Tega Cay, South Carolina is a small city located not too far away from both Rock Hill and Fort Mill, South Carolina, but it’s also not too far away from the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. With its big city amenities and small-town charm combined, Tega Cay proves to be a popular spot for those looking for a “staycation.” While Tega Cay does have a veterinarian practice and plenty of roads lined with sidewalks for you and your dog to enjoy going for a walk, there isn’t much for you and Fido to do together within the city.
The nearby cities of Charlotte and Rock Hill offer more for you to do with your pooch, including several dog-friendly restaurants and a few dog parks here and there. Both cities are located within twenty minutes of Tega Cay, so having fun with your dog is only a hop, skip, and a jump away no matter which location you choose!
In Fort Mill’s Gray Rock Road neighborhood, located six miles east of Tega Cay, you’ll find Central Bark Dog Park. Don’t let the tongue-twister name fool you, though; this dog park is a blast! This off-leash dog park is completely fenced in, so your dog can run around and play in a safe environment. Central Bark Dog Park is on the smaller side, but locals say that it’s usually not too busy, so there’s still room for your dog to play. There’s plenty of seating provided, but the park doesn’t provide water or waste disposal bags. A membership is required to use this dog park.
Exactly twenty miles from Tega Cay is Charlotte’s Frazier Park, which is located just outside of downtown Charlotte. Frazier Dog Park, located in this dog-friendly neighborhood, is an off-leash dog park where your canine companion will have a pawesome time. Whether your dog wants to run around and play with you or make some new friends, Frazier Dog Park has plenty to do. The park has designated sections for small and large dogs. Waste disposal bags and water are not provided, so you’ll need to bring your own from home. Parking is limited, but this park is free to the public.
Downtown Fort Mill, located around fifteen minutes from Tega Cay, is home to Hobo’s, a local favorite. This restaurant serves up made-to-order burgers alongside mouthwatering craft beer and handspun milkshakes. Your dog can join you while you eat, as long as you’re at a table on the restaurant’s spacious patio. Hobo’s will give your pooch some water. Can you resist the temptation to give your canine companion “just a bite”? A leash is required, as is good behavior. This restaurant is usually pretty busy, so if your dog doesn’t like being around people, this might not be the place for him.
Charlotte’s McDowell Nature Preserve, which is less than ten miles north of Tega Cay, is sure to be a ball for you and your nature-loving pooch! This nature preserve has several different trails for you and your dog to enjoy a walk on, so long as he’s on his leash. Once you get deeper into the park, many let their dogs roam off their leash on the water’s shoreline, but beware: there are specific rules against this, so use your own judgment. There are also many picnic tables in the park, so you and your dog can enjoy some chow before exploring.
If you’re willing to drive the twenty minutes to Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill, your dog will be sure to thank you – no treats necessary! The neighborhood’s dog park, Mary Warner Mack Dog Park, spans twelve acres, allowing your dog plenty of room to run around off-leash and get in his daily exercise. There’s a separate space for smaller dogs, which is still pretty large. If you want to spend some one-on-one time with your dog, there’s also a mile-long trail within the dog park. Water and waste disposal bags are provided. A dog-washing station is located on-site.