With breathtaking scenery and a level of ecological diversity you won't find in any other North Carolina state park, Grandfather Mountain State Park is a mutts-visit. From its towering cliffs and rugged wilderness to its pet-friendly campground, the park offers plenty for dog lovers and their furry friends to see, do, and experience.
Located near Linville, North Carolina, Grandfather Mountain stands at 5,946 feet tall and is the highest point in the eastern escarpment of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's also home to a 2,500-acre state park that gives visitors a chance to explore the stunning scenery for which this region is famous.
There are 12 miles of trails for hikers to explore in Grandfather Mountain State Park, many of them challenging and strenuous. Camping is allowed at 13 backpack camping sites along the park's trail system. The Daniel Boone Backpack Campsite, a group site for 7 to 12 campers, is the only campsite available by reservation.
Hiking and camping permits are mandatory but free, and there are no entrance fees for North Carolina state parks. However, please note that if you want to visit Grandfather Mountain, a privately owned attraction that sits adjacent to the state park, you'll need to pay an admission fee.
Your dog is welcome to camp with you in Grandfather Mountain State Park but will need to be kept on a leash at all times. As always, make sure you clean up after your dog whenever required. And remember, this is primitive back-country camping, so you'll need to be willing to do without some of life's creature comforts for a little while if you want to stay here.
Though it was only established in 2009, Grandfather Mountain State Park has quickly grown in popularity. If you get a chance to explore the park with your canine pal, make sure you seize it with both paws!