Jul 23rd

Dog Friendly Places in Los Angeles

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)

Los Angeles



  • Imperial Sand Dunes. From Brawley, drive East on Highway 78 for about 19 miles to Gecko Road, then turn right, and the ranger station is about a mile down the road. 619-337-4400.



  • Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. 25 miles north of Big Pine. Difficult to get to in the winter. From Highway 395, take Highway 168 for about 15 miles to White Mountain Road, turn left and continue for 10 more miles to the south end of the forest. 619-873-2400.

Inyo National Forest

  • 10,000 foot elevation. 1.8 million acres. Forest Headquarters: 873 North Main Street, Bishop, CA 619-873-2400.

Little Lake

  • Fossil Falls. fossilized falls and volcanic fields. On Highway 395, turn east onto Cinder Cone road and follow the cinder cone to the park. The parking lot is about 1.5 miles from the highway. 619-384-5400.

Lone Pine


  • Alabama Hills. Over 300 Hollywood films filed here. From Highway 395, take Whitney Portal Road about 2 and 1/2 miles west of Lone Pine to Movie Road. 619-872-4881.

Big Pine
  • Off-leash trails except for the big horn sheep area. Forest Headquarters: 701 N. Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91006, 805-683-6711.


  • Arcadia Dog Park. The dog park is open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily with even numbered days restricted to small dogs and odd numbered days to large dogs.  Location: At Eisenhower Park on the corner of Second Avenue and Colorado Place.


  • Calabasas Bark Park. Open sunrise to sunset. Calabasas is located north of Los Angeles and south of Ventura County. Take the Las Virgenes Rd. exit off Hwy 101 in Calabasas.  Located south of the Las Virgenes Water District, not very far from the freeway. Located at 4232 Las Virgenes Rd., Calabasas, CA. (Thank you Barbara Chang)


  • Claremont Pooch Park. College Park. Fenced with separate areas for small & large dogs. Water fountains, walking paths, dog rinse area. Benches & trees. Location: 100 S College Avenue. Directions: From the 10 Freeway, exit S Indian Hill Blvd. and go North, make a right on East Arrow Hwy, Left on College Ave, and the park is on your right, just after the train station. (near the Claremont Colleges area). (Thank you Virginia Planellas, Kathleen King, & Kathleen Buchwald)
  • Rancho San Jose Park. Off-leash area. Location: 600 block of West San Jose Ave.

Costa Mesa

  • Costa Mesa Bark Park. Located across from the Orange County Fairgrounds at Arlington Drive and Newport Blvd. See web site for more details.

Culver City

  • The Boneyard.  Opened in January 2006, 1 acre park inside Culver City Park. Small and large dog areas; benches, newly planted trees, water fountains; bring plastic bags - Built and paid for by Friends of the Culver City Dog Park - Park will be operated as a City Park. Some parking; Note: Dogs are not allowed in any other parks in the City, and are not allowed in other areas of Culver City Park. Location: Duquesne Street, South of Jefferson; East of the 405 freeway, South of the 10 freeway. Directions: 405 Freeway to Jefferson; go east on Jefferson about 2 miles to Duquesne, turn right into Culver City Park; Take 10 freeway to Overland; south on Overland to Jefferson; left on Jefferson to Duquesne; turn right into the park; The Boneyard is up the hill. (Thank you Vicki Daly Redholtz)
  • Zoom Room Dog Agility Training Center. Fun, safe indoor dog park with a full agility obstacle course. Dog training classes are offered in agility training, dog obedience, puppy preschool and much more.  But the center can also be used as an indoor dog park play area - and is available for private rentals, too, for dog birthday parties and Doggy Disco! Location: 11836 Teale Street. Directions: Take the 405 to the Jefferson Avenue exit.  Take your first left onto Mesmer, and then your first right onto Teale Street.  The Zoom Room will be on your left-hand side. (Thank you Jaime Van Wye)


  • Encino Off leash Park. Victory Blvd and White oak. (Thank you Greg)

