Man’s best friend is an important part of the Cumberland County community. With our growing downtown scene, outdoor activities, and upcoming ballpark, there is so much to do and see here in the Fayetteville and Fort Bragg region—it would be a shame to leave our best fur-friends at home while we go out and have all of the fun.
Just as much as Fayetteville is a growing community for humans, it is growing for dogs as well. With dog parks, restaurants and pet-friendly policies, local state parks and more, here is our dog lovers guide to Fayetteville.
First up, let’s talk dog parks.
There are four in the area, one of which has a membership fee. Riverside Dog Park off of North Eastern Boulevard appears to be the favorite. It has an area for small dogs and an area for big dogs. According to reviews there isn’t too much fluff besides providing an area for the dogs to run around and socialize. Bring your pup from dawn through dusk. The Main Post Bark Park is on post and has similar amenities to the Riverside Dog Park.
Martin Dog Park is located in Southern Pines and is a 50+ acre off leash park specifically for dogs. There are wooded areas, open spaces, seating, nature trails, and a creek.
The Blessed Oasis Dog Park is located off of Stoney Pointe Road and boasts a spacious five acre leash free park with agility equipment. A $20 monthly membership is required to use this park.
Keep an eye out for the Dirtbag Ales Farmers Market this spring because they also have a dog park on site.
If you aren’t into dog parks but still want to get out into nature, here are some pet friendly trails and parks in the area:
- Honeycutt Park
- Mazarick Park
- Clark Park and the Cape Fear River Trail
- Lake Rim Park
- Carvers Creek State Park
- Smith Lake Trail
- Dun-Erwin Rail-Trail
- Weymouth Woods
- Cape Fear Adventures (for your water and kayak friendly pets)
Check it out—at the end of a long day adventuring in nature, you will probably need to stop at a restaurant for some food. Never fear, Fayetteville is full of pet friendly establishments. Even if a restaurant doesn’t have an official pet policy, they will likely allow you to dine on their patio with your furry friend.
Here are some locations around town that are cool with dogs:
- The Wine Cafe has a pet friendly patio.
- Bright Light Brewing Company
- Huske Hardware House has a pet friendly patio.
- TapHouse at Huske has a pet friendly back deck.
- Any of the Sonic Drive Ins
- Blue Moon Cafe
- Rude Awakening: Coffee Bar has pet friendly sidewalk and back deck seating.
- Pierro’s Italian Bistro
- The Coffee Cup
- The Wing Company on Person Street
- Circa 1800
- Taste of West Africa
- Charleys Pub
- Louie’s Sports Bar
- Mac’s Speed Shop
- Panera Bread
- Jason’s Deli
- Noble Meats and Eatery
Fayetteville is, of course, a leash friendly city that encourages all dogs to be current on their vaccines before utilizing these locations.
Let Fido get out and explore Cumberland County with you this spring and make the most of our All American town.
Let us know if you check out any of these spots, or if you know of a pet-friendly location we didn’t mention! If you enjoyed this post, please give it a like and don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already. We’ll see you next week!