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Dog Areas in New Bern

1 Park
3 Trails
13 Eateries
8 Groomers

New Bern is nestled within the Inner Banks of Craven County, and was the original state capital of North Carolina. This quaint city is home to four historic districts, a Civil War battleground, and is the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola. The quirky history and beautiful landscape make this a great place for humans and canines. New Bern has a plethora of dog- and human-friendly activities, including trails, beaches, and walking tours of the area. A human population of nearly 30,000 comes with a lot of puppers. Luckily, there are nine vets in the city to keep the local pups healthy!

Flanner’s Beach is a favorite spot for the local K-9s to splash around and let their ears down. There are several miles of trails with varying degrees of difficulty, including a paved route that is perfect for strollers and wheelchairs. The trails, beach, and campgrounds are all dog-friendly, but dogs must remain on a leash. Flanner’s Beach is conveniently located near downtown New Bern, home to thirteen dog-friendly eateries.

Lawsons Creek Park is located on 140 acres of land and water, at the junction of the Neuse and Trent Rivers. A sprawling boardwalk surrounds the entire park, giving you and Fido a breathtaking view of the twin rivers and the marshland. Amenities include boat ramps, picnic shelters, grills, two fishing piers, and hiking/nature trails. Your pup will never want to leave! The park also has several handicap-accessible amenities, including a fishing pier.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in New Bern

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    Population Density 1,045/sq mi

    #1 Downtown Historic District

    There is no better way to explore New Bern’s rich heritage than a self-guided tour with your pup through the Downtown Historic District. Maps and tour brochures can be obtained at the visitor’s center or on their website. Afterwards, get off your paws and enjoy a relaxing dinner at Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant. This swanky river eatery is located right on the Neuse River and sources all ingredients locally. The Bear Town Market is a cozy downtown dive that offers a great beer selection and indoor seating for your pup! This joint doesn’t serve food, but if you are hungry, feel free to bring your own!
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    Population Density 1,200/sq mi

    #2 Croatan National Forest

    The Croatan National Forest is home to many species of plants and wildlife and is a bird watcher’s paradise. Fido will have a blast blazing the trails here, one of which is 20 miles long! The forest is surrounded by water on three sides, so it makes an exceptional spot for fishing, boating, and swimming. Your furry friend won’t want to leave, and he doesn’t have to, because there are several dog-friendly campgrounds in the vicinity! Several of the trails are really long, so make sure you bring plenty of water for you and Fido. Remember, dogs must be leashed at during their visit.
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    Population Density 1,300/sq mi

    #3 Neuseway Nature Park

    The Neuseway Nature Park is a fun, 55-acre park in Kinston, North Carolina. The park is located on the scenic Neuse River and is home to a variety of beautiful and strange life forms, such as the native Venus Fly Trap. For a small fee, you can take your fuzzy fellow for a ride around the park on the Big Daddy Express, a miniature replica coal mining train! The park has a huge picnic shelter that is fully equipped with lights, grills, tables, and a fireplace. Planning to stay a while? The campground amenities are amazing and provide full hookups for RVs as well as primitive camping.
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    Population Density 1,300/sq mi

    #4 West Caswell St

    The historic Caswell No.1 Fire Station Museum is an interesting place to spend a Saturday with your pup.  This fire station-turned-museum is home to a huge collection of antique fire-fighting memorabilia. The museum even has a resident fire dog, a Dalmatian named Truckie! Want to have an upscale outdoor brunch with your furry BFF? Check out the Peach House Restaurant! This place has a light and fresh menu, with delicious offerings such as croissants, quiche, and paninis. They also offer vegetarian options, so there is something for everyone! If you are looking for dinner, grab a pie at the dog-friendly Sugar Hill Pizzeria!
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    Population Density 1,045/sq mi

    #5 Glenburnie Park

    Glenburnie Park is a great place for pups with big families. There is an off-leash dog park here and a playground for the kiddos. The park also features an 18-hole Frisbee golf course that the whole crew can enjoy together. Pavilions and grilling facilities make this a convenient place for a beautiful riverside picnic. For the water-loving pups, there are two ponds with boat landings and fishing piers. Nestled within the park is Rotary Dog Park, a pawesome place for pooches of all sizes and interests! There are two enclosed exercise areas for small and large dogs, as well as an agility course for the more dexterous puppers.
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