Dog Friendly Activities in Charlotte, NC

There are 29 dog friendly activities in Charlotte, NC. Use the links below to get an overview of each attraction, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Charlotte, NC, or call 877-411-FIDO to speak with one of our pet travel experts!

William Davies Park

William Davies Park provides plenty of space for your pup to run off leash and features separate areas for small and large dogs, seating areas, and trees for shade. The park has two sides to it. One side is for small dogs from 20lbs on down, and the other is for big dogs fro 20lbs on up. Nice fenced in area plenty of water, running room, and toys. The parents also have a place to sit and watch their fur-children run wild. There plenty of trees around for some nice shade.

Barkingham Park at Reedy Creek Park

This off-leash dog park is loved by both owners and dogs. It's a great spot for dogs to play and run in Charlotte.

Fetching Meadow at McAlpine Creek Park

Pets love to play off-leash in the designated area of this Charlotte public park. This park is a one-acre, fenced-in, off-leash area for dogs.

Shuffletown Park

Shuffletown Park has a 4-acre enclosure for large dogs and a smaller area for small dogs. The area is partially-wooded for shade.

Frazier Dog Park

Dogs are allowed to play off-leash in a designated area of this park on Sycamore Street.

U.S. National Whitewater Center

The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC), a non-profit outdoor center situated on 400 acres of woodlands along the Catawba River, is dedicated to promoting the active, outdoor lifestyle. Alongside mountain biking and running trails, a climbing center, zip-lines, flatwater kayaking, high rope courses, and a canopy tour, the facility's most unique feature is a multiple-channel, customized whitewater river for rafting and paddling enthusiasts of all abilities. The USNWC is proud to be a U.S. Olympic Training Site that provides outdoor recreation for families, outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, casual observers and Olympic-caliber athletes. Dogs are allowed on the grounds, outdoor restaurant, hiking trails (on-leash), kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards, but cannot join you on the zip line, ropes course, or whitewater rafts. Dogs are also welcome at special events like the Thursday River Jam with live music, Olympic trials, and family camping weekends.

Charlotte Trolley Trail (Charlotte Trolley Rail-with-Trail)

The Charlotte Trolley Trail (Charlotte Trolley Rail-with-Trail) is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Charlotte! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Charlotte Trolley Trail (Charlotte Trolley Rail-with-Trail). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit <a href="http://www.traillink.com/viewtrail.aspx?AcctID=6160671">TrailLink.com</a>.

McDowell Nature Preserve

McDowell Nature Preserve is a great location to bring your leashed dog! There are several trails to explore. The park is never too busy and you can stay and BBQ if you'd like as well on one of their many patios. Dogs must remain on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times and are not permitted to swim.

Streetside Classics Cars

Streetside Classics is a car sales business but they welcome well-behaved leashed dogs to walk around their showroom. Please call ahead to check whether you can bring your dog when visiting the showroom.

The Dog Bar

The Dog Bar is Charlotte's one and only dog-friendly, off-leash bar, located in the historical North Davidson Street neighborhood, known as The Arts District or NODA. This unique concept was created and opened in 2005 by owner and operator, J.P. Brewer. Brewer also owns Club K-9 of Charlotte and Club K-9 of Pineville and is heavily involved with dog rescue and fundraising.

Carolina History & Haunts

Whether or not you believe in ghosts, please join us for a stroll through Charlotte's streets guided by the eerie glow of candlelight. Within 75 minutes, listen to the stories of local history and haunts as we bring you to the sites where some of uptown's departed inhabitants are said to still linger. If seeing is believing, come and see for yourself. Pets are welcome on the tour.

Historic Rosedale Plantation

Tour the 13-room federal house. Discover plantation and village life by examining the lives of the Frew, Caldwell and Davidson families who occupied this antebellum plantation. The garden at this plantation depicts the type of garden popular before it became fashionable for gardens to bloom all year. The main walks are bordered by boxwood. While pets cannot go into the house itself, they are welcome to explore the gardens.

Sleepy Poet Antique Mall

Not just an antique mall, but so much more! With over 55,000 square feet, Sleepy Poet is a great place to spend an afternoon. Wander the aisles with your leashed four-legged family members, and don't worry we have snacks and fresh water for everyone! Large green area out front to stretch your legs too.

​Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve

Reedy Creek Park and Nature Preserve has 10 miles of trails offering hikers and nature enthusiasts the opportunity to explore a variety of terrains while enjoying scenic views of the small lakes, forests, fields, and streams. One of the most popular routes in the preserve leads to the ruins of the Robinson Rockhouse, built circa 1790. Dogs are welcome on preserve trails, but must remain on a 6-foot or shorter leash at all times.

Central Bark Dog Park

Bring your pet to run and play off-leash at this fenced dog park with shade trees and benches for owners to relax on.

Swaney Pointe K-9 Park at Ramsey Creek Park

This park is 4 acres, and completely fenced in, with lots of open space to run as well as some large patches of trees that provide plenty of shade. There are several picnic tables, and a platform located near the entrance with a constant supply of fresh running water. There are usually as many as 25 dogs there at a time, but they are said to always be very friendly and well-behaved. There is a large area for dogs 20+ lbs. and a smaller area for dogs 20- lbs. or elderly dogs. Great park and definitely worth the time to check out.

Lucky Dog Bark & Brew

The area's only indoor/outdoor dog park with a sports bar where both you and your dog can play. At Lucky Dog, dogs can run off leash safely while owners socialize in a sports bar-like atmosphere. We also offer other amenities, such as a sports themed boutique, dog grooming salon, and doggie day care and boarding. Even if you don't have a dog, stop on by. Loving dogs is the only requirement. Park opens at 6am during the week and 7am on weekends.

George Poston Dog Park

Locals rave about this fenced off-leash dog park, which includes a 1 acre run for small dogs and separate 4.5 acre area for larger breeds. Waste bags available.

Anne Springs Close Greenway

Anne Springs Close Greenway allows leashed pets to join you on its miles of hiking trails.

Turbo Paws Flyball Club

Turbo Paws was founded in 2013 by people that are crazy about their canines and their love for the flyball sport. Our club is located in Charlotte, NC and we are always welcoming new dogs and their humans to join our team. We are a competitive team but our primary goal is to have fun with our dogs and enjoy being together. We often offer classes. Check out website for the latest schedule.

Concord Bark Park

A new dog park is opening next to the fire station on Weddington Road.

Belmont Drive-In Theatre

You'll only have to pay $4 per person for a double (or sometimes triple) feature here. Folks like the family-friendly and pet-friendly atmosphere too.

The Depot at Gibson Mill

The Depot is one of the Southeast's largest antique malls. Browse over 600 dealers in search of buried treasure. Well-behaved, leashed or carried dogs are welcome in the mall.

Talley's Pier 77 Marine

Full service boat dealership. Authorized dealer for Regal boats and Godfrey pontoons. Also offering pre-owned boats and full service department. Dogs welcome

Mary Warner Mack Dog Park

Located on the Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill, SC, the Mary Warner Mack Dog Park features over 12 acres of enclosed natural space for dogs of all sizes to play and socialize. Situated among a mature hardwood forest and young stand of longleaf pines, the park provides a unique setting for dog lovers to enjoy time with their pets and is dedicated in loving memory to the life of Mary Warner Mack. The Mary Warner Mack Dog park is open to dogs of all sizes and includes a designated area for small dogs, as well as a mile-long off-leash trail leading to lakefront access. Other park amenities include a dog washing station, hydration stations, dog waste collection stations, benches and more. Access is granted to dog park members only and park rules have been adopted for the protection of the dogs, handlers, visitors and Greenway property. The park is conveniently located at the Adventure Road Entrance on Springfield Parkway in Fort Mill and is open seven days a week.

House of Thrifts

We sell new items, gently used items, vintage/antiques, collectibles and items for shabby chic artisans. We work closely with local York County, S.C. ministries and local communities, to give to those in need with our volunteer service GIFTS OF DEVOTION (i.e. displacements for families, pets, other businesses, homelessness, or transitional situation). We also invite local artisans to display their work and network with others on selected Saturdays throughout the year (usually the last Saturday in June - November). Stop, Shop and Spread the Word @ House of Thrifts.

Jetton Park

This 104-acre park features several walking paths/trails, including one that runs along Lake Norman, that welcome leashed dogs. Park is open from March 1 through October 31. There is a $3 entry fee for county residents and $5 for non-county residents.