The small town of Mount Pleasant is located between Charlotte and Raleigh in North Carolina. Despite its proximity to Charlotte, it has proudly maintained a strong small-town culture and lifestyle. Its residents work mostly in transportation occupations and manufacturing away from Mount Pleasant, making this a typical commuting “bedroom community” with strong family values. The town welcomes leashed dogs throughout its town limits and is ringed by several dog-friendly communities.
Mount Pleasant is home to the Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail, which is a portion of the Carolina Thread Trail. It is a natural gravel surface trail, 4 miles round trip, and not difficult. Bring Fido along on his leash for a couple of hours of walking or running. The trailhead is off Malibu Road, and the path leads to the Adams Creek bluff which provides a lovely view of Mount Pleasant and surrounding areas. This peaceful trail is a great walk for you and your furry Bestie.Two community parks reside in Mount Pleasant: McAllister Park and the Mount Pleasant Mini Park. Both are dog furr-endly for leashed fur-buddies, feature open grassy areas for play, a playground for the small humans, and picnic tables for casual family-with-Fido meals. As the residents like to say, “In Mount Pleasant, everyday is a pleasant day.” Arf to that!
This neighborhood in nearby Concord is home to the Weddington Road Bark Park. Only a 15-minute drive from Mount Pleasant, the park is equipped with water stations for both you and your pup, as well as benches and plenty of shade trees. There are 2 fenced areas, one for small dogs and one for large fur-buddies. Waste stations for the doggos and restrooms for you provide even more convenience. Want a lunch date with your furry Bestie? For delicious burgers, brats, wings and shakes, grab an outdoor table at Foster’s Grille and enjoy! If BBQ is more your style, Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ is for you, and Fido would agree. Meat, meat, and more luscious meat, with sides to smack your lips over at one of their 6 outdoor tables.
The West Concord neighborhood is host to the dog-friendly Frank Liske Park. This 238 acre park features a 10-acre lake for fishing and paddling, playgrounds and sports fields, walking and fitness trails, and a nature trail, all of which welcome Fido on leash. It doubles as a wildlife and nature preserve, so there are many specimens of animals and birds to see, including the resurgent Monarch Butterfly. Bring your fur-pal here for an afternoon or a day! You’re sure to be hungry after a day at the park, so take yourself and your pup over to La Roma’s Pizza for a bite and a beverage! Pizza isn’t the only thing on the menu, but it does take center stage whether it’s classic New York style, or a gourmet specialty with mushrooms, ham, Kalamatas, artichoke hearts, and feta. Bone apetit!
The Morrow Mountain State Park resides in the small town of Badin, just to the east of Mount Pleasant. This dog-friendly park is open year-round and features more than 15 miles of hiking trails of varying difficulties. Be sure to bring Fido’s leash, as he will have to wear it here, and some water for both of you. There are 3 picnic areas for lunching with your pup, one with 10 tables, and the other with 6 tables inside a shelter complete with a fireplace. There is also a picnic area with a fireplace at the Morrow Mountain Summit. If fishing is your thing, Lake Tillery and the banks of the Pee Deer River are perfect for you and fur-burger to stake out. The campground has 106 sites for tents, RVs and trailers, as well as camp cabins for those without their own accommodations.
The Catawba College/Statesville Blvd neighborhood in Salisbury, about 28 miles northwest of Mount Pleasant, contains the Salisbury City Park, a 41-acre dog-friendly space with sports and play equipment, picnic shelters with tables and grills for your lunch date with your fur-baby, and a 3-acre lake with grassy, shaded shorefront where you and your canine pal can languish for a long summer afternoon. Wooded walking paths fill out the dog-friendly features here. Nearby Hurley Park is another secluded Salisbury gem, with 16 acres featuring gardens, streams, and wooded walkways. Take your pooch for a walk or a long sit on one of the wooden benches, on leash only. It’s open year-round.
If you and your pup are hungry, be sure to check out this neighborhood in Salisbury. Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina is a casual Mexican restaurant that features made-to-order, made in front of you, dishes. All the Mexican favorites are here, like tacos and other street food, to loaded nachos. Their outdoor patio accommodates Fido, who will need to wait on his leash outside while you go in to order. Another favorite eatery is Massimo’s Artisan Sandwich Shoppe. This dog-friendly restaurant offers sandwiches of all types and the perfect sides to go with them. Your Bestie will love it and so will you! Try a smoothie, too!