Hike With Your Dog

the site where you won't be able to wipe the wag off your dog's tail


National Parks With Hiking

Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Dogs are allowed on the trails and the beach except in the wildlife refuge

Cape Lookout National Sesahore
Dogs are allowed on the trails in this park but not in the cabins and on the beach

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Monument
Dogs are welcome in this park except in the buildings

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
Dogs are allowed on the trails in this park

Kings Mountain National Military Park
Dogs are allowed on the trails in this park

Links to National Forests With Hiking

Croatan, Nantahala, Pisgah and
Uwharrie National Forests

State Parks With Hiking
North Carolina State Parks

 Carolina Beach State Park

 Crowders Mountain State Park

 Eno River State Park

 Falls Lake State Recreation Area

 Goose Creek State Park

 Gorges State Park

 Hanging Rock State Park

 Lake Norman State Park

 Lake Waccamaw State Park

 Medoc Mountain State Park

 Merchants Millpond State Park

 Morrow Mountain State Park

 Mount Mitchell State Park

 Pettigrew State Park

 Pilot Mountain State Park

 Raven Rock State Park

 South Mountains State Park

 Stone Mountain State Park

 Weymouth Woods

 William B. Umstead State Park

Share A Favorite Hike With Your Dog In North Carolina

Your Dog's Favorite Hikes In North Carolina


Submitted by Rebecca and Slappy
We like the interpretive trail at Roanoke Island. It rolls up and down through the forest and touches on a small beach which is great for playing fetch. The history of the trail is also a bonus.

Submitted by Larry and Rascal
Head up Route 12 to the north part of the Outer Banks for great beachwalking.

Submitted by Tim and Max
Our favorite short hikes on the Blue Ridge Parkway are at Linville Falls. The hike to the bottom of the gorge can be taxing but the swimming pool at the bottom for Max makes the climb back up worth it!

Submitted by Barb
I have taken my dog(s) to the Outer Banks of North Carolina two different times some years apart.  The last time I was there was May 2005.  We have always rented houses and have had no trouble finding plenty of oceanfront houses to choose from.  We stayed in the town of Duck, NC the last time.  It has the advantage of a walking path by the road if you want a change of pace from walking the beach.  I was amazed at the variety and amount of wildlife that was to be found right in town on early morning and dusk walks.  The first time we took a dog to the beach we stayed in Avon, NC which is nice too.  CAUTION !!  Be sure to check the rules for each separate town and/or beach area.  They have very specific times that dogs are allowed.  Some areas do not allow them and some are very liberal about dogs.  Please remember that summer on the beach can be VERY HOT for both you and your dog. Don't forget to at least rinse your dog after he has finished his dip in the ocean.  Unless your dog is a seasoned, experienced ocean swimmer, I would suggest keeping him very close to shore and on a leash attached to a harness.  Ocean currents are very powerful.  North Carolina has other walking/hiking opportunities nearby, but I can never pry myself off the beach to enjoy them.  Happy Hiking !

Submitted by Wendy
I just wanted to let you know about our favorite vacation spot to take our pups!! Topsail Island!! It is a little island in North Carolina, between Wilmington and Myrtle.  It is the most fabulous place.  Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round and all day long.  It is very quiet there, a perfect getaway to relax with your best friend. Check it out!!! Thanks for all the info!!

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