A large North Carolina city of about 35,000, Monroe is seated near rapidly growing Charlotte. Because of this fantastic location, Monroe is close to many pup-friendly activities and almost fifty veterinarians within twenty miles of town.
Crooked Creek Park can be found fifteen minutes north, in Indian Trail, NC. This park is known for its gorgeous, clean playground and pavilion. The separate off-leash dog park within Crooked Creek can only be accessed via permit and key card; however, the permit application is available online and if you’re an Indian Trail resident, the annual pass is free!
Another popular park is William R. Davie District Dog Park, just twenty miles northwest in Charlotte, NC. Complete with plenty of shade and two separate play areas for large and small dogs, this park is a five-acre oasis for safe, off-leash play.
Colonel Francis Beatty Park is tucked away in Matthews, NC, just fourteen miles northwest. This massive park is 265 acres and includes a sports complex, picnic shelters, walking paths, playgrounds, and biking trails. Leashed pups are welcome to go for walks with their owners and even enjoy the on-site lake.
Southwestern North Carolina is growing rapidly, so don’t miss out on all the fun activities available in Monroe’s neighboring communities!
Need somewhere to crash during your time in Monroe? The Super 8 Motel, located at 350 Venus Street, will accommodate two dogs of 20 lbs. or less for an additional charge of $12 per dog per night. McAlister’s Deli, located at 2803 W Hwy 74, serves up sandwiches and a variety of salads and baked potatoes. McAlister’s has covered patio seating that welcomes you and your pup. Mexican cuisine is offered at Monterrey, located at 1007 W Roosevelt Blvd. Dogs stay with their person in the outdoor patio seating. If neither of those options tickle your fancy, Red Bowl Asian Bistro serves a variety of dishes from the Far East. The restaurant has outdoor tables for you and your pup.
Charlotte is twenty-five miles northwest of Monroe. The southern region of Charlotte has two dog parks for you and your pup to check out. Ray’s Fetching Meadow is in the McAlpine Creek Community Park, located at 8711 Monroe Road. This is a one-acre, fully fenced enclosure for some off-leash exercise.There is no separate area for the smaller dogs. A few picnic tables are here and there for the human companions. Water is available in the main park area. McAlpine also has a 1.5-mile nature trail for you and your leashed pup to explore together. Davie Dog Park, located at 4635 Pineville-Matthews Road, has five acres of fenced enclosure for leash-free fun. This dog park has a separate fenced area for smaller dogs.
The city center of Charlotte is home to Frazier Dog Park, located at West Trade and Sycamore Street. This dog park is within walking distance of the downtown amenities available in Charlotte. The dog park is a fully fenced piece of ground with a separate fenced area for small dogs. The ground is grass and dirt. Spots get muddy at times, so you might want to bring some cleaning supplies in case Fido gets a little messy. Kiddie pools give dogs a fun splash on hot days. Water spigots are close by, and waste bags are supplied. Picnic tables give the human companions a place to sit while watching their dogs. The dog park is open from 7:30a.m. until sunset.
Charlotte’s north region is about 35 miles northwest of Monroe. Barkingham Park is located at 2900 Rocky River Road. This dog park has four acres of fenced-in land for your pup to enjoy off-leash. There is a separate area for the small dogs. The enclosure encompasses a lightly forested area, and part of the enclosure is dirt and sand. There is a looped trail through the trees which adds variety and a fun run. Water spigots with buckets are positioned both inside and outside the fence. Picnic tables and benches give human companions a place to sit and watch their pups.
Cornelius is located forty miles northwest of Monroe, but the activities available there make the drive well worth it. Swaney Pointe K-9 Dog Park is located at 8441 Nantz Road. This dog park is in the Ramsey Creek Park. This dog park has four acres of land for off-leash play and socialization. A separate fenced area keeps the smaller dogs safer when they play. The ground is a mixture of wood, grass, and natural terrain. There are trees with the enclosure. Water is available on-site, and waste bags are supplied by the park. A few picnic tables are around for human companions to sit and chat while their pups play. The dog park is open from 7:30a.m. until sunset.