Though there are no designated off-leash dog parks, the miles of trails throughout the park and numerous connectors to the Little Sugar Greenway, which leads all the way to uptown, are popular with the city's dog-loving community. Whether you have an active dog who needs a good run or an Oldy Goldie who wants a leisurely stroll, you'll find a perfect path. If you're lucky you'll catch a glimpse of the numerous bird and wildlife species that will make you forget you're still in a city.
Because the many trails and paths are paved, you'll be sharing the park with cyclists and other runners with dogs, so be sure to follow all leash-rules and obey traffic laws between cyclists and foot traffic. It's helpful to grab a map before you get started so you can plan the best route for you and your pup.
When you begin at the Charlotte Nature Museum you'll have two options to explore. When you head north you'll come across the Liz Hair Nature Path, named for the first woman to be elected to and chair the Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners. She dreamed of creating a "green necklace" of pathways around the city, and because of her vision, you and your pup have numerous options to explore the natural wonders of the city. Head south on the Little Sugar Greenway and your walk or run will be filled with open fields and streams that your dog will enjoy cooling off in.