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Dog Areas in Waynesville, NC

5 Parks
9 Trails
6 Shops
10 Eateries
11 Groomers

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. 

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Waynesville, NC

  1. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 768/sq mi

    #1 Lake Junaluska

    Colorful green trees, vibrant flowers, towering mountains and a sparkling lake... How can anyone turn down visiting the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail in the Lake Junaluska neighborhood? You probably can't, and you probably won't be able to resist bringing Fido since the trail is dog-friendly to all leashed dogs. The trails are over 6 miles long and encompass the entire lake, though other then benches, there are no other amenities. The trails connect to the Lake Junaluska Campground, a perfect place to bring your dog to camp out in the stunning wilderness, but be sure to bring water, food, and clean-up bags!
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  2. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 521/sq mi

    #2 Asheville Rd/ East St


    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.

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  3. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 93/sq mi

    #3 Nellie


    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.

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  4. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 187/sq mi

    #4 Bethel

    The Bethel neighborhood is a moderately sized neighborhood is at the southern peak of Waynesville. The Richland Balsam Nature Loop Trail is an excellent option for humans and dogs for an adventure together in the mountains, and is only accessible through the Blue Ridge Parkway. The path loops around the Richard Balsam Peak, which is over 6,000 feet high, making it the second highest peak along the parkway. In the parking area, there are trash bins, water fountains, and benches, but no clean-up stations. Once heading onto the trail, it'll take an hour to complete the 1.4-mile long trail with a minimal elevation of 400 feet.
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  5. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 152/sq mi

    #5 Balsam

    See what most visitors flock to the small mountain town to see, which is the Blue Ridge Parkway. Located in the Sylva neighborhood of Balsam, 5 miles from Waynesville, the Parkway itself travels through multiple states and through many mountains. Another five miles up is the Waterrock Knob Trail, a dog-friendly trail that leads to the top of a flat part of the mountain. The 1.4 trail is partially paved but steep. The visitor center in the parking lot has a gift shop, restrooms, water fountains, benches and even a single clean-up station.
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