Woodleaf is a small community in Rowan County, North Carolina. Because it’s small and unincorporated, this community doesn’t have much to offer dog owners other than about fifteen vet clinics within twenty minutes of town.
If you head just twenty minutes southeast of Woodleaf, you’ll reach Salisbury, NC. This town has several great restaurants for you and Fido to enjoy -- one of which is Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina. This casual Mexican restaurant offers traditional favorites like burritos and tacos, but their “quesoritos” and nachos are most popular.
If you’re in the mood for something different, try Massimo’s Artisan Sandwich Shoppe. This cafe offers everything from smoothies to paninis to croissants as well as several vegetarian options. Both restaurants welcome pups at their dog-friendly outdoor tables.
If you want some exercise, drive twenty-five miles west and you’ll hit the Troutman Rail-Trail. This trail is a former rail line that was transformed by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. This short one-mile trail has a concrete surface, so Fido’s paws will be kept clean and dry. While still in Troutman, check out Kat’s Patch Restaurant after your walk. They offer American fare, ice cream, and -- of course -- pup-friendly tables!
Woodleaf may be small, but it’s certainly not isolated from the many quirky restaurants and dog-friendly trails that western North Carolina has to offer.