Goldsboro is a quaint North Carolina town with a warm, humid climate, which makes it pawfect for visiting with your dog. After the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad was finished in the early 1840s, a lot of people from a small community named Waynesboro started to relocate near the railroad, and called the place Goldsboro. Its proximity to two rivers -- the Neuse River to the south and the Little River to the west -- means you and Fido will have plenty of opportunities to take a stroll along the shore!
Among other things, Goldsboro is an extremely dog-friendly place that consists of lots of hotels, accommodations, restaurants, and cafes where our canine friends are very welcome. It even has more than 10 veterinary hospitals, services, and clinics. If you are looking for a place to spend a couple of nights along with your pup, check out Hampton Inn Goldsboro or Best Western Plus Goldsboro. Both hotels welcome pets with open arms.
If you are going for a stroll through the city, make sure to check out one of the many parks, or rest up at one of the 9 restaurants and cafes that welcome pooches! You and Fido will have a hard time getting bored in Goldsboro, especially if you like to eat and exercise! (And what dog doesn't?)
Goldsboro has its own little park, called Stoney Creek Dog Park, where you can tire out your pup in the fenced, off-leash area. The park consists of two sections: one for smaller pups and another one for larger breeds. There is a double-gated entrance system that will provide extra security if your pup tends to run away. There is also some agility equipment and shade provided by a couple of trees. The dog park has limited access to water, though, so it might be a good idea to bring some of your own. Keep in mind that you'll need to pay a membership fee to play here.
There aren’t many places around Goldsboro where you can take your pup for off-leash playtime. But if you and your pup are willing to travel around 53 miles away from Goldsboro, you'll find an incredible dog park called Carolina Pines Community Dog Park. This park is located in Southwest Raleigh and is a shaded, off-leash park where pooches can run freely in a fenced area. The park provides drinking water, but don't forget the waste baggies! There are two divided play areas for small and large pups. Both areas have plenty of room for many pups to roam, and your precious pooch will love sniffing out some new friends here!
Even though there aren't any off-leash dog parks in Goldsboro, there are several dog-friendly restaurants, cafes, bars, drive-thrus, and delis where your pup is very welcome! You won't want to miss The Flying Shamrock, an Irish pub with hearty fare and all your favorite brews. Craving something a little spicier? Paw on over to Bonfire's tortilla Bar! Or, check out one of Goldsboro's many dog-friendly chain restaurants: PT's Olde Fashioned Grille, McAlister's Deli, and Smithfield's Chicken 'N Bar-B-Q. If you’re craving for something sweet to munch on, head to Cold Stone Creamery or Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. All establishments welcome leashed dogs at outdoor tables.
Around 48 miles away from Goldsboro, you'll find Knightdale Station, located in East Knightdale. This park is home to a furrific dog park that Fido will love: Ashley Wilder Dog Park! The park is an off-leash, properly fenced area with plenty of space for playing fetch with other pups, or just sniffing and running around! The park provides two separate areas for dogs under and over 25 lbs. so our canine friends can be as comfortable as possible while they play. The park has plenty of trees that provide a nice, thick shade, but you'll need to bring some water and waste baggies with you.
Best Friend's Dog Park is a fun place located about 50 miles away from Goldsboro, in Central Rocky Mount. This place is definitely worth the drive because it includes not two, but three different areas -- one is for small dogs, another one is for large doggos, and a third one includes agility equipment. All of the areas are pretty large, allowing the dogs to run to their hearts' content! This is an extremely fun and clean park that provides water fountains and doggie pools in the summer to keep pups comfortable and cool. There are also benches for the human visitors and trees that provide shade.