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Pet-Friendly Activities & Places to Stay in the Smoky Mountains, NC

Love traveling with your furry friends?

In Haywood County, there are plenty of pet-friendly activities and attractions to share with your four legged friend. Take your dog on a hike in the Appalachian Mountains, stop by one of our pet-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating, or feel free to build your own agenda. Check out all the dog-friendly hot spots around Haywood County below to get started.

Pet Friendly Vacation Lodging

Traveling with your pet is easy when Haywood County has so many pet friendly cabins, hotels, vacation rentals, RV resorts, bed & breakfast inns, and more! Enjoy the activities and attractions of the NC mountains and share the experience your best friend. 

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Set Out on a Hike

Many of our hiking trails are pet-friendly. Be sure to check out hikes in the Pisgah National Forest or head to Black Balsam Knob. For a more leisurely stroll, head over to Lake Junaluska’s Rose Walk. 

Enjoy A Local Watering Hole 

In Haywood County, we love our four-legged friends. Bring your pup with you to sample some of our unique recipes at Bearwaters Brewing, Boojum Brewing, and Frog Level Brewing

Grab a Tasty Treat

Grab a special treat for your pup at the Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery. Then hop on over to one of our delicious pet-friendly restaurants to fill everyone’s tummy. 

Make Friends at the Dog Park

Looking for pals or just need to stretch those four legs? Enjoy the off leash Pepsi Dog Park in Waynesville, located by the skate park or walk alongside nearby Richland Creek to cool off. 

Doggy Daycare

Can’t take the pets to an event or activity? Not to worry, Maple Tree Dog Camp will take care of your fur-kids and keep them entertained. Dog sitting apps like Rover and Wag also service the area.

Relax Lakeside

Grab the leash and a picnic blanket to relax at the Lake Junaluska Dam Park which sits right below the lake’s dam. This park is accessible via Country Road from Access Road.