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!