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Discovering the Best Dog-Friendly Spots at Lake Norman

Three boys snuggle with dog in the custom bunk room at The Chasestone, a StayLakeNorman luxury waterfront rental in Lake Norman, NC.
The Chasestone, StayLakeNorman

Bringing your best four-legged friend with you on vacation? We may be biased (we’re dog people too!) but we think Lake Norman is one of the best places to travel with pets! From dozens of parks and greenways to explore, to a plethora of dog-friendly restaurants and breweries to enjoy, to some of the most spectacular pet-friendly vacation rentals, we can guarantee that neither you nor your pup will be bored on this trip!

Dog-Friendly Parks Near Lake Norman

Looking for someplace beautiful to walk your dog (on leash)? We recommend Jetton Park for a lovely stroll along the lake. If you’re looking for more extensive hiking paths, Lake Norman State Park is the perfect place for you. Or, visit Bellingham Park for a gentle, paved walk through the trees. 

Additionally, you can find Officer Jordan H. Sheldon Memorial Dog Park at Cornelius Road Park in Mooresville. Here, your pup will have fun exploring the 2.2 acre park complete with water stations, a K-9 agility course, and separate areas for large, small, and timid dogs.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants and Breweries around Lake Norman

Dog sitting in chair outside at a pet-friendly Lake Norman restaurant.
Photo by Alison Pang

When you’re visiting Lake Norman, you definitely want to enjoy some waterfront dining with spectacular lake views. These restaurants all fit the bill, and will welcome your pooch to their patio: Hello Sailor, Apps and Taps, North Harbor Club, and Toucan’s Lakefront

For a unique experience, you may want to visit Lucky Dog Bark and Brew in Cornelius. It is the area’s only dog bar, providing a full service bar with indoor/outdoor seating as well as a play yard for pups complete with dog park obstacles. There are also many other breweries in the area, like Ghostface Brewing Beer Lab and Overflow in Mooresville and Primal Brewery in Huntersville that have dog-friendly outdoor areas. For more options and reviews, check out the website BringFido.com.

Lake Norman Pet Stores and Specialty Shops

If you’re looking to spoil your fur baby with some special treats while you’re here, check out Woof Gang Bakery in Cornelius. They make all-natural dog treats from the highest quality ingredients- only the best for your pup! If you’re wanting to indulge your pet with a new toy or forgot an essential item at home, Pet People by Hollywood Feed in Cornelius can help you with whatever you may need.

Lake Norman Pet-Friendly Vacation Rentals

Almost all StayLakeNorman vacation rentals are dog-friendly because, like you, we believe pets are a part of the family! Here are just a few of our favorite pet-friendly vacation rentals. Contact our team to pick the perfect one for your group!

Fox Run, a pet-friendly luxury waterfront rental in Lake Norman, NC by StayLakeNorman.
Fox Run, StayLakeNorman
Strawpocket to Starboard, a pet-friendly luxury waterfront rental in Lake Norman, NC by StayLakeNorman.
Strawpocket to Starboard, StayLakeNorman
Westview Ridge, a pet-friendly luxury waterfront rental in Lake Norman, NC by StayLakeNorman.
Westview Ridge, StayLakeNorman

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