors to Craggy Gardens can also enjoy the Visitors Center where books, souvenirs, and CDs are available for purchase. See Details
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
Pulliam Creek Trail Pulliam Creek Trail is a moderately difficult, 6.5 mile hike that will take about 3 hours to complete with Fido. Your dog will appreciate you taking him on this trail. Visit in spring to see the wildflowers in full bloom. Please note that dogs must always be on a leash; Hunting mid-September through mid-May. The trailhead is on Big Hungry Road, not far past its intersection with English Heifer Cove Road. There is a green ribbon tied around a pole and a Wild Trout Waters sign with a small parking area. 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
Pack Square Park Explore the more than 6 acres of Pack Square Park with Fido by your side. This stunning public park has a large open green space, three water features, original art by regional artists, native trees and greenery, ample seating, a veteran's memorial, and public restrooms. Just remember to keep your pup on a leash and clean up after him. See Details
Rattlesnake Lodge Trail The Rattlesnake Lodge Trail is a moderately difficult, 3.2 mile hike that will take about 2 hours to complete with Fido. At the end of the trail you can explore the remnants of the Rattlesnake Lodge, which served as a mountain retreat in the early 1900s. 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
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
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
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
Snowball Trail Snowball Trail is a difficult, 6 mile hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway that will take about 4 hours to complete with Fido. Trek past white pines and wildflowers as you take in the gorgeous mountain views. Please note that dogs must be on a leash on Blue Ridge Parkway property, and under control on U.S. Forest Service and North Carolina Game Lands property. 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
Old Mitchell Trail Old Mitchell Trail is a difficult, 4.4 mile hike in Mount Mitchell State Park that will take about 3 hours to complete with Fido. Enjoy exploring the eastern United State's tallest peak at 6684 feet. The park itself is all above 6000 feet and offers a campground, picnic area, restaurant, and museum. Please note that dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet. See Details
Cedar Rock Trail Cedar Rock Trail (via Corn Mill Shoals and Big Rock Trails) is a moderately easy, 2.75 mile hike in DuPont State Forest that will take about 1.5 hours to complete with Fido. This beautiful forest is still being developed so that people can get the most out of its waterfalls, lakes, streams, and mountain vistas. This forest is home to fishers, hunters, mountain bikers, and hikers alike. This trail offers some of the best views in the area. Please note that dogs must be on a leash and under control at all times. See Details
Bullington Gardens Bullington Gardens is pet-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. Dogs are welcome on a leash. Bullington Gardens is open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 4pm. See Details
Catawba Falls Trailhead Catawba Falls Trailhead is a pet-friendly trail in Old Fort. This wonderful trail has multiple bridges and a stream crossing that ends at a beautiful waterfall with water for both you and your dog to play in. See Details