South End and Dilworth are actually two neighborhoods that are juxtaposed next to each other. In another time and place, they may have even been the same. But since they lie side by side, most people simply do not differentiate between the two. Both neighborhoods were born out of the railroad, streetcars, and trolleys of the late 1800s. You will find the Historic Charlotte Trolley Museum located here.
Residential and commercial spaces exist side by side with a healthy sprinkling of food shops, grocery stores, and higher-end restaurants. Some nicely spread out pet stores makes it an easy reach for most and vets and groomers are found along the main road.
Weather is Charlotte is a bit of a surprise. Charlotte does get cold and is famous for having ice storms along with hurricanes and tornadoes. You may find there are at least a few days out of the year where you are better off staying inside.
The Dilworth neighborhood is an old one and when the area was built, the city made sure that all of the streets had generous sidewalks and grass shoulders. This is good news because it does get hot in Charlotte and the pavement can scorch your poor pup’s feet. If you just can’t get up at the crack of dawn, make sure your dog has plenty of room to walk the shaded areas and grass a bit later in the morning and they will do fine! There are lots of trees in this neighborhood too, which also helps to keep the heat down and make for a more comfortable walk.
The center of Dilworth is flat, but as you get out towards the edges of the neighborhood, you will find more hills. They are nothing to get worried about though as the inclines are gentle, making them idea for all levels of walkers.
South End is home to one larger greenway, Latta Park. This park has 32 acres and has hiking trails and a picnic shelter. There is a creek that runs through part of it and it is comfortably under tree cover.
There are a couple of parks just outside the boundaries of Dilworth that are worth checking out too. Sedgefield Park to the west has walking trails and large, open grassy areas. Pearl Street and Midtown Parks are on the southwest border. Midtown Park is also adjacent to the Little Sugar Creek Greenway and the trail that follows it. This trail follows the creek north until it ends just southeast of downtown.
Finally, Baxter Park is just to the east of the neighborhood. It is a smaller park and only has a few walking trails and some grass, but if you live close, it can be a nice place to stop for water and some shade.