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Pet Friendly Asheville: Going to the Dogs!

Pet Friendly Asheville NCYou will find a very pet friendly environment in Asheville. Since more and more folks are traveling with their canine companions, here are some resources for your visit to Western North Carolina.

Downtown Asheville
In addition to the bakery and boutique mentioned above, there are many pet friendly businesses in downtown Asheville. During warmer months, many restaurants and coffee shops have outdoor dining. Some allow dogs outside. Walk the Urban Trail with your dog.

Dog Park
One of Asheville's most beautiful parks, the French Broad River Park meanders alongside the tranquil French Broad River, and features a vast area of open green space with old trees, a wildflower garden, a paved trail, a gazebo, picnic tables and grills, an observation deck, and a small playground. The Dog Park features a large fenced-in one acre area made for exercising and socializing your pooch! Water and poop bags provided. Located at Amboy Rd. and Riverview Dr. in west Asheville, not too far from Biltmore Estate. From the Biltmore Village area, take a left on Meadow Drive.

Pets at Biltmore Estate
The grounds of Biltmore Estate are perfect for walking your pets, but please make sure to keep them securely leashed at all times. Naturally, pets are not allowed inside Biltmore House or other estate buildings such as the winery, restaurants, and shops.

Pet Friendly Shopping Center
At Asheville Outlets, shop 75 national and local outlets in this beautiful outdoor shopping village. It's located on I-26, just six miles from Biltmore and seven miles from downtown Asheville. It's very dog friendly!

Asheville Pet Friendly Hotels, Inns & Cabins

Dog Friendly Resort Barkwells, The Dog Lovers’ Vacation Retreat, Asheville
Run, swim, play on 8+ fully fenced acres with a pond. Come, sit, stay in fully-equipped comfy log cabins each with fireplace, hot tub, gated porch and fenced yard. Get away from it all or stay connected with Internet access and satellite TV. Located just 5 minutes from I-26 and WNC Agricultural Center, and just 20 minutes from downtown Asheville, Hendersonville, Brevard or the Biltmore Estate.  
Seven 2 BR dog-friendly cabins each with: gas fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, all linens, wireless internet, charcoal grill & private fenced yard with dog door.
Click here to visit their Web site.

Ashville Pet Friendly Hotel

Comfort Suites Biltmore, Asheville
Affordable lodging with discount Biltmore tickets & packages. Walk to Biltmore Mall shopping and dining. Enjoy a free full hot breakfast buffet, with sausage, eggs, biscuits, gravy, fresh waffles, fruit, pastries and more! 1 mile to Blue Ridge Parkway, 5 miles to downtown, 5 miles to Biltmore and 7 miles to airport.
125 studio suites. In-room microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, wi-fi. Romantic Whirlpool suites available, heated pool, fitness center.
Click here to visit their Web site.

Downtown Asheville Hotel

Haywood Park Hotel, Asheville
If you are a discerning dog owner, this is the pet friendly hotel in Asheville. This historic, downtown luxury hotel would love to welcome you. Their dedication to luxurious hospitality extends to four-legged family members. They are more than pet friendly…they are pet lovin’! If you and your pet like to be pampered, this is the place. 
33 rooms, AAA or AARP discounts, Wi-Fi and valet parking, 24-hour fitness center, room service, nightly turndown service with treats for pets and their people.
Click here to vist their Web site.

Log Cabin Blue Ridge Parkway

Mountain Springs Cabins, Asheville
A perfect romantic getaway in charming country log cabins with fireplaces and porch swings overlooking a mountain stream. Open year-round. Nestled on 46 tranquil acres just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, and 20 minutes west of Asheville and Biltmore.
13 cabins, wi-fi, LCD TVs with expanded cable and DVD, fully equipped kitchens. Some pet-friendly cabins. Newly renovated.
Click here to visit their Web site

Pet Friendly Cabin

DogWoods Retreat, Brevard
Nestled in the mountains, near Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest waterfalls, lies the ultimate dog and owner vacation. Stay in a luxurious cabin situated on an one acre woodland lot with a huge fenced yard. Also, get a new "leash" on life during your stay with private dog training sessions.
3 cabins, weekly & monthly rates available, GreenSpa Eco Hot Tub, wood-burning fireplace, flat screen satellite TV, wi-fi, washer/dryer, hiking trails, sleeps 2-6
Click here to visit their Web site

Pet Friendly Cabins

Carolina Mornings, Asheville
Whatever your needs, they've got you covered with the finest vacation homes and cabin rentals in and near Asheville - whether it's a mountain chalet, an upscale log cabin, an elegant downtown loft or a Biltmore Village condo. They are pleased to accommodate both you and your furry family members. Stop by their office to pick up a doggie gift bag.
106 properties, Spectacular mountain views, hot tubs, fireplaces, WiFi
Click here to visit their Web site

Pet Friendly Hotel

Quality Inn & Suites Biltmore, Asheville
Affordable accommodations with plenty of value added amenities, including a complimentary full hot breakfast buffet, with sausage, eggs, biscuits, gravy, fresh waffles, fruit, pastries and more! Romantic whirlpool suites and mountainview rooms available. This hotel is just five miles from downtown Asheville and Biltmore.
132 rooms & suites. In-room microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, iron, hair dryer, free wireless internet, free newspaper, pool, fitness center
Click here to visit their Web site

Ramada River Ridge, Asheville Ramada River Ridge Hotel, Asheville 
Located above River Ridge Market Place near I-240 and the Blue Ridge Parkway, this hotel has standard rooms as well as one-bedroom suites with whirlpools.
3 miles from downtown Asheville.
178 rooms, outdoor pool, special pet walking area, full hot breakfast buffet.

