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Dog Areas in Dana

Dana, North Carolina is a residential community just outside bustling Hendersonville in the middle of canine paradise. Scenic Asheville is less than 30 miles away and offers dog-friendly shopping, dog parks, trails, and even the dog-friendly Biltmore Estate. You'll find ample veterinary and pet care services in Dana's adjacent towns and a laid-back, outdoorsy local culture in which dogs are people, too.

In recent years, this part of western NC has blossomed as a center for the arts and a hot-spot for independent breweries. If beer is what brought you to town, rejoice: you can bring Rover with you to the Sierra Nevada Brewery’s patio seating and to several microbreweries in Asheville. Closer to Dana, Hendersonville has two dog-friendly breweries, including Sanctuary Brewing where animal rescue is part of the business plan. Dogs are always welcome to join you for a tasting and vegan food at Sanctuary, but you might want to check the calendar so as not to accidentally crash the weekly Yoga with Cats event.

If you're hoping for some outdoor adventure in western NC, the odds are definitely in your favor. More than 10,000 acres of the Dupont State Forest await just 22 miles south, with 83 miles of dog-friendly hiking trails and 6 waterfalls. If the scenery looks familiar, that's because the Dupont State Forest was the major filming location for the 2012 film The Hunger Games.

Speaking of waterfalls, here’s a fun fact: Dana sits on the Continental Divide, so streams flow towards the Atlantic on one end of town and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. (Rover might like to consider his options when he picks a spot to do his business.) 

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Dana

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    Population Density 40/sq mi

    #1 Central Chimney Rock


    Just 13 miles from Dana, the town of Chimney Rock has plenty of fun on tap. That includes the dog-friendly patio at the Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery (this close to Asheville, there’s always a brewery) as well as the outdoor riverside dining at the retro Old Rock Cafe. Then, enjoy a truly unique view at Chimney Rock State Park, where rock formations like the Devil’s Head and a 400-foot waterfall look out over Lake Lure. There’s a well-worth-it entrance fee. Chimney Rock Park offers 8 dog-friendly (leashes, please) hiking trails, and while 6 are reached by trailheads within the area covered by the entrance fee, two trails have trailheads outside the boundary which are reachable at no cost.  

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    Population Density 1,994/sq mi

    #2 Hendersonville

    Downtown Hendersonville is just a 10-minute drive from Dana and has plenty of creature comforts to offer. In addition to a 24-hour veterinary hospital and variety of pet supply stores, Hendersonville has a fenced off-leash dog run tucked behind William H. King Memorial Park. A little farther from downtown, you'll also find a dog park at the 212-acre Jackson Park, along with some fine on-leash walking trails. If you want to test your dog's IQ, take advantage of the 5-acre corn maze grown each autumn at Grandad's Apples. For a more urban experience, sample from the many dog-friendly restaurants with patio dining, from Champa Sushi and Thai to the Dugout Sports Bar.
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    Population Density 27/sq mi

    #3 Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area


    The Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area lies just 30 miles south of Dana and offers one of the state’s most elaborate and well-marked trail systems; leashes and backcountry skills are required, and remember the drinking water. For a safe but challenging adventure, focus your exploration on the two state parks within Mountain Bridge: Jones Bridge State Park and Caesar’s Head State Park. Caesar’s Head alone has 60 miles of trails, including the 4-mile round-trip Raven Cliff Falls Trail, a must-see unless Rover is afraid of heights: it leads to a suspension bridge and scenic overlook at the 420-foot waterfall.

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    Population Density 384/sq mi

    #4 Flat Rock

    The Village of Flat Rock is less than 7 miles from Dana, and we are pretty sure that if your pups could pick any spot for a great meal, they would pick Hubba Hubba Smokehouse right in the middle of town. The entire restaurant is open-air and dog-friendly, including some covered seating, so your fur family will be right in the middle of the action and definitely begging for their classic Carolina BBQ. Flat Rock was also home to Beat generation poet Carl Sandburg, and his Connemara estate includes beautiful grounds and gardens — along with several dog-friendly hiking trails. Leashes are required, especially since the estate's Goat Barn is nearby. 
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    Population Density 1,127/sq mi

    #5 North Carolina Arboretum

    The 430-acre North Carolina Arboretum is perfect when Rover wants to go a-roving. You have over 10 miles of dog-friendly trails to explore, including the popular Carolina Mountain Trail, a moderate 2.4-mile round trip. For the less ambitious, the 0.4-mile Wolf Branch Road is a lot less intimidating than its name implies. (We're pretty sure the only wolves you see will be the ones you bring with you.) Some trails are open to mountain bikers as well, so keep an eye out for foot-traffic-only markers if your pack doesn't want to share the road. There is a reasonable fee to park at the Arboretum, and the funds support their research and education programs.
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