Nice beachCape Hatteras National Seashore
A dog friendly beach! Most areas you need to keep them on a 6 foot leash. We went to the beach access across from the Graveyard of the Atlantic museum while my husband toured the inside. Dogs are not allowed in the museum. Great place to find shells. Watch out for sand burs! Lots in the grassy areas. There was no leash length limit on the info board where we were (and it was off season).
Awesome shopKitty Hawk Kites
Open in the off season with tons of shirts and kites to choose from! There are stairs within the store that you can see through, so that might give some dogs a hard time.
A great time!Jockey's Ridge State Park
Josie had a great time exploring and going sand boarding with me (you can rent sand boards for $20 for up to 4 hours from Kitty Hawk Hang Gliding School located in the parking lot). I kept her secure between my legs starting out on small dunes. The official website stated a 6 foot leash is required so that is what we did, but be careful- I saw an unleashed dog while there- luckily he had good recall. Despite it being February (the off season), we had a good time.
Beautiful beachKill Devil Hills
Josie enjoyed walking down the beach during February. Dogs must be leashed, but there is no leash length limit mentioned on Kill Devil Hills website. No one said anything about her 50 ft retractable.
Great place for a walkWright Brothers National Memorial
Our energetic 2 year old golden retriever was tuckered out after walking up Big Kill Devil Hill to visit the monument! Look out for sand burs- we got one out of her paw when she wondered into the grass. The grounds are leashed (6 ft) dog friendly, but no dogs allowed in the visitor center.
Excellent docs and staff!Pilot Mountain Animal Hospital
They have been able to get us in for emergencies a few times and always provide top tier care for our dog.
Always A+ coffeeMain Street Coffee
Consistently great coffee, no matter what I get. I love a hot salted caramel hot chocolate while walking our pup around the historic downtown area.
Amazing food!The Tilted Ladder
A lot of unique choices on the menu, but I just got the barbecue chicken sandwich and red smashed potatoes and it was great! Patio where dogs are allowed is picturesque.
Love the trailsRiverside Park
Our dog loves the trials (which are also shared with bikers) and getting in the Ararat River that runs beside it. Just watch out for glass.
Beautiful viewsPilot Mountain State Park
We regularly walk the 0.8 mile Jomeokee trail (which circles the knob)- beautiful views and rock facing. The trail is well-kept and easy to navigate with stone stairs in some areas. My dog doesn’t have any trouble. We have also done the Ledge Spring Loop (2.2 miles, strenuous) and if your dog is one who likes to only take stairs quickly, you could get pulled down.
Great views, short hikeThe Blowing Rock
The trails and gift shops are leashed dog friendly. Be careful of the cliffs, which are 3 thousand feet above the Johns River Gorge! There are resident cats there so keep an eye out. Adult entry fee is $7. Don’t waste your quarters on the viewing machine- the lens are not that great- bring your own binoculars! The Blowing Rock got its name from the way the wind flumes uphill here, prompting the Ripley’s Believe It or Not folks to say snow falls up here... there is a legend that a Chickasaw chief hid his daughter here to keep a white man from her. While there, a Cherokee man met and fell in love with her. One day, he saw a smoke signal in the sky- it was an urgent message from his tribe. He was torn between this and the pleads of the maiden not to leave her, so he jumped from The Blowing Rock into the gorge below. The grief-stricken maiden wept at the rock and prayed to the Great Spirit. Finally, one day the wind blew hard and her love blew up from the gorge below and into her arms.
A good break from hikingMystery Hill
The Anomaly tour, Native American artifacts, Dougherty house, and fossil museum all allow dogs. The basic ticket package is $20 for adults, which is a bit much for what you get (and for the fact the fossil museum closed a hour before the rest of the attractions). Josie enjoyed the bubble room in the anomaly tour, but wasn’t impressed with the artifacts like I was. There is doggy potty areas in front of the property. Looks like the worst day to go is Saturday. I didn’t do the old timey photo or the tomahawk throw while there. My husband loved the old toys and magic tricks you can buy in the gift shop.
ExcellentLa Quinta Inn & Suites Boone
No weight restrictions, up to 3 pets, all rooms pet-friendly. No pets allowed in pool, gym, or breakfast area. Our room had Tempur-pedic mattresses, all bedding and towels very clean. No bad smells of any kind. Couldn’t hear other people through the walls. Bathroom tile looked new & shower walls were full granite. The hotel doesn’t recommend leaving your dog in the room if you are away and had you leave your number at the desk if they get noise complaints if you do so. Check out is 11:00 but we got a one hour extension.
Only dog friendly Oct-March!Kure Beach
Disappointing that they are only dog friendly on the beach from October to March. Local council needs to consider what Carolina Beach does- which is dog friendly all year before 9am and after 6pm. There is also no alcohol allowed on the beach. If you do come from April to Sept, then all the quiet neighborhoods are a good place to walk. I wouldn’t go out at night alone though on account of the coyotes.
Good valueRamada by Wyndham Asheville Southeast
Booked through BringFido to insure I got a pet friendly room. Room was very clean and smelled fine! I always check for bed bugs- no bugs sighted. There is a dog exercise area but the fence is kinda low on one side so we just stayed on leash during potty breaks. Dog must be crated while out, room service does not come in if dog is not crated. There is a fine if you get a noise complaint from your dog barking. Ours did bark when hearing the people next door slam their door closed but otherwise we couldn’t hear enough for her to get too excited. All lights, fridge, microwave, and toliet fine. Shower emptied a little slow but water pressure good. No exhaust fan in the bathroom. Air conditioning worked great and provided excellent white noise. The hotel is convenient to the highway and far enough off the main drag that you don’t have a lot of random people milling about. There is a McDonalds, restaurants, and groceries close by.
Nice, dog friendly staffThe Hookah Hookup
Gave our pup a treat from a canister-full so I think they see a lot of dogs come through. A good selection of local stuff.
Dog friendly patioIndia Garden
First, I gotta say the food is excellent. Customer service is lacking- waiter was very terse with us and felt it necessary to let us know the kitchen was closing in 30 mins- even when we had arrived a hour and fifteen mins prior to closing time. I’d still eat there again though, but maybe earlier in the day...
Hidden gemNelson Acres
Excellent walking trail that passes the river, a creek, some old barns, and nice natural areas of forest. The path is dirt with roots and rocks. Because there is a disc golf course that follows the walking trail, watch out for flying discs! You get to the trail head from Old 52 by turning beside the Armsfield Rec Center toward the baseball fields, passing the playground on the left, baseball fields, and what looks like they are trying to put up some batting cages maybe? It’s going to look like you are going no where, but eventually you will get to the Nelson Acres parking. Go down the gravel road to get to the trail head. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are allowed. Not usually very crowded.
Owner is great with my pupKritter Kutts Pet Grooming
We only get her nails clipped here and they do a great job getting them short but not cutting to the quick. Staff says you don’t need an appointment for only a nail clipping and usually it’s not a long wait if any at all. The cost of the service plus a tip is cheaper than most places. My dog likes going too since everyone is so sweet to her.
Great walking trailArarat River Greenway
Well-maintained, paved, and wide trail. Usually see a lot of other dog walkers and bikers. A few folks fishing and swimming. Be careful if you get in the water- there is a lot of glass. Also be wary of bikers- it’s easy to “clothes line” them with a long leash if you don’t see them coming!
A hidden gemBuffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve
A hidden gem! The hike up is a gentle incline and the view from the top is amazing! The path is well-marked. Some loose rocks on the path. Folks we met on the trail were 3-70ish years old and there were several other dogs. The car ride in is a very narrow road but don’t let that scare you off!
Dog friendly company, some dogs may not enjoyDan River Company, INC.
Our 60lb, 1.5 year old golden retriever’s first time out on the water. Dogs are allowed in their rental vessels, office, and transport vehicle. Their website indicated they had dog life jackets for rent but upon arrival, they had none. Our dog was fine without one, but she’s been bred for swimming and has webbed feet. I’d recommend getting one beforehand if you have a smaller and/or non-water-savvy dog. I fit myself (120lb) and the dog in a single person kayak, but they suggest a canoe if riding with a medium to large dog. Getting in/out and getting unstuck from rocks was most difficult with a dog but it went really well otherwise. She got used to the occasional rock hitting on bottom of the kayak and the class one rapids. She got bored on the 2.5 hour trip but enjoyed stopping to swim around, meet people, and meet about 4 other friendly dogs. A great day, but I could see how some dogs wouldn’t like it. We probably won’t take our dog every time we go.
Fun day at Hanging RockHanging Rock State Park
We visited on Easter Sunday, so it was much busier than usual- lots of dogs present! We didn’t climb the summit, but went on the shorter hikes to the Upper Cascades, Hidden Falls, and Window Falls. The rock stairs at the Hidden and Window Falls could be challenging for some dogs or their owners whom they are yanking down them! The Upper Cascades across the road from the main parking lot and the visitors center was our favorite- a nice little swimming hole! There is a wooden observation deck above it with a wooden staircase that leads down to the Falls.