Click here to visit their Web site.

Pines Cottages

The Pines Cottages, Asheville
Located six miles north of downtown Asheville, these vintage cabins and cottages have all the modern amenities. They are nestled on 4.5 acres with mature trees and gardens. Several have fireplaces. Perfect for a romantic getaway.
12 cabins, fully equipped kitchens, cable TV, WiFi
Click here to visit their Web site.

Saluda Cabin

Saluda Mountain Lake Retreat, Saluda
Dogs love a vacation too! On this 40-acre retreat, they'll enjoy a swim in 3-acre stocked lake, paddle boating with their owners, hiking to small waterfall near the cabins, and snuggling up beside the fire on a cool evening. Mountain cabins include secluded romantic log cabins for 2 or a 4-bedroom lodge for up to 12 people. 27 miles south of Asheville.
7 cabins, fully equipped kitchens, linens, grills, outdoor hot tubs.
Click here to visit their Web site.

Hot Springs Cabin

Hot Springs Log Cabins, Hot Springs
A pooch pail of toys awaits you, along with a meadow for a game of frisbee. A detailed concierge book suggests great outdoor hikes in Pisgah National Forest with creeks for swimming. All cabins feature a covered porch and some even offer you direct access to your own fenced play area. The hot tub and fireplace make your pet parents happy too.
5 cabins, hot tub, fireplace, satellite TV & DVD, A/C, equipped kitchen, gas grill, secluded and private setting.
Click here to visit their Web site.

For more pet friendly hotels, cabins and B&Bs, see our guides (and look for "pet friendly" in the descriptions) for Asheville Bed and Breakfast (Small), Asheville Bed and Breakfast (Large), Asheville Cabins and Cottages, and Asheville Hotels. Call and ask plenty of questions about pet policies/fees, facilities and places to walk your pet. Ask about pet sitters (avoid leaving your dog alone in a strange room). Keep your pet leashed outdoors and in all public areas.

Dog Boarding & Kennel

Spring Valley Farm Dog Care
Doggy Paradise with 4 acres of fenced, grassy fields with crystal clear trout stream for your pup to play. Dog Day Care ($20-$25/day) and Dog Boarding ($35/24 hours) with fully supervised playtimes and cozy kennels for napping. Near Brevard and 30 minutes from Downtown Asheville.
Click here to visit their Web site.

Dog at WaterfallsOutdoors with Your Dog
With the exception of hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, dogs are allowed on a leash on almost all trails in the national forests and Blue Ridge Parkway. This includes most all of the hikes and waterfalls we feature! Here are more details:

Dogs on the Blue Ridge Parkway
In addition to being a great place for a dog to hang its head out the window and enjoy the fresh mountain air, dogs are allowed on the more than 100 varied trails throughout the Blue Ridge Parkway. Dogs and other pets must be on a leash or under physical restraint at all times while along the Parkway.

Dogs on Hiking Trails in the National Forests
You can take your dog on any of the hiking trails in the Pisgah National Forest and Nantahala National Forest, including to most waterfalls. Be extra careful of letting your dogs get into the water of a rushing stream or waterfall! Dogs may not be left unattended, and they must be leashed and cleaned up after. Dogs are not allowed in buildings. The camping and tent areas also allow dogs. Read more about camping.

Dogs in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Dogs are allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas, and along roads, but must be kept on a leash at all times. The leash must not exceed 6 feet in length. Dogs are only allowed on two short walking paths—the Gatlinburg Trail and the Oconaluftee River Trail. Pets are not allowed on any other park trails. Pet excrement must be immediately collected by the pet handler and disposed of in a trash receptacle. Pets should not be left unattended in vehicles or RVs. Large national parks that have extensive backcountry areas as a rule do not allow dogs on trails. Great Smoky Mountains National Park has prohibited dogs in the backcountry since the park was first established in the 1930s. The park prohibits dogs on hiking trails for several reasons:
- Dogs can carry disease into the park's wildlife populations.
- Dogs can chase and threaten wildlife, scaring birds and other animals away from nesting, feeding, and resting sites. The scent left behind by a dog can signal the presence of a predator, disrupting or altering the behavior of park wildlife. Small animals may hide in their burrow the entire day after smelling a dog and may not venture out to feed.
- Dogs bark and disturb the quiet of the wilderness. Unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells can disturb even the calmest, friendliest, and best-trained dog, causing them to behave unpredictably or bark excessively.
- Pets may become prey for larger predators such as coyotes and bears. In addition, if your dog disturbs and enrages a bear, it may lead the angry bear directly to you. Dogs can also encounter insects that bite and transmit disease and plants that are poisonous or full of painful thorns and burrs.