El Segundo

  • El Segundo Dog Park. About 60x300ft lots of trees south side of LAX. Between Imperial Avenue and Imperial Highway at Sheldon Street. From the east take 105 freeway, go west to the end onto Imperial Hwy. go to the first light and turn left then around 2 short bends until going west again along Imperial Ave which parallels Imperial Hwy Drive a few blocks. You will be driving parallel to it on the right side. Sounds complicated but not once you are there. Should be less confusing from Thomas Guide pg 702 F7 or any good web map. (Thank you Steve Weldon)


  • Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park. Dogs run off-leash in fenced area.  Pooper scoopers and trashcans, benches, etc. Located at the corner of Victory and White Oak in Encino (San Fernando Valley). 101 exit White oak.  Go North on White to Victory.  It is on the corner. (Thank you Danette Larson and Randy)


  • Lancaster Off Leash Park. Area gated off for dogs to roam. In the process of building benches to sit on. Picnic tables in the mean time. Shovels, bags and a water fountain are provided. Ungated walking track and children's play area. Location: Ave M and 30th Street West. Directions: Exit the 14 Fwy and go west on Ave M approx three miles, make a right on 30th St West. Directly across from Paraclete High School. (Thank you Jillian King)

Long Beach

  • Dog Zone, Long Beach. 3 acre dog beach. Dogs allowed to frolic off-leash in the surf and sand in a designated area in Belmont Shore in Long Beach daily off-leash area in Long Beach from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and til 8 p.m. beginning Memorial Day. Parking: .25 cents/per 15 minutes in metered beachfront lot (enter off of Bennett Ave. at the Belmont Pool entrance near Chuck's Coffee Shop) and FREE parking after 6 p.m. Also, FREE parking along Ocean Blvd. Free parking in the lot across from Ripples (Granada Ave. @ Ocean Blvd.) after approx. 5 p.m. Restrooms: Available at Granada Ave. boat launch ramp. Location: Between Park Ave. and Argonne Ave. in Belmont Shore, Long Beach (CA) Directions: From: 405 South 1. Take the I-405 S towards LONG BEACH. 2. Take the STUDEBAKER ROAD exit. 0.22 miles (0.36 Km) 3. Keep RIGHT at the fork in the ramp. 0.04 miles (0.07 Km)  4. Merge onto N STUDEBAKER RD. 2.14 miles (3.44 Km) 5. Turn RIGHT onto WESTMINSTER AVE. 0.43 miles (0.69 Km) 6. WESTMINSTER AVE becomes E 2ND ST. 1.54 miles (2.47 Km) 7. Turn LEFT onto GRANADA AVE. 0.33 miles (0.53 Km) Please note: Do not walk on the bike path or the boat launch ramp. Vaccinations and licensing must be up todate. (Thank you Justin Rudd)
  • Recreation Dog Park. Leashless dog park within Recreation Park. three watering stations, trees, benches, enclosure for small dogs, parking area, bag boxes. Exit 7th Street at the 605 Freeway. Go West for about a mile, and on your right side, you will see a sign dog park. (Thank you Jim Walters)


  • Runyan Canyon. You can unleash the dog for most of the trails...as much as I can tell. Location: It is approximately 3 blocks north of Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood.  the place is called Runyan Canyon.  From Anaheim CA, take 5 North.  Go NW on 101 to Hollywood.  Get off on Hollywood Blvd. and go west for approximately 3 miles.  Take a right onto Fuller Avenue and go to the end 3 blocks or so.  You can also take a right onto Aristo (nstarts with an A...) and go North to the dead end (3 blocks).  You get a fantastic view of Hollywood and LA. From the 10 freeway in Santa Monica, take the 10 East to Fairfax, exit and go north to Hollywood Blvd, go East on Hollywood and take to Fuller, go North and head up till dead ends. It's a great trail to hike for you and the dog.  They also having watering stations for the dogs periodically. This is not a fenced area so it cannot be considered a dog park. The official sign says there are trails within the park designated as a dog "exercise" area.


