Laid-back, family-friendly and full of Southern charm, Franklinton, NC really does have it all -- a small town, neighborly vibe, just twenty-seven miles away from all the bright lights and big city amenities of Raleigh. Lovingly referred to by locals as "Funktown", Franklinton has a strong community spirit that’s clear for all to see, from the perfectly preserved historic buildings on Main Street (many of which are on the National Register of Historic Places) to the town’s ecological commitments as part of the Tree City USA program. In terms of pet care, there’s one veterinary clinic in town, and emergency services are available in Raleigh.
Unfortunately, there’s no designated dog park in Franklinton, but you and your pooch are still sure to sniff out something to do! Franklin City Park is a lovely little spot for a leashed walk, and it’s pretty pawpular with local dog owners, so your four-legged pal might even make some new friends. Outdoorsy pups might also be glad to know that there are some fantastically fur-friendly hiking options nearby. And if your furry friend needs to run free, don’t fret -- you’ll find plenty of opportunities for off-leash adventure just a short drive away!
If you and your four-pawed pal are looking for something different to do, why not head on down to Henderson and take in a movie? The pawesome Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre allows furry film buffs to join the fun -- as long as they’re leashed, of course. Situated in the southern part of the city where small town gives way to rural, Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre is one of six drive-ins left in North Carolina, and one of the only ones still doing double-features. By all accounts, the snack bar also serves good food -- everything from classic popcorn to Philly cheesesteaks. Unfortunately, though, you’ll need to leave your pup outside while you order.