Pet Friendly Asheville, NC

Pet-Friendly Asheville

You will find Asheville and many places in the North Carolina mountains to be very pet-friendly. Since so many travelers bring along their canine companions, here are some helpful tips and resources.

Downtown Asheville
In addition to parks, there are many pet-friendly businesses in downtown Asheville. See our top places to visit on the Dog City USA trail. During warmer months, many restaurants, breweries and coffee shops have outdoor dining that welcomes dogs. Walk the Urban Trail with your dog. Most festivals do not allow dogs since areas can be very crowded.

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. The common areas are very dog-friendly (stores vary).

Dog Park
One of Asheville's most beautiful parks, the French Broad River Park features open green space with old trees, a paved trail, riverside observation deck, picnic tables and grills. The Dog Park features a large fenced-in one-acre area with water and poop bags provided. Located at 508 Riverview Dr.

Dog City USA
Take a downtown Asheville tour with your dog, starting with the Doggie Welcome Center, then to a bakery and have lunch from a dog menu! Read more about Dog City USA.

Cat Museum
New in 2017 is a very fun, quirky small museum packed with 10,000+ curiosities that "CatMan2" has collected for the past 30 years. Located near Dillsboro, it funds a nearby no-kill cat shelter. Read more about the American Museum of the House Cat

Pet Friendly Cabins & Hotels

Barkwells Cabins
Vacation with your four-legged best friend in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Run, swim and play on 8+ fully fenced acres with a pond. Come, sit, stay in fully-equipped, comfy log cabins, each with a fireplace, hot tub, gated porch and fenced yard. 8 cabins, 2-3 bedrooms, dog-friendly, $299-$439. Each with gas fireplace,... read more
Comfort Suites, Asheville
Affordable lodging with discount Biltmore packages. Walk to Asheville Outlets and dining. Enjoy a free, full, hot breakfast buffet. 1 mile to the Blue Ridge Parkway and NC Arboretum, 5 miles to downtown, 5 miles to Biltmore, 7 miles to the airport. 125 studio suites, $89-$269. In-room microwave, 42" HD flat-screen TV, group... read more
Asheville Vacation Cabins
Whether you desire panoramic mountain views, relaxation by a lake or a secluded woodlands setting, each stunning home is lovingly designed for luxury and comfort. $145-$425/night. Week discounts. 11 Homes (cabins, cottages, chalets, lodges) for 2–18 guests. Hot tubs, fireplaces, king beds, Internet, massage chairs, sumptuous... read more
Dogwood Cabins
So serene and peaceful! Stay in your own little piece of heaven in one of these new, luxurious, dog-friendly cabins, central to everything in the mountains. Each is situated on one-acre woodland lots with huge fenced yards. 3 cabins, $240-$295/night, weekly & monthly rates available, GreenSpa Eco Hot Tub, wood-burning... read more
Hidden Creek Cabin Rentals
Stay in a log cabin, cottage or chalet in the Great Smoky Mountains. You will be surrounded by activities such as rafting down the Nantahala, zip lining, hiking, tubing down Deep Creek and riding the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. 25 rentals, from $99/night, weekly rates, hot tubs, campfire pits, mountain views, creekside... read more
Cabin near Asheville
Whatever your needs, they've got you covered! 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. 106 properties, $150-$475/night. Spectacular mountain views, hot tubs, fireplaces, WiFi, pet-friendly,... read more
Asheville Swiss Chalets
Enjoy privacy and serenity nestled in casual elegance on Beaucatcher Mountain near downtown Asheville. This prime location boasts a woodland setting, yet downtown is only three minutes away, and Biltmore Estate only 2.5 miles away. 10 chalets and cottages, from $165 a night, pet-friendly, 1-3 bedrooms. Fully-equipped kitchens... read more
Quality Inn
Affordable accommodations with plenty of value-added amenities, including a complimentary, full, hot breakfast buffet. Romantic whirlpool suites and mountainview rooms available. Five miles from downtown Asheville and Biltmore. 132 rooms & suites, $79-$189. In-room microwave, 42" HD flat screen TV, refrigerator, coffee maker, free... read more
Hotel Indigo
This hip downtown hotel offers an inviting and refreshing experience with the urban, yet natural, setting of Asheville captured and reflected in the hotel design with local artwork, wall coverings depicting nature scenes and a multitude of striking architectural details. OneFiftyOne Bar & Kitchen features locally inspired cuisine,... read more
Ramada Asheville
Located above River Ridge Market Place near I-240 and the Blue Ridge Parkway, this budget-friendly hotel has standard rooms as well as one-bedroom suites with whirlpools. 3 miles from downtown Asheville. 113 rooms, weekday rates from $69, weekend from $99, outdoor pool, dog-friendly, hot breakfast. ... read more
The Pines Cottages
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. 13 cabins, $125-205 per night (2-night minimum stay), fully-equipped kitchens, cable TV, WiFi,... read more
AC Hotel Asheville
This stylish luxury hotel opened in August 2017 with sleek European design and local influences. Located just a block from Pack Square, it features a restaurant and bar on the 9th floor, with sunset views of the mountains. See our opening day photo tour.
132 rooms, from $199,... read more
Hilton Garden Inn
New! Located near Park Square Park in downtown Asheville, walk to galleries, shopping, breweries and restaurants. Unwind atop the hotel at Pillar, their rooftop bar serving “garden-to-glass” cocktails with mountain views from the outdoor terrace or indoor lounge. Also enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner on the Rooftop. 140 rooms... read more
Hot Springs Cabins
Escape to a cozy honeymoon log cabin for two, surrounded by the peaks of Pisgah National Forest. Enjoy your own private fireplace, hot tub and a fully-stocked kitchen. Some cabins are pet-friendly. 36 miles north of Asheville. 5 cabins, $125-$150/night, $700-$800/week, satellite TV, DVD player, A/C, equipped kitchen, gas... read more
Haywood Park Hotel
Stay right in the heart of downtown Asheville at this historic, boutique hotel. Be pampered in elegantly-appointed, oversized suites. Enjoy champagne at check-in and immerse yourself in the hospitality. 33 rooms and suites, from $249, wireless Internet, valet parking, 43″ HDTVs, Keurig® coffee makers, nightly turndown... read more

Tip for Lodging: 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.

Campground for Dogs: 4 Paws Kingdom Campground near Rutherfordton is the first and only dog-dedicated campground (campers & RVs), with a fenced-in swimming pond, off-leash play areas, agility park, doggie bathhouse and more. If you don't have an RV or camper, rent one or a cabin. It's like summer camp for dogs! Adult owners only - 18 years or older.

Hiking with Dogs

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 ft. 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, scare 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.

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. Open seven days a week (Monday-Saturday from 8 AM-8 PM, Sunday 8 AM-6 PM), with many cats and dogs looking for homes.

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