Jul 12th

Dog parks and Dog Friendly Places in North Carolina

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)

North Carolina




  •  Martin Park. 40 Acre Dog Park. Martin Park is the local dog park in the Pinehurst, NC Area, an area best known for golf and equestrian activities. The park features miles of off leash hiking trails, streams to swim, benches, and lots of others to play! Location: Behind the WalMart on 15-501, just north of the intersections with highway 1. (Thank you Ellen Pfann)


  • Asheville Dog Park.  French Broad River Park. One acre fenced and wood chipped yard for off-leash dogs. The Dog Park features a large fenced-in area made for exercising and socializing your pooch! Water and poop bags provided. Location: French Broad River Park. Riverview Drive/Amboy Rd intersection entrance. (Thank you Lara Lustig)

  • Azalea Park -  new dog park in Asheville. There is a separate area for small dogs and another for large dogs. a gazebo is located in the large dog area. once the newly planted trees grow, there will be shade. Location: Off Tunnel Road, turn on Azalea, go about 1 mile. park is on the right. Directions: Exit 55 off I-40. Make a left on Tunnel Road (74A). Go approximately 1/2 to 1 mile. Go left on Azalea. Proceed approximately 1 mile. Park is on the right. (Thank you Sharon Weinmann)

Banner Elk

  • Banner Elk Dog Park. (NOT A LEASHLESS PARK) This is a people park too. Dogs are allowed in the people park on leash. The dog park is small but nicely maintained. It has a 4 foot fence. There is a beautiful crystal clear creek running through the park that the dogs are allowed to play in on leash. We happened on a dog walk sponsored by the Avery Humane Society and met many nice dog loving people. Location: Route 194, Main Street (?). Directions: Downtown Banner Elk on 194. Behind the Town Hall and Bank of America. (Thank you Penny Martin)


  • Watauga Humane Society Dog Park. The Dog Park consist of 4 acres of fenced land for plenty of room for romping around. Location: Old 421 Hwy. , 153 Don Hayes Road. Directions: Hwy. 421 So. Turn right onto Old Hwy. 421. Go 1/2 mile and turn right onto Don Hayes Rd. Dog Park on the right beside Rutherwood Baptist Church. Call Watauga Humane Society at 828.264.7865 for more information. The Dog Park is located along Don Hayes Road, between Rutherwood Baptist Church and the Boone Stockyard. (Thank you Lynn Northup & Susan Richardson)


  • Anderson Community Park, Carroboro, NC. 2 acres consisting of a multipurpose field.
  • Cary Dog Park. Pet owners can purchase an annual membership or day pass at any Cary community center. Membership cards and day passes will allow entry through an electronic gate. Day pass is $5, annual membership is $40.Location: Goldbold Park, 2050 Northwest Maynard Road. Directions: Near the corner of Northwest Maynard and Chapel Hill roads.
  • Furry Feet Retreat of Cary (formerly Dog Woods @ Pet Central). Cary, NC. Less than 1 acre on a wooded lot, so there is plenty of shade. It is a members only dog park, but daily passes can be purchased. The following are provided: water, poop bags, trash cans, and doggie pools. There is a separate area for small dogs. Members can also rent the area for private dog parties and/or playgroups. Location: 950 W. Chatham St. (corner of W. Chatham and SW Maynard. Directions: See website for directions. (Thank you Teresa Whitley)

Chapel Hill

  • Chapel Hill Dog Park. Homestead Park, Chapel Hill, NC. 1/2 acre park within a 60 acre park, chain link fence.  (Thank you Allan Polak)


