A small town in Polk County, North Carolina, Tryon is popular statewide for being a prime location for equestrian activities and competitions. The land is beautiful, and the weather is prime to enjoy any number of outdoor activities. It’s not just horses that will enjoy this scenic location, however. Dog lovers and their canine companions flock to Tryon for a number of dog-friendly activities in the immediate area, as well as a short distance away in Asheville or other larger towns.
Though it may seem a sleepy little town, Tryon will definitely surprise you if you give it half a chance. While there are plenty of exciting things to occupy your time, if you’d rather start out with a bit of relaxation while still enjoying the quiet of the mountains, you’ll want to make your way to central Tryon, where you’ll find just what you need to satisfy your inner geek. The Book Shelf is a store with a vast selection of books on just about any subject you could imagine. Search their shelves, find yourself something to read, and pull up a seat with your precious pup. We're sure they’ll like to hear an interesting story, be it adventure or one of those romance novels that are a guilty pleasure. Either way, your dog is welcome to join you inside!
Finally, if you enjoyed Chimney Rock State Park, it’s worth making the trip to Paris Mountain State Park. Although you’ll need to cross state lines into South Carolina, it’s a relatively short trip that will be worth every moment. Located within Paris Mountain, you’ll find an expansive lake and plenty of hiking trails to keep you busy all day. Go for a long walk with your pup, and then relax on the shores of the gorgeous lake and enjoy the scenery. Just keep your canine companion on a leash no longer than six feet at all times, and be prepared to clean up any messes.