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Top 4 NC Travel Destinations for You and Your Dog

posted 15 May, 2017 by Julie Briggs
Spiffy Blog


If you find yourself coming up short when it comes to dog-friendly travel, North Carolina has plenty to offer. Whether you’re a resident of NC or planning a visit, there’s no need to leave Fido at your hotel or Airbnb while you go exploring. These fun activities in the Tar Heel State are sure to entertain both you and your furry companion.

Freeman Park Camping
Sun, sea and fresh air await you at this top NC camping destination in Carolina Beach. Pets are allowed but must be leashed between April 1 and September 30. However, from October 1 to March 31, your family’s BFF can run wild and free on the stunning beaches to their heart’s content. Freeman Park in Carolina Beach boasts an array of rare wildlife, sand dunes, and beautiful sea grasses both you and your faithful friend will love exploring. When you’re ready to settle in for the night, the beach has a comfortable campground to pitch your tent and enjoy a campfire.

The Biltmore Estate
If this grand estate isn’t already at the top of your day trip bucket list, it should be now. It turns out that the historic tourist attraction is friendly-friendly. With more 8,000 acres of property including pristine gardens and even a winery, you and your canine companion are sure to have a blast meandering around in the sights and smells of this well-heeled tourist attraction. While Spike may not be able to enter any of the historic buildings on site, The Biltmore Estate does provide kennels for their safekeeping while you and your family do some indoor exploration. Once you’re done, there are some restaurants in nearby Antler Hill Village with outdoor patios where your pooch can enjoy some shade and water.

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North Carolina Arboretum
If your dog is the outdoorsy type, they’ll love this 400+ acre natural wonder in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. With 65 acres of cultivated gardens, even senior dogs and pampered pooches will love the North Carolina Arboretum. For more rugged canines, 10 miles of hiking trails provide plenty of adventure. Trails are marked “Easy,” “Easy to Moderate,” “Moderate,” and “Moderate to Difficult” to appeal to all levels of nature lovers and their dogs. Many of the trails feature beautiful streams and local flora and fauna throughout much of the year for your enjoyment.

Entropy Boat Rentals
A pet-friendly boat rental company in Wilmington, North Carolina? Dogs and boats are a match made in heaven, and Entropy Boat Rentals allows you to take your pup with you! Your pet will adore swimming, digging, and playing on the nearby Figure Eight Island while you enjoy fishing and watersports. All of their roomy Sea Mark Boats are built by hand for maximum enjoyment of fishing and cruising all summer long.

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Written by Julie Briggs

Cat mom and skeeball enthusiast based in New York, NY.