Asheville, NC Dog-Friendly Travel Guide

Are you and your adventure-pup craving crisp mountain air... dying to trek lush tree-lined hiking trails... thirsting to sip a craft stout and munch on some hot homemade cornbread?

Asheville is the spot for your next getaway. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a tree-packed bbq-haven waiting to be explored by you and your four-legged rover. This little city has everything a pack of nature-loving, music-grooving, food-enthusiasts could dream of.

Here are our Fido-vetted picks for visiting this magical woodland wonderland that you and your pup are guaranteed to enjoy.

Image Courtesy of Avery Creek Pet Hospital 

Where to Stay with Your Pup

Asheville has an amazing selection of dog-friendly accommodations. Whether you want to be one with nature and camp out in a tent or cabin beside a tranquil lake… or kick back at the spa of your luxury hotel with over a century of history of serving Southern hospitality… There is a perfect stay for you and your pup just waiting to be booked.

Image Courtesy of The Omni Grove Park Inn

The Omni Grove Park Inn 

The Grand Bohemian

Kimpton Hotel Arras

Asheville East KOA Campground

Where to Eat and Drink with Your Pup

You can’t beat Asheville’s rustic Southern eats and hip foodie scene. Smokehouse BBQ, collard greens, farm-to-table dining, succulent fried chicken and waffles... all the mouth-watering comfort classics await. And let’s not forget--Asheville’s current hipster claim to fame is having the most breweries per capita.

Image Courtesy of Rocky's Hot Chicken Shack

Rocky's Hot Chicken Shack

Hole Donuts

The Corner Kitchen

12 Bones Smokehouse

New Belgium Brewery

Burial Beer Co.

Things to Do with Your Pup

No trip to Asheville would be complete without some adventures with your pup in the vibrant greenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains and wandering the breathtaking grounds of the historic Biltmore Estate. And if you’re in need of some refreshment, take a slide down a natural rock slide at Sliding Rock!

 

Craggy Gardens - Image Courtesy of Dave Allen Photography

The North Carolina Arboretum

Craggy Gardens

Battery Park Book Exchange

Biltmore Estate

Sliding Rock (your pup can come, but must remain on-leash and is not permitted to slide)

Things to Do without Your Pup

Hire a pet-sitter or dog-walker and go out on the town sans-pup to explore Asheville’s rich history, quirky museums and stunning folk art. Head to the Orange Peel for your live music fix--you might even get to hear a local band plucking their banjos for some authentic Apalacian bluegrass music. 

Image Courtesy of Citizen Times

The Orange Peel 

Historic Grey Line Asheville Trolly Tours

The Pinball Museum

Historic Grovewood Village

Services for Your Pup

Sometimes Fido needs a little pampering… and you need some time to experience the sights on your own. We have all the bases covered for your pup’s particular needs and emergencies.

Image Courtesy of Patton Avenue Pet Company

Patton Avenue Pet Company

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming

Miss Jane’s Pet Sitting 

Charlotte Street Animal Hospital

Med Vet After Hours Emergency Care

At Roverlund, we believe that life’s greatest adventures should be had with man’s best friend at your side. No matter if you’re a beer gal, a mountain dog, or a foodie guy, Asheville has something for everyone. So pack up and get your Roverlund Out-of-Office Pet Carrier ready to jet off for a hoppy time visiting this quirky Carolina city with your best pal. 

Image Courtesy of Battery Park Book Exchange

P.S. Don't forget to tag us @Roverlund in the awesome pics you snap while exploring Asheville!