Top Off-Leash Dog Parks in North Carolina

There are few things in life a dog loves more than running off-leash with his canine comrades. No matter where you live, or are headed in North Carolina, we can help you find an off-leash dog park nearby. We’ll even give you the scoop on poop bag and water availability.

William Davies Park

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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.

French Broad River Dog Park

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One of Asheville's most beautiful parks, the French Broad River Park meanders alongside the tranquil French Broad River, and features a vast area of open green space with old trees, a wildflower garden, a paved trail, a gazebo, picnic tables and grills, an observation deck, and a small playground. The Dog Park features a large fenced-in area made for exercising and socializing your pooch! It is a one acre lot with wood chips, fresh water, and dog waste bags. No separate areas for small and large dogs. There is a great trail system, picnic facilities, and wonderful access to the river for doggy swimming as well!

Riverside Dog Park

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Riverside Dog Park offers two fenced areas for dogs. Water and poop bags are available.

Azalea Park Dog Park

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This 155-acre park has been developed as one of Asheville's top parks. The John B. Lewis Soccer complex (4 soccer fields) is open with lots more special features to come including trails, picnic areas, disc golf, lakes, a retreat center, the historic Thomas Wolfe cabin and much more. The Dog Park features two separate fenced areas, one for small dogs and one for large dogs. Separate Parking for pet owners. There is a gazebo in the large dog area.

Barkingham Park at Reedy Creek Park

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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.

Southwest Park Dog Park

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Your pet will love to roam free over the 2.5 fenced acres of this off-leash dog park, which includes separate sections for large and small dogs as well as fresh water and treats. Fees apply. Use 3403 Wall Road, Greensboro for GPS purposes.

Wilmington Dog Park at Empie

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Wilmington Dog Park at Empie is the first functional off-leash dog park in Wilmington. The park is incorporated into a 2-acre site of unused land within the confines of Empie Park. The park is completely fenced in with two play areas -- one for large dogs and another dog dogs under 20 pounds. There is also water, pet waste stations, and lots of shade. Located on the corner of Independence and Park Ave, Behind Steinmart.

Happy Hounds at Horizon Park

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Pets are welcome on-leash at this beautiful, well-maintained Winston Salem public park.

Washington Dog Park

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Pets love to play off-leash in the fenced dog run at this popular Winston-Salem public park.

Fetching Meadow at McAlpine Creek Park

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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

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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

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

Millbrook Exchange Dog Park

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Millbrook Dog Park, located within Millbrook Exchange Park, offers three separately fenced areas for dogs of all abilities. The larger area provides play space for large or energetic dogs while the small dog area is reserved for elderly, small, or infirm dogs and puppies. There is also a fenced, double-gated picnic shelter area located between the small and large park areas. Millbrook Dog Park is lighted for nighttime use. The park also features a water spigot and buckets.

Ogden Dog Park

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Pets will love to get some off-leash exercise at this grassy, fenced Wilmington dog park.

Stephen M. Hussey BarkPark at Country Park

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Greensboro's first off-leash dog park was established March 2003 in honor and memory of Stephen M. Hussey, one of the BarkPark Fundraising Committee's founding members. The off-leash area is divided into 3 separate, air-lock gated areas. Open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Carolina Pines Community Dog Park

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Pets will love to play off-leash at this fenced dog park with shade and drinking water. Two separate areas provide play space for dogs of all abilities as well as elderly, infirm, small, or shy dogs.

Pets' Own Place

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Contains fenced-in sections for large and small dogs. Waste bag dispenser and water spigot available. Located across Mud Creek at the Oklawaha Greenway trail head.

Dog Park at Hugh MacRae Park

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This dog park, located in Hugh MacRae Park, features separate areas for small and large dogs, picnic tables, and shaded areas.

Patton Avenue Pet Company and Dog Park

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Patton Avenue Pet Company is a dog-friendly pet supply store with a free-to-customers, off-leash dog park behind the store! There is a toy box to try out some of the toys for sale in the store, as well as a swimming pool for dogs to cool off during hot weather!

Oakwood Dog Park

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This neighborhood off-leash dog park is a great place to bring your dog on a beautiful day! There are toys, plenty of fresh water buckets, and friendly owners. Two fully-fenced areas provide play space for dogs of any size along with play space for elderly, infirm, small, or shy dogs.

Watauga Dog Park

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Pets will love to play off-leash at this fenced dog park with separate small dog area. Passes available at Watauga Human Society (call 828-264-7865) with proof of vaccinations and license.

Swaney Pointe K-9 Park at Ramsey Creek Park

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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.

