Southeast of Charlotte, North Carolina, lies the large suburban town of Matthews with a total population of 27,198 (2010 census), The size of Matthews compares to that of a small city but the close-knit community gives this place the vibe of a small town. Not only do people look out after one another; they also hold a warm heart towards animals.
Matthews, North Carolina, does not have its own dog park, but there are plenty of dog walking areas in the neighborhood. The Frazier Park, the William R. Davie District Park, and the Reedy Creek Park, located in Charlotte, are magnificent regional parks that have a special, designated area for dogs. These areas are fenced and allow for dogs to run and play off their leash. The parks also offer beautiful nature trails to enjoy as long as dogs are on the leash.
Other places that warrant a visit for dog owners are Bruster's Real Ice Cream, which even has a small dog sundae on their menu, and McAlister's Deli, where dogs can accompany their owner on the patio.
Visitors to Matthews, North Carolina, with pets should check out the Country Inn & Suites, Sleep Inn, Econo Lodge East Inn & Suites as animals can stay for an additional charge.
Downtown Matthews is a cornucopia of dog-friendly restaurants waiting for you and your pup to enjoy! Bruster’s Real Ice Cream is a local favorite serving up tasty sundaes for humans and dogs alike. Their canine concoction is totally free, and with dog bones crumbled on top, it’s sure to make this ice cream shop your furry companion’s favorite stop. For something a bit heartier, check out Beantown Tavern, McAlister’s Deli, CharBar No.7, Mario’s Italian Restaurant, Bisonte Pizza Co. or Moochie’s Tavern, all of which feature tantalizing menus, outstanding service and outdoor seating areas where pooches are welcome to join diners.
The East Forest neighborhood is located in the northwest part of the city and is home to the 462-acre McAlpine Creek Park. This beautiful park features a 2 mile bike trail and a 1.5 mile nature trail as well as the Park and Recreation Department’s first off-leash dog park called Ray’s Fetching Meadow. This 1 acre dog park is completely fenced in to provide your dog with plenty of room to enjoy leash-free fun. McAlpine Creek Park and Ray’s Fetching Meadow are both open 7 days a week from 7:30 AM until sunset, and all dogs with current rabies, DHLPP and Bordetella vaccinations are welcome to visit.
The Marshbrooke neighborhood’s Idlewild Road Park is located in the northeast corner of the city and sprawls over 125 acres. This urban park features a playground, two softball fields, two picnic shelters and several tables for humans, as well as a 1.5 mile nature trail that can be enjoyed by humans and canines alike. Let your companion give his nose a workout sniffing along the trail, then let him cool off in one of the park’s water areas. While you’re there, enjoy the breathtaking views that only North Carolina has to offer. Just remember that this expansive park is not fenced in, so you will need to keep your dog on a leash at all times.
While the Hoods neighborhood isn’t the best place to go if you want to take your canine companion to a park, this area does have a few spots where you can go to pick up supplies or spoil a pampered pooch. Neighborhood Feed and Tack is a family-owned company offering a complete range of quality pet food and supplies. Nearby is A Barking Boutique Pet Parlor, which is the place to visit when your pup needs some pampering. From grooming and boutique fashions, to the scrumptious treats in the Barkery Buffet, this little store is packed with lots of things you and your dog will love!