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Dog Areas in Lake Junaluska

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Lake Junaluska is a community in Haywood County, North Carolina with a population of almost 3,000 people. Named after a nearby mountain and home to a large, manmade lake, Lake Junaluska is the perfect place to live if you love exploring in the outdoors, and there are plenty of dog-friendly activities nearby. Winters are cool, and summers are hot in Lake Junaluska, which means there are different activities you can take part in no matter the time of year. Western North Carolina is home to many exciting attractions, and Lake Junaluska is only about an hour's drive from most!

If you're looking for a dog-friendly activity right in town, why not walk the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail? There are two paved walking trails built around the Lake Junaluska Retreat and Conference Center, and both trails offer stunning views of the town and a peaceful activity you can do with your dog on a leash. One of the trails surrounds the lake, and it stretches for 2.3 miles. The other trail is nearly four miles long, and you'll get views on this walk you won't get on the shorter trail. Both trails take you past historical buildings, rose walks, gardens, and terraces. This beautiful walk is a great way to get to know the area, and there are several off-leash spots nearby, too!

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Lake Junaluska

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    Population Density 1,690/sq mi

    #1 West Asheville

    A 25-minute drive east of Lake Junaluska takes you to Asheville, North Carolina, and the French Broad River Dog Park. This gorgeous park is built along the French Broad River, and during your visit to the park, you'll get to experience a lush green space with gazebos, a wildflower garden, playgrounds, a paved trail, and more. The dog park is a one-acre area that is entirely fenced in, but it does not separate dogs by size. The surface is comprised of wood chips, and there are waste bags and water stations at your disposal in the park, too. There are also trails nearby with access to the river so your pooch can take a dip if they'd like!
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    Population Density 3,047/sq mi

    #2 Downtown Asheville

    Another dog-friendly spot in western Asheville is just over a 20-minute drive from Lake Junaluska, and it's called the Patton Avenue Pet Company and Dog Park. Patton Avenue Pet Company owns three stores in Asheville, and the Patton Avenue location even has a dog park attached that's free for customers! This dog park isn't a huge one, but it's a convenient place to let your dog get some off-leash activity while stocking up on pet supplies at the same time. The dog park has a bin of toys that your dog can try out, and if they find one they love, you can purchase one in the store!
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    Population Density 906/sq mi

    #3 Azalea

    The Azalea Park Dog Park in eastern Asheville, North Carolina is a half-hour drive from Lake Junaluska, and it's a pawesome spot to go for some off-leash fun! Azalea Park is a 155-acre park with sports fields, walking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, and an excellent dog park! The spacious dog park includes a section for dogs under 25 pounds, as well as an area for bigger dogs. The large dog area has a gazebo, and both areas have fresh drinking water for dogs and waste disposal items. Your dog is also welcome to join you in other areas of the park, but they must be on a leash if they're not in the dog park.
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    Population Density 521/sq mi

    #4 Vance Street

    Waynesville, North Carolina is a town of around 10,000 people, and it's home to its very own dog park. The Waynesville Pepsi Dog Park is only a five-minute drive from Lake Junaluska, and it's sure to become a favorite of yours and Fido's! The Pepsi Dog Park is a large, mulched, fenced-in space that includes separate areas for big and little dogs. The park is open from dawn to dusk each day, and it's got a reputation for being clean and well-maintained. You'll find shade and seating in the park, but there isn't a water supply, so be sure to bring your own. There are also walking trails and a creek just outside of the dog park that you can explore with your pet, too!
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    Population Density 1,147/sq mi

    #5 North Carolina Arboretum

    The North Carolina Arboretum is in southwest Asheville, and it features 434 acres of gardens and more than 10 miles groomed trails that are lovely to explore with your dog on a leash! You can drive there in less than half an hour from Lake Junaluska, and it's worth every minute of the trip. One of the many trails you can take here is called the Carolina Mountain Trail. This 2.4-mile trail is an easy hike, which makes it an ideal spot for a leisurely walk with your pooch. If you're looking for something more challenging, you and your dog can take the Owl Ridge Trail. This trail is less than a mile, and it's open to dog walkers, hikers, and bikers.
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