7 Top Dog Parks in Charlotte, North Carolina

Taking a trip through the bustling city of Charlotte with your dog in tow? Considering pups need a lot of exercise, make sure to stop by a local dog park and let them stretch their legs. Whether you’re looking for grass, lake access or a laidback vibe – we’ve got some excellent options for you here.

Top Dog Parks in Charlotte, North Carolina

1. Frazier Park

Third Ward
1201 W 4th Street Ext
Charlotte, NC 28202

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  • Easy access from I-77
  • Separate areas for small and big pups
  • Great community of dog lovers
  • Water stations, swimming pools, and plenty of room for playing ball
  • Trails to explore before or after visiting the park
  • Parking can be a nightmare

2. Davie Dog Park at William R. Davie District Park

Rain Tree
4635 Pineville-Matthews Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28226

  • The largest dog park in Charlotte with 5 acres of fenced in space
  • Three different play areas
  • Separate area for smaller dogs
  • Plenty of grass and TONS of trees keep things shady
  • Close to the Arboretum

3. Barkingham Park at Reedy Creek Park

Eastland-Wilora Lake
2900 Rocky River Road
Charlotte, NC 28205

  • Huge park with 4 acres of fenced in space
  • Plenty of toys, plastic swimming pools, and water stations
  • Very social atmosphere for dogs and pet parents
  • Trials in larger park are perfect for leashed dogs
  • Super dusty – anticipate a dog bath after your visit

4. Ray’s Fetching Meadow at McAlpine Creek Community Park

Myers Park
8711 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC 28212

  • Locals love this convenient park
  • Smaller space (1 acre) so make sure your pup is comfortable being in close proximity to other dogs
  • Plenty of benches
  • Not many trees = not much shade
  • Lack of grass means a dusty ride home

5. Shuffletown Park

Coulwood West
9500 Bellhaven Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28214

  • LOTS of space – around four acres of fenced-in area for off-leash fun
  • Separate small dog area
  • Small, shady area for hot days
  • Gravel isn’t the best thing for dog paws, especially on hot days

6. Mallard and Clark’s Creek Greenway

Highland Creek
9729 Mallard Creek Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28267

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  • Pets have to remain on-leash
  • Miles of trails that run next to the creek – perfect for exploring with your pup
  • Bring the whole family – soccer, baseball, so many options!
  • Parking available at the Mallard Creek Elementary School off of Mallard Creek Road

7. Ramsey Creek Park (a little out of town)

18441 Nantz Road
Cornelius, NC 28031

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  • Laid-back vibe
  • Lake access for pups who love to swim and fetch
  • Plenty of open space for ball, running and playing
  • Free tick checks on specific weekends
  • Very dusty (muddy when it rains)

Don’t feel guilty if you can’t find the time to exercise your pup sufficiently while you’re in Charlotte. There are plenty of local dog walkers you can hire to take them around town – they’ll appreciate it!