Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Nantahala, NC

There’s 1 dog friendly hiking trail in Nantahala, and 7 more nearby. 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 Nantahala.

Pet Friendly Nantahala National Forest
Nantahala National Forest Nantahala National Forest is pet-friendly. This North Carolina national forest translates to Land of the Noonday Son in Cherokee. Located near the hip city of Asheville, the forest is full of trails that lead along babbling streams through tall trees. Dogs must be leashed within the forest and all mess should be cleaned up after them to preserve the cleanliness of the area. See Details
Pet Friendly Rufus Morgan Falls Trail
Rufus Morgan Falls Trail Rufus Morgan Falls Trail is a moderately easy, 1 mile hike in Nantahala National Forest that will take about 40 minutes to complete with Fido. This little out of the way trail is a lovely spot that has soft ground and several water sources for Fido. Please note that dogs must be on a leash between April 1 and August 15, but must be under control at all times. See Details
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Trail Joyce Kilmer Memorial Trail is a moderately easy, 2 mile hike in Nantahala National Forest that will take about 1 hour to complete with Fido. This figure eight shaped trail through old-growth forest of eastern hemlocks and tulip poplars is beautiful and offers stream crossings. Hunting in the surrounding game lands is in season September through March, except for Sundays, so be sure to wear bright orange. Please note that dogs are not required to be on a leash, except between April 1 and August 15; however, because of high visitation, rangers strongly advise hikers to keep dogs on a leash year-round. See Details
Nantahala Bikeway The Nantahala Bikeway is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Bryson City! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Nantahala Bikeway. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit See Details
Tsali Recreation Area The recreation area has 4 trails, totaling over 36 miles which are used for mountain biking and horse back riding. The trails alternate between the two, so you can always take your dog on a trail where bikes are not. The trails are easy and well maintained. The area is beautiful and there are frequent creek crossings for your pet to get water. While you officially need to keep your pets on leash, we have never had a problem with off-leash. Be mindful of hunting season. See Details
Wayah Bald Tower Wayah Bald Tower is a great pet-friendly hike that leads to awesome view points of four different states. Along the way, you and your pooch will see the Wilson Lick Ranger Station, built in 1913. Continue another 3 miles to Wayah Bald which provides a beautiful view of Franklin. The final paved road leads to the fire tower and overlook. Leashed dogs are welcome. See Details
Big Laurel Falls Big Laurel Falls is a pet-friendly trail in Otto near Dillard. The hike is just over a mile roundtrip and will take you to a beautiful waterfall to view with your pooch. Dogs are welcome on the pretty trail and can even enjoy a refreshing dunk at the end. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that is left behind along the way. See Details
Nantahala River Ferebee Memorial Picnic Area Nantahala River Ferebee Memorial Picnic Area is a pet-friendly picnic place located about 2.75 miles downriver from the Nantahala River Launch site. Ferebee Memorial offers picnic area with tables and charcoal grills, and serves as another launch and take out area. Leashed dogs are welcome, as long as they are cleaned up after. See Details