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Old 01-24-2010, 01:49 PM
 
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Alright, whoever is going to lecture me about letting my dog off his leash just stop reading right now!!!!!

I have 100 pound lab who HATES being on his leash and his favorite thing in the entire world is to run through the woods and go swimming in any water or mud puddle he can find. I'm looking for any mountain biking trails that I can let him off his leash without 100 people walking by. Are there any semi-secluded trails around here where there's not a lot of traffic or where people tend to let their dogs off the leash more? It also doesn't have to be an established trail. If there's one that you know about in the area that isn't a "legit" trail definitely let me know.

We took him to Durant Nature Park today but that didn't work out very well. I know some people have said that there's places around but I can't seem to find them at Umstead or any of those other parks.
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Old 01-24-2010, 01:59 PM
 
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Far as mountain there isnt any in the Raleigh area but you will have better luck at
the Uwharrie National Park in the Uwharrie Mountains. It about its more rural and
less restrictive on pets considering it has gamelands therefore no leash for the hunting pets
or dogs in general.
It a beautiful park
http://www.cs.unca.edu/nfsnc/recreation/uwharrie/index.htm (broken link)


Raleigh to Troy nc - Google Maps

here another park in the URE mountains
http://www.stateparks.com/morrow_mountain.html
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Old 01-24-2010, 02:32 PM
 
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I won't lecture you about your dog being off the leash, but will say it's not a good idea to try it where there are epress rules against it (county parks) or in places with huge amounts of people, because it will be a royal PITA for you to keep up with, and people will give you a bunch of (deserved) crap about your dog being off a leash.

Check your DM's....
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Old 01-24-2010, 04:33 PM
 
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The trick is to have your dog 100% under voice control so that
anytime you come across people or other dogs you can call him back immediately into a heel position.

My Golden was trained like that, and I would go to the Falls lake trails
and leave the trail to find a spot at the lake shore where he could
swim and fetch sticks to his hearts content. If anyone approached he was under perfect control to heel,stay,or drop on command and not bother them.
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Old 01-24-2010, 06:13 PM
 
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The trick is to have your dog 100% under voice control so that
anytime you come across people or other dogs you can call him back immediately into a heel position.

My Golden was trained like that, and I would go to the Falls lake trails
and leave the trail to find a spot at the lake shore where he could
swim and fetch sticks to his hearts content. If anyone approached he was under perfect control to heel,stay,or drop on command and not bother them.
This, yes.

I know how much dogs love that free run - there's nothing quite like it, is there. However, if your dog isn't 100% controlled by your voice, don't think about it. Your dog might be great with people and other dogs, but other people and leashed dogs might not be so great with your dog. I walk with three dogs, two that are friendly with other dogs, and one who gets a little spooked with dogs she doesn't know. My dogs are always leashed, and it drives me nuts when someone has their dogs off-leash on a trail. If they can recall their dogs without exception, it's fine. But if they call their dogs and they keep coming, or if their dogs are out of their line of sight, I am infuriated.

Any public place will possibly be inhabited by other dog-owners, or just people walking who might be afraid of dogs who aren't under control. Maybe you could post an ad on Craigslist looking for some private property where you could pay the owners a small fee to use their land for that purpose.
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Old 01-24-2010, 06:18 PM
 
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Bolin Creek may offer opportunities for both you and your dog.
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Old 01-24-2010, 06:21 PM
 
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I saw a dog off leash following a bike on the Black Creek Greenway, and I was pretty impressed until it stopped and defacated and the owner didn't even notice. There's a downside to doing it. But apparently people (and dogs) do it on the Black Creek Greenway. (When we lived there we would let the dog off leash BRIEFLY to swim in the Black Creek while on a run; it's not uncommon.) I'd imagine it is also possible (if against the rules) on the MTB trails on Lake Crabtree. However, in general there are very few places in the Triangle where a dog can be off leash with or without a bike.
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Old 01-24-2010, 07:57 PM
 
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Dang. I was coming in to lecture you. lol
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Old 01-24-2010, 08:57 PM
 
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Bolin Creek may offer opportunities for both you and your dog.
There's huge problems with dogs off leash there. I would not recommend it.
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Old 01-25-2010, 06:44 AM
 
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There's huge problems with dogs off leash there. I would not recommend it.
I suggested it only because every time I hike a trail there I see both (a) bikers, and (b) dogs off leash. I haven't encountered any problems with either (but as between the two, the bikers annoy me more), but it wouldn't surprise me if there were some.
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