Areas of the neighborhood that do have family homes tend to be well forested with mature trees. Wooded areas divide neighborhoods from industrial areas. Houses are well set back, making for pleasant neighborhood walking.
Weather around Charlotte is mild most of the year. If you are walking in one of the colder times of the year, heavily wooded walking areas can provide shelter from cold winds. During hot times, forests provide shade to shield you and your dog from the sun.
A short walk out of Henerson Circle will bring you to the Griffith Lakes, a smattering of small lakes surrounded by mature forests and walking paths. This is an ideal place to walk a dog away from the factories of Henderson Circle.
Much of Henderson Circle is wooded, as large undeveloped swaths divide industrial areas from residential areas. The forest itself can be thick and difficult to hike through, but streets going through these areas can be a nice place to stroll while keeping your feet on solid ground and not getting lost.
If you are using a flexi-lead, your dog can wander along the forest perimeter, smelling the wild smells, while you walk comfortably along the road. Be careful, as cars tend to speed on the long straightaways between residential and industrial areas.
Some forested areas are thin enough to stroll through off-trail with your dog. Be careful to protect yourself against ticks and other pests, and be certain that your dog has tick prevention. Hiking through the woods provides variety and encourages your dog to use different muscle groups as she encounters logs, thick brush, and other obstacles.
Several pre-planned communities exist in Henderson Circle. These communities offer sidewalks along quiet streets, with houses well set back from the road, if you want a laid-back neighborhood walk.
Grassy clearings border and break up many wooded areas. These pleasant mowed areas provide a sunny break from the steady forests. Walking along clearings is a great way to let your dog enjoy sniffing into the forest without you having to hike.
Retention ponds on the industrial side of Henderson Circle are a pleasant natural environment to walk around, but be careful that your dog does not drink from or wade in the water, which may be contaminated. The area around these ponds offers natural grass and brush to walk through, and the beauty of waterside semi-aquatic and aquatic plants to enjoy.