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“Head down south to the land of the pines” to relax and rewind with your furry friend. Burnsville is a growing, mountainous town surrounded by nature, and popular local and tourists destinations. While not as grandiose and hip as it’s neighbor, Asheville, Burnsville offers a wide variety of activities for passers-by and puppers-by. Two local vets are found in the town center where your pup will be warmly welcomed and cared for.
Burnsville is nestled in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, and features the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Mountains. Crabtree Falls Loop Trail offers a 2.5 mile hike which is popular for its tranquil trails and waterfall. Keep your pup on a leash no longer than 6 foot long in public areas and under voice control while hiking the backtrails.
Visit the charming town square, where you’ll find an old-timey plaza surrounded by brick buildings dating back decades. Stop by the Blind Squirrel Brewery to feast on local favorites while Fido watches the town go by on the outdoor sidewalk seating.
Burnsville is a one-stop-shop for you and your pup to discover the southern belle charm; where the welcome is sweet, but the tea is sweeter!
You and your pup can go on exciting excursions at all of the public hikes nestled in the Mount Mitchell State Park. Climb up to 6,684 feet to the summit of Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River, to set your eyes on breathtaking views with your pup. It is recommended to keep Fido on a leash at all times in wilderness areas. Your pup is welcome on the many trails throughout the park, but is not allowed inside facilities or park buildings. After a visit to the summit, try out the Old Mitchell trail for a 4.4 mile hike with your bud!
Locally known as “The Square,” Burnsvillians and tourists alike flock to the town’s quaint center to enjoy local bites, shop in the cute stores, and to get a whiff of southern charm. A must on your food bucketlist is The Garden Deli, along with it’s boozy counterpart, Snapdragon. Both are renowned favorites among locals. You’ll recognize the place by it’s trademark weeping willow tree, around which you can dine on their dog-friendly patio. Hurry and grab a seat while you can though as this duo restaurant fills up quickly! For delicious smoothies, desserts, soups, coffee and more, try out Appalachian Java. Located just across the square, “App Java” will be happy to serve you and your pup!
As the town center of Burnsville takes less than 5 minutes to drive through, you and your pup might want to explore the neighboring towns that are equally cute and entertaining. One such town is Spruce Pine, which lies just east of Burnsville. You and Fido will have a pawsome time chowing down at The Pizza Shop and Dry County Brewing Company, where the staff await you and your fur-iend with open arms. Here, you can look forward to live music, homemade pizza, freshly-brewed beers, and a fresh bowl of water and a pat for Fido! Dog owners rave about this local gem in Spruce Pine.
Lace up your hiking boots and pack Fido’s leash for a woody adventure in the Pisgah National Forest. Located amid the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina, this National Forest offers 500,000+ acres of land. There are a plethora of trails to discover here with your pup! For advanced hiking pups, try out the Big Butt Trail to gander at the Blue Ridge Parkway. This 4 hour, 6 mile hike might be a challenge for beginner pups. Make sure to keep Fido on a leash while on Blue Ridge Parkway property and especially during state gaming season, between April 1 and August 15.
Located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway and just south of Spruce Pine, is the community of Little Switzerland. With its one and only neighborhood, it’s the ideal location for you and your furry pal to take a break from all the hiking along the Parkway and refuel for the road. Enjoy a comforting bite to eat at the local Switzerland Cafe where you and Fido are welcome to dine on fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. An American style cafe with European flare! When it’s time to snooze, seek out the many woody vacation rentals or try out the pup-friendly Linville Falls Campground for a night under the stars.
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