Located in Chatham County, not too far from Durham and Raleigh, is the town of Pittsboro, North Carolina. Although Pittsboro is small, it’s certainly made a reputation for itself since it was founded in 1785. At one point, the city was under consideration to become North Carolina’s state capital. Instead, that claim went to Raleigh.
In 2002, Pittsboro even tried to create its own currency! Created in 2002, the currency’s known as “PLENTY,” which is short for Piedmont Local Economy Tender. So far, the currency hasn’t proven too useful, but at one point, the exchange rate at the local bank was around 90 percent. If that’s not enough to make Pittsboro notable for you, children’s author Ursula Vernon and painter Anne Taylor Nash are both from the city.
While all of that is part of what makes Pittsboro great, we know you’re here to learn just how great the city is for your canine companion! Pittsboro has five dog-friendly restaurants, so if you’re hoping to grab a bite to eat with your canine companion, you’re in luck! There are also three different veterinary hospitals in Pittsboro, so if you need care for your furry friend, you can choose the vet that works best for you and your dog’s needs. Pittsboro has something for everyone, including your dog!
Don’t feel like cooking dinner? Throw yourself a bone and then take a doggy-bag home! Central Pittsboro has a handful of dog-friendly restaurants, allowing you and your furiend to enjoy a meal together. Want a big meal that’s sure to leave you stuffed? Head to Pittsboro Roadhouse! This eatery dishes up everything from oysters to burgers to soup! You can take your pick. If you’re in the mood for something lighter, check out Elizabeth’s Pizza which serves up happiness by the slice! Fido can join you on the patio; he’ll need to stay on his leash the whole time.
About 15 miles north of Pittsboro, you and your playful pup can enjoy Chapel Hill’s Southern Dog Park. This dog park is sure to be a pawesome time for your four-legged friend. There’s plenty of room for him to run around and get his exercise. While your dog is busy making new friends, you can relax on the shaded seating. While you’ll definitely want to bring your own waste disposal bags, as none are provided, you’ll probably want to bring water, too. Sometimes, the park doesn’t have any set out for dogs, and you don’t want your dog to get overheated.
Although Blands is about a 30-minute drive from Pittsboro, if you and your dog love exploring nature together, you’ll definitely want to visit! Blands is home to Eagle Spur Rail-Trail. The trail is nearly 2.5 miles long, so whether you’re a hiker who’s just getting started or have years of experience, you’ll be able to enjoy this path. The trail isn’t paved; it runs through woods, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes. Fido has to stay on a leash at all times, which is for his own safety. Bring plenty of water for both you and your dog, and make sure to clean up after your pup.
If you’re willing to drive a little bit, Carolina Pines Dog Park, located in Raleigh, is sure to be a ball for you and your dog. There are two separate sections of this bark park. One’s for large, rambunctious dogs. The other section is for smaller dogs, but if your larger dog is on the shyer side, he’s welcome on that side of the park. Carolina Pines provides water for your pooch so that he won’t get too hot while playing, but doesn't supply any waste disposal bags for you. You’ll need to bring some from home. This is an off-leash park.
Are you and your pup feeling up to the ultimate adventure? If you travel about 20 miles north to Chapel Hill’s Carolina North Forest, you’ll find it! Carolina North Forest has several trails running throughout the park, but be warned: Locals say it’s incredibly easy to get lost, so please don’t venture out without having a trail map. Fido’s nose might come in handy, but he’ll need to be on a leash that’s no longer than six feet. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring along plenty of water for both you and your pup.