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 A large percentage of Charleston area residents own a dog. The mild year round weather in the Charleston area provides the dog owner the opportunity to get outdoors and exercise their dog for a relatively extended time period. Lease laws in effect in most of the Charleston tri-county area prohibit a dog owner from allowing his pet to run free off their residence. However, a number of Charleston municipalities have built "dog parks" to accomodate the owners who like their dogs to "run free" yet confined to a fenced and safe area. The town of Mt. Pleasant, SC has built two dog parks for it's residents. One is located in the Park West Community and the other adjacent to the Mt. Pleasant Waterworks and the Joe Gawrych Baseball Complex. 

 Joe Gawrych Baseball Complex (Dog Park)

Rifle Range Road

Mt. Pleasant Dog Park

Road to Dog Park

This dog park is a little isolated, but is larger than the dog park at Park West. There are also some trails visitors can traverse, but you must have your dog on a leash. Parking for the dog park is located on the shoulder of the road or at the Joe Gawrych Baseball Complex.

Charleston Dog Park

DIRECTIONS TO the Dog Park in Mt. Pleasant 

TAKE 526: into Mt. Pleasant. Take a left at the first stop light on Bowman Road.

Approximately ¼ mile take a left on Rifle Range Road. The Joe Gawrych Baseball Complex is approximately ΒΌ mile on the right.

TAKE I-26 to 17N: into Mt. Pleasant. Veer right once over the bridge onto Coleman Blvd. and follow Coleman approximately 2 ½ miles. Turn left onto Rifle Range Road (just past Sea Island Shopping Center). Follow Rifle Range Road to the Joe Gawrych Baseball Complex, which is on the right behind the Mt. Pleasant Waterworks building (just past the roundabout).

Bing Aerial Map Of The Dog Park

Charleston County Dog Park Rules

 Communities with established dog parks report that compliance with the rules is the key to success. The success of the dog park project will largely depend on the self-monitoring and cooperation of dog owners.

Dogs That Are Not Allowed


  • Aggressive
  • In-heat females
  • Without current vaccination displayed
  • Too young for rabies vaccinations



Charleston Area Dog Parks

(Mount Pleasant)

  • Leash your dog until it is safely inside, and return it to leash upon exiting.
  • Always keep an eye on your dog, and keep voice control to prevent any trouble.
  • Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Leash your dog whenever you sense problems.
  • YOU are completely responsible for all injuries and damage caused by your dog.
  • Do not let dogs dig holes. If they do, fill them in immediately.
  • Keep food out of the enclosure. Dogs may become overly protective or aggressive in the presence of food.
  • Access to the dog park may be restricted during special events. If so, notice will be posted.
  • Immediately report any bite or attack to the park office at 843-795-7275. Press "0".


Park West Dog Park

Park West Dog Park

Park West Dog Park

High Definition Video Of The Park West Dog Park



Charleston County Dog Parks


James Island County Park
871 Riverland Dr.
Charleston, SC
or 843-795-4386

Wannamaker County Park
8888 University Blvd.
North Charleston, SC
843-572- 7275
or 843-795-4386

Palmetto Islands County
444 Needlerush Pkwy.
Mount Pleasant, SC
or 843-795-4386

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