Hickory, North Carolina is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Catawba River Valley. The town was named after a giant Hickory tree that stood where the first building was built in the 1790s. There are over 5,000 dogs in town, so there are plenty of dog-friendly places to go while you are in town.
If you like hiking, check out South Mountains State Park, which has 40 miles of trails with elevations of up to 3,000 feet and an 80-foot waterfall. You can even camp there with Fido if you like roughing it. This park is pretty deep in the woods, and the trails can be a bit tough for beginners but with the waterfall and mountains you cannot beat the view.
Baker’s Mountain Park is almost 200 acres with six miles of trails and tons of wildlife in the forested parts of the trails. Baker's Mountain has the highest elevation in the county at almost 2,000 feet and gives you a gorgeous view of the North Carolina Mountains. There are also campgrounds, picnic and BBQ areas, and a historic home hidden in the forest if you follow the signage. In general, the North Carolina Mountains make a phenomenal place to spend nearly the entire day with Fido. Enjoy your stay in Hickory, North Carolina.
Jogging through the 6th St N.W. / 9th Ave N.W. neighborhood with their dog helps many pup owners relax after commuting home from a day at work. Getting together with two and four legged friends at Geitner-Rotary Park is another great place to walk Fido along the paved bike paths and enjoy the natural surroundings. Picnic shelters, a gazebo and a playground make this a wonderful location for the entire family. When you and your pooch are ready for lunch, head over to Fourk restaurant where you can enjoy American cuisine at one of the six pet friendly outdoor tables.
Beautiful Kiwanis Park in the Route 70 / 8th Street Dr S.E. neighborhood offers walking trails where you and your pup can get some exercise and enjoy the sunny weather. The park also features picnic shelters and grills where you can meet up with friends and let your pup have a playdate while the humans socialize. The park also provides tennis courts, baseball fields, playgrounds, and even a splash pad! Got a hankering for pizza? Head to the Mellow Mushroom for a hip atmosphere where you can enjoy a cold craft beer with your pie on the outdoor patio while your pooch relaxes in the shade with a cool bowl of water.
The one-acre St. Stephens dog park located in the North Hickory is pawfectly located to give pooches a place to run and play. Neighbors and their dogs find time to socialize and give Fido enough exercise to wear him out at the end of day. You and your pup will enjoy the walking trails to work out the kinks after a long day sitting in your chair or lounging at home. Your pup is welcome at J. McCroskey’s Irish Pub and Grill. This sports bar offers several pet-friendly outdoor patio tables where you and your pooch can enjoy the game.