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Dog Areas in Raleigh, NC

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18 Eateries
46 Groomers

Raleigh is one of the country’s earlier planned cities and features many historic sites, including the Borden Building and the Century Station Post Office. The city’s Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department manages over 200 parks, 112 tennis courts, 9 pools, and more than 100 miles of paved greenway—a variety which guarantees that visitors and their canine companions can easily find an area to explore.

The Capital Area Greenway Trail System connects many of Raleigh’s parks, providing areas for joggers, bicyclists, hikers, and dog walkers to enjoy the outdoors. These trails complement the parks themselves and offer recreational opportunities such as bird watching, fishing, and picnicking.

Swing by the Millbrook Dog Park for some off-leash exercise. This park has separate fenced-in areas for large and small dogs, as well as a Picnic Shelter situated between the two. With plenty of trees, shade, and room to run, the dog park is a popular spot for Raleigh’s resident canines.

After you and your pup have both tired yourselves out, take a break and relax at one of the city’s dog-friendly restaurants. The Black Cat Café may have a feline name, but it gives top-notch service to canine guests, providing water and treats to dogs out on the patio. With so many places to explore with your dog, you’ll find it’s easy to fill your day here in Raleigh.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Raleigh, NC

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    Population Density 3,050/sq mi

    #1 North Raleigh

    The North area of Raleigh is a super dog friendly place to visit or live. If you believe that “rescued is the best breed”, then you’ll love the feel of this area in Raleigh. There is also a totally pawsome dog park here. The Millbrook Exchange Dog Park has three--count ‘em, three-- separate fenced in areas. So, regardless of how “skilled” your pup is when it comes to dog parks -- they will find the right area for them! Your pooch can also run off some nighttime energy since the park is lighted at night. There is also a double gated picnic area where you are your pooch can enjoy a picnic between playing. In April, the park is also the host for the annual, dog-friendly Bark in The Park event.
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  2. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 5,440/sq mi

    #2 Central Raleigh

    Let’s be real. What dog isn’t a foodie?! If you and your pup love food, you will love the Central area of Raleigh. There are many popular spots that are super dog-friendly. In fact, most of them are happy to cater to your pup, too. You and your dog will love the tail waggin’ time you will have a popular dining spots such as Raleigh Times Bar, Sitti, and Remedy Diner. Make sure you also find time in September for the annual Pints 4 Paws, a dog friendly event that supports Cause for Paws in NC. There is beer, raffle prizes, and a good time for you and your four-legged friend. If you’re looking for good, dog-friendly food and a good time, you will definitely want to visit the Central area of Raleigh.
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  3. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 1,870/sq mi

    #3 Northwest Raleigh

    Northwest Raleigh is a puptastic, dog-friendly neighborhood in Raleigh, NC. Dog owners and their dogs love visiting the popular Great Outdoor Provision Co., where dog owners can enjoy shopping for hiking gear, camping gear, sporting goods, and more with their leashed pooch. There are also many dog-friendly places to eat in Northwest Raleigh. Right up the road from Great Outdoor Provision Co. is Sugarland, where there’s plenty of dog-friendly outdoor seating and yummy sweet-tooth-satisfying dishes. In fact, Sugarland is known as the most popular bakery in North Carolina. If you’re looking for a different dining option, check out the Village Draft House. There are 100 beers on tap, a great food menu, and dogs are allowed in the outdoor seating area.
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  4. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 3,710/sq mi

    #4 Five Points

    When moving to Raleigh, many people often seek out the Five Points neighborhood, thanks to all the good things residents have to say about it.  Five Points is a popular, dog-friendly neighborhood where you will find parks throughout, as well as in surrounding neighborhoods. Almost anytime you visit one of these parks you will be greeted with a friendly tail wag. Many of the popular local dining establishments also offer dog-friendly seating. Do you enjoy the modern feel when you’re out grabbing something to eat? Then you must check out the dog-friendly NOFO Cafe. This award-winning cafe offers outdoor seating for your dog, but the best part is that you and your dog can enjoy a meal. There’s no question as to why dog owners moving to Raleigh show interest in the Five Points neighborhood.
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    Population Density 3,090/sq mi

    #5 Mordecai

    Mordecai is a Raleigh neighborhood that is often recommended when dog owners seek advice on areas that are considered dog-friendly. You should expect your pup to get a pat on the head at least two or three times during your walks in this Raleigh neighborhood. Locals also constantly rave about the annual Cause for Paws Pup Crawl. This dog-friendly, annual event is held every June and benefits some great pup causes! Plus, it’s a great way to mingle with your neighbors and their dogs. Just think: possible future puppy playdates! Local dog owners often gather at a popular Mordecai restaurant as well. The dog-friendly The Station at Person St. is a popular choice when it comes to getting a bite to eat in the area.
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