While I don’t have a dog (yet), I can’t wait to raise my future furry best friend in North Carolina. The weather here is great all year long, and there are lots of great pet-friendly activities.

For our furry friends to stretch their legs, we have amazing hiking trails, dog parks, and pastoral landscapes. Various beaches and historical sites are dog-friendly in North Carolina.

These are the top 20 pet-friendly cities in North Carolina, according to GoPetFriendly.com. Charlotte made the list along with our neighbor Gastonia. As a fun reminder, there is a famous Dog Bar in the Queen City, where pups can run wild while their owners enjoy a cold one. Check out the full list below.

  • 20. Winston Salem

  • 19. Wilmington

  • 18. Wake Forest

  • 17. Rocky Mount

  • 16. Raleigh

  • 15. Nags Head

  • 14. Kitty Hawk

  • 13. Kill Devil Hills

  • 12. Hendersonville

  • 11. Greensboro

  • 10. Gastonia

  • 9. Fayetteville

  • 8. Durham

  • 7. Concord

  • 6. Charlotte

  • 5. Chapel Hill

  • 4. Cary

  • 3. Carolina Beach

  • 2. Beaufort

  • 1. Asheville