We're avid animal lovers here in the Boone Area and firmly believe that furry friends need a vacation just like the rest of us! Follow this guide to discover the wealth of enjoyment you will have when you embark on a floof-friendly adventure to Boone.

Scroll down to find a list of off-leash dog parks and dog-friendly restaurants, shops, and lodging.

Gearing Up

Make sure to stock up on any essentials before venturing out, whether you’re hitting the trails or making stops on the High Country Wine Trail. Animal basics can be found at The Pet Place, a locally-owned pet store with last-minute trip necessities like bags, raincoats, leashes, life jackets, and treats. Bring your pup along when you browse the shelves at  Mast General Store in downtown Boone for dog toys and outdoor gear, in addition to human treats, clothes, and supplies. Also downtown is Footsloggers, a dog-friendly outfitter with shoes and essential outdoor equipment. Mountain Running Company is another pup-friendly shop that carries specialty running and disc golf equipment. 

The Blue Ridge Parkway

Adventurous canines won’t want to miss out on a stay in Boone, where waterfalls, mountain streams, lakes, and vistas are all around. They’ll experience the true joy of sticking their heads out of the window on the Blue Ridge Parkway and exploring overlooks, hiking trails, and fishing spots along the way.

Dog CanoeA stop at Julian Price Lake at Milepost 297 on the Blue Ridge Parkway could allow for a 1.9-mile loop around the lake or an afternoon catching trout, surrounded by colorful rhododendron blooms from May to July. Price Lake Boat Rentals offers stand-up paddleboard, canoe, and kayak rentals by the hour, and dogs are welcome to hop in the boat and join you. Moses H. Cone Memorial Park at milepost 294 features miles of carriage trails perfect for a stroll with the pooch through apple orchards and fields, around one of the stocked lakes, or to the Flat Top Manor house.

Further south on the Blue Ridge Parkway, at milepost 316.4, is Linville Falls. The largest waterfall by volume of water on the Parkway, this thunderous landmark can be viewed from easy or strenuous trails all the way to the basin. Dogs are welcome to accompany their companions, on a leash, to either of these overlooks or down to the base of the falls.

 

More Great Trails

The Blue Ridge Parkway isn’t the only place to enjoy incredible views, water features, and fresh mountain air with your furry friends. The Boone Greenway (pictured below) is a great place to get outside and see nature, right in Boone’s town limits. The path follows the headwaters of the New River, weaves around meadows and wetlands, historic hydroelectric station ruins, picnic tables, and through covered bridges. To the northwest of Boone is Elk Knob State Park, where dogs and their owners can climb to the top to view 360 degrees of incredible mountain vistas.

Check out our extensive Boone Area Hiking Guide for more great trails in the area.

A chocolate lab on a blue leash gazes past the camera, with her feet in a river with a covered bridge going over it in the background.

 

Tour A Historic Town

Valle Crucis is a small scenic town that should not be missed by anyone visiting the High Country, especially those with friendly dogs. The Original Mast General Store is a wonderful place to get provisions for both people and pups. From outdoor gear to the old-timey sweets found at the candy barrel, the Mast General Store has a lot of great merchandise to explore, including hiking gear and toys for man's best friend! Just across the street in a farmhouse built in 1816 with a wrap-around porch for pups to enjoy, is Over Yonder Restaurant and Fresh Market. Nearby, Valle Crucis Community Park has playgrounds, covered picnic shelters, and river access for fly fishing, playing, and floating, everything the family - including the pets - could want. The park does instate a small parking fee during the peak summer months and operates on donations for the rest of the year.

 

Go on a River Adventure

Take a tour of the area by tube with any of the great river tubing guide services along the New River, most of which have doggy tubes and cooler tubes available for rent. (It's always a good idea to clip your pup's toenails to avoid popping any tubes). Many of those guide services also offer canoe and kayak rentals, too! 

 

Preserve the Awe

Always remember to follow Outdoor NC principles when enjoying the outdoors with pets. Learn more about Traveling with Pets at OutdoorNC.com

 

Off-Leash Dog Parks in the Boone Area

Arko Dog Park at the Watauga Humane Society

Mountain Dog Coffee Dog Park in Foscoe

Beech Mountain Bark Park

Tate-Evans Park in Banner Elk

 

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Restaurants with Pet-Friendly Patios

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Pet-Friendly Accommodations 

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