Family & Pets

Best Parks To Walk Your Dog In Charlotte

April 25, 2014 9:00 AM

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(Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

(Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Charlotte’s public parks are a wonderful benefit to the city. Take advantage of these parks with your dog – you’ll both be able to get some exercise and appreciate the beauty of the Queen City. Some of these parks do double duty, letting you and your dog saunter on leash as well as letting the dogs off leash in their gorgeous dog parks.
Reedy Creek Park
2900 Rocky River Road
Charlotte, NC 28215
(704) 432-1369

Up in the North Park area of Charlotte, you’ll find a 146-acre park complete with a four-acre off-leash dog park. If that’s not enough, three ponds, 10 miles of hiking trails and a massive nature preserve await you and your dog at Reedy Creek. You can even fish off of the pier. Thanks to the off-leash Barkingham Park, there’s plenty of water and companions for your pooch. This is the perfect park for both human and animal.

Freedom Park
1900 East Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 432-4280

Over 98 acres give you and your leashed dog plenty of places to explore. The park includes a man-made waterfall so you and your pooch can cool down in the spray. There’s even a suspension bridge if your dog is up for the adventure. If not, walk along the seven-acre lake. You and your dog can frolic with the ducks and geese. This is a huge park complete with its own island, playgrounds, outdoor theater and more. You and your dog will have a blast.

William R. Davie District Park
4635 Pineville-Matthews Road
Charlotte, NC 28226
(704) 554-0402

This gorgeous South Charlotte park is a gem for dog owners. There are 107 acres of parkland, complete with sports fields, walking trails and a pond. The park also sports a five-acre off-leash park with pools, benches, shade and even an obstacle course for your dog. This is a spot where Charlotte’s finest often train their K-9s, so you might be able to pick up some tips. Take a trip to try it out.

Related: Best Dog Walking Trails In Charlotte

McAlpine Creek Community Park
8711 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC 28212
(704) 643-5725

This stunning park welcomes dog walkers to use its 1.5-mile nature trail, 5K cross country course and the many other amenities. This was one of Charlotte’s first public parks and it remains one of its prettiest. If your dog prefers to be off leash, you can let it loose in Ray’s Fetching Meadow. The dog park even has a doggie rest area for your pooch’s comfort. It’s a relaxing, lush, tree-filled space for you and your best friend.

Plaza Midwood Park
2100 Wilhelmina Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205

This tiny park is a hidden gem in the Plaza Midwood section of Charlotte. You and your pup can sniff out all six acres of the park and wander its trails. The paths wander around an outdoor amphitheater, community garden and field. There are playgrounds and sports facilities along with several shady benches. You and your dog will love it.

Related: Best Dog Walking Services In Charlotte

Lauren J. Walter is a freelance writer covering all things Charlotte. Her work can be found on

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