Dog Friendly Activities Around Boone

Lauren and her dog, Bentley, at Valle Crucis Community Park.

It’s a Dog’s Life in the 828!

It’s true when they say a dog is a human’s best friend, but it’s even more true when they say a dog is a Boonie’s best friend. Whether you’re walking down King Street or hiking a trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway, there’s no avoiding a friendly smile or sniff from a pup. As a dog lover, here are three must see, dog-friendly places to take your pooch in Boone!

#1: Valle Crucis Community Park

If your dog loves to play in water, Valle Crucis Community Park is the place for you! The Watauga River runs right through the park, making it the perfect place to swim, fish or observe the wildlife. After spending some time in the park, you can walk right over to both the Mast General Store for some ice cream. There are some rules to follow: dogs must remain on a leash and owners are required to pick up after their pet!

#2: The Horton Hotel

My standard poodle, Bentley, weighs over 70 pounds! Along with him, I often travel with my family’s two other dogs, Bella and Gordon, who are much smaller. It’s difficult to find accommodations for all three dogs, but not at the Horton Hotel in Boone! Not only is the hotel located on King Street, but all dogs are welcome. Dog bowls, mats and, most importantly, treats are provided.

#3: Coyote Kitchen

Why leave your dog when you could bring them? This local restaurant specializes in Southwest Caribbean soul food with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options too. With a covered porch out front, it’s the perfect location to enjoy a nice meal with your pup by your side. You’ve gotta try the fish sandwich with sweet potato fries! It’s my favorite.

Happy High Country Adventuring!

There are plenty more places for your dog to tag along! Big or small, all dogs are welcome in the High Country. There’s always an adventure to find in the 828!

About the Author
As a native Eastern North Carolina girl, I always dreamed of one day living in the mountains. In 1994, that dream came true when life brought me to the Boone area. I made my home on one of the most beautiful mountains in the High Country and knew immediately that this is where I belonged. In the 26 years that I have lived here, I have worked in many roles. Beginning as a hist-technologist, then a full-time mom and volunteer in various positions and organizations in the Boone community. Leading Watauga Education Foundation and serving as producer of their Shooting Stars Talent Showcase was one of the highlights of my volunteer work. When the time came for my children to leave the nest and go to college, I decided that I would pursue a new direction in life. Real estate seemed to be just the adventure I was looking for.  Working in real estate gives me many opportunities to share my knowledge and love of the High Country with others, as well as, finding new friendships and connections along the way. 

I am a graduate of Peace College and NC State University. I love music, craft things, nature and wildlife. I enjoy hiking, camping, boating, and spending time outdoors with my family. I am a member of Boone United Methodist Church where I am active in the United Methodist Women and Women's Ministries.  My greatest loves are my two children Addie and Will and my dog, Daisy and cat, Oscar. 

There is so much to see and experience in the High Country. I look forward to helping you explore as we find your perfect place.