  • Hull Dog Park. Family Park/Dog Park. Across from Paraclete High school in Lancaster, CA. Location: L-12 and 30th street west. Directions: 14 Freeway South, get off Ave. L turn left. Go to 30th street and turn left. Go to L-12 and that is where the park is. (Thank you Sarah Miccio)

Leo Carillo Beach

  • (Leashed Dogs Only) Leo Carillo Beach. 1.5 mile long beach that allows dogs to run and swim with additional trails under the freeway. Not allowed between towers 2 & 3. Location: On Highway 1, approximately 30 miles North of Santa Monica, on PCH going North towards Oxnard (past Zuma). Directions: Go North on PCH towards Oxnard until you get to El Matador and Leo Carillo. (Thank you Kendall Andrade)

Los Angeles

  • Barrington Dog Park. Location: S. Barrington Ave. (Thank you Carolina Garcia)
  • Hermon Dog Park.  Los Angeles (Hermon Community).1.3 acre off-leash dog park in Northeast Los Angeles, with separate areas for large and small/shy dogs. Ground cover is decomposed granite, so this never mud!! Beautiful horse trails and Arroyo hiking paths surround the park. The newest of 9 off-leash facilities in the city of Los Angeles, this was a labor of love and hospitality from the tiny century-old community of Hermon with the help of neighboring "Arroyo Seco" area communities. Location: 5688 Via Marisol (at the 110 Freeway), just west of Monterey Road. Directions: 110 Freeway (Arroyo Parkway) exit at Via Marisol, turn right (from either exit), enter park and drive to the rear, under the Avenue 60 bridge. (Thank you Joseph Riser & Lezle Stein)
  • Laurel Canyon Park. Leashless dog park. This large fenced area is specifically designed for both large and small dogs. There are pooper scoopers and picnic benches and even a small pool area for the dogs. Largest in Los Angeles County with almost 20 acres. From 6am-10am, 3pm to dusk. From Laurel Canyon Blvd., go west on Mulhulland for about 1/4 of a mile. 818-989-8188. (Thank you Jack Sax)
  • The Loftydog. Indoor dog park, grooming & training. The Loftydog Academy provides over 7000sq. ft of play area for our daycare and overnight boarders. Location: 525 S. Hewitt St. Directions: Near Urth Cafe and Loft Appeal in the Downtown L.A. area. (Thank you Cabrini Schnyder)

  • Sepulveda Basin Dog-Park. Open Daily Sunrise to Sunset except on Friday's 11:00am to Sunset, due to Maintenance. Located at the corner of Victory Blvd. and Yarmouth Ave.


  • Alice Frost Kennedy Off-Leash Dog Park. Large grassy dog park. There is a dog park for large dogs and another one for small dogs. Water available. Some shade. Location: 3026 East Orange Grove Boulevard. Directions: Exit 210 Freeway at Rosemead; heading north; head west on Foothill Boulevard; head north on Sierra Madre; head west on Orange Grove; the park is on your left, behind a children's park (I think the children's park is called Vena Vieja???). The dog park is not visible from the street but one can see the children's park while driving on Orange Grove. The cross street is Canyon Wash, I believe. (Thank you CC Wong)
  • Brookside Park. Leashless for training dogs only. From the 210 Freeway, exit Seco Street and follow the Rose Bowl signs. To the left of the stadium, there is the large park. 818-405-4306
  • Central Park. Leashless for training dogs only. Del Mar and Fair Oaks Avenue. 818-405-4306.
  • Victory Park. Leashless for training dogs only. Paloma Street and N Alta Dena Drive. 818-405-4306.

