A visit to Asheville and you will quickly discover that the welcoming town is very canine-friendly. Shop owners may have their pets with them at work or water bowls at their front door to welcome their doggie customers. A four-legged friend is often seen dining al-fresco with his owners. There are many stores catered to doggie’s needs and desires as well as pet-friendly hotels and inns. Parks, lakes and trails await for our dogs to stretch their legs or take a swim. And what a coincidence, Asheville was just named number three on Dogfriendly.com’s list of top ten dog-friendly resort areas!
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Shopping for Your Pet Asheville doesn't simply have your basic pet supply stores, but also has an impressive array of unique specialty shops with great gifts for pet lovers and their beloved cats, dogs and other pets. Waggers Dog Depot is the "Fun" place for dogs in Asheville. They offer a delicious variety of homemade treats & chews, dog clothing, collars, leashes, holiday and birthday gifts, tags & pet photography. They also provide a Grooming Salon for dogs and cats. They do not cage pets while they are in their facility, thus reducing their stress level. A state-of-the-art self serve wash is available for the do it yourselfer. Of course dogs are always welcome and will receive a treat. A short drive north of downtown at 1020 Merrimon Ave.
Asheville Pet Supply, a local favorite, is a great stop for the health and environmentally-conscious pet owner seeking pet gifts, including organic pet foods and holistic pet treatments. It is located at 1451 Merrimon Avenue, a short drive north of downtown.
Blaze-N-Skyy Pet Boutique & Wellness Center is a luxury dog boutique in the heart of downtown Asheville. Specializing in a wide selection of designer collars and leashes, one-of-a-kind dog clothes, accessories, beds, holistic treats and unusual pet gifts.
Bone-a-Fide Bakery in nearby downtown Black Mountain does birthday cakes and special requests for non-wheat and low-fat treats. Bring your pooch by the shop for a free sample. They also carry a unique array of artwork for the pet lover in all of us. They feature products from Lupine, Outward Hound, Doggles, and Moutain T's.
Animal Haven Thrift and Gift Shop allows pet lovers to shop while supporting animals. The thrift shop supports Animal Haven's efforts to protect homeless and abused animals. They also supply pet food to the Meals on Wheels program. You can meet the animals that you help support while shopping for great bargains. Whether it's brand name clothing, furniture, house wares, books, jewelry, CD's or bird feeders, you'll find it here with proceeds benefiting the animals. Three Dog Bakery in downtown Asheville features a wide selection of fresh-baked dog treats, dog gift baskets and even dog treat cookbooks to buy as pet gifts. Three Dog Bakery's mission is simple: To fresh-bake the world's best treats and foods for dogs! Their wholesome, close-to-the-earth ingredients are free of harsh chemicals and contain no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. They oven bake our products to slowly release the delicious, all-natural flavors and aromas. Funky Mutt is a fun and frisky downtown shop for dogs, cats and their human companions. The tiny space is packed with local goodies from potters, artists, bakers and craft people. Pick up some yummy treats, buy Fido a Hawaiian shirt and matching hemp collar, and grab a bag of organic cat nip for Miss Kitty.
Downtown Asheville In addition to the bakery and boutique mentioned above, there are many pet friendly businesses in downtown Asheville. During warmer months, many restaurants and coffee shops have outdoor dining. Some allow dogs outside.
meanders alongside the tranquil French Broad River, and features a vast area of open green space with old trees, a wildflower garden, a paved trail, a gazebo, picnic tables and grills, an observation deck, and a small playground. The Dog Park features a large fenced-in one acre area made for exercising and socializing your pooch! Water and poop bags provided. Located at Amboy Rd. and Riverview Dr. in west Asheville, not too far from Biltmore Estate. From the Biltmore Village area, take a left on Meadow Drive.
Pets at Biltmore Estate The grounds of Biltmore Estate are perfect for walking your pets, but please make sure to keep them securely leashed at all times. Naturally, pets are not allowed inside Biltmore House or other estate buildings such as the winery, restaurants, and shops.
Dogs on the Blue Ridge Parkway In addition to being a great place for a dog to hang its head out the window and enjoy the fresh mountain air, dogs are allowed on the more than 100 varied trails throughout the Blue Ridge Parkway. Dogs and other pets must be on a leash or under physical restraint at all times while along the Parkway.
Dogs on Hiking Trails in the National Forests You can take your dog on any of the hiking trails in the Pisgah National Forest and Nantahala National Forest. Dogs may not be left unattended, and they must be leashed and cleaned up after. Dogs are not allowed in buildings. The camping and tent areas also allow dogs. Read more about camping.
Dogs in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Dogs are allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas, and along roads, but must be kept on a leash at all times. The leash must not exceed 6 feet in length. Dogs are only allowed on two short walking paths—the Gatlinburg Trail and the Oconaluftee River Trail. Pets are not allowed on any other park trails. Pet excrement must be immediately collected by the pet handler and disposed of in a trash receptacle. Pets should not be left unattended in vehicles or RVs. Large national parks that have extensive backcountry areas as a rule do not allow dogs on trails. Great Smoky Mountains National Park has prohibited dogs in the backcountry since the park was first established in the 1930s. The park prohibits dogs on hiking trails for several reasons:
- Dogs can carry disease into the park's wildlife populations. - Dogs can chase and threaten wildlife, scaring birds and other animals away from nesting, feeding, and resting sites. The scent left behind by a dog can signal the presence of a predator, disrupting or altering the behavior of park wildlife. Small animals may hide in their burrow the entire day after smelling a dog and may not venture out to feed.
- Dogs bark and disturb the quiet of the wilderness. Unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells can disturb even the calmest, friendliest, and best-trained dog, causing them to behave unpredictably or bark excessively.
- Pets may become prey for larger predators such as coyotes and bears. In addition, if your dog disturbs and enrages a bear, it may lead the angry bear directly to you. Dogs can also encounter insects that bite and transmit disease and plants that are poisonous or full of painful thorns and burrs.
- Many people, especially children, are frightened by dogs, even small ones. Uncontrolled dogs can present a danger to other visitors.