Perhaps best known for being home to Appalachian State University, the city of Boone, North Carolina offers small town charm alongside big city amenities. With a beautiful and historic downtown district, there are plenty of places for you and your four-legged friend to enjoy a walk together while taking in the amazing view of Grandfather Mountain, which overlooks the city. Boone also has three veterinarian clinics, including one emergency clinic which is open twenty-four hours a day for your convenience.
If you’re looking for excitement, don’t discount Boone. As the city attracts many tourists, some for Appalachian State University and some for the beautiful leaves in the fall and snow in the winter, there’s always something going on. Many activities, such as the reenactment of Horn in the West, are held outdoors, meaning your dog can accompany you. Boone is a great city for you and your dog, whether you’re looking for some fun or a new vet!
If you’re looking to get some shopping done and want to bring your canine companion along, head to downtown Boone’s Mast General Store. This store, made to resemble an old-timey general store, is dog-friendly, so long as your dog is on a leash. Mast General Store sells delicious treats, both of today and yesterday, alongside items for your home and clothing items for the whole family – including Fido! Make sure your dog stays out of the candy, though. If you want to grab a bite to eat, head to Melanie’s Food Fantasy. This local favorite welcomes dogs of all sizes on their spacious patio, so long as your dog is on his leash.
Located in eastern Boone is Rutherwood, which is home to Wautauga Dog Park. This spacious dog park, which spans nearly four acres, is completely fenced in, allowing your dog to run around off of his leash and you to stay confident he’s not going anywhere. There are three separate areas so that your dog can play and feel comfortable with dogs his own size; there’s also a section for dogs who aren’t as well-socialized. Waste disposal bags and water are provided for your pooch. This park does require a pass, which can be purchased at the Wautauga Humane Society.
If you’re looking for even more places to dine with your dapper dog, head to the southern end of Boone. Makoto’s Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar serves up delicious Japanese dishes and mouthwatering drinks, and your leashed dog is welcome to join you at any of their outdoor tables. If it’s cloudy outside, call ahead to make sure outdoor seating is available. If you’re not in the mood for sushi, try Bella’s Italian Restaurant. This popular spot serves classic Italian dishes, and Fido can join you on their patio. A leash is required, as is good behavior. Bone Appetit!
Located under ten miles south of Boone is the city of Blowing Rock, and if you want a dog-friendly activity that’s fun for the whole family, make sure to check out Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine. Doc’s Rocks prides themselves on considering Fido to be part of your family, and therefore, he’s welcome wherever you are! Enjoy mining for gemstones, or head down to the creek where there’s a trail you can walk your dog on. There’s something for everyone at Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine, and that includes your pup.
If you and your dog want to go on an adventure – or at least a hike – together, head twenty minutes south of Boone to central Blowing Rock, where you’ll find the actual Blowing Rock! This one-fourth of a mile hike provides a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains, and park staff is more than happy to welcome your dog, providing you clean up after him. Waste disposal bags are not provided, so you’ll need to bring your own. Although it might be tempting to ignore the leash requirement, it’s really important you don’t; there are many dangerous cliffs.