Many of us have dogs who enjoy a great adventure in the outdoors. Summer is a great time to spend some quality time with your dog, so we've come up with a list of our favorite dog friendly, summer hiking trails. If you do go hiking with your dog, please be prepared, as summer brings around unique health risks including, but not limited to, heat stroke, dehydration and snake bites.
Our Favorite Asheville Area Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails:
Carrick Creek Trail, Table Rock State Park - This approximately 2-mile trail is a great summer hike because it provides plentiful water opportunities. It is in a popular state park so you will encounter many other hikers, but it does provide great views of waterfalls with plenty of on leash water opportunities for dogs.
The River Trail, Warren Wilson - This 5-mile trail follows the banks of the Swannanoa River and provides ample opportunities for dogs to swim. While at Warren Wilson, you can also explore the abundant farmland, meadows and wooded trails.
Resonover Creek Trail to Lake Julia, Dupont - This out and back approximately 6-mile trail starts at the Fawn Lake parking lot at Dupont State Forrest. The trail is all wooded and ends at Lake Julia, one of the more secluded areas at Dupont. This trail is popular with cyclist, but it's a great summer hike because there are plenty of opportunities to take a water break as you cross several creeks on the trail and end at a beautiful lake!
Bearwallow Mountain, Fletcher, NC - This approximately one-mile trail takes you to the top of Bearwallow mountain which offers panoramic views of the surrounding area. At the top is a nice, grassy bald where cattle often graze. There is also a dirt road that you can hike and there is a water source along the road. Watch out though! It's not unusual to see cattle grazing in the woods or on the bald.