Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Lake Toxaway, NC

There are 25 dog friendly hiking trail within 20 miles of Lake Toxaway. 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 Lake Toxaway.

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
Pet Friendly Sam Knob Summit and Flat Laurel Creek Trail
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Table Rock 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. Table Rock Mountain provides a towering backdrop for an upcountry retreat at the edge of the Blue Ridge Escarpment. This 3,083-acre state park encompasses challenging hiking trails, two park lakes, a campground, rustic mountain cabins, meeting facilities and many other quality outdoor activities. See Details
Keowee Toxaway 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. This 1,000-acre park features outstanding rock outcroppings and views of the Foothills and Blue Ridge mountains. Rhododendron, mountain laurel, and other mountain vegetation can be found along the streams in the park. Other facilities include picnic areas with shelters, a campground, lake fishing and trails. See Details
Yellow Mountain Trail Yellow Mountain Trail is pet-friendly. This one's for more experienced canine hikers as it is rated difficult. Grab your supplies and stride out on a trail that leaves to astonishing views from the top of a mountain. Take pause at the fire tower at the top and enjoy the natural show. Leashed dogs are welcome, as long as they are cleaned up after. See Details
Secret Falls Trail Head Secret Falls Trail Head is a pet-friendly trail in Highlands. This 45 minute brisk walk leads to a 35 foot high waterfall and small lake below. Dogs are welcome, but owners are reminded to clean up after them and make sure they are leashed for other hiker's safety. See Details
Moore Cove Falls Trail Moore Cove Falls Trail is pet-friendly. This 1.2-mile trail leads to a 50ft high waterfall that pours over a rock overhang. Leashed dogs are welcome to join you on this easy trail that has high and low options depending on the hiker. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that is left behind. See Details
Raven Rocks Loop Trail Raven Rocks Loop Trail is pet-friendly. You and your leashed pooch are welcome to hike this moderately difficult 4-mile trail that leads to nice views of Lake Keowee. Don't forget to clean up any mess that is left behind by your pup to preserve the cleanliness of the area. See Details