Hanging Rock State Park
Just two hours west of the Triangle area is a hiking paradise for dogs. Park at the far end of the parking lot by the visitor center and take the .4 mile trail to Hidden Falls, a small natural waterfall. The real treat is if you continue on for another .1 of a mile to Window Falls. This waterfall is larger and has a wider pool below. Plus, the rock formations act as nature-made picnic areas. Hiking with your dog to these spots is best on a very hot summer day. You can walk underneath the falls, splash around in the natural pools and explore behind the falls as well. Pack a picnic of doggie biscuits and enjoy.