Redondo Beach

  • Redondo Beach Dog Park. On the corner of Flagler Lane and 190th in Redondo Beach.  Flagler is in between Prospect and Inglewood Ave.   190th Street can be reached off of PCH or Hawthorne Blvd.  Redondo Beach is West of the 405, west of Torrance, on the Pacific, several miles south of LAX, and north of Rancho Palos Verdes. info@rbdogpark.com  

San Dimas

  • San Dimas Dog Park. One acre all grass divided into two separately fenced areas for large and small dogs. Shade structures, doggy drinking fountains, scoopers and poop bags provided. Location: Horsethief Canyon Park. 301 Horsethief Canyon Road. Directions: Foothill Blvd. to San Dimas Canyon Road North to Sycamore Canyon Road Left turn to stop sign Left to parking lot. (Thank you Caryol Smith)

Santa Monica

  • Joslyn Park. Licensed Santa Monica Dogs may use the park leashless from 7:30 am to 8:30 pm M-F; 8:30 am to 8:30 pm Sat-Sun. The park is closed for maintenance on Tues and Thurs from 9:30 am to 11am. 7th Street and Kensington Road. 310-393-9975. (Thank you Whit Preston)
  • Marine Park. Licensed Santa Monica Dogs may use the park leashless from 6am-9am, 6pm-10pm. 7th Street and Kensington Road. 310-393-9975.

Seal Beach

  • Arbor Dog Park. Leash-free dog park. Land Area: 13.0 acres. Location: 4665 Lampson College Park East. On Lampson Ave. between Heather St. and Rose St. Directions: Small drive way entrance next to an industrial building. There is a long drive way that you go down. (THank you Phoebe Barabad & Brian Y. Chung)

Sierra Madre

  • Sierra Madre Dog Park. Description: separate area for small dogs; benches, bag boxes, big trees, lots of room to run! Hours: 6am to 10pm daily. Features: fenced, benches, handicap access, poop bags, trees, parking, phones, restrooms, lights, water, trash cans, separate fenced areas for large/active dogs and ‘special needs’ dogs. Location: 611 East Sierra Madre Blvd. Directions: From 210, take Santa Anita exit in Arcadia. Head north (toward the mountains) to Sierra Madre Blvd, turn left. Sierra Madre city park is on the right, turn next to the big cemetery. Dog parks are next to the tennis courts. (Thank you Sarah Farmer Earll)

    Silver Lake

    • Silver Lake Dog Park. See web site for more information. Friendly dog park - notable for its two fenced-off areas, one for the "general population," the other for timid or little dogs. Located at 1850 Silverlake Blvd., Los Angeles. At intersection of Silver Lake Blvd. and Duane St. in Silverlake district of L.A. Take 101 Freeway (N or S, as appropriate), exit at Silver Lake Blvd., head NORTH on S.L. Blvd. Dawg Park on LEFT at intersection. (Thank you Lynn Malsby & John Voland)

    Studio City

    • Laurel Canyon Park. Leashless dog park. Largest in Los Angeles County with almost 20 acres. From 6am-10am, 3pm to dusk. From Laurel Canyon Blvd., go west on Mulhulland for about 1/4 of a mile. 818-989-8188.


  • Westminster Off-Leash Dog Park. Just under an acre and of the most fun off-leash park in Los Angeles. This self-governed park is the creation of FREEPLAY, a non-profit that works to establish off-leash areas. Located at 1234 Pacific Avenue Venice, CA 90291. At the corner of Westminster and Pacific in Venice (between Pacific and Main Street). (Thank you Freeplay)


Cleveland National Forest

  • Leashless trails. Forest Headquarters: 10845 Rancho Bernardo Road, Rancho Bernardo, CA 92127, 619-674-2901

Costa Mesa

  • Costa Mesa Bark Park. Located at Arlington Avenue and Newport Blvd., across from the Orange County Fairgrounds. 2 acres, grass, lots of trees, water provided, good parking, completely handicap accessible (one of the few parks that is.) For more information call the Costa Mesa Bark Park Foundation at 949-733-4101 mail@cmbarkpark.org


  • Cypress Dog Park. Has city approval, seeking site at this time, should be open in March 2000. (Thank you Tina Megesi)

