Hobo the Wonder Dog continues celebrating the National Park Service’s centennial year with a visit to the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. We decided to take a brief detour to The North Caroline Arboretum. The arboretum is within a day’s drive, dog-friendly, beautiful and the southern hospitality is as natural as a warm summer breeze. Hobo’s visit to The North Carolina Arboretum was spontaneous and by chance. Throughout our visit, we were greeted with warm friendly smiles and suggestions of opportunities for Hobo the Wonder Dog to enjoy the Arboretum. We were briefed on a few restricted areas off limits to Hobo and his pals. The North Carolina Arboretum is more than a collection of trees and shrubs it is an amalgamation of senses offering a sensation of belonging and being one with nature. A visit to The North Carolina Arboretum is one you will want to relish — not rush. Whether you have a little or a lot of time to spend here — it will enrich and renew your senses
The North Carolina Arboretum offers ten miles of hiking trails connecting to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Lake Powhatan to name a few. Regardless of your fitness or experience level, I am sure there is a hiking or biking trail for you to enjoy. From azaleas, hardwoods, and rhododendrons, to the sounds of creeks rushing by — nature is calling you. The Arboretum offers experiences from bonsai, to towering forest, and the manicured gardens in between. With more than 65 acres of cultivated gardens, 10 miles of hiking trails, and educational opportunities, there is surely something for everyone — including your dog at The North Carolina Arboretum.
The North Carolina Arboretum is located just south of Asheville North Carolina. I describe the arboretum as a sophisticated or refined amusement park for your senses. With exhibits, self-guided tours, insects, reptiles, and mammals, our experience excited our senses while relaxing our souls. Asheville North Carolina has to be the most dog friendly destination in our region. Lodging and dining with your pooch in Asheville is not a problem.
Hobo the Wonder Dog gives The North Carolina Arboretum four paws up for their dog friendly policies and attitude toward the family pet. Service animals are permitted inside all buildings and the Bonsai Exhibition Garden. Remember, the privilege of enjoying more places with our trusted four-legged travel companions depends on those who have traveled before us. We encourage observation of proper dog etiquette wherever you travel. Keep Fido under control and on a leash at all times — no longer than six feet. I do not recommend retractable leashes. Dispose of excrement in trash receptacles and never leave anything but paw prints on trails and positive impressions on people. Be prepared for accidents by carrying dog waste bags and supplies for quick cleanups. Good manners, social skills, and basic obedience training for your dog paves the way for traveling more places and acceptance of our dogs.
Hobo the Wonder Dog will visit The North Carolina Arboretum in the fall and we hope to see you on the trails of the arboretum.
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