Four Paws Kingdom is a magical place tucked away in the mountains of NC, near Asheville (actually in Rutherfordton). We found it in a book full of dog-friendly places in NC, and this place could not BE more dog-friendly.
We decided to take a little vacation there in mid-October, when the weather turned cooler and the leaves started changing. We rented one of the 3 cabins, but you can also camp in an RV. The campgrounds are on 30 acres, and include 8 different dog parks (all off-leash areas), a creek, a swimming pond, a pavilion and hiking trails. Needless to say, there was plenty to do, and the best part was that all of it was stuff Barkley loves!
Our first night there, we settled in to our cabin, which was immaculate and adorable. Just one room, with a futon, bed, dining table, fridge, TV, toaster, microwave and bathroom.
Then we wandered over to one of the dog parks, and made friends with 2 labs along the way. They joined us in the dog park, and after Barkley had run off his 6-hours-in-the-car-energy, we went to dinner at the local steakhouse/seafood restaurant. They had a salad bar which was DELICIOUS. Tom is laughing at me for typing that but he’ll tell you… we went back the next night just to get some more salad. (And fried pickles… mmm, pickles)
The next day we got up and put on our hiking shoes. We planned to explore the hiking trails, but first we stopped at Linus Creek Park. This is a huge park, and part of the fenced off area includes a creek. There were tons of leaves and sticks and things for Barkley to run around with, and when he got tired of running around, he’d jump in the creek for a little while, then run out, roll around in the mud/leaves, then do it all over again.
After all the fun at Linus Creek Park, it was time to continue on our hike. Of course I was taking pictures along the way.
All of the signs had haikus written on them—I enjoyed these.
Isn’t it beautiful? I just loved this place so much.
Bark swims in the pond…
…and then he shakes right beside me… all over me.
One of the park’s agility courses.
That’s mostly it. The rest of my pictures from our stay there are of Barkley sleeping, because after our mammoth day of playing, hiking, swimming and fun, he was WORN OUT.
I know Barkley loved Four Paws Kingdom, but I definitely loved it too. It was so relaxing and quaint and awesome. The owners of FPK, a married couple from Germany, are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Their Corgis, Lucy and Schroeder, were awesome too. Can’t wait to go back one day!