  • Barkingham Park at Reedy Creek Park. 4-Acre fenced-in park with grassy meadows and woodland.  Charlotte, NC. Location: 2900 Rocky River Road. Directions: Take I-85 exit 45-A (East W.T. Harris Blvd) east for about 4 miles - turn left on Rocky River Rd. Park is on the right, dog park will be on your right. (Thank you Melissa Yusko, Christine Webber)
  • Davie Dog Park, Fenced off leash dog parks divided by 2 categories: large and small dogs. Location: 4635 Pineville-Mattews Rd. Directions: Rt.51 (Pineville mattews rd) between Providence Rd. and Rea Rd. sign reads Davie Park. (Thank you Barbara Fleischmann)
  • Ray's Fetching Meadows at McAlpine Park. Charlotte, NC. 2-acre fenced in dog park. 8711 Monroe Road. Directions: Monroe Road is a main road in Charlotte, NC. Seventh street in the city turns into Monroe as you head southeast out of the city. The park is on your left side, about 6 miles from the city. Pull into the main parking lot and you will see the dog area as you walk into the park. (Thank you Christine Weber & Melanie Firestone)


  • Riverbend Park. 2 acre dog park. Location: 6700 Hwy 16 N. Directions: 8 miles north of I-40 on Hwy 16. Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Fee and permit required. (Thank you J. Dwayne Martin)


  • Davidson, NC.  This off-leash dog park was completed in the fall of 2004. Dogs with current/updatedvaccinations (rabies etc.) can play with their canine friends in this area. The adult owners have created a closenit group themsevles and ultiamtely started a monthly Dog Park Newsletter for all regular attendees. Full enclosed dog park, walk trail and parking area. Location: The Preserve Dog Park. O'Henry Street. The New Neighborhood in Old Davidson. Directions: From the Main St. and Concord Rd, follow Concord Rd. out of town. Left on Grey Rd, drive two blocks and take right onto Wolfe Street, Wolfe St. becomes O'Henry. The park will be on your left. (Thank you Sandy Bowers)


  • Dogapalooza Park. 3 acres, small dog park, large dog park, obdience training area, and area for agility and flyball set ups. Durham, North CArolina. Location: Piney Wood Park at the intersection of Woodcroft Parkway and Woodlake Drive. (Thank you Lily Zeigler)


  • Beth Schmidt Park. No pets other than dogs are allowed in K-9 corner. Owners must clean up after their dogs. Smoking and eating is not allowed inside K-9 Corner. People will be allowed to have drinks, and they may give their pets bite-sized treats. People must stay within view of their dogs. Children under the age of 14 must be with an adult. People who don't have a dog should stay outside the fence for observation. All dogs must be registered to use facility. Annual fee: $20 for owner's first dog and $10 for each additional dog. Dogs can be registed at Beth Schmidt Park Monday-Friday 9-11am or 2-4pm. Mus have veterinary records that show their pets are current for rabies, parvo/distemper, and Bordetella vaccinations. Dogs must have an annual stool check for contagious parasites and must be on a heartworm and flea-prevention program. Hours: 8am-Sundown, Seven days a week. Location: 434 Cook Road, Elon, NC  27244. (336) 449-9255  (Thank you Steve Odee)


  • Fort Bragg Dog Park. Nice dog park in middle of officer housing. Location: 40 Bastogne Dr. Directions: SB 95, exit 56. Follow signs to Fort Bragg. You will take Bragg Blvd. Turn left into the Butner entrance. Go about a mile. Left on Reily. go another mile or so. Right on Normandy, then Right on Bastogne (I think 2nd stop sign) . The park will be on your left, at the bottom of the hill. From the south (NB 95) take first Fort Bragg exit and follow signs to Fort Bragg. Then follow directions onto Base. Need a military ID to enter base. (At least one person per car.) (Thank you Rachel Cederberg)
  • Riverside Dog Park. Dogs can roam within fenced areas at the 5-acre park. Opened Sep. 2008 - - Operated by Fayetteville-Cumberland Co. Parks and Recreation. Location: 355 N. Eastern Blvd. (U.S. 301). Directions: Across from the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. (Thank you Holly)

Fort Bragg

  • Fort Bragg Bark Park. Fenced, night lighting, benches, trash cans, disposal bags, water fountain, grass and sand, 1 acre, large and small dogs sections. Location: Bastogne Dr. Directions: I95 Exit 56. Follow signs to Ft Bragg. Once at Ft Bragg Gate enter via the Non Decal lane. (Thank you Jaime L. Perez)


