A little over an hour's drive away from the state capital of Raleigh, Aberdeen is a small town known for its history, railway, and golf. Nestled among longleaf pines, Aberdeen has two animal hospitals to take care of your furry buddy while you're in this charming railroad town.
Aberdeen Lake Park is a puptastic place to enjoy a beautiful day with your pooch. Go for a leashed walk on the two-mile lake trail and across the wooden bridge for a relaxing stroll with views of the water. Don't forget to pack some food, as there are plenty of nice spots to enjoy a picnic with Fido, including a large shelter.
Ray's Mill Park is another woofderful spot to visit with your best friend. Located next to a 14-acre pond, this park also offers lovely water views while you and Fido take a leashed stroll around the area or hang out at the deck. Oh, and keep an eye out for the diverse flora and fauna that call Ray's Mill Park home.
If you and your pup are staying in town for a few days, the Hampton Inn & Suites welcomes two pets of any size for no extra fee. All rooms are dog-friendly, and there is a grassy area in the back where Fido can get his walkies.
Head over to Aberdeen for pawsome adventures with your pooch!
If you need to travel to this neighborhood with your dog, make yourselves at home at TownePlace Suites, which allows two pets of any size for an additional fee. Each room is equipped with a kitchen that includes a refrigerator, a stovetop, and a microwave, which is furrific if you prefer to prepare your own meals. For times when you need to eat out, grab a bite at Panera Bread or Moe's Southwest Grill. Both places are less than 10 minutes by foot from the hotel, and have covered outdoor tables that you can share with your pupper. Remember to call first to book a pet-friendly room at TownePlace Suites.
Martin Park is a 50-acre parcel that has gone to the dogs, in a good way! Located in the neighboring town of Southern Pines, Martin Park is not your typical dog park. Aside from the usual open play spaces, this park features hiking trails, wooded areas, and a creek, making it the pawfect place for Fido to socialize with other doggos and explore the outdoors at the same time. Note that Martin Park is only partially fenced, so it is best suited for canines who respond well to verbal commands. Pet waste stations with bags are located throughout the park in case you forgot to bring some.
Leashed four-legged visitors are welcome at Reservoir Park, a popular recreation destination in nearby Southern Pines. Part of the unique Sandhills region of North Carolina, the 165-acre Reservoir Park offers a beautiful and peaceful environment where you and Fido can enjoy hiking, kayaking, and picnicking. Park amenities include covered picnic shelters, a boat ramp, a natural disc golf course, a bike repair station, and water for people and dogs. If you need to tire your pup out, go for a hike on the 2.1-mile trail that encircles the 95-acre lake. From here, you can also branch off to the other trails in the Greenway Trail System.
Should you and Fido find yourselves in the historic district of nearby Southern Pines, stop by Downtown Park to take a pawse from the hustle and bustle of daily life. This tree-covered park features walking paths to stroll on and open green space for Fido to sniff, as well as picnic shelters, athletic courts, and a playground. Moreover, Downtown Park regularly hosts community events and a seasonal farmers market. In case you get hungry, there are a number of dog-friendly restaurants that are just a stone's throw from the park. Options include Rhett's Restaurant, Wolcott's, and Broad Street Bakery and Cafe.
The Morganton Road Sports Complex in neighboring Southern Pines is a great place for family fun. Of course, that includes Fido, too! This complex houses fields for baseball, softball, and soccer, with the latter also offering picnic tables and playground equipment. If Fido's not a fan of sports, you can take him for a walk on the paved pathways instead. Less than a mile from the Morganton Road Sports Complex is Pool Park, a neighborhood park with a large open field that's used for sports and community events. Pool Park also has a walking trail where you can get some exercise in with your pooch.