Some call the Chattooga River Gorge the crown jewel of southern whitewater rivers. In Nantahala National Forest, it is just one of many natural attractions to enjoy with your most loyal travel companion. The Panthertown Valley, for example, is flanked by granite cliffs that ascend up to 300 feet. Trails weave through the valley to provide two- and four-legged hikers with paths to spectacular overlooks and majestic waterfalls. Whiteside Mountain is covered in old-growth forest and speckled with seasonal wildflowers, providing yet another reason to visit the southwestern corner of North Carolina. Whether you want to spend your getaway rafting, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, playing fetch, or engaged in an epic battle of tug-of-war, the region has plenty of options for outdoor recreation. We recommend accommodations that suit the natural beauty of the area. Check our list of pet-friendly accommodations to find a tent, yurt, or cabin that will keep you in close proximity to North Carolina’s flora and fauna.