Nestled in Henderson County, North Carolina is the small town of Horse Shoe. This town took its name from a nearby meander in the French Broad River that is shaped like a horse's shoe. Although the community is small, Horse Shoe is still home to six veterinarians for to keep resident and visiting dogs in the best of health.
If your dog is itching to run around in the park, then head to Etowah Park, which offers 18-acres of park fun for your dog to enjoy. The park has a covered pavilion, picnic tables, a playground, tennis courts, and a soccer field. If you dog loves to sniff and explore, check out the walking trail that Etowah Park has to enjoy a nice hike.
Since Horse Shoe is such a small town, there aren’t any local restaurants that you and Fido can eat at together. Luckily, Asheville is just a car ride away and home to a plethora of dog friendly restaurants that the two of you can dine at together. Check out Sunny Point Café, a family-owned establishment that serves upscale made-from-scratch food in a cozy atmosphere. Their outdoor patio is dog friendly and welcomes your leashed dog to join you for a tasty salad or burgers.
The Mills River Dog Park is a dogtastic place to take Fido for a fun day out off-leash. The dog park is in Mills River, which is only four miles out of Horse Shoe, the perfect car ride or even walking distance. The park is separated into small and large dog areas, and is covered mostly in grass, with a small gravel space. The park offers water for dogs to stay hydrated and benches for owners to relax on and watch their pups have a good time. Don’t forget to bring clean-up bags with you to the park.
Grab your dog and hop in the car, because six miles out of Horse Shoe is Hendersonville which is home to the Pet’s Own Place Dog Park. The dog park is surrounded by streams, so your dog can splash around and get his paws wet. Mostly covered in grass, the park offers a covered tent for owners to get some shade, but your dog will love all the open room that he can run in. If your dog is looking for more things to do, go outside the park and explore the trails that surround the dog park. Don’t forget your water and clean-up bags when you visit.
If you and Fido are looking for some great restaurants to grab some tasty food, then head out of Horse Shoe to nearby Hendersonville and check out Monte’s Sub Shop. This pawesome eatery serves subs, sandwiches, soups, and salads. If Fido is more in the mood for pizza, then stop in at Pi-Squared Pizza, a great restaurant that offers Detroit style square-cut pizza. If neither of those fit your fancy, then check out Papa’s and Beer. This Mexican eatery has a huge menu with twenty different burritos to choose from plus a plethora of beers. These restaurants have dog friendly patios where Fido can dine with you
Eight miles out of Horse Shoe is Fletcher which is home to the Morris Broadband Dog Park, which is located inside the Fletcher Parks and Recreation Area. The dog park is separated into a large and small dog section, so your little furry friend has dogs to play with that are equal size to them. Both areas feature agility equipment, but no water or benches. If your dog likes playing in water, right outside of the park is Crane Creek which he can jump around and play in. If you both get hungry after a fun day at the park, then stop into Blue Sky Café. Blue Sky Café serves soup, salads, and burgers. They offer a covered patio where your dog is welcome to join you for a tasty bite to eat.
The Cap Gap Loop is a great trail to go explore with your furry friend by your side. This trail is in Brevard which is only fourteen miles out of Horse Shoe. The hike is considered moderate and is 5-miles in length through the Pisgah National Forest. Your dog will love the continuous streams and rivers you pass on the hike. Be aware that hunting is allowed in this forest, so locals suggest wearing orange and watching your surroundings when in hunting season. Your dog can run around off-leash unless it is summer time.