Dana Point

  • Creekside Park. Off Leash dog park. Chain link fence enclosed off-leash dog park within public city park. Currently there is a doggy drinking fountain (1 unit with three fountain heights - adult, child and dog) just outside the dog park entrance but the city is placing a second one inside the fence. Semi-natural in appearance with wood chips on ground and trees and shrubs scattered throughout. Location: Stonehill Dr. between I-5 and Del Obispo. (Thank you Erik Mansoor)
  • Dana Point Dog Park. Leashless Park. Water is available, surface is dirt. Hours are posted. Nice path adjacent for walking in canyon. Location: Golden Lantern (not sure of number). Directions: Exit the I-5 at Crown Valley Parkway and travel SW a couple miles to Golden Lantern/Moulton. Go left and watch for Chapparosa Park intersection. Dog Park is just beyond this intersection on the right and is well marked. (Thank you Robin Rainie-Lobacz)


  • Fullerton Pooch Park. Off-Leash Dog Park in North OC. The Fullerton Pooch Park is located next to the Hunt Branch Library. There is a small dog park for small, timid, senior and disabled pooches and a large dog park for active, high-energy, big pooches. All pooches and their owners are welcome provided everyone follows the rules and regulations and owners pick up after their dogs. The Fullerton Pooch Park is on Fullerton City property and provided to the community on a trial basis. The City will monitor the park for up to one year to determine its permanent use. To ensure the permanent status of the park, please make sure you follows all the rules and regulations. Let work together to keep Pooch Park! Location: 201 S. Basque Avenue. Directions: The Fullerton Pooch Park is located next to the Hunt Branch Library and behind Pacific Drive Elementary School. Located adjacent to the Hunt Branch Library, between S. Brookhurst Rd and S. Euclid Ave off W. Valencia Drive. (Thank you Brian Y. Chung & Wendy Gillroy)

Huntington Beach

  • Best Friend Dog Park. Back of the park, on the North-East corner of Edwards Street and Taylor Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA. dogpark@earthlink.net 714-536-5672.
  • Huntington Dog Beach. The Dog Beach is located on Pacific Coast Highway between 21st St. and Seapoint St. Dogs are allowed off-leash only on the wet sand of Huntington Dog Beach. Open from 5:00AM to 8:00PM seven days a week. (714) 841-8644.


  • Irvine Central Bark. A huge offleash park where your dogs can run around and play with other dog parks of their size, breed, etc. Central Bark Dog Park is a wonderful park. It is very clean and I have met many kind people there. The park is almost 3 acres, and is mainly grass. There is a cement path that cuts through the center, and quite a few benches. Location: On Oak Canyon Road in Irvine. It's open 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day but Wednesday, and has two fenced acres with a separate area for small or shy dogs. Dog owners may call the Irvine Animal Care Center (right next door) for more information: (949) 724-7740. (Thanks you Eliza Rubenstein & Brittney Dean Smith)


  • Bark Park. Leashless dog park. Fenced with a few picnic tables, benches, trash containers, and a doggie water fountain. The park hours are dawn to dusk Thursday thru Tuesday. Closed Wednesday for maintenance.
    Please do not bring aggressive dogs. From Highway 1 (Pacific Coast) go north on Laguna Canyon Road, just South of El Toro. 714-497-0706. (Thank you Lynn Jones)

Laguna Niguel

  • Laguna Niguel Dog Park. Fenced, water, landscaped. Located on a little over an acre at Golden Lantern near Chapparosa Park. Open from noon to dusk on Monday and Friday, 7 am to dusk on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and  Saturday. On Sunday, it is open from 8am to dusk.


  • Orange Dog Park. 2.5 acre off leash dog park in the City of Orange. The park is open daily (even holidays) from 7:00 am to dusk, except on Wednesdays when it is closed for maintenance. There are separate large and small dog sections, water fountains, doggie waste bags, benches and shade trees. Location: 190 S. Yorba Street. Directions: Exit the 55 (Costa Mesa Freeway) at Chapman Avenue and head east one block to Yorba Street. Turn right and make a right into the first driveway which is the parking lot for Yorba Park. The Dog Park is at the very end of the parking lot.  (Thank you Robin Schmidt, Cindy Reed, & Sandra Norell)

