Pinnacle, North Carolina is a small unincorporated community in southeastern Stokes County, bordered by the picturesque Sauratown and Blue Ridge Mountains. This charming township doesn’t have much to offer as far as shopping malls and fancy restaurants go, but what it lacks in creature comforts it makes up for in raw beauty and its polite small-town feel. Though there are no vets, groomers, or pet stores within the community, there are plenty to be found just a few miles away in the neighboring towns of Pilot Mountain and King, North Carolina.
Pilot Mountain State Park is Pinnacle’s pride and joy, drawing two- and four-legged adventure seekers from near and far. Depending on what you fancy, you and your pup can navigate this striking 3,735-acre park by canoe, horseback, or paw. There are over 15 miles of hiking and canoe trails where your leashed companion can explore all glorious smells the Blue Ridge Mountains have to offer. Just be sure to pick up anything your pet may leave behind!
The Dan River Company in the neighboring town of Danbury will ensure your water baby has a tail-wagging good time while passing through. This boat rental facility loves its furry customers and is more than willing to accommodate your puppy’s canoe, kayak, and shuttle needs! This furrific adventure will make your pup feel like a bone-a-fide riverboat captain!
Hanging Rock State Park in Danbury is a great place to spend the day with your favorite outdoorsy pups. Whether your fur-iends are avid hikers or water enthusiasts, this park is sure to have something to excite them! There are over 20 miles of trails to blaze with your furry compadres and several waterfalls where they can splash around and cool their tired toe beans. When you start to hear those imminent tummy grumbles, recharge at one of the park's two picnic areas! Each area has 60 sites and 15 grills, so be sure to bring the weenies and hot dog buns!
Nineteen miles south, in the city of Winston-Salem, lies a pet boutique that will keep your pooch looking fetching year-round. K-9 Doggie Bakery and Boutique specializes in fresh-baked treats that are made daily in-store! That’s not all, though! This furrific pet shop has plenty of stylish duds for fashionable canines, as well as collars, leashes, and other accessories to match their look! They also carry plenty of other pet necessities, including crates, toys, organic flea and tick preventative, bathing supplies, and so much more! Owners can grab a treat for themselves right across the street, at the dog-friendly Silo Bistro. Order up some tapas to share and a bowl of water for your pet — your pup will certainly thank you!
Just a 25-minute drive from Pinnacle, Recreation Billiards in Winston-Salem offers owners an excellent place to unwind with fun games, cool brews, and (of course!) their beloved fur children. This is a very pawpular spot with the local four-legged community, so it is likely your pup will make some furry friends during his visit! For owners looking for some recreation, there are pool tables, pinball machines, foosball tables, dartboards, and several other arcade games! The beer is cheap and there is always fun to be had here, so stop on by and don’t forget your pooch!
Located within Horizon Park in Germantown is a delightful bark park that is sure to put a smile on even the most skeptical snout. Happy Hounds Park is the highlight of the neighborhood for the local pup-ulation, giving resident pooches an excellent space to stretch their legs and make new friends. Both the big guys and the small fries have their own individual dog runs to preside over, with equally spacious expanses in each. This paw park is known especially for its friendly regulars and well-maintained condition, which keeps fur families coming back again and again!
Canines on the hunt for good Carolina bark-b-que need to look no further than Goodtimes BBQ in Pilot Mountain. This pup-approved eatery has five outdoor tables where pets can join their owners as they chow down on ribs, pulled pork, and brisket! Those who aren’t “big on the pig” will be glad to know they have plenty of other options that are sure to stick to your ribs! Their wing selection is out of this world, with flavors like mild, hot, chipotle, bbq, blueberry, Cheerwine, spicy honey ginger, and dry rub. Other options include crispy fried fish, juicy cheeseburgers, and Brunswick stew! The bones alone will have your hound salivating like Pavlov’s pooch!