Great Walks in South Asheville to Keep Your Dogs Happy

Maybe you’ve just moved to South Asheville or simply relocated here from another part of town. Let me tell you about some great places to walk that will keep you and your dogs happy.

Jackie and Hunter on a Morning Walk on the Mountain To Sea Trail

The Mountain To Sea Trail – Asheville, NC
You can access the mountain to sea trail in South Asheville, right off the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance at Hendersonville Road. Just look for gravel pull-offs and the trailheads.

At this section of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Mountain to Sea Trail zig-zags across the parkway every few miles or so. It is a heavily traveled trail, with lots of use by runners and dog owners. The trails can be tight quarters in some spots, so if your dogs are leash reactive, it may be best to walk dogs here in the mornings, or in the winter.

Wildlife frequent the trails and surrounding forest, so be on the alert for bears, rattlesnakes, turkeys, etc. The Mountain to Sea Trail is State Park land, so your dogs must be on a leash at all times.

The Trail ranges from easy to challenging and can be very muddy in the spring and fall. Bring along plenty of towels for doggie clean off.

Collier Cove Nature Preserve – Arden, NC
This is a great local trail system on 30 acres of hilly, mountain top woodland in Arden. The trails are a 10-minute drive from Hendersonville Road, so Collier Cove is a convenient spot for hiking your dogs.

View of Butler Mountain Range from Collier Cove

The trail system is on the mountain side and quite hilly. Trails are well defined, but rough cut, steep, and challenging. These trails are best suited for humans and dogs who might like a little challenge and are in pretty good physical shape.

Collier Cove is a remote trail area, although the park does back up to a couple of mountaintop neighborhoods. Expect to see wildlife like turkeys, bear, snakes, coyote, etc. Bring water along – as there are no natural springs or water sources up there.

Directions: Trailhead is located at 194 Rhododendron Drive, Arden, NC. From Sweeten Creek Road, turn onto Birch Lane. Right onto Appian Way. Left onto Rhododendron Drive and follow to the top. At the top, there will be a stop sign. Turn right to stay on Rhododendron. Trailhead parking will be just down on the left.

Jake Rusher Park – Arden, NC
If you’re looking for an easy morning walk your dogs on a Saturday, with a cup of coffee in hand, this is the spot. You can even bring along the kids to play in the playground.

Jake Rusher Park is located on Peachtree Street, behind Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack in the Royal Pines neighborhood of Arden. Just across Sweeten Creek Road from Bee Hive Coffee Bar (My favorite South Asheville coffee spot!)

The park is small, with a nice grassy open area and a ¼ mile paved walking path. The neighborhood streets around the park are also nice, and loop back around toward the park.

To access: park in the gravel area just below Rocky’s Chicken Shack, and walk across the street.

There are plenty of conveniently placed poop-stations and garbage bins, so please pick up after your pets.

Fletcher Community Park – Fletcher, NC

Yes, It’s technically outside of South Asheville, but because it’s one of my favorite parks for walking dogs I am including it here.

Duke having fun in the dog park at Fletcher Community Park

Fletcher Park was once a sod farm, and an air-field. So, as you can imagine the terrain is very flat and open. Over the years it has grown into one of the best parks in the area. Lots of pathways and trails, and wide open space. Very dog-friendly. There is a small dog park and plenty of poop-stations all around the park. Along some of the trails are several “dog beach” areas where dogs can access the Cane Creek for a little swim in the summer.

Be on the lookout for snakes in the summer months, as there are water moccasins and copperheads that live in the Cane Creek.

Directions: Take Hendersonville Road Southward into Fletcher. Left onto Howard Gap Road. Cross the railroad tracks. The park entrance will be just down on the left.

Dogs must be on a leash at Fletcher Park, unless inside the small dog park area.

 Last but no least… The Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate grounds are dog-friendly and a wonderful place to take your dogs for an adventure.

Along the river path at Biltmore Estate

From hiking trails on rolling hills, to flat and wide-open gravel roadways along the river, to a stroll through the Azalea Gardens and around the Duck Pond, Biltmore has adventure opportunity for every dog. The walk around the Lagoon, and the Green Trail behind the Inn are two of our favorites.

Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times while at the Biltmore. The Estate is home to farm animals and abundant wildlife. It is a big place, about 8000 acres, and dogs can get lost very easily.

Taking a water break from a stream on the Biltmore Estate.

While there are some streams and the French Broad River that run near the estate, we advise that you bring along water for your dogs. There are plenty of poop-bag stations on the popular pathways near Antler Village. However, you will need to pick up and pack out pet waste if you are on the hiking trails.

A ticket or annual pass is required to access the Estate, and can be purchased directly from the Biltmore Estate website. In our opinion, the annual pass is well worth the price for access to miles and miles of hiking and walking trails, and other features of the Estate.

We hope you and your dogs enjoy the adventures.

If you need a little dog walking help, please consider our dog walking and dog hike services. Call us any time with questions. (828) 216-0161


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