Fun Places to Travel with Your Durham Dog

Fun Places to Travel with Your Durham Dog

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Now that we have officially made it to the unofficial start of summer; where pools are open and beaches are packed, you may be itching to get out and about with your friends, family, and of course, your best four-legged friend.  Lucky for us, North Carolina has so many great places to visit that are all within weekend or day trip reach.

Falls Lake State Park

Only about 25-30 from the Durham area, this is a great day trip for any family on a sunny day. They have camping, trails, boat rentals, swimming, fishing & more!

The Eno River State Park

A beautiful destination that is so close it’s practically home, the Eno River is a nestled inside a mature forest, with 30 trails along a shallow stream. It’s a perfect place for a stroll in the woods with your Durham dog.

Hanging Rock Park

If you’re up for a bit of a longer drive (about 1.5 hrs), but still local, then Hanging Rock Park is a definite must. It is boasted as one of the best traditional camping and outdoor experiences in our state. They have tons of camp sites, over 20 miles of trails with amazing vistas, canoeing, and paddling.

Mt. Airy (AKA- Mayberry)

Get a taste of the days of old and take a trip out to Mt Airy, it is only about 1.5-2hr drive away. It’s famously known as the location for the Andy Griffith show, and also goes by the name Mayberry. Walk the quaint streets of this mountain town, visit the local parks for trails and don’t forget to grab lunch at Chase & Charli’s Restaurant by there river where you and your dog can eat on the outside deck.

Emerald Isle

One of the most beautiful beaches I have seen, the coast truly is Emerald here. It’s only about 3 hours away and definitely worth the drive. Between being able to relax at the the beach, fish or boat at the Bogue Inlet or the sound, there is so much to do for you and your Durham dog in Emerald Isle.

Wrightsville Beach 

Another great beach that is just a tad closer to Durham is Wrightsville Beach. Depending on where you live it can be any where from 2-2.5 hours to reach, making it perfect for a day trip or a weekend beach getaway.

Bald Head Island 

If you’re looking for a seriously relaxing getaway at the beach, this is where you should go. It’s a littler further away, about 3-4 hours, but it is an amazing place. There are no cars allowed on the island, so you park and take a ferry. From there, you drive around on golf carts, explore wonderful merry-time forests, and disconnect from the real world. There are a few dog friendly outdoor places to eat, but you spend most of your time outside or on a golf cart, which for your dog is even better than riding with the windows down.  We’ve taken all of our dogs there over the years and they absolutely love it. And don’t forget to visit the Old Baldy Lighthouse, although decommissioned it is the oldest lighthouse in NC.

Where do you like to take your Durham dog for day trips or vacations? Let us know your favorite places in the comments!

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