Take a quick pick peek at some local Instagram accounts and you will find that Charlotteans love: craft beer, Uptown sunsets, popsicles melting in Prosecco and dogs.

Fortunately, Mecklenburg County Parks and Recs provides some incredible dog parks for all of its dog loving citizens.

William R. Davie District Park

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Located off Pineville-Matthews Road near the Arboretum, William R. Davie District Park boasts the popular Davie Dog Park, an impressive five acres of grassy (read: not too muddy or dusty) off-leash fun for your pooch. It also has a separate area for smaller dogs. Honeysuckle is abundant in this park which covers up some of the other not-so-pleasant smells found in dog parks.

4635 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte, NC

McAlpine Creek Park


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McAlpine Creek Park’s dog park, Ray’s Fetching Meadow, was Charlotte’s first off-leash park. While convenient for South Park residents and providing plenty of benches for humans to rest while their dogs frolic, this park is smaller than some of the other parks and there’s not as much grass. Grab some towels before you go because it can be a muddy/dusty ride home.

8711 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28212

Frazier Park

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Although parking can be somewhat of a nightmare, Frazier Park is easy to access from Uptown and I-77. It has plenty of doggy swimming pools, water stations and lots of room to play fetch. It also has separate areas for big and small dogs. Be sure to leash your dog back up and check out Frazier Park’s great trails before or after visiting the dog park.

1201 W 4th Street Ext., Charlotte, NC 28202

Reedy Creek Park

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The University area of is home to Barkingham Park one of Charlotte’s largest dog parks. Considering Barkingham Park’s location, there are always plenty of young pet owners ready to socialize. This park has swimming pools and toys for the pups and benches and picnic tables for their people.  Additionally, there is a well-worn walking path and some great trails that provide on-leash fun.

2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC 28205

Ramsey Creek Park

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In addition to providing a laid back off-leash space with plenty of shade, Ramsey Creek Park also has a public Lake Norman access where dogs can cool off after running and playing. Additionally, on certain weekends there is a free tick check for dogs. The grass is fairly sparse in this park, so prepare for dust or mud.

18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius, NC 28031

Shuffletown Park

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Shuffletown Park is a big park – if you can find it. It is classified as being in the “North Park” region, but it is definitely not as easy to locate as the other parks. In addition to providing plenty of room to run about, it provides plenty of shade. However, most of the park is covered in gravel and that is not the best for dog’s paws.

9500 Bellhaven Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28214

Some things to remember:

  • Dog parks are free and they are open from 7:30am until sunset every day.

  • Dogs must be current with vaccinations (Rabies with Tag Number, DHLPP & Bordetella).

  • No children under the age of 12 are allowed in the off-leash dog parks.

  • You must scoop your dogs poop (bags and trashcans are provided).