Uptown Charlotte is the city center of the largest city in North Carolina. Interestingly, the area is often known as ‘Downtown’ by some residents, but it refers to the same central location. There are four neighborhoods within the area which are intersected by Trade Street and Tyron Street. These are known as the four wards. The whole city center is circled by the freeway on all four sides, representing a very clear boundary for surrounding neighborhoods.
In terms of pet-friendly amenities, the central area has a few services within its boundaries but the city as a whole has an even larger number on offer. Dog Training in Charlotte is situated on South Tyron Street. In the Fourth Ward, you have QC Canine Design which is the perfect place to get your pooch pampered and looking fresh as a daisy while receiving a friendly service from its wonderful owners. For daily essentials, a pet supply store can also be found on Metropolitan Avenue.
Charlotte is located on Piedmont Plateau so the city and its surroundings are notably hilly. As central Charlotte, Uptown is prone to rolling hills and noticeable inclines. However, it cannot be compared to the likes of San Francisco whose hills are noticeably stifling. This means that while you may experience some slopes on your walks, they should not be too tricky to traverse no matter your fitness level.
As the city center of Charlotte, Uptown has a totally artificial landscape. You’ll have to go far out of the city lines to find what can be described as truly natural terrain. This is perfectly fine for most dogs, however, if you have a large dog that enjoys a lot of exercise, you may want to make the effort to occasionally let them experience the wild and abundant nature that surrounds the city in the rest of the Piedmont Plateau. In Charlotte, you’re never too far from the mountains and the ocean.
While the greenways within Uptown’s boundaries are limited, each ward has its own park that is designed for locals to visit. First Ward Park is located in the northeast of Uptown and offers wide open spaces, a spray fountain, and a workout area to help you get some exercise along with your pooch. Fourth Ward Park can be found to the north of the city center. Here, you can find three acres of landscaped grass with a children’s play area and walking paths.
For some waterside views, visit Marshall Park located in the Second Ward. Try a walk around the lake that sits at its center! This park is great for sunny days when you can pause and stare at the water while your doggy friend runs off the leash. Romare Bearden Gardens can be found in the Third Ward, again offering you inner-city landscaped gardens as well as hosting fitness classes and live music.