Waynesville is full of animal lovers who are ready to welcome you and your pup to one of the best dog-friendly vacation spots in Western North Carolina. Open parks, winding trails, unique stores and tasty breweries guarantee that your four-legged friend will have just as much fun on vacation as you! With so much to see and do, your pup’s tail won’t stop wagging here in Waynesville. Here are some of our favorite dog-friendly things to do.
Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery
Pamper your pup with a trip to Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery located on N. Main Street in downtown Waynesville. This puppy paradise was voted one of the top ten dog bakeries in the nation for a reason: they handmake their treats every day for a fresh, delicious taste that will have your dog begging for more! Their healthy treats are great for all kinds of dogs—big, small, old, young and even those with dietary restrictions. After your pup scarfs down their treat, browse the store for leashes, toys, travel accessories and more.
The Pepsi Dog Park
Pepsi Dog Park is the perfect place to let your dog off their leash and get some of their energy out! Your pup will love romping around the mulched play area, and if they don’t tire themselves out too much, you can take them on the walking trail that runs through the park. Come any time from dawn to dusk to play a game of fetch with your best friend!
Frog Level Brewing
Head to Frog Level Brewing to quench your thirst with a refreshing craft beer. Dogs are allowed inside and outside here, so it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon with your pup! From fruity IPAs to dark and toasted ales, there’s something on their beer menu everyone can enjoy. Sip your cold beer as you take in the gorgeous views of Richland Creek from the back patio, or taste your way through their new food menu—all with your furry friend by your side.
Mast General Store
Dogs are welcome inside The Mast General Store, which is filled to the brim with just about everything you can think of: traditional fashions, comfortable footwear, outdoor and travel gear, rocking chairs, cast iron cookware, country gourmet foods, decorative home accessories, toys, and over 500 old-fashioned candies line the walls of this charming shop. There are plenty of dog accessories, too, like travel bowls, leashes, and doggie backpacks. Your dog will love their trip to this historic storefront, where employees are known to pass out treats to visiting pups!
Pet Friendly Hikes
Take on the great outdoors with your four-legged friend as you check out one of the scenic hiking trails nearby. On the Pink Beds Trail Loop, your pup will love sniffing around the beaver dams, mountain bogs, colorful wildflowers and rushing creeks that make up this five mile trail. A 40-minute drive from Waynesville, this beginners trail is perfect for a pooch that loves to explore! If you or your dog’s not up for a big hike, but still want to explore the natural beauty of the Waynesville area, check out Looking Glass Waterfall. Park your car on the side of the road and traverse down a short flight of stairs to observation desks. Let the mist from this majestic 60-foot waterfall cool you off, and then wade in the water with your pup!
Or, take your dog to higher ground with a trip to the Richland Balsam Overlook. At 6,410 feet this Richland Balsam is the highest peak on the Blue Ridge Parkway and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The short trail to the top is a 1.5-mile loop that winds through a lush spruce-fir forest, where you and your pup can enjoy the fresh, crisp air.
Just remember: when you’re traveling trails or exploring state parks, your dog must be on a leash at all times, and leashes must be under 6 foot in length. Please make sure to clean up any pet waste left behind, too!