Twenty miles outside of Charlotte, North Carolina is the city of Concord. NASCAR fans may know Concord as the home of the Charlotte Motor Speedway. As 2004’s winner of the All-America City Award, the community offers several fur-iendly amenities including a dog park, a flyball club, and several restaurants that welcome pets with open paws. Harrisburg’s University Animal Medical and Dental Clinic is less than a twenty-minute drive from Concord in case of emergency.
If you fancy antiques, your pup can join you on leash or in your arms as you visit The Depot at Gibson Mill, one of the largest antique malls in the Southeast. With over 600 antique dealers present, you are sure to find a special treat for your furry friend and maybe even yourself!
Less than an hour’s drive from Concord is the Charlotte Trolley Trail. As the name suggests, it is a “Rail-with-Trail” that follows the path of the historic Charlotte Trolley. The two-mile paved trail, which passes through Uptown Charlotte, is a pawesome place to take your pal for a walk. The trail is one of many fur-iendly attractions that draw dog lovers to the area.
If your pup loves being social, take him to Concord Mills, where you’ll find Concord Bark Park! This spacious dog park has two separate sections: one for more timid and smaller dogs, and another for large, rambunctious dogs. Concord Bark Park offers plenty of seating for pup parents so that you can take a breather while Fido has a pawesome time making new friends! Concord Bark Park also has water available for dogs in the park; you don’t have to worry about your best pal getting too hot. This is an off-leash dog park.
If you’re in the heart of Concord and looking for somewhere to grab a quick bite to eat, and you want your dog to dine with you, look no further than Carm’s Café. A local favorite, Carm’s Café offers delicious soups and sandwiches, and the restaurant also features an extensive vegetarian menu. Carm’s Café allows Fido to join you at one of their outdoor tables, which are available when the weather is nice enough to dine outside. However, there are only three outdoor tables available, so it’s recommended you call ahead to see if one is available. A leash is required.
If you’re wanting more options for a place to eat with your pooch, Northwest Concord is sure to have something you’ll enjoy. Swing by Rosario’s Pizza and grab a delicious slice of pizza, served up New York style. Really feeling like a chow-hound? Order a whole pie! Fido can join you at an outdoor table. If you don’t want pizza, how about Greek? The Gateway to Athens is a dog-friendly restaurant, with plenty of outdoor-seating where Fido can join you. Northwest Concord has several other restaurants where your pooch can dine with you. A leash is required at all restaurants.
If you drive about 20 minutes south of Concord, to Charlotte’s Eastway neighborhood, make sure you stop by Barkingham Park, located within Reedy Creek Park. This dog park is sure to be a ball of fun for any pooch who wants to play! There are two separate areas of the park: one for smaller dogs and another for larger dogs. Water is provided for your pets, but locals warn this park can become quite muddy when it rains, so bring along a towel! The surrounding park also offers short hiking trails where Fido can join you. While a leash isn’t required for the dog park, one is required on the hiking trails.
Located 10 minutes north of Concord is Kannapolis, which offers even more places for you and Fido to eat together. If you’re in the mood for classic pub food and more, head to Crispy’s Bar and Grill; locals recommend trying the Buffalo Bombs or chicken and waffle sandwiches. There’s plenty of outdoor seating, which is dog-friendly. If you don’t want pub food, what about Thai? The nearby Chef Thai and Sushi Bar offers classic Thai cuisine alongside numerous sushi options. Outdoor seating is dog-friendly. A leash is required, as is good behavior. Bone Appetit!