Things To Do In Charlotte: Five Great Places To Take Your Dog In Charlotte

The Dog Bar Charlotte in NoDa. “Sit. Stay. Drink.”

I just read a fantastic article titled “10 New Year’s Resolutions For Dog People ” via the BarkPost app on my smartphone (recommended download for all dog lovers) and one of the resolutions, “Take your pup somewhere new,” inspired me to write this post.

I chose these five great places to take your dog based on personal experience.  You may notice most of these places are located in south Charlotte, and that’s because I live south of Uptown.

For that reason alone, my dog rarely ventures as far north as Huntersville or Lake Norman, though I am sure there are some wonderful dog friendly attractions in that part of Charlotte, too.

1.  Social Pet Hotel & Day Care.  I can’t say enough about this place.  We take our energetic three-year old puppy here at least once per week and we board him here whenever we go out of town.  The staff wear him out and treat our pooch (and us) well.

As the name implies, Social Pet is great at posting photos on social media and they send you a pic of your dog via text every day whether he is there for day care or boarding.

2.  William R. Davie District Park.  Davie Dog Park has the best open run dog park I’ve ever been to with three distinct areas in the big dog park, and a separate fenced run area for dogs under 20 lbs.  There are always lots of people and dogs here and most people know how to behave (and dress) appropriately.  However, it is always entertaining to see a girl in high heels or a guy in khakis here.

Warning: This is not the place to wear your Sunday (or Saturday night) best because you will leave dirtier than you were when you arrived.  On a side note, If I were a single guy with a pooch, this would be an ideal place to find a date to the Puppy Prom.

3.  Camp Bow Wow, Matthews.  When we lived closer to Matthews, we took our dog to Camp Bow Wow and he always seemed to have a great time and went home tired.  At the end of the day, that’s the goal, isn’t it?  The staff are friendly and the facility gets bonus points for having a webcam to check in on your four-legged friend throughout the day.

4.  McAlpine Creek Community Park.  This park has a pretty large fenced dog park (my guess is 2 acres +/-) plus great trails to take Fido for a long walk.  If you have a dog who’s trouble on the leash, wear her out in the fenced area first, before taking a long stroll together along the Greenway.

5. U.S. National Whitewater Center.  Though your pup is not allowed on the zip line, ropes course, rock climbing wall or whitewater rafts, he can accompany you nearly everywhere else.  Dogs are also welcome at special events and concerts.

Update: The USNWC recently acquired 488 additional acres to go along with the 266 acres the main facility is located on and another 150 acres purchased in 2014.  With so much land by the edge of the Catawba River, there are ample opportunities to run, swim and play to your pooch’s content.

Bonus: Dog Bar Charlotte.  Because drinking at a bar in NoDa is just more fun when there are 50 dogs running around under your feet.

Here is a list of all of Charlotte’s dog parks.

About the Author:


Jimmy Grappone is a Realtor® living in the Charlotte area since 2005. 

His hobbies include fishing, playing golf, watching football, and exploring the Carolinas.

Jimmy is also a dog lover and he loves to write almost as much as he loves being a Realtor®.

His mission is “Making Home Happen” for his clients whether they are buying or selling a home for the first time, middle, or last.

Jimmy Grappone is a licensed Realtor® with Allen Tate Company in North Carolina and South Carolina. 

Contact the Author:
Instagram: @itsjimmyon, Twitter: @jimmygrappone
Email:  Jimmy.Grappone@AllenTate.com
Phone:  980-298-9385

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