Have you ever dreamed of living in a really small town? Spencer Mountain, North Carolina might be a great place for you to consider. As of 2016, the population was only 36. We don’t mean 36,000 or 3,600. We mean 36. Such a small population means you could even elect yourself to the city council, and that’s exactly what two people did in 2015. You might think this town is new, but it was actually founded back in the late 1700s. While you’re there, make sure to snap a picture of the abandoned Spencer Mountain Mansion – rumor has it that it’s haunted!
It’s the perfect town if your dog is reactive to other dogs and people, but even if he isn’t, fear not! While there are no dog parks or dog-friendly restaurants in Spencer Mountain, there are plenty of pawesome options within a short drive’s distance. There are also plenty of veterinarians in the surrounding towns and cities, so you can pick a vet that works best for your furry family member. If you’re looking for a small town to call home or are just looking for some peace and quiet, Spencer Mountain awaits!
Just south of Spencer Mountain, you and Fido can go visit George Poston Dog Park! This popular bark park has two secure and safe sections where your dog can play. If he’s larger, he’ll go to the area for large dogs, and if he’s smaller, well, you get the gist. The dog park spans over five acres, so there’s plenty of space for even the most rambunctious dogs to play. Water isn’t provided by the park, and it can get quite hot, so make sure to bring some along. You’ll also want to have some waste bags on hand so that you can clean up after your pooch.
If you head about seven miles southeast of Spencer Mountain, you and your dog will come across Goat Island Park and Greenway. Despite the name, this park has no goats in it. This beautiful park has a dog park located in the back, allowing your dog to get some off-leash exercise while making some pawsitively wonderful new friends! You’ll need to bring along waste bags and water for your dog. Once you’re done at the dog park, explore the rest of the park! Fido will need to be on his leash once you leave the dog park, though.
Does your dog love exploring nature? Does he enjoy long walks? If so, head about thirty minutes west of Spencer Mountain to Crowders Mountain State Park! This state park has many trails winding throughout the park, so you and Fido can enjoy as long or as short of a walk as you want. Fido does have to remain on his leash the entire time; if he doesn’t, you could get a ticket. Please remember to clean up after your dog, as other hikers won’t be too happy if they step in anything Spot leaves behind! What are you waiting for?
Want to grab a bite to eat with your chow hound? Head about three-and-a-half miles out of Spencer Mountain to Gastonia’s Mountain Brook neighborhood! Enjoy a sweet treat at the appropriately-named Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt. You can even ask for a little cup of whipped cream for Fido. If you want a full meal, head to Brixx Wood Fire Pizza! Enjoy a delicious slice of pizza that’s sure to hit the spot. Fido can join you on the patios of either restaurant, but he’ll need to stay on his leash. Water is usually available for him upon request.
The Catawba Heights neighborhood of Mount Holly is less than ten miles away from Spencer Mountain, and you and Fido can enjoy yet another dog park there! Tuckaseege Dog Park is open from dawn until dusk, so you and Fido can easily find a few minutes to go play. This fenced-in, off-leash dog park has plenty of room for you and Fido to play tug-o'-war or a game of fetch, but that’s only if he isn’t too busy playing with his furrific new friends. A mile-long trail is located just outside the park, so both of you can get some exercise. If that’s not your thing, enjoy relaxing on one of the benches in the dog park.