Henderson, North Carolina was named after 19th-century Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, Leonard Henderson. The town nickname is “City of the Four Seasons” because they have snow in the winter (even though it is not too cold), beautiful blossoming springs, warm summers, and the amazing colors of fall. The average year-round temperature is 65, making outdoor pastimes become year-round activities. For all of the dog lovers in town and their 2,900 dogs, the outside fun is a big benefit of living in Hendersonville because of all the great dog-friendly places.
Henderson has 12 awesome city parks with a variety of amenities, but the dog parks are what Fido really wants to see! Jackson Park on South Grove Street has a part with lots of trees and grass just for the dogs to run free. This is a 212-acre wildlife park with a bunch of picnic shelters, ball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, trails, restrooms, and tons of space to run.
Pets’ Own Place Park on 7th Avenue East has about one and a half acres of fenced-in fun space to run. They have separate sides for small and large dogs, running water, benches for the humans, and doggy waste baggies. The dogs and the people are friendly and fun. Also, across the street is the Mud Creek entrance to the Oklawaha Greenway trail if you need to get some exercise too.
This southern Hendersonville neighborhood give you access to the Dupont State Forest, with over 10,400 acres of forested land to explore. The Little River that flows here cascade in four different waterfalls throughout. Steep hills and mountains contrast with wildlife clearings, that makes for a pawsome adventure on every excursion. Be sure to bring snacks and water with you, as drinking water is not readily accessible, and be sure to keep your pup leashed. With miles and miles of dirt roads and trails, you are sure to find a new route every time you come.
Pi-Squared brings the insanely good Detroit style square-cut thick crust pizza to Hendersonville! All of the tables on this patio are pet-friendly. They also all have umbrellas so you don’t have to worry about sitting in the intense sun or getting wet by a light drizzle. Also in this neighborhood is Monte’s Sub Shop, a sandwich shop that features outdoor tables where your pup is welcome. Tire out your pup with a run at Berkeley Ball Park, between games of course!
From this large neighborhood, you and your pup can access Jackson Park. This park’s 212 acres features sports fields and courts, picnic areas, a playground, and walking trails to enjoy. Take a hike, then bring a lunch to make an adventure out of the afternoon. This huge park even has an off leash dog park inside, ready for your pup to explore! The dog park is a drive in, but worth it! If romping has made your tummies rumble, head to Burgerworx, where you and your pup can stuff your faces with burgers at one of their outdoor tables.
If you are looking for a breakfast, lunch, or dinner on the town, this neighborhood has everything you need! The Black Forest Restaurant on 5th offers authentic German cuisine, but be sure to get there early, as there is only one dog friendly outdoor table! Champa Sushi and Thai Cuisine serves amazing Asian dishes, and features plenty of outdoor seating that welcomes your pup. Mike’s on Main dishes up classic diner foods, and will even bring your dog a biscuit at their outdoor tables. Other dog friendly choices include Soy Y Luna, Hannah Flanagan’s Pub and Eatery, and The Dugout Sport Bar and Grill.
For a pawsome drink, head to Southern Appalachian Brewery in this neighborhood, where pup are allowed outside the tasting room. Need a little more sustenance? Check out Mona Lisa’s amazing Italian menu, from pizza to veal parmesan. Call ahead to acquire their sole dog friendly outdoor table. Burn off those calories with a run with your pup at the unnamed park at the corner of Locust and 9th Ave. Your dog is sure to enjoy his pawsome afternoon!