From there you will see a concrete paved trail that cuts the entire park in two. About halfway down that trail, you will find the off-leash section marked on your left-hand side. You can also drive in from Chapel Hill and take that all the way in, but parking can be very scarce.
There is a ton of room in this off-leash section. You can play long-range games like fetch or frisbee. Your canine can get a good work out here, and you can wear out even the most energetic. Outside of this off-leash section of the park, your canine is welcome on all the hiking and horseback riding trails, and over most the terrain the park has to offer.
Anytime you are outside the marked off-leash zone your canine is required to remain on their leash. The off-leash area is in close proximity to a jogger and biker trail. There is no fence here, nothing to stop your canine from chasing down bikers as they go by and risk injuring the biker or your canine.
If you go to this park, be sure to walk far from the trail before taking them off leash or have them well trained with a reliable recall. The off-leash area is a mix of grass and forest vegetation. The grass stays in good shape as the park is very well maintained.
There are doggie bags available at the sign noting where the park is located and you can find garbage cans scattered throughout the park on most trails. Overall, the Mingo Creek Park is a beautiful park for residents nearby or anyone passing through looking for a dog park.