The cozy town of Canton lies on the Pidgeon River, in the heart of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. This quaint mountain village is known for its excellent school systems, friendly townsfolk, and picture-perfect landscape. With only 20 miles separating this charming town from bustling Asheville, it comes as no surprise that many families choose to relocate here from the big city. The community strives to care for the four-legged residents as well, with a veterinary clinic known for its compassionate care and plenty of outdoor activities for pups to enjoy.
The crown jewel of this area is the Pisgah National Forrest, home to some of the most magnificent terrain in Appalachia. A hike along the Graveyard Fields Trail is an excellent way to take in the surroundings with your pooches. They will love all the sights and smells the trail has to offer, with two waterfalls, a river, and an abundance of wildlife. We can’t forget the blueberry bushes along the path, which provide a vitamin-packed and dog-safe snack along the way!
Blueberries can’t hold you over for long! When those hunger pangs hit, grab a change of clothes and paw over to Southern Porch in downtown! This dog-friendly gastropub offers country fixin’s like shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, and scratch-made-biscuits -- talk about dog heaven!
Natural beauty is plentiful in these parts, but if we had to narrow it down to one mutts-see attraction, it would be Black Balsam Knob. The turnoff for the mountain is on the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, dubbed “America’s favorite drive", making the trip double the fun (but it always is for Fido)! The bald peak lends to panoramic views that some say are the best in the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are several trails to explore and many campsites for dogs looking to prolong their stay. Furry campers who are uninterested in having roasted hot dogs (again) can travel back down the mountain to grab some grub at the Jukebox Junction Restaurant. This classic diner has dog-friendly picnic tables in the back and is open from 7 am to 8 pm every day except Sunday (when it closes at 3 pm).
Need a fresh spin on the old dog walking routine? Try a paw-a-normal walking tour! The Ghost Hunters of Asheville experience proves that it doesn’t have to be Howl-o-ween for canines to have a frightfully fun time in Downtown Asheville. These tours "creep" it real with local guides and authentic paranormal equipment such as Dousing Rods, EMF Meters, and Ambient Temperature Thermometers! There are five spooktacular walking tours to choose from, or you can book a private excursion. You will need to keep your pups leashed during your adventure, and make sure you bring waste bags for when they get the poo scared out of them!
A trip to the Patton Avenue Pet Company is a treat for any dog! This hometown chain is dubbed “Asheville’s favorite pet store” and boasts three downtown locations. PAPCo offers a large selection of quality pet foods, K-9 clothing, toys, leashes, and accessories. They even have a prong-collar trade-in program, where they give store credit for bringing in prong collars (which can be dangerous if misused). The shop near Lucerne Park even features a small play area, which is free for furry patrons to use! The friendly staff and pawesome selection will have your fur children begging to come back!