Our Labrador Retriever pup loves hitting the trail as much as we do. Whenever we glance at our hiking boots or so much as touch a backpack, our trail-loving pup, Jake, is bounding toward the door, ready for adventure. He’s full of energy and curiosity, and loves a good sniff – so there’s no better adventure in Jake’s mind than a great wander in the woods.

The mountains surrounding Asheville are filled with many fantastic dog-friendly trails. But these hikes have been dog-tested and dog-approved by our crew, many times over, and top the list of our favorite canine adventures. Grab a leash and hit these trails for some great exercise, fantastic views, and trail fun with your pup.

Grab a leash and hit the trail! Follow our favorite dog-friendly hikes near Asheville to visit cool mountain summits, shady forests, and tumbling creeks for a fantastic day on the trail with your favorite canine hiking buddy. #hiking #trailrunning #dogs #asheville #nc #northcarolina #travel #outdoors #adventure

Asheville dog-friendly trails: our favorite hikes

Where ever your adventures take you, please always remember to leave no trace to help protect these beautiful places. And please hike with your dog on a leash at all times. It’s a courtesy to other hikers, and important for the protection of wildlife and their own protection, too.

Hiking with dogs: before you go

Leash up! Help keep the trail fun and enjoyable for everyone by keeping your dog leashed at all times. Our favorite is the Ruffwear Slackline Leash. Its comfortable padded handle doubles as a waist harness, and the leash’s high-quality swivel clip helps to keep us tangle free. Warm weather and exuberant play can lead to dehydration quickly, so make sure your four-legged adventure buddy has plenty of water on the trail. Jake loves his Ruffwear Bivy Bowl for mid-hike rehydration: this collapsible bowl is ultra light, and it folds down to save space in our packs.

Is your pup new to the trail? It’s always best to start small and work up, starting with shorter hikes and gentler terrain. Work up to more difficult terrain and longer distances as your adventure buddy becomes more trail savvy and comfortable. And check out more tips for hiking with your dog from REI Expert Advice.