Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors with your best friend. The Lake Norman area has many great locations to take dogs of all sizes and breeds. There are many options for pets to get exercise, socialize with other pets or just relax and tag along with you. Be sure to check with each place for additional restrictions, including dog license and vaccination requirements, before you go. From dog parks to pet-friendly dining options, here are some places to consider for your furry friend:

The Preserve Dog Park

330 O’Henry Ave., Davidson

The Preserve Dog Park is a completely fenced-in play area for dogs of all sizes. It has a hiking trail to enjoy some of Davidson’s scenery. Dogs should have a current Davidson dog tag and rabies vaccination.

For more information, call 704-892-3349


Rock Springs Nature Preserve

6684 Pine Ridge Drive, Denver

This park in Denver has multiple areas open for play open to the public. It has a 2/5-mile, semi-paved trail that dogs can walk on, along with picnic tables to cool off under. It is a beautiful walk that is not too long and perfect for any dog.

For more information, call 704-748-1518


Lucky Dog: Bark and Brew

19607 Statesville Road, Cornelius

The Lucky Dog is a sports bar with an indoor/outdoor dog park, where dogs can run around and play while those 21 and older can enjoy drinks from the bar. Different events are held each day to keep it fun and interesting for the dogs and their owners.

For more information, visit or call 704-896-5550


635 South St., Davidson to Davidson-Concord Road

This is a great paved walk around Davidson to take a dog on, stretching from Davidson Elementary School, through a bridge and down to Davidson-Concord Road. It is a nice peaceful 2.8-mile walk with lots of nature and beautiful landscaping.

For more information, visit


North Mecklenburg Park

16131 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville

North Meck Park has 98 acres of land and scenic walking trails through the woods. The walk through the forest is shaded, and restrooms and water fountains are available. The park also has sports fields and courts as well as a grill to cook out.

For more information, call 704-766-2220.



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