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Pup-friendly Off-leash Parks in Charlotte

posted by Beth Castle October 7, 2017
Ray’s Fetching Meadow – Photo by Robert Kisiah

Every pup needs a place he can feel the wind in his fur. Luckily, Charlotte’s area dog parks—many of which are off-leash and fenced in—offer hounds plenty of room to roam. Here are three of our favorite off-leash dog parks in the Queen City.

Davie Dog Park

Davie Dog Park – Photo by Robert Kisiah

4635 Pineville-Matthews Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28226

The largest is Davie Dog Park in South Park’s William R. Davie District Park. The 5-acre, fenced-in space divides large and small dogs into separate areas so no one gets trampled. (Here’s looking at you, Frenchie.) Owners relax on benches seated beneath tall trees while their pooches roam freely.

Barkingham Park

Barkingham Park – Photo by Robert Kisiah

2900 Rocky River Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28215

A bit busier location is Barkingham Park in Reedy Creek Park. The 4-acre, University City site draws active breeds of all shapes and sizes. Like Davie, Barkingham divides them into fenced-in spaces based on weight class. Toys, plastic swimming pools and water stations are available, but here camaraderie is king and every hour is social hour.

Ray’s Fetching Meadow

Ray’s Fetching Meadow – Photo by Robert Kisiah

8711 Monroe Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28212

If you want to keep things low key, though, stick to smaller space. Ray’s Fetching Meadow in South Park is a 1-acre dog park in McAlpine Creek Park. Also off leash and fenced in, Ray’s will give your mutt a little leg room before you hit the walking trails—just be sure to leash up for that portion of the outing.

Dog parks are open from 7:30 a.m. to sunset seven days a week. For more info, visit mecknc.gov.

This article was featured in the October 2017 issue of Charlotte Happenings. Updates by Sean Smith.

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