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Tail-Wagging Travels: Explore Davie County with Your Furry Companion

Are you tired of expensive pet boarding fees and leaving your beloved furry friend behind each time you need a relaxing getaway? When visiting Davie County, you don’t need to choose between a day of fun and spending time with your four-legged companion! 

From scenic parks to dog-friendly eateries, here’s why you should consider exploring the beauty of Davie County together with your furry friend. 

Digging into Nature’s Playground

For outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers, Davie County offers several parks and recreational areas where you and your pet can enjoy a long walk or engaging play. 

The Davie County Community Dog Park in Mocksville. Picture courtesy of Davie County Recreation and Parks.

The Dog Park at the Davie County Community Park is a great space for your pup to stretch their legs, socialize with other dogs, and relish in some off-leash freedom. There is a dedicated space for small dogs and a large dog park for dogs over 25 pounds. Visitors are required to purchase an annual dog pass. 

Rich Park is another great getaway “daycation” to add to your pet-friendly itinerary, offering scenic nature trails with doggie waste stations that promote physical and emotional wellness for both you and your pet. Lake Louise and Farmington Nature Park both have hiking trails perfect for picturesque strolls with your four-legged pal. For more active play, consider bringing your dog for a dip at the Riverpark at Coolemee Falls! Known as “The Bullhole,” this family-friendly recreational park is a favorite swimming hole among locals. Dogs must stay on a leash while on all park grounds. 

Rich Park’s paved trails make it the perfect place to walk with your favorite furry friend. Picture courtesy of Jessica White.

Unleash the Joy of Dining Outdoors

After an active day of play, there’s nothing like a hearty meal with a cold draft beer. Dining out doesn’t have to mean leaving your pup at home. Davie County has several restaurants with welcoming, pet-friendly outdoor spaces.

601 Burgers & Brews and La Carreta of Mocksville,  as well as The Davie Tavern and Tanglewood Pizza Company in Bermuda Run, each offer outdoor patio seating for leashed pets. If you’re cruising through downtown Mocksville, The Station General Store & Taproom, O’Callahan’s, and Restaurant 101 invite you and your doggo to enjoy some laid-back fare in their outdoor seating. Enjoy delicious meals, refreshing brews, and even live music while your furbaby lounges beside you after a day of play. Talented local artists frequent many of these establishments on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Station and Tanglewood Pizza Company are two of Davie County’s delicious restaurants that allow furry pals on their patios. 

If you’re looking for a sweet treat after dinner, stop by Pelican SnoBalls or Scoops Ice Cream Shop in Mocksville or Sam’s Ice Cream in Bermuda Run. Their scoops are sure to satisfy a sweet tooth on a hot summer night!

On a slower morning during your weekend getaway, revel in the simple pleasures of gourmet coffee at Ketchie Creek Bakery, Maddie Cakes, or The Factory Coffee House. Their menus offer a selection of specialty coffee drinks, sandwiches, and pastries. Your pup will need to wait at their outdoor tables while you place your order. Ketchie Creek even offers handmade dog treats – the perfect take-home snack for your four-legged companion!

If you want to continue relishing in a slow weekend, stop by Lazy Elm Winery and Vineyard in Mocksville. Their beautiful 43 acres are a retreat of respite from the busy work week. Lazy Elm invites you to bring your pooch, grab a couple of glasses, and enjoy a lazy afternoon under their namesake elm tree. Four legged friends must enjoy the scenery outside.

Bring your pup and relax with a glass or two at Lazy Elm Winery. Picture courtesy of Lazy Elm.

Cozy Retreats for You and Your Pooch

After a day filled with exploration and outdoor fun, you and your dog can unwind and recharge at one of Davie County’s pet-friendly lodging options. 

The Comfort Inn & Suites and Days Inn by Wyndham in Mocksville both welcome pets, ensuring that your entire family can enjoy a comfortable stay. The Hampton Inn in Bermuda Run also offers pet-friendly room options. Relax in budget-friendly rooms and rest easy knowing that your canine companion is by your side throughout your stay. 

For more adventurous types, Lake Myers RV & Camping Resort in Mocksville offers an exciting weekend retreat. They have activities to offer everyone, including pools, basketball courts, a game room, and mini golf. Their dog park on-site ensures both you and your pup will have plenty of ways to play! Whether you’re planning a retreat for the whole family or a getaway for two, their RV sites and cabin lodging offer an enjoyable stay. 

If you’re looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle, consider staying at Forest Lake RV & Camping Resort. Situated on over 300 acres of forest along the banks of the Yadkin River, this RV campground has great amenities, getting you and your pup just a bit closer to nature.  After a day of trail hiking, a quiet evening around the campfire looking out over the water is sure to be good for the soul.

Forest Lake RV Camping Resort

Embrace the Adventure

Traveling with your pet can open up a world of possibilities for your next great adventure.

In Davie County, you don’t have to keep your dog locked up to enjoy a day out on the town or explore the region’s wonderful tourism opportunities. Whether you’re savoring a meal at a dog-friendly restaurant, immersing yourself in nature, or relaxing at pet-welcoming accommodations, Davie County invites you to embrace the adventure and create lasting memories with your canine companion by your side.