  • Country Park "Bark Park". Greensboro, NC. Park provides water, water bowls, and scooping bags. Nestled in a naturally wooded area of gently rolling terrain, Country Park is traversed by a stream that feeds two 6-acre ponds. Whether you prefer to walk, jog, ride a bike or simply enjoy an afternoon picnic, Country Park provides the perfect setting. Country Park is home to special events such as the Classic Car Show, Carolina Cup Bicycle Road Race, the Guilford Native American Association's Annual Pow Wow, and the annual Reenactment of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse. In addition, Country Park has the the brand new "Bark Park," Greensboro's only off-leash dog park. Location: 3902 Nathanael Greene Drive. (Thank you Catherine Rusch)
  • Greenville
    • City of Greenville Off-Leash Dog Area. Off-Leash Dog Area is a dedicated recreational site for citizens and guests who own dogs. The site is a little over a ½ mile east of the Town Common and one block north of West First Street betweenNorth Elm, and North Oak, Willow, Warren and River Drive. This location is also the upcoming trail entrance to theSouth Tar River Greenway, which should be under construction later this year. Click on the picture on the left to see a larger image showing the proposed location. In addition to updates, you’ll find access to resources about other off-leash dog areas such as rules, guidelines and operating structures. Location:mAsh & 1st St. (Thank you Jason Wright)


    • Dogwood Park. Free Off-Leash Dog Park. One acre, grass covered, fenced, double gated. Inside: Carport for shade, an A-Frame, a Seesaw, a Ring Jump, a Pole Weave, and two Tunnels. For friendly Dogs Only! Location: 480 Mulberry Street. Directions: From Hickory, N.C., go north on Rte. 321 for 13 miles, make a left turn on Mt. Herman Rd. Go 1/2 mile and make a left turn on Mulberry Street. Dogwood Park is at the Dead End. (Thank you William H. Barr)


    •  Bennett Memorial Dog Park. This dog park was opened in Spetember of 2008.  They have 2 areas, 1 large area, and 1 smaller area for smaller dogs. Location: 4th of July Park on Mountain Street. (Thank you Scott Yates)

    Kure Beach


  • Gurney Hood Barking Lot. Kure Beach, NC. Fenced pooch play area. Water is available, benches are provided and clean-up bags and trash containers are supplied so you can be a responsible pet handler. An especially good feature is a fenced entry area for holding your dog until you're ready to go into the main play area. Latches on both gates prevent your pup from accidentally getting loose outside the Barking Lot. "Small Dog" play area available. Location: K Ave. at Seventh St., Kure Beach. Directions: located in the heart of Kure Beach. (Thank you Jane Fiery)
  • Mebane

    • APS of Orange County.  3 acre, fully fenced dog park for off-leash play. Membership required: call 919-304-2300 ext. 233 or e-mail dogtraining@animalprotectionsociety.org to schedule an orientation. Membership only. Annual memberships available; temporary memberships available to current dog training program students. Park is open 365 days/year, has excellent natural shade, and doggie pools with water are provided. Location: 6311 Nicks Road. Directions: From NC-54, head west out of Carrboro for ~10 miles. Turn right at Mebane Oaks Road, go two miles. Turn right at Nicks Road, go 0.6 mile. Turn left into the APS of Orange County. From I-40/I-85, take exit 254. Turn south (away from Mebane) on Mebane Oaks Road, go six miles. Turn left on Nicks road, go 0.6 miles. Turn left into the APS of Orange County. (Thank you Ali Johnson)

    New Bern

    • New Bern NC. 2 off leash dog areas - 1 for smaller dogs 1 for larger dogs. Location: End of Glenburnie Dr - inside Glenburnie Park. Dogs must be registered. Directions: from US Hwy 70 west turn rt onto S Glenburnie Rd (Hwy 43) travel north to Oaks Rd turn right onto Oaks Rd, go approx a mile, turn left onto Glenburnie Dr - park is at the end. (Thank you Alice Wilson)


