Azalea Road Park Dog Friendly Trails: Azalea Park along the Swannanoa River in east Asheville has several dog-friendly options. The real gems of the park are the Swannanoa River and great mountain views. There is a trail that runs along the river that is ideal for a flat, easy walk with your dog. The hidden gems of the park are the numerous river “beaches.” To access the beach and other river spots, drive past all of the soccer fields, park on the right side of the road and head down to the river to explore the access points. If Fido needs some social time, then head to the dog park about 1/4 mile past the park.
Directions from Asheville: Take I-240 E to Exit 8. Left on Fairview Rd., right on Swannanoa River Rd./Hwy. 81 – pass the golf course on the left – right on Gashes Creek Rd. Continue straight onto Azalea Rd. to the park on the right.