Area Info / Pets

Whether you have a pampered poodle or a beloved brown tabby, you'll find an incredible variety of activities, services, and organizations for you and your furry companions in Asheville as well as a great many hotels that will be happy to accommodate both you and your pet. Please read on for all your Asheville Area pet info and discover the many ways you can share the beauty of Western North Carolina with your favorite animal.

Take a hike (Great places to take your pup)

The Asheville Area has long been renown for its majestic rolling mountains, thrilling waterfalls, and relaxing, easy going lifestyles. As it turns out, the family dog finds all of these qualities as desirable as we do. Fortunately, Asheville offers a number of trails and parks designed with both species in mind! Here's just a few to get you and your pup started.
Dog Park One of Asheville's premiere pet offerings, the Dog Park offers a space for your pooch to get some exercise while playing and socializing with other dogs. The dog park is located in French Broad River Park- a beautiful city park that trails alongside the tranquil French Broad River.
Dupont State Forest Over 10,000 acres of lush forests, scenic trails and beautiful waterfalls await at Dupont State Forest. There are miles upon miles of trails to be explored; two of the favorites are the Triple Falls and High Falls trails both of which lead to brilliant waterfalls that empty into large swimming holes that your pup won't be able to get enough of.
Pisgah National Forest/Old Fort Picnic Area This lovely area is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is the perfect place for a good hike along a scenic stream. The Picnic area itself features tables and grills.
Beaver Lake on Merrimon Ave. This popular area features a mile marked trail along the gorgeous Beaver Lake. There are often a lot of dogs taking advantage of this area's abundant trails and/or splashing through the shoreline. If your dog likes to socialize, this is the place. Note: for non-residents of the Beaver Lake community, according to a recently passed enforcement bill, there is now a $50 yearly registration fee for dog allowance.
  Pets are an important part of what makes Asheville a great place to live, so it is of little wonder that there is quite a variety of events just for them. Ranging from doggie social hours to health clinics, Asheville offers everything you need to help keep your pet healthy and happy. For an up-to-date list, check the events section for pets.  

Pet Organizations

In Asheville people take animal welfare very seriously, but that doesn't detract from pets and their people having a great time. Whether throwing parties to benefit Asheville's no kill shelter or organizing spay and neuter clinics, these organizations have been working hard to promote good, healthy times for pets and owners alike.
Asheville Humane Society
Dedicated to the respectful, humane treatment of animals and to providing helpful animal services to the people of our community, The Asheville Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) organization responsible for the operation of the Animal Shelter, Pet Adoption Center, and County Animal Control.
REACH Hospital
The Regional Emergency Animal Care Hospital is available for emergency animal services from 5 pm to 7 am, Monday through Friday, and 24 hours on holidays and weekends. Quality Care With Compassion.
Animal Haven of Asheville
The Animal Haven of Asheville works to provide protection and refuge to homeless and abused animals. They offer shelter, veterinary care, and rehabilitation services with an emphasis on farm animals.
The Foster Animal Network
The first viable foster program in Asheville, The Foster Animal Network is wholly devoted to the placement of lost, stray, neglected and abandoned animals.
Animal Compassion Network
The largest no-kill, non-profit animal rescue organization in Western North Carolina, The Animal Compassion Network has succeeded in finding loving homes for over 4,000 cats and dogs since 1999.

Pet-Friendly Hotels

With all of its pet friendly parks and forests, no one wants to leave pets at home when visiting WNC. Thankfully, Asheville has quite a few hotels that are happy to take in your pet too.
Quality Inn Biltmore East:
(828) 298-5519
Days Inn Asheville Mall:
(828) 252-4000
Comfort Suites Biltmore Square Mall:
(828) 665-4000
Super 8 Motel Asheville/Central:
(828) 667-8706
Super 8 Motel Asheville/Biltmore Square Area:
(828) 670-8800
Sleep Inn West:
(828) 670-7600
Days Inn Patton Avenue Asheville:
(828) 254-9661
Holiday Inn Asheville-Blue Ridge:
(828) 298-5611
Best Western Inn:
(828) 667-4501
Sleep Inn Biltmore:
(828) 277-1800
Best Western of Asheville Biltmore East:
(828) 298-5562