Rancho Santa Margarita

  • Rancho Santa Margarita Dog Park. The park is dirt and wood chips. Separate area for small dogs. Water fountain at dog level. In the back corner of Canada Vista Park. Location: 24328 Antonio Parkway. (Thank you Michelle Hand)


Cleveland National Forest

  • Leashless trails. Forest Headquarters: 10845 Rancho Bernardo Road, Rancho Bernardo, CA 92127, 619-674-2901


  • Corona Dog Park. Bags provided, large shaded areas, mature trees, benches and dog water fountain just outside the double door gate! Bags provided, large mature trees providing great shaded areas for owners and dogs, benches and dog water fountain just outside the double gate entrance! Lots of parking too. Location: 1886 Butterfield Dr. Across from the Corona Municipal Airport. (Thank you Megan Woods)
  • Harada Heritage Dog Park. Off-Leash Dog Park in Eastvale. The Harada Heritage Dog Park is the newest dog park in Riverside County, opened in December 2006. It is located just north of Corona in the unincorporated community of Eastvale at 13100 65th Street. Location: 13100 65th Street. Directions: Located between Hamner and Sumner on 65th Street. (Brian Y. Chung)

Desert Hot Springs

  • Corkill Gully. Giant agility course. Desert setting with sand and native shrubs. Location: 17991 Corkill Rd. Directions: I 10 exit on Palm Drive north to Dillon right to Corkill right. (Thank you Tony Aquino)


  • Simpson Nature Agriculture Park. Hiking, bikes, benches, agriculture, bird watching. Dogs allowed with or without leashes. Location: On crest view way off Dornell in Hemet at the top of the mountain (small ones).  Directions: 215 to 74. (Florida) right on Cornell left on Thornton, right on Crest. (Thank you Steve Fatbarger)

La Quinta

  • La Quinta Dog Park. Location: At Fred Waring and San Pablo in the park where the YMCA is located. The park is right infront of the YMCA and baseball field, absolutely beautiful and two areas for small and large dogs, bags for poop, benchs, trees. Directions: 10 East, Exit Monterey make right, go down several miles to Fred Waring make left, then a block or two to San Pablo and make left, park and ask someone. (Thank you Amanda Stewart)

Palm Desert

  • Palm Desert Doggy Park. Two areas-for large and small dogs, clean grassy areas with benches and canopy top, Area in the Palm Desert Country Club Park open to the public in back by the basket ball courts. Location: off of Washington on California Drive. Directions: On California Drive between Washington and Fred Waring. (Thank you Mary Vartanian)


  • Mt. Rubidous. There is a tiny little off leash park in Riverside, CA at the bottom of Mt. Rubidoux - on the Rubidoux side of the mountain. Location: Mission Inn Blvd. Directions: 60 FWY take Rubidoux off-ramp to Mission Blvd towards Crestmore Road. After you cross through the light at Crestmore Road you will pass the Santa Ana River bridge. The dog park is on your right at the base of Mt. Rubidoux. (Thank you Lori Norris & Gina)
  • Pat Merrit Dog Park. Fence, lights, benches, poop bags, water access.
  • Very large park with beautiful green grass and clean environment. Has two big areas: one for small dogs the other for big dogs. The dogs are nice and the people are friendly; a great place to bring the family and pets. Location: Limonite Frontage Rd. and Ave. Juan Bautista. Directions: From 60W: Exit Rubidoux and make a left, right on Mission, left on Limonite Ave, left on Ave. Juan Bautista, quick left on Limonite Frontage Rd. (Thank you Jackie Cubas)
  • Riverside Dog Park. Off-Leash Area. Two parks one for large dogs and one for small dogs. Benches, Bags, and scooper avail. Great place. Location: One th corner of Pierce and Riverwalk in the city of Riverside. Directions: 91fwy WB exit Magnolia. Turn right onto Pierce. (Pierce turns into Riverwalk)turn left onto Pierce. Only a couple of blocks north of the 91 on Pierce.91fwy EB exit Pierce. (Thank you Brandy Wood-Iler & Brian Y. Chung)

    Palm Springs

    • Palm Springs Dog Park. Located behind City Hall. 222 Civic Drive North (behind City Hall), Palm Springs, CA 92262, 760-322-8362.

