traveling with pets

Traveling with Pets in the High Country

For many people, pets are beloved family members and they prefer bringing them on trips.

By Julie Matthews

Well, good news—the High Country is a very dog-friendly destination, where it is a common sight to see dogs strolling down sidewalks with their owners. Here are ways your furry friends can tag along during a visit to the High Country.


Below are dog-friendly activities to consider:

· Road trips – Take a scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Roll down the windows and let your pet enjoy some fresh air.

· Outdoor attractions – Head to Grandfather Mountain’s Mile High Swing Bridge, The Blowing Rock, plus outside events, including festivals and outdoor concert series.

· Nature Trails – There are many trails allowing dogs to walk on trails as long as they are kept on a leash such as Linville Falls and Elk Knob State Park.

· parks – Valle Crucis is an especially dog-friendly town, so be sure Valle Crucis Community Park is on your to-do list.

Supplies & Services

A few pet stores to check out include The Pet Place, Pet Supplies Plus Boone and Stella Blue’s Pawtique. Some considerations for dog spas and groomers include the Impeccable Pooch or Posh Pooch Grooming.

Eat & Drink

In the High Country, many restaurants—as do breweries and wineries—allow dogs to join their owners on their outdoor patios. Grab a nice meal at a local café in town, such as Blowing Rock, and enjoy some quality time with your four-legged friends with soaking up the sights.

Follow the pet rules and regulations and have a positive experience vacationing with your pet in the High Country.

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