Located about twenty miles north of Charlotte, the city of Davidson is perhaps best known for being settled on Lake Norman or for being home to Davidson College. In fact, the city’s motto is actually “College town. Lake town. Your town.” Have no fear, though! You don’t have to be a college student or enjoy the lake life to have a good time in Davidson. In fact, you don’t even have to be a human to enjoy a visit to Davidson.
Davidson is one of many cities in North Carolina that’s dog-friendly! With nearly ten restaurants that’ll allow your pooch to dine with you and many parks that welcome your dog – with one park strictly for your dog’s enjoyment – there’s always something for you to do with your best four-legged pal coming along for the fun! There are also several veterinarian clinics located within Davidson; that means that you and your family can choose the best option for your dog. There’s also a nearby emergency vet, which is open twenty-four hours should you need a vet on call. Davidson has plenty to offer both you and your pup, so give this up-and-coming city a visit!
East Davidson is home to The Preserve Dog Park, and if you’re looking for somewhere for your pooch to have some fun off his leash, make sure to bring him here! This large dog park has walking trails, allowing your dog to explore like he might not get to elsewhere. There are also water fountains for your canine companion to use, making sure he doesn’t get overheated from all the running around with his new pals. Waste disposal bags aren’t provided, so you’ll want to bring your own. A permit is required and can be purchased for ten dollars.
Looking for somewhere to grab some delicious grub with your dog by your side? Look no further than the heart of Davidson! The Soda Shop is a classic soda parlor that’s a blast from the past, and they have eight dog-friendly tables on their patio. Grab a burger and chocolate milkshake; they’re local favorites! In the mood for Mexican? Head on over to Carrburritos. This regional restaurant serves up delicious burritos, tacos, and more. Make sure to grab a margarita, too. A leash is required at both restaurants, as is good behavior – by both you and your pooch!
Twenty minutes south of Davidson is Charlotte’s Eastway neighborhood, and Eastway is home to the aptly named Barkingham Park at Reedy Creek Park. This bark park has two separate areas; one’s for larger dogs, while the other is for smaller, shyer dogs. Water is provided for your pets. This park gets quite muddy after it rains, so make sure to bring something to wipe your dog down. The surrounding park also offers walking trails where Fido can join you. While a leash isn’t required for the dog park, one is required once you leave the designated area.
The Concord Mills neighborhood of Concord, located about thirty minutes from Davidson, might be best known for shopping, but it’s also where you’ll find Concord Bark Park! This large dog park has two separate sections, letting your dog play with pups his own size. Concord Bark Park has plenty of seating for pup parents, and there’s also water available for your pooch; you don’t have to worry about your best pal getting too hot. This is an off-leash dog park. Make sure to bring waste disposal bags, as the park doesn’t provide any.
Located just one mile outside of Davidson is the Ramsey Park neighborhood of Cornelius, and if you’re in the area, you should definitely check out Swaney Pointe K-9 Park at Ramsey Creek Park! This very large dog park spans four acres, meaning your playful pup has plenty of room to run around and burn off any pent-up energy. There are several picnic tables within the dog park, and there’s also fresh, running water for your canine companion; he’ll never get overheated! Make sure to bring along waste disposal bags. This is an off-leash dog park.