    • Carolina Pines off-leash dog park. The grand opening for the park was October 20, 2007. Location: 2305 Lake Wheeler Road. (Thank you Christina)
    • Millbrook Exchange Dog Park. Raleigh, NC.  2 acre off leash park. Between the pool and tennis courts at the park. Spring Forest Rd. Directions: between Falls of Neuse and Atlantic Ave. at the fire station. (Thank you Betsy Rubenstein)
    • Oakwood Dog Park. Raleigh's newest off-leash park for dogs. Open sunrise to sunset every day. Separate areas for the Big Dog Park and the Small Dog Park. Chain link fencing and mulch surface. Picnic tables. Active volunteer oversight group: FOLDPOP = Friends of the Off-Leash Dog Park at Oakwood Park. See website to join. Location: 910 Brookside Dr. Directions: I-440 Beltline to Capital Blvd S exit. Stay in right lane and exit at Atlantic Ave / Blount St exit. Left at light onto Atlantic Ave. Left at second signal onto Brookside Dr (after Circus Restaurant). Left at second light onto Glasscock St. Right onto Madison Ave. Park is on the right. (Thank you Kate & McKenzie & Timbuk [too])

    Rural Hall

    • Horizons Happy Hounds. Large dog park with seperate area for large and small dogs.
      Water available. Location: Horizons Park. 2835 Memorial Industrial School Road, Rural Hall, NC 27045. (336) 703-2500. (Thank you Crystal Simmons)


    • 4 Paws Kingdom. Dog-centric Campground. Great dog friendly campground with fabulous amenities. 2 dog parks on-site plus pond, hiking, Rally-O & agility course. Only 1 year old! Location: 335 Lazy Creek Dr. (Thank you Darlene Hunt)

    Southern Pines

    • Martin Park. Off leash park with several trails and a little stream. Location: 15-501. Directions: Take 15-501 to Wal-Mart. The park is located on a side street next to Wal-Mart (on the automotive side). The sign states that its a temporary park, but several residents have stated that it has been there over a year now. (Thank you Kristin Ziska)

    Wake Forest

    • Flaherty Dog Park. Free, off-leash dog park. Location: 1226 North White Street. (Thank you Christina)


    • Waynesville Pepsi Dog Park. The Pepsi Dog Park features 2 tandem fenced areas adjacent to the Vance Street Park Horse Ring and next to a nice walking path and creek. Bags and trash available. 2 fenced in areas for dogs to run and romp off leash. Fun times! Bring water and poop bags. There is also a trail beside the park that follows a river beside it to walk the dogs as well. A few toys that have been donated are there. Location: Vance Street- Off of Howell Mill Road. Below the Waynesville Rec. Center and Soccer fields. Directions: Take Howell Mill Road to Vance Street, and go past the Rec Center, Baseball Diamonds and around the corner past the Horse Ring. (Thank you Dana & Earthworks Galleries)


  • Hidden Oaks Dog Park. Wilkesboro, NC. Brand new, off-leash dog park. Location: Cub Creek Park, S. Bridge St. Directions: 2 blocks south of the old Wilkes courthouse. (Thank you Benson Wills)
  • Wilmington
  • Ogden Park, new Hanover County Parks Department. 3 acres within a 160 acre park. Consists of pine trees and a grassy field.
  • Wilmington Dog Park at Empie. The first functional off-leash, fenced-in, dog park in Wilmington. For more information and the dog park rules please call the city of Wilmington at; 910-341-3237. Free, open from dusk till dawn, completely fenced-in area, large dog and small dog play area, water, pet waste stations, parking and restrooms are located at Empie Park. Location: 3300 block of Park Ave. Directions: Located at Empie Park at the corner of Independence Blvd. and Park Ave. (behind Stien Mart). Enter from Park Ave. (Thank you Autumn Wheeler)
  • Winston Salem
  • Horizons Park. Areas for small dogs and large dogs. This is a new dog park that recently opened in Forsyth County North Carolina. Location: Winston-Salem (Forsyth County) North Carolina. (Thank you Sheree Jones)
  • Washington Park. Winston Salem. Location: It is easily accessed from Silas Creek Parkway, Broad Street, and Peter's Creek Parkway. For those who prefer to  walk the Washington Park, Gramley Park, West Salem, and Old Salem areas are within an easy walk. See web site for more information. (Thank you Amy Allen)