More Pet Kennels & Day Care
If you need a "hotel" or a "play/spa day" for your pet, here are a few folks to check out:
At Play with Sparky, Asheville
Bed & Biscuit Pet Spa, Black Mountain
Happy Tails Country Club, Fairview
You Work, I'll Play Dog Daycare, Asheville
Doghouse Doggy Day Care, Asheville

Shopping for Your Pet
Asheville doesn't simply have your basic pet supply stores, but also has an impressive array of unique specialty shops with great gifts for pet lovers and their beloved cats, dogs and other pets.

Waggers Dog Depot is the "Fun" place for dogs in Asheville - complete with a self-service dog wash. They offer a delicious variety of homemade treats & chews, dog clothing, collars, leashes, holiday and birthday gifts, tags & pet photography. They also provide a Grooming Salon for dogs and cats. They do not cage pets while they are in their facility, thus reducing their stress level. A state-of-the-art self serve wash is available for the do it yourselfer. Of course dogs are always welcome and will receive a treat. Near downtown at 1020 Merrimon Ave.

Patton Avenue Pet Company is more than just a pet supply store, it is a pet destination. With a wide range of nutritious foods, American-made treats, environmentally conscious toys, and products from local artists and crafters, you are sure to find something great for your favorite cats and dogs. Afterwards, bring your pup around back to Patton Avenue Dog Park, a fenced-in off-leash play area for dogs to socialize and try out some new toys. You can also check out their online calendar to get information on the many classes, fundraisers and special events held at the store. 1388 Patton Avenue.

Asheville Pet Supply, a local favorite, is a great stop for the health and environmentally-conscious pet owner seeking pet gifts, including organic pet foods and holistic pet treatments. It is located at 1451 Merrimon Avenue, a short drive north of downtown.

Bone-a-Fide Bakery in downtown Black Mountain does birthday cakes and special requests for non-wheat and low-fat treats. Bring your pooch by the shop for a free sample. They also carry a unique array of artwork for the pet lover in all of us. They feature products from Lupine, Outward Hound, Doggles, and Moutain T's. 118-A Cherry Street.

Animal Haven Thrift and Gift Shop allows pet lovers to shop while supporting animals. The thrift shop supports Animal Haven's efforts to protect homeless and abused animals. They also supply pet food to the Meals on Wheels program. You can meet the animals that you help support while shopping for great bargains. Whether it's brand name clothing, furniture, housewares, books, jewelry, CD's or bird feeders, you'll find it here with proceeds benefiting the animals. 65 Lower Grassy Branch Road in East Asheville

Three Dog Bakery in downtown Asheville features a wide selection of fresh-baked dog treats, dog gift baskets and even dog treat cookbooks to buy as pet gifts. Three Dog Bakery's mission is simple: To fresh-bake the world's best treats and foods for dogs! Their wholesome, close-to-the-earth ingredients are free of harsh chemicals and contain no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. They oven bake our products to slowly release the delicious, all-natural flavors and aromas. 21 Battery Park.

Funky Mutt is a fun and frisky downtown Asheville shop for dogs, cats and their human companions. The tiny space is packed with local goodies from potters, artists, bakers and craft people. Pick up some yummy treats, buy Fido a Hawaiian shirt and matching hemp collar, and grab a bag of organic cat nip for Miss Kitty. 30 North Lexington.

Woof Gang Bakery at Biltmore Park offers the very best in pet care and specializes in healthy dog and cat foods, treats and professional dog grooming. The store offers a variety of fun, fuzzy, floatable and tough toys, as well as fashionable accessories, collars, leads and more. Nearby, BETTE is a pet friendly shopping experience with fresh water and treats on hand for pups while their companions shop for the latest in ladies clothing and accessories. 

Asheville Veterinarians & Animal Hospitals
Charlotte St. Animal Hospital
180 Charlotte St, Asheville, 828-232-0440
Animal Hospital of North Asheville
Beaverdam Rd, Asheville, 828-253-3393
Haw Creek Animal Hospital
1007 Tunnel Rd, Asheville, 828-298-1678
All Pets Animal Hospital
7 Reynolds Mountain Rd, Asheville, 828-645-5252
Regional Emergency Animal Care Hospital (24 hr)
677 Brevard Road, Asheville 828-665-4399

Pet Rescue and Adoption
Asheville Humane Society is dedicated to the respectful, humane treatment of animals and to providing helpful animal services to the people of our community.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue: Visit their community adoption center and Second Chance thrift store, located at 31 Glendale Avenue in Asheville, seven days a week (Monday-Saturday from 8am-8pm, Sunday 8am-6pm) with many cats and dogs looking for homes.


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