Dog-Friendly Travel Tips: Southeast

Destinations in Florida and the southeast for you and your co-pilot
By The Bark Editors, June 2011, Updated September 2021
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Left: Sparkman Wharf Top: Sparkman Wharf Howl-O-Ween event Bottom: Shenandoah Valley

From al fresco dining in Asheville, NC, to swimming in the shallow waters off Lover’s Key State Park, Fla., we have sniffed out the best dog-friendly destinations for summer in the Southeast.

In the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia there are endless trails and places to bring your dog. Trek on the Appalachian Trail loops, visit the Shenandoah River and stay in one of the many dog-friendly cabin vacation rentals.

The Greenway is a beautiful trail system in North Augusta, SC. The shaded trail is paved and runs along the Savannah River. Next, visit Manuel’s Bread Café for some fabulous eats on a dog-friendly patio.

In dog-friendly Asheville, NC, you’ll find Barkwells camp. Located in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountain, each cabin in Barkwells has its own fenced yard. For added security, the whole facility is fenced in to keep your pup safe. North Carolina is also home to tons of beautiful trails along the mountains and rivers; check out the Blue Ridge Parkway for a lovely spring hike.


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Along the coast, Tampa, Fla is consistently ranked as one of the most dog-friendly cities in the United States. The Sparkman Wharf is a great place for both people and pets to visit in sunny Tampa because of the wide-open turf, excellent food options and stunning waterfront views of Tampa Bay.

On Florida’s West Coast head over to the Lover’s Key State Park dog beach, where you’ll find white sand, calm waters, and the perfect area for a water-loving pooch to play. For more beautiful beaches, try Cape San Blas, Fla.

Add Saint Augustine to your list of pet-friendly adventures in Florida. This historic city offers plenty of sights and beautiful streets to stroll with your pup. Scoop up a dog-friendly beach rental early.

Photos courtesy: Visit Tampa Bay