    San Bernardino National Forest

    • Dogs are allowed leashless in most parts of the forest except for the State parks like the San Jacinto Wilderness which runs into Mount San Jacinto State Park. Forest Headquarters: 1824 Commer Center Circle, San Bernardino, CA 92408, 909-383-5588.

    San Jacinto

    • Ramona Humane Society Dog Park. No close freeway within many miles, but get to state street from where you are, when you get to Seventh street you will have to make a right or left depending on which side you came from, but it is only a block away so you'll know if you turned the wrong way right away, when you turn on Seventh street look for very small dirt street called Humane Way or the sign that says Ramons Humane Society. It is not state owned so there will be a fee required to pay to the Ramona Human Society to be able to access the park, two separate areas for small and large dogs, bags for poop, grass, trees and benchs. Location: 690 Humane Way, 951-654-8002, small street and can easily miss it, but large sign stating Ramona Humane Society, the dog park is in the back, one block away from State street, off of seventh street. (Thank you Amanda Stewart)


    • Temecula CA, Great dog park and another to open soon! Temecula's first dog park was opened in 2006 in the Redhawk Community Park. The fenced park is divided into two areas, one for large dogs and one for small dogs. Location: 44747 Redhawk Parkway. Directions: To get to the dog park from Interstate 15 take Highway 79 east and turn right onto Redhawk Parkway. (Thank you Cassandra Mitchell)

San Bernardino


  • Afton Canyon Natural Area. 42,000 acres. Great place to watch wildlife. From Interstate 15, exit Afton Canyon Road, and drive 3 miles South of the park. (About forty miles east of Barstow) Location: About forty miles east of Barstow. Directions: From Interstate 15, exit Afton Canyon Road, and drive 3 miles South of the park. (Thank you Mark Anderson)


  • Rainbow Basin Natural Area. From Barstow Highway 58, drive 5 and a half miles north on Fort Irwin Road and turn left on Fossil Bed Road for 3 miles (dirt road). 619-384-5400.

Big Bear Lake

  • Cienaga Creek Ranch Enjoy Secluded Luxury in Big Bear in your own private cottage....We love dogs and hate leashes. 43630 Rainbow Ln (not on map books yet), Big Bear, CA 92314. Near Onyx Summit. (Thank you Scott Wilson.)
  • Cougar Crest Trail. From Big Bear Village, cross lake at Stanfield Cutoff, make a left on Highway 38, drive west for half a mile west of the ranger station. It's on the right side. 909-866-3437.
  • Woodland Trail. One and a half mile nature trail. From Big Bear Village, cross lake at Stanfield Cutoff and turn left on Highway 38. The trail is on the right side. 909-866-3437.


  • Prado Regional Park. 1,100 acres of dog park. Dog training park. 909-597-6366.


  • Corona Dog Park. .85 acre that is fenced in. Corona, CA. There is no separate area for small dogs. The drinking fountain is on the outside of the park so it's best to bring water with you. There are three benches and trash cans inside in the park. Doggie clean up bags are located within the sallyport. Location: On Butterfield Drive in the Butterfield Stage Trail Park-right across from the entrance to Corona Airport. Directions: 91 freeway to Lincoln, go north. At Railroad St. make a left and then a right at Smith St. Make a left at Butterfield Dr. and the dog park is on the left hand side about 3/4 mile down next to the main parking lot for Butterfield Park.


