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

Hello, my name is Sarah Long. I was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. In 1997, I moved to Boone, North Carolina to attend Appalachian State University. I received my degree in Theatre Education and spent 6 years in Charlotte, North Carolina teaching before being given the opportunity to move back to the High Country in 2007. I began practicing Real Estate in 2007 with a small firm in Blowing Rock, before helping to open a Real Estate Franchise in the area in 2010. As the franchise grew, I began to realize my desire to get back to my roots and have more of a local connection. In 2018 I launched 828 Real Estate and fulfilled my decade long dream of owning a real estate firm in Beautiful Downtown Boone!!


I feel so blessed to live in the High Country of North Carolina with my husband Matt, a local General Contractor, and our two children, Sadie Rose and Levi. We attend Alliance Bible Fellowship in Boone. I love spending time outdoors and with my family. Between spending summers on the river or hiking and winters playing on the ski mountains- the High Country doesn’t disappoint with opportunities to enjoy God’s creation~!


I am a member of The High Country Association of Realtors, the North Carolina Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. I stay involved in the Young Peoples Network through the local board of Realtors. This group allows me to stay up to date on the latest technology and marketing for Realtors. I am also a member of the Boone Chamber of Commerce and High Country Local First.


I am a licensed real estate broker in North Carolina and successfully completed the REALTOR e-PRO course to become one of a select few real estate professionals to earn the prestigious certification offered through the National Association of REALTORS.® The REALTOR e-PRO certification course is an educational program unlike any other professional certification or designation course available, comprehensive and interactive. It is specifically designed to provide real estate professionals with the technology tools needed to assist consumers in the purchase or sale property.