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Paws & Peaks: A 3-Day Pet-Friendly Itinerary in the NC Smokies


Boy with dog at Black Balsam Knob

Haywood County is the paw-fect place for your furry friend! With its southern hospitality, this county welcomes both humans and their four-legged pals. You’ll find doggy love everywhere you go, from fresh water bowls to tail-wagging events and numerous parks to play in. Your fur baby can explore mountains, trails, and even splash around in watering holes. Plus, there are delicious grub and dog-friendly craft breweries with outdoor seating. Let our 3-day pet-friendly itinerary be your guide to exploring the NC Smokies with your furry friend by your side!

Day 1

Start your day with a leisurely stroll along the picturesque Lake Junaluska Walking Trail. The trail offers beautiful views of the lake and surrounding mountains, providing a perfect opportunity for a morning walk with your pet.

After your walk around the lake, treat yourself and your pup with a visit to Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville. Not only do they serve delicious craft beer, but they also have a 4-legged dog bowl on their menu (filled with your choice of chicken or brisket, peas, and carrots).

End the day with a stunning sunset picnic at Waterrock Knob. This pet-friendly area along the Blue Ridge Parkway provides the perfect backdrop for a memorable evening. Pack a blanket, some snacks, and enjoy the view with your favorite companion.

Day 2

Embark on a mountain adventure and hike up to Black Balsam Knob. This pet-friendly trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.

After your hike, head on over to BearWaters Brewing in Canton. Situated along the Pigeon River, this pet-friendly brewery offers a relaxing ambiance and a variety of craft beers for you to enjoy while your furry friend takes in the scenic views.

Explore the charming downtown Canton area and stop by The Dog House, a pet-friendly boutique where you can find unique toys, accessories, and treats for your furry companion. Then finish your day with a delightful outdoor dining experience full of southern comfort food with a modern twist at The Southern Porch.

Day 3

Start your day with a visit to 828 Market on Main in Waynesville. Treat your pet to a pup-cup, filled shaved ice dipped in bone-broth and topped off with whipped cream and a local dog treat!

Enjoy a leisurely lunch at The Patio Bistro, a pet-friendly restaurant with outdoor seating. Indulge in their flavorful dishes while your pet relaxes by your side. After fueling up, make your way down to the Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery for some homemade goodies to take home for your pup. They offer a wide selection of delicious treats made with all-natural ingredients.

Wrap up your pet-friendly adventure in the NC Smokies with a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, allowing you and your furry friend to take in the beauty of the mountains and enjoy the last moments of your trip together. Make sure to roll down the windows for max tongue out, ear-floppin’ effect.

Remember to always respect the rules and regulations of each location, clean up after your pet, and ensure they are well-behaved and leashed when necessary. Have a wonderful time exploring the pet-friendly wonders of the NC Smokies!

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