  • Aurantia Dog Park. One fenced area for dogs to play. It's a new park with additions being made. Nice people, bags, and places to sit. Location: 5th street turns into Greenspot road. Directions: From the 10fwy to the 30 fwy turn right/east at 5th street (which turns into Greenspot Rd.). 4 stop lights and it's on your left. (Thank you David Titgen)

Loma Linda

  • Loma Linda Dog Park. Double gates, 2 areas, water stations and "pick-up" bags in both. No lights. There is one not so good thing, and that is the park is located on the side of a hill. So watch your step after it rains. Location: Beaumont Ave. East of Mtn. View Ave. Directions: East on te 10 fwy to Mountain View. Turn right (south) on Mtn. View 1.9 miles as it ends turn left onto Beaumont. It will be on the right side. (Thank you David Titgen)

Lucerne Valley

  • Johnson Valley Open Area. 250,000 acres. Beware of coyotes and off-road vehicles. On Highway 247, exit Bessimer Mine Road, drive North a couple of miles, and follow the signs. 619-255-8700.

Rancho Cucamonga

  • Rancho Cucamonga Dog Park. A beautiful fenced in dog park, complete with shady trees and a wonderful view of the mountains. Open daylight hours.  Water, shovels and a dog rinse off area are available on-site. In Etiwanda Creek Park in the northeast section of Rancho Cucamonga. Located at East Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739. Exit the 15 freeway and turn west onto Baseline. Make a right (north) onto East Ave. (First stoplight off of the freeway.) Follow The road till it ends. The dog park is on the right.  When you reach the end of the pavement on East Ave. you are there! (Thank you  Diana Torres & Dean Silliman & Tammy Bullock)

San Bernardino

  • Wild Wood Park. Well kept , with at least 2 fenced areas open late with good lighting . At the base of the hill ( to Big Bear or Arrowhead lakes) evening baseball games so your never alone. Location: Exit the 30 fwy at Waterman and head toward the mountain. Make a right at 40th street , then the first left . The Dog Park is in the rear of the park ( Wild Wood Park ). (Thank you
  • David Titgen)

San Bernardino National Forest

  • Dogs are allowed leashless in most parts of the forest except for the State parks like the San Jacinto Wilderness which runs into Mount San Jacinto State Park. Forest Headquarters: 1824 Commerce Center Circle, San Bernardino, CA 92408, 909-383-5588.


  • Baldy View Dog Park, A 1.3 acre fenced area with grass, shade trees, pooper scoopers and bags, water, tables and benches. Separate smaller area for small or timid dogs. Well-maintained, with a bulletin board for notices and announcements. Location: 11th St. (Between Mountain Ave. & San Antonio Ave). From Foothill Blvd., go to Mountain Ave. or San Antonio Ave. Turn South to 11th Street. (Thank you Kevin Johnson & Karen Dennis)
  • Upland Memorial Park. Back section of the park is leashless. Foothill Blvd. (Route 66) and 11th Avenue. 909-931-4280. 

Santa Barbara

San Diego


  • Carlsbad Dog Park. 17,000 square foot fenced dog park, water, bags, bark mulch, kinda dirty, paved parking. Location: Carlsbad Village Drive. Directions: Highway 5, exit Carlsbad Village Drive, go east across El Camino Real, approximately 1/2 mile past El Camino Real on left. (Thank you Vernie A. Seach)

Chula Vista

  • Montevalle Park Dog Park. This dog park is fully fenced and is located in the 29 acre Montevalle Park. The park is grassy and there are separate areas for small dogs and large dogs. There are drinking fountains for dogs and cleanup bags are also available. Location: 840 Duncan Ranch Road, Chula Vista, California 91914. Directions: From I-805 take H Street east for about 6 miles. It will become Proctor Valley Rd go an additional 1 mile and turn right onto Duncan Ranch Rd to the park. (Thank you Carol Burkhardt)
  • Dog Park at Otay Ranch Town Center. This dog park opened in Oct, 2006 in the new Otay Ranch Town Center which is also pet-friendly. The fenced, 10,000 square foot dog park is located next to the Macy's at the outdoor mall. 619-656-9100. Location: Eastlake Pkwy At Olympic Pkwy. Directions: To get to the mall and dog park from San Diego go south on the 805 Freeway to the Orange Avenue Exit. Head east on Orange Avenue which will become Olympic Parkway. Go 4 miