Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is a fairly large city with a unique, small town feel. There are many things that bring people to Chapel Hill - from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to the acclaimed restaurants and vibrant local music scene. Just like in a real town, dogs are welcome to, and dog owners will be pleased to know that their canine pal does not have to feel too restrained.
There are two off-leash dog parks in Chapel Hill, NC, both of which are well received by dog owners in the area. Homestead Park offers a 20,000 sq. ft. area that is fenced and secured with a double gate. The many rocks, bushes, and trees offer a natural experience for your dog, and the availability of poop bags, trash cans, water pumps and drinking bowls is very convenient.
The dog section at the Southern Community Park is a new addition and consists of 2 acres of dog heaven with grassy knolls, trees and patches of sand.
You can bring your best friend along with you when visiting some of the attractions Chapel Hill has to offer. The North Carolina Botanical Garden has some area’s off-limits to dogs, but dogs are welcome on the nature trails and many other parts of the gardens. There is also Preservation Chapel Hill for the history buffs. Not every part is accessible with a dog, but there is a short self-guided walking tour around the Horace Williams house.
Homestead Dog Park is Chapel Hill’s other dog park. Located in Parkside, this is a favorite gathering spot for local dogs. Your pooch will love to be part of the action, so bring him over for some running and wrestling. He’ll have two acres to sniff and discover sans leash. There is also a separate area for little pups. A trip to this park will make him one happy hound! For a nice leashed walk, just pop over to Homestead Park and take some laps around the paved walking paths. Don’t forget to bring some water for your furry friend, as all that exercise is sure to make him thirsty.
Carolina North Forest is one of Chapel Hill’s main attractions. This 750 acre park is located in the Ashley Forest neighborhood, and right on the University of North Carolina campus. Leashed dogs are welcome to enjoy the trails of this forested haven, so bring your pup over for some doggy cardio. There are several trails to choose from. Crow Branch Overlook Trail, and the Wormhole and Pumpkin Loop, are both just under five miles. For a shorter option, follow Neverland’s Outer Loop. This trail is only two miles and is near Lake Ellen. Be sure to bring water for your furry walking friend.
The Northside neighborhood has several restaurants that welcome furry guests. If you don’t feel like cooking dinner, leash up your pup and head over to the Dead Mule Club. Dubbed ‘Chapel Hill’s favorite neighborhood pub’, this hometown eatery serves up hot, fresh burgers and cocktails. Pull up a chair at one of the outdoor pet friendly tables. For more exotic flavors, check out the Middle Eastern cuisine at Tallulas, or Indian food at Vimala’s Curryblossom. Both of these spots have patio seating that allows your canine buddy to hang out by your side. Breadman’s Restaurant dishes up hearty American home style classics. Your dog can join you at an outside table as you devour some fried chicken.