Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Waynesville, NC takes up only 7.7 square miles. Waynesville gets a lot of visitors thanks to the area Blue Ridge Parkway, which boosted the town's residents in the 1940s, and has been the most visited park of the National Park System since 1946. The mountaineer residents also have a love for man's best friend when it comes to dog-friendly activities, and the town itself boasts four veterinarians.
The Waynesville Pepsi Dog Park is a notable attraction in Waynesville for dog-lovers, as it has two large fenced-in areas for smaller and larger dogs to run around off-leash. Each park is well-maintained, shaded and has clean-up stations. Bring water though, since there are no water fountains, but there is a Pepsi fountain... Not really, I was just woofing around.
If you and your dog have a sweet tooth, head over to the Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery. The bakery has dog-friendly donuts, drumsticks, and squirrel-shaped cookies! You can even get a new leash or dog toy at the store.
Fido will never get bored in Waynesville, nor will he have all that excess energy from all the outdoor activities you two will be doing.
The Asheville Road and East Street neighborhood is home the largest recreational park in Waynesville. The Waynesville Recreational Park is filled with multiple fields, running tracks, a skatepark and open dog-friendly areas. Dogs must remain on a leash outside any fenced in areas, but in the public grounds can still find joy in playing fetch and playing, or walking around the track. If no one is taking up space, owners are welcome to close off the fenced-in field and let their dog run around freely. Around the rec center, there are clean-up stations, with water fountains and benches stationed around the park.
Nellie is a large neighborhood that takes up the northern part of Waynesville. Although large, it's mostly unpopulated due to being home to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. The park is free to enter for dogs and humans, and boasts many trails and camping sites that are dog-friendly. One trail is the Hemphill Bald Trail Trailhead, a 3.5 steep path that leads to the bald side of the mountain, which grants beautiful views or the mountains. There are no dog amenities, so be sure to bring water and clean-up bags. After the hike, owners and their dogs can turn back, or continue onto the connecting trails.