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Freedom Park, also known as Charlotte's Central Park, is only 3 miles from the heart of the city's downtown and is known for its dog-friendly trails and green spaces. The park is 98 acres in total and spans open meadows, forested greenways, and streamside habitats with the popular seven-acre lake at the center of it all. Whether you're just visiting the area or can claim local status, Freedom Park is the perfect place to walk your dog any time of year.

Though there are no designated off-leash dog parks, the miles of trails throughout the park and numerous connectors to the Little Sugar Greenway, which leads all the way to uptown, are popular with the city's dog-loving community. Whether you have an active dog who needs a good run or an Oldy Goldie who wants a leisurely stroll, you'll find a perfect path. If you're lucky you'll catch a glimpse of the numerous bird and wildlife species that will make you forget you're still in a city. 

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Most of the paths that wind through Freedom Park are paved, which is perfect for family jogs with a stroller or for those who enjoy an easy-to-navigate trail. You'll find yourself traveling through open fields, past flowing streams, and enjoying the shade of woodland habitat. This varying terrain is a perfect escape from the city for your dog, and he'll enjoy all the fresh scents and quiet scenery as much as you do. After a hot and sweaty run he can cool off in the lake, and you'll both enjoy a lie-down or stretch session on the manicured lawns and picnic areas.

Because the many trails and paths are paved, you'll be sharing the park with cyclists and other runners with dogs, so be sure to follow all leash-rules and obey traffic laws between cyclists and foot traffic. It's helpful to grab a map before you get started so you can plan the best route for you and your pup.

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The most popular trail to walk your dog at Freedom Park is the Little Sugar Greenway. This paved trail is part of Charlotte's Greenway connector trails that connect most of the city's parks and greenscapes. This well-paved path is ideal for running or walking with your dog, or even taking her for a bike ride while enjoying a natural escape from city life.

When you begin at the Charlotte Nature Museum you'll have two options to explore. When you head north you'll come across the Liz Hair Nature Path, named for the first woman to be elected to and chair the Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners. She dreamed of creating a "green necklace" of pathways around the city, and because of her vision, you and your pup have numerous options to explore the natural wonders of the city. Head south on the Little Sugar Greenway and your walk or run will be filled with open fields and streams that your dog will enjoy cooling off in. 

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