Home to 2,376 people, Landrum is a small community nestled in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. Only 5 miles from the North Carolina state line, it is home to many dog-friendly establishments and is also within close proximity to many other furrific adventures for dogs and their human counterparts. Founded in 1880 during the northern expansion of the railroad, Landrum is home to many outdoor and historic adventures, including an old train depot and many equestrian activities. Due to the number of horses in the area, there are many vets located in the vicinity of Landrum, including a special equine dentist for all the town’s hoofed residents!
While you're in town, be sure to check out the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center. It is both human and dog-approved with many trails for all ages and abilities, including a paved trail for visitors with physical limitations. At FENCE, there is something for everyone, including frequently held horse competitions, stargazing events, and large areas for off-leash play time.
If you are visiting for a couple days, make sure to trot on over to Barking Fox Horse Farm, a bed and breakfast and horse farm that encourages guests to bring up to two furry companions for no extra charge. The Barking Fox even has an online guestbook for all the pets that have been guests! With complimentary treats, comfy dog beds, and large pastures, this bed and breakfast is sure to be a hit with your four-legged pal.
Downtown Landrum is home to many pup-friendly shops and restaurants. Stone Soup Market is a fine-dining establishment conveniently located in front of the community dog park. You and your pup can enjoy a plate of their famous Cabernet short-ribs and a glass of wine on the patio for dinner, or grab a burger to-go and head behind the restaurant to have some fun at the community dog park. The park has picnic tables for the humans and toys on site for their furry guests. Your pup will be sure to thank you!
Only a short 30-minute drive north of Landrum, Hendersonville is the perfect place for a pup-friendly getaway. Hendersonville is home to the Oklawaha Gateway, a 3.5-mile trail that has been named a “birding hotspot” by the Audubon Society. Across from the trailhead is the Pet’s Own Place Dog Park. With separate play areas for large and small breeds, as well as two creeks to cool off those tired paws, your pup is sure to love it! If you are nearby, don’t miss the chance to visit Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards! This family-owned and operated winery allows dogs in the tasting room while their owners sample their amazing variety of wines and ciders. The winery is so passionate about their four-legged friends, they even have a hard cider named after the vineyard dog!
Whether your canine is a high-impact adventurer or more the type for a leisurely boat ride, Lake Lure has something for both of you. This breathtaking place is only 21 miles north of Landrum, SC. Four Hollywood movies have been filmed here: Fire Starter, A Breed Apart, The Last of the Mohicans and Dirty Dancing. Stop by Lake Lure Adventure Company to rent a paddle board and some life vests. Your pup will have so much fun cruising on the end of your board. If land is more your pup’s style, Chimney Rock State Park is the place to be. The park offers six trails to choose from and ensures there is something for everyone’s interests and abilities. While all the trails are dog-friendly, please remember pets are not allowed in the elevator, shops, and restaurants. Before you head out on your adventure, make sure you bring leashes, bowls, water and waste bags.
Spartanburg is the 12th largest city by population in SC, and there are plenty of things to do for its human and pet inhabitants. Croft State Park has 20+ miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. The beautiful 165-acre Lake Craig is the perfect place for any outdoor-loving pupper. There is also a dog-friendly camping area at Croft State Park, as well as picnic shelters and a playground. Pets must remain leashed at all times in the park. For some off-leash time, head down to the Rail Tail Dog Park. There are picnic tables, benches, and a water spigot to make sure your little buddy stays hydrated. It is conveniently located across from Duncan Park.
Lake Jocassee is a breathtaking man-made reservoir located on the edge of the Appalachian Mountains and accessed by Devils Fork State Park. The 7,500-acre lake is fed by the many surrounding mountain streams, giving the lake its clear appearance and cool temperatures. The water’s crystal-clear appearance makes the lake a favorite for scuba divers and fisherman alike. Named one of the “50 of the Last Great Places” in the world by National Geographic, Lake Jocassee is sure not to disappoint any of its human or canine visitors. Your dog will love swimming in the cool water and hanging out on the shore. If your pup would rather not get their paws wet, you can book a boat tour with the dog-friendly Jocassee Lake Tours. Make sure you check out the rest of Devil’s Fork State Park; there are many pawtastic trails to enjoy and dog-friendly campgrounds near the lake.
Located 44 miles southwest of Landrum is the beautiful city of Pickens, SC. With its beautiful mountain scenery and rich history, your pet is bound to have a blast here! You can’t visit Pickens County without taking a day trip to Table Rock State Park. Table Rock Mountain is symbolic to this county and can be seen from several cities away. The park has several trails with varying degrees of difficulty, as well as pristine waterfalls and creeks for your pet to enjoy. Dogs are not allowed on the swimming beach and must remain leashed during their visit. After a tiring day of hiking, you may want to visit one of Pickens’ dog-friendly eateries, such as the Burning Brick Tavern or the Main Street Pizzeria.