In the western Blue Ridge Mountains lies the city Asheville, North Carolina, one of the most kindest places to animals and people in the country. The liberal view of the 80,000 or so inhabitants of Asheville extends to animals and their rights which result in many pet-friendly venues and attractions. The beautiful natural surroundings of the region top things off.
One of the top attractions, the Biltmore Estate, is also accessible for dogs. Explore over 250 acres well-tended gardens together as long as they are on a leash. Furthermore, dogs are allowed in the restaurants at Antler Hill Village.
Two of the parks in Asheville offer off-leash opportunities. The French Broad River Park, which drifts alongside the river with the same name, is not only amazing for the peaceful natural setting it offers. The dog park is a hit with the locals as it is a great place for them to run around and meet new pals. The Azalea Park Dog Park, part of the 155 acre Azalea Park, offers a similar experience.
And then there is the North Carolina Arboretum, a huge natural park with landscaped gardens and several hiking trails of varying difficulties. All in all, Asheville has a lot to offer for dogs and their owners.
Visit the French Broad River Dog Park located on the French Broad River in this neighborhood. This very unique dog park offers open water fountains to keep your pooch well hydrated, and they have activity toys for dogs along the paths. If your pup can resist those toys and keep walking, you will get to the area of the river where your dog can cool down with a quick swim. Everything even a picky pup could bark for. Carrier Park is a dog friendly park nestled by the French Broad River. The park features a paved walking trail for ease of walking, and is especially entertaining for dogs that enjoy being sociable. Catch a bite to eat at local dog friendly eateries, such as Edna’s at the River, The Admiral, BattleCat Coffee Bar, and Owl Bakery. Just passing through? Downtown offers some pawsome dog friendly hotels as well, such as the Mermaid Cottage, Pokeberry Loft, and West Asheville Cherry Bungalow.
The historic Biltmore Village also boasts gorgeous architecture throughout the neighborhood. Take a delightful stroll past these amazing buildings on your way to shopping and eating! Bon Vivant Co. is an eclectic store featuring unique, artistic, and antique gift ideas. Bring in your pup to meet the house dog Claude. The clothing store Bette also allows your dog to help you shop. Catch a bite to eat at some fine dog friendly restaurants, such as Catawba Brewing, Fig Bistro, The Corner Kitchen, or The Cantina at Historic Biltmore Village. Need a place to cuddle up for the night? Located nearby are Doubletree by Hilton Asheville Biltmore and the Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, both which allow dogs in your room.
This large neighborhood is home to the pawsome Azalea Road Dog Park. Located inside a green space featuring 155 acres, the large surrounding park houses 4 soccer fields, lakes, trails to explore, a historic cabin, and picnic areas for an afternoon lunch. Most exciting to your pup is the onsite dog park, which features fenced in areas separated for large and small dogs and covered in soft grass. There is drinking water available, and swimming to help keep pups cool. For you, there are chairs to rest in, shade trees, and a gazebo, and the park even offers parking just for the dog park!