Asheville, North Carolina is about a 2 hour drive from Gatlinburg, but well worth a visit!  This friendly city is filled with green spaces and dog-lovers! Why not take a drive over and visit the many dog-friendly attractions Asheville has to offer?  Here’s what we would do:

First, take a walk outside!

There are lots of parks to visit and places to take a stroll:

French Broad River Park

Wesley at the ParkOne of Asheville’s most beautiful parks! The park 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 best part of French Broad River Park is the Dog Park: one acre fenced and wood chipped yard for off-leash dogs!  The Dog Park features a large fenced-in area, with a water pump, perfect for exercising and socializing your dog.

180 Amboy Rd, Asheville, NC

Azalea Park

We haven’t visited this park yet, but the reviews are great!  This park has a dog park featuring 2 fenced in areas, one for small dogs, and one for large dogs, with a gazebo!

498 Azalea Rd, Asheville, NC

Asheville Urban Trail Learn more about Asheville's Urban Trail

An entertaining, informative, and artistic walk through Asheville history.  Check out Asheville’s “museum with out walls,” with more than 30 sculptures and plaques along the 1.7-mile Urban Trail.

 The trail  highlights the unique architecture, people, and historic events of the city.  The Urban Trail is divided into five distinct eras, each of which has a symbol.  These symbols are carved into pink granite blocks placed in the sidewalk along the way for you to follow.

Download a walking tour podcast, map and/or brochure from the City of Asheville’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts.

Begin the trail in front of the Asheville Art Museum, on Pack Square.

Now, do a little shopping!

Asheville is full of pet-friendly shops!  Here are just a few to check out:

Waggers Dog Depot Pet Photography Studio - choose from thousands of backgrounds!

 Dog groomer, Pet Photo Studio, and Boutique all at one location!  Have one of the groomers pamper your pet, or do it yourself at the “self-serve washing station.”  The boutique is filled with all sorts of fun goodies from designer collars and leashes to toys and fresh-baked treats!  Visit the pet photography studio for portraits, greeting cards and specialty items.  Choose from thousands of backgrounds!

1020 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC

 Three Dog Bakery

A unique experience for dogs and their humans.  It’s hard to say who enjoys the visit more!  Three Dogs BakeryStop by with your dog for some premium dog food and treats!  Sample one of the many gourmet dog pastries.  No preservatives, artificial flavors, fillers, salt or refined sugar.  Instead they use: whole wheat flour, honey, oatmeal, molasses, peanuts, eggs and other naturally wholesome, top-quality ingredients!

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21 Battery Park, Suite 103, Asheville, NC

 OK, now it’s your turn to eat!

Here are some great Asheville restaurants with dog-friendly outdoor seating areas:

Mayfel’sMayfel's Dog Days of Summer

We went to this cute little cafe last weekend for a quick bite to eat.  It was so good that we went back in the morning for a delicious breakfast of crepes with cream cheese filling  and blackberry brandy drizzled on top!  I found out while I was there that they are very dog friendly!  Every thursday in the warmer months they have a “Dog Days of Summer Event!”  Bring your dog to eat on their patio and 10% of the proceeds will go to a local animal welfare organization.  They have a different sponsor each thursday and complimentary dog treats!  Some of last year’s sponsors included Animal Haven of Asheville, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, and Human Alliance Spay and Neuter Clinic, just to name a few!

Asheville Brewing Company

We have taken our dogs here!  Large, covered outdoor seating area. Great pizza and beers brewed on site!  Very dog friendly!  They brought our boys a bowl of water and a couple of biscuits last time we visited!

675 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC

 12 Bones Smokehouse

Tasty smoked meats as well as vegetarian options.  Casual to the point of being laid-back.  Stop in for lunch, early dinner, or take-out.  The river location in the Arts District has an outdoor seating area that is great for furry friends!

5 Riverside Drive, Asheville, NC

We hope you have fun in Asheville!  If you find any additional dog-friendly attractions you think we should mention, please let us know!  Thanks!

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