Cary Dog Park

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Your dog will love to run free in this safe, fenced, 1-acre dog park. Includes a separate area for smaller pets and electronic gate. Passes required.

Kernersville Dog Park at Fourth of July Park

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This fenced off-leash dog park includes a separate area for small dogs as well as watering station and waste disposal bags.

Durham Dog Park

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This fenced, off-leash dog park has separate areas for large and small dogs, waste dispensers, and benches. Dogs must be registered with Department of Parks & Rec for an annual fee.

Mills River Dog Park

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Recently built dog park, smaller area for 25 lb dogs and a larger area for larger, 25 lb and over dogs. Nice grass area, area with gravel and a small sidewalk area. Fresh water is available, along with several benches.

PAWS Bark Park

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PAWS Bark Park has a double gated entry, key card entry, large and small dog area, parking, restroom, seating, shade structure, waste stations, and a water fountain.

Mallard and Clark's Creek Greenway

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Pets are welcome to join you on-leash at this Charlotte public park.

Down East Dog Park at Glenburnie Park

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Bring your pet for some off-leash exercise at this fenced dog park with separate small dog area, drinking water, benches, and electronic keyed gate. Membership required.

George Poston Dog Park

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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.

Chapel Hill's Southern Dog Park

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Chapel Hill's Southern Dog Park is a large fenced park with trees and benches. Smaller dogs can play amongst themselves in their own area. Please note: parking along Dogwood Acres Drive is not permitted.

Martin Park

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Martin Park is an unfenced, off-leash dog park offering more than 50 acres for dogs and their humans to explore. Popular features include the creek and the many trail. The park is located behind Walmart on Commerce Avenue.

Hawthorne Bark Park

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Small off-leash dog park within apartment complex (about the size of a large pool). Great for meeting a friend with his/her dog because the park will likely be unoccupied.

Main Post Bark Park

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Bring your pet for some off-leash fun at this fenced dog park, which includes a separate small dog area, water bowl, and loads of toys.

Stoney Creek Dog Park

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Fully fenced dog area located inside Stoney Creek Dog Park. Membership may be required. Call (919) 739-7480 for details.

Waynesville Pepsi Dog Park

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Pets love to exercise and make friends at this fenced dog park, which includes a separate small dog area. There is no water available on-site, so remember to being some with you to quench Fido's thirst.

Northgate Dog Park

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This fenced off-leash dog park is a great place to take your pet for some exercise. Includes separate small dog area, benches, and water spigots. Dog park tag required.

Gurney Hood Dog Park at Joe Eakes Park

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Bring your pet to play off-leash at this fenced dog park, which includes separate small and large dog areas, doggie drinking fountains, and Frisbees.

Homestead Dog Park

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Pets are welcome to run and play off-leash in this fenced Homestead dog park, a neighborhood favorite.

Salisbury City Park

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Pets are welcome to join you on-leash at this Salisbury public park.

Flaherty Dog Park

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Wake Forest’s first dog park provides a place for dog owners to let their pets run free safely and legally without a leash. The park is approximately two acres and located adjacent to the Flaherty Park baseball and softball fields on N. White Street. It features a five-foot high chain link fence, paved entrance and double gated entry, grass, picnic tables, water stations, and pet cleanup stations.

Fuquay Varina Dog Park

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Amenities include: -Grassy areas -Benches for relaxing -Sanitary stations -Small Dog and Large Dog areas

Blessed Oasis Dog Park

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Spacious and fenced 5-acre leash free park with agility equipment, waste stations, he park screens all users to make sure all have shots and can pass a temperament test. $20 per month membership is required.

Greenville Off-Leash Dog Area

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This Greenville dog park is a local favorite. Fully fenced with separate large and small dog sections.

K-9 Corner at Beth Schmidt Park

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In 2006, Elon opened Alamance County's first dog park. This one acre enclosed dog park is a place to bring canine friends, unleash them in this fenced area and let them run, play, and socialize with other dogs as the owner is nearby to observe the play. There is fresh water for the dogs and poop bag stations for easy access and use so humans can assure the area stays clean. Benches, and picnic tables are provided. You do not have to reside in Elon to use the K-9 Corner. Please have your pet current on all vaccinations and socialized. You may also bring your canine friend for an on-leash walk on the one-mile trail in Beth Schmidt Park. Please remember to pick up after your pet.

Anderson Community Park

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Dogs love to run and socialize off-leash at this fenced dog park. No separate small dog area, and please bring water for your pet.

Hidden Oaks Dog Park at Cub Creek Park

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This fenced off-leash dog park is 5 acres, and includes walking trails, a separate small dog area, benches, and picnic tables.

Jiggs Askew Memorial Bark Park

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Before using Jiggs Askew Memorial Bark Park, you will need to register. The park has a small dog area and drinking water.

Piney Wood Dog Park

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Spacious park with separate fenced areas for large and small dogs, and a third section for Frisbee catch.

APS Dog Park

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Pets will love playing off-leash at this fenced dog park which includes benches and trees. Owners must attend orientation class and annual fee required.

Jackson Park Dog Park

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An "unofficial" dog park, this spacious field surrounded by streams on both sides is an ideal spot to let dogs run free. Enter the park via Route 64 and take the first right. Follow a dirt road to the end to find the park beside a bicycle obstacle course.

Dogwood Park

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Bring your pet for some off-leash fun at this fenced dog park, which includes grass, shade structure, and agility equipment.

Concord Bark Park

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

Halifax County Visitor Center Dog Run

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Located adjacent to I-95 as you enter North Carolina. Large & small runs with fresh water, friendly staff, & free treats!

Lake Mackintosh Park & Marina

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Lake Mackintosh is dog friendly! You may bring your LEASHED fido to

Washington Off Leash Dog Park

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Washington, NC first off leash dog park with seperate areas for small and large dogs, water, poop bags, trash and shaded with benches. Clean park, friendly people and happy dogs.

Big Bear at Little Tennessee River Greenway

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Nice dog park with separate areas for big and small dogs. Parking, playground, picnic shelter, and restrooms. Also a nice 4-mile sidewalk along the river to walk the dogs.

Knightdale Station

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Knightdale Station, while still under development, offers much to everyone looking for a relaxing leeway on their trip either to or through Knightdale, NC. In particular, there is the Ashley Wilder Dog Park for you and your furry friend! The park is very dog friendly and even has separate gated areas to allow your dog off-leash so that the little dogs (under 25 lbs) and bigger dogs (over 25 lbs) can feel free to be as comfortable and happy as physically possible. No lack of wagging tails here!

Riverbend Dog Park

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Pets love this fenced off-leash dog park with lovely trees and grass. Bring water, and passes are required.

Beech Mountain Bark Park

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The Beech Mountain Bark Park is a fenced, off-leash dog park where well-behaved dogs can exercise in a clean, safe environment without endangering or annoying people, property or wildlife. This park is a beautiful, well-maintained space open to all dog lovers and friends who are willing to uphold the park's rules and restrictions. The park was built and is maintained as a community project, designed to satisfy the needs of dog-owners and non-dog owners alike. Dog Park Features: Two play areas (large/small dog),Ample, level parking area,56' tall split rail fence & wire mesh, Safety zone entry gate, Natural landscaping, Gravel covered pathway and links to greenway trail, Dog watering stations, Fully equipped waste stations, Tables and benches and a Picnic Shelter.

Bethel Bark Park

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Bethel Park has a fenced-in off leash area, with a separate section for small dogs. A few trees provide some shade. There are two small shelters and one table. Poopie bags and trash cans are available, but bring your own water and bowl. Park closes at dark.

Wilmington Dog Park at Empie Park

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Pets love to get their daily exercise at this fenced Empie dog park, which includes a separate small dog area and water spigots.

Halyburton Park

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Halyburton features a dog-friendly 1.3 mile nature trail that is paved and mostly shaded. The park also includes a doggie water fountain, picnic areas, and a children's playground.

St Stephen's Dog Park

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Bring your pet to play off-leash at this St. Stephens dog park, which includes benches and picnic tables, but no water. Passes are required.

Holden Beach Dog Park

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A dog park on Holden beach on a nice quiet street with plenty of room for your pup to run

Highlands Dog Park

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Highlands Dog Park is a fully-fenced park with a separate area for small, skittish, or elderly dogs. The park base is mulch and the park has a covered areas and water for dogs.

LeBauer Park

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LeBauer Park has pet enrichment activities and accommodates 30 small- to medium-sized dogs and their owners.

Best Friend's Dog Park

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The Rocky Mount Dog Park will be an off-leash area operated and maintained by the Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department. Rocky Mount's Off Leash Dog Park will offer a recreation and park setting for dog lovers and dog owners to enjoy. The park will consist of nine acres divided into three fenced areas: one for small dogs and two for large dogs. The off-leash area will be open from dawn to dusk except for scheduled maintenance.

Apex Nature Park

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Dog Park Features 2 acre park, fenced and lighted Pet waste stations Separate sections for small dogs and for large dogs Shade gazebos and benches Water fountains Wood chips for ground cover

Hunter Street Park

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Park Features: 12 acre park Softball/Baseball field Soccer field Asphalt walking trail Multi-age Playground Restroom Facility / Rentable Shelter Dog Park (registration required)