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Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Asheville, NC

There are 4 dog friendly hiking trails in Asheville, NC. 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 Asheville, NC, or call 877-411-FIDO to speak with one of our pet travel experts!

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.

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 $14 per vehicle.

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.

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.
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