If you follow me on Instagram, you know we recently spent a week in Boone, North Carolina. We love to hike and LOVE the mountains (got married outside of Asheville!) and wanted to take the pups along. And let me tell you, the girls had the best time! We went hiking every day, tried out a couple pet-friendly restaurants and spent the nights cooking s’mores by the fire (s’mores for humans only, of course). Here’s what our pet-friendly Boone trip included!
You can’t go to Boone and not hike! So we scoped out pet-friendly hikes on AllTrails. Since this would be Roxanne and Gracie’s first time hiking every day for a week, we knew we needed to keep the hikes relatively short. Our longest hike was about 5 miles. But boy did the girls have the best time, and were pooped every day! Here’s a list of the trails we explored.
- Cascade Falls: This was about a 1 mile loop that leads to a beautiful waterfall. There are many stairs that bring you down to the overlooks along the waterfall. It can get very slippery so use caution!
- Price Lake Loop: Looking for an easy hike with a pretty view? This is it! The loop is about 2.2 miles and relatively flat. It takes you along the perimeter of the lake with great views of mountains in the distance.
- Grandfather Mountain: Only certain trails and areas of the park are pet friendly. We hiked the Nuwati trail , which also has a connection to the Cragway trail. Some of the areas on the trail began getting very rocky so we weren’t able to do the full hike with the pups, but it totaled about 4+ miles and had great views along the way! (FYI dogs are not allowed on the swinging bridge, the popular area of Grandfather Mountain. Be sure to check the website to know where you can go.)
- Elk Knob: This is a 4 mile hike (total – 1.9 miles each way) that brings you up to the summit. At the summit you can see The Peak, Three Top and Bluff Mountains, Mount Jefferson, Grandfather Mountain, Mount Mitchell, Mount Rodgers, and the Iron Mountains. Unfortunately the day we went was too foggy to see much (bummer!!) but even the hike up there has beautiful views.
- Rough Ridge: We ended our trip with this hike. About 1/3 of a mile in and you’ll reach a boardwalk with boulders and beautiful views. Another 1/2 mile and you’ll reach the summit (we didn’t end up going all the way to the summit this trip but…putting it on the list for the next visit!)
When we weren’t hiking, we loved exploring the town and eating all the yummy food! We checked out a couple pet friendly restaurants where we could bring the girls and eat out on the patios. Here were our favorites.
- Booneshine Brewing Company: We ate here twice! Both because the food was amazing, and because it was so easy to have dogs there. There’s a patio you can sit at, as well as a separate picnic-type area. You have to get the pretzel while you’re there too (so good!)
- Wild Craft Eatery: Another amazing food place. This one is in downtown Boone, so perfect for walking around after you eat (have to walk it off, right?). They also have a great patio you can bring your dogs to, and are so friendly and happy to give your pup some pets (after they ask of course)!
- Black Cat Burrito: Disclaimer, we didn’t end up eating at Black Cat with the pups (we took it to go after a long day hiking). But had to add this recommendation because it was just that good! Definitely get the chips and queso as an app too.
If you want to take a day off from hiking, don’t worry – there are things to see!
We spent a couple afternoons walking down both downtown Blowing Rock and downtown Boone. Both areas have the cutest gift shops, restaurants, and coffee shops. Plus you’ll feel safe and comfortable walking around with your dogs. Many stores have water bowls out front or are more than willing to give your pups a treat if you’re ok with it!
We stayed at the perfect AirBnb. We specifically wanted a place that had a beautiful view of the mountains. We knew we’d take some mornings/afternoons off from hiking so wanted to still be able to enjoy the mountains while we were there. This rental had an amazing view, was pet friendly, had a comfortable porch with swing and chiminea, and was affordable. We were able to spend every evening making s’mores and looking at the stars.
Leave your Boone recommendations in the comments – we can’t wait to visit again!