Dogs Rule at 4 Paws Kingdom Campground & Dog Retreat

Whether you have two legs or four, 4 Paws Kingdom offers the ultimate dog-friendly getaway.
By Four Paws Kingdom Campground, March 2018

Located in scenic Western North Carolina, in the Town of Rutherfordton – 4 Paws Kingdom is known as the first and only campground dedicated to dogs and their human companions. Since 2004, this dog-lover destination has welcomed more than 20,000 canines to its doggy paradise, entertaining four-legged guests with off-leash dog parks, an agility park, private freshwater pond, grooming station and a shop for treats and toys.

From the moment guests arrive it is evident they are entering a special place that takes into account everything a dog could ask for as well as top notch amenities for their traveling companions such as state-of-the-art bathhouses, hiking trails, pull-thru RV sites, tiny home cabin rentals, and new for 2018, yurt rentals. Open late March-November, 4 Paws provides an excitement packed calendar of events that include guest favorites such as Dog-a-plooza,  Barktoberfest and an Amazing Race Weekend.


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For canine guests, this doggie wonderland offers over 18 acres of tail-wagging fun. Amenities added this year consist of a Lure Coursing and Game field that is the talk of the town among previous guests. Dogs can chase, run, jump and fetch to their hearts delight and then cool off in the expanded pond park next door which includes a new walking path for those guests that prefer to stay dry.

In total there are 8 off leash parks:

  • A tiny dog park for those guests under 15 lbs
  • A small dog park for guests under 30 lbs
  • An agility park that offers jumps, tunnels and ramps for all sized guests
  • A ball park…which speaks for itself and is a guest favorite
  • A pond park with hiking trail
  • A private park for those guests who need some alone time with their human
  • Several open parks filled with Frisbees, balls, sticks and anything else you want to bring to play with

No matter the age, size or personality of their guests, 4 Paws fosters an open and welcoming environment that invites all breeds and their adult human companions to spend a weekend or a month at their doggie kingdom celebrating “The Year of the Dog”.

“Our goal is to make sure all our guests have the best experience possible”, commented owners Connie and Sandy. “That experience may be joining us for a fun group activity or laying by a fire, chewing on a bone while their human enjoys a glass of wine and watches the sunset. Nobody makes you go camping, so it should be a fun, relaxing experience for everyone … whether you have two legs or four.”

When asked what led them to 4Paws Connie exclaimed,  “We have the best job ever! We get to be in a beautiful setting every day, surrounded by happy dogs, playing games and having fun. It just doesn’t get any better than this.”

Ideally located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, guests can explore outside the campground and visit nearby destinations such as the small towns that neighbor 4 Paws Kingdom including historic downtown Rutherfordton which is home to the N.C. Gold Trail, scenic Lake Lure, home to the popular Dirty Dancing Festival, eclectic Chimney Rock Village, Tryon International Equestrian Center, and several dog-friendly wineries, all within a 20-minute drive.

At 4 Paws Kingdom, dogs rule and humans drool over all there is to do and see.

To book a stay or for more information, please visit or call (828) 287-7324.