Check out Lumber River State Park, one of North Carolina’s beautiful parks that features 3 dog-friendly hiking trails! There’s a 3-mile trail along the Lumber River’s edge which goes through wetlands and a hardwood forest; there’s a 1.5-mile trail that also goes along the edge of the river, along with a 100-foot boardwalk; and there’s a half-mile track loop trail that overlooks Griffin's Whirl, an interesting area in the that flows in reverse. You pup is welcome to accompany on the trails as long as you keep it on a leash and clean up after it. The park opens year-round at 7 AM and closes at different times depending on the season.
What could be better than pizza with your pup? Giorgio's Restaurant & Pizza offers plenty of delicious food and the space for some quality time with your pooch. Sit at one of the eatery’s outdoor dog-friendly tables and start off your meal with one of their fresh appetizers. Chow down on some broccoli and cheddar bites before you select a dish off of their entrée menu, which features pasta, pizza, salads, seafood, subs, burgers and calzones. You also will want to take advantage of their daily and nightly specials. The restaurant is open everyday from 11 AM to 10 PM.
The Jade Vine is a downtown eatery that prides itself on fresh food and quality service. You’ll find a variety of soups, sandwiches, wraps and salads to choose from. You’ll be able to have a nice lunch while your pup sits at your feet. The restaurant has two outdoor dog-friendly tables. Their menu offers a variety of fun items. Give the “Price is Right” a go; it’s a mighty sandwich containing maple smoked ham, turkey, provolone cheese, romaine lettuce, cucumbers, green peppers and a cajon jalapeño spread. Or try one of their old-fashioned hotdogs. If you’re feeling something light, just snag a fruit parfait. They are open Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM.
If you’re looking for an adventure with your pup, go to Lake Waccamaw State Park. The park contains hiking trails that will have your dog’s tail wagging. Most of the trails are classified as easy. You can explore the 4-mile Lakeshore Trail, where you’ll see cypress trees, various fish species and sandy beeches on the lake. Or you can take the .65-mile trail Loblolly Trail; on this hike you can se the pines, bay trees and turkey oaks. You might even spot a Venus Flytrap, a rare species in the wild! Don’t forget to check out the park’s 700-foot boardwalk. The park opens at 7 AM year-round and closes at different times depending on the season.
Consider yourself lucky, because Thai Chili is the only authentic Thai restaurant in the city – and they’re pup-friendly! Take a seat with your pooch at one of their two outdoor tables and start your meal off with one of their appetizers, such as the fresh spring rolls or Thai style chicken wings. Then decide from a vast menu of Thai noodles, Thai and Chinese dinners, and soups and curries. Don’t forget about their lunch specials. You also might want to try their Thai sticky rice with mango dessert before you leave, too. They are open Monday through Friday 11 AM to 8:15 PM.