For our Guests with Dogs
We have created this page for our guests with four-legged family members who want to know how to create the best vacation they can for all members of the family. You will find places in Asheville who welcome your pet and also safe, friendly, and happy places to leave them when you are traveling somewhere where they may not be able to join you and they don't want to stay by themselves.
A travel guide and service directory for families with four-legged members.
All of these have been in the area awhile. The first one is closest to the chalets. I've not used them but they are all privately owned and have good reviews.
At Play with Sparky: http://www.atplaywithsparky.com/
Near Biltmore estate entrance and closest to the chalets.
Dog House Doggie Daycare: http://www.doghousedoggiedaycare.com/
down by river between Biltmore Estate & downtown.
You Work I Play: Brevard Rd http://www.ywipdogdaycare.com/
furthest from chalets.
French Broad River Park - One of Asheville's most beautiful parks, it has a one acre fenced and wood chipped dog park for off-leash dogs. The Dog Park features a large fenced-in area made for exercising and socializing your pooch, separated for small and larger dogs. Water and poop bags provided. The park also 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. 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 off of Biltmore Ave.
Azalea Dog Park Park in Asheville is part of a 155-acre park and has been developed as one of Asheville's top parks. The dog park features two fenced-in areas, one for smaller dogs and one for larger dogs, separated by a gate.
Poop bags are generally available, but you will need to bring your own water. The dog park adjoins a pond and a small grassy area with a few picnic tables, and there are a few hiking trails close by as well.
Directions: Use Exit 8 off of Route 240 and follow signs for the WNC Nature Center. The park is at 395 Azalea Road, a few miles past the WNC Nature Center. Continue on Azalea Road past all the soccer fields and the dog park will be on the left.
Hiking with your Pet:
Bent Creek Experimental Forest - Easily accessible via the Blue Ridge Parkway and not far from I-26 it is a true natural gem. The forest is right off Brevard Road (Rt. 191) south of Asheville. It encompasses nearly 6,000 acres of forest and streams, is home to the North Carolina Arboretum, and includes the Lake Powhatan recreational area (swimming, fishing and camping).
Bent Creek is also as close as you can get to doggie heaven. And oh so close to town. There are miles and miles of trails appropriate for hiking and biking. Bent Creek has a trail that takes you around Lake Powhatan which has a swimming area and dogs love it!
There are numerous shops that you can visit that provide pet treats and accessories.
Three Dog Bakery where you can buy great healthy treats for your pup. 828-252-1818
Waggers Dog Depot - They offer a delicious variety of homemade treats & chews, dog clothing, collars, leashes, holiday and birthday gifts. They also provide a Grooming Salon for dogs and cats and A state-of-the-art self serve wash for the do it yourselfer. A short drive north of downtown at 1020 Merrimon Ave. 828-271-4741
Blaze-N-Skyy Pet Boutique Specializing in a wide selection of designer collars and leashes, one-of-a-kind dog clothes, accessories, beds, holistic treats and unusual pet gifts. 828-253-2850
This list of restaurants have outdoor seating where you can usually take your pet, weather permitting.
Pet Friendly web page