Dog-Friendly Charlotte

Whether you have lived in Charlotte for years or just moved to the area, you may not have realized all the dog-friendly options available. From off-leash dog parks to restaurants to sporting events, there is something for everyone!

For social pups, there are six off-leash dog parks located across our county. All maintained by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, there is Frazier Park, Swaney Pointe at Ramsey Creek Park, Barkingham at Reedy Creek Park, Ray’s Fetching Meadow at McAlpine Creek Community Park, Davie Dog Park at William R. Davie District Park, and Shuffletown Park. Dog parks are a great outlet for your dog to socialize with other dogs, while getting to exercise.

If your dog prefers to enjoy the great outdoors with just his/her human companions, Charlotte has an extensive greenway system with miles of trails to explore on a leash. The U.S. National Whitewater Center also offers plenty of trails for you and your dog to explore together.

Throughout the year, the Charlotte area hosts numerous dog-friendly events. Some of these events include Bark in the Park, Pet Expo, Rural Hill Sheep Dog Trials, Dogtoberfest, Dog Days of Charlotte, Ties and Tails Gala, and Pet Palooza. Many vendors offer samples and demonstrations at these events, and well-behaved dogs are always welcome to attend.

If a relaxing evening spent enjoying a meal and a drink is more your speed, your dog may be allowed to dine with you at your favorite restaurant. Many restaurants that have an outdoor patio allow dogs. Be sure to contact the restaurant ahead of time to make sure your dog will be welcome to dine with you on the patio. Charlotte even has its very own bar specifically designed for dogs to enjoy with their humans, The Dog Bar located in NODA. Then, there’s always Canine Café to visit with your dog – they offer a bakery with dog-friendly treats, as well as pet food, toys, and supplies. Canine Café also offers several in-store events, such as charity dog washes, yappy hours, and costume pawties.

For the sports fan seeking a unique experience, both the Charlotte Knights and Charlotte Checkers sponsor dog-friendly days where you can bring your dog with you to the game and sit in a designated seating area to enjoy the event with your canine companion.

Providing fun activities for your dogs to participate in with you will strengthen your bond with them, socialize them, and allow them a wonderful way to exercise and explore the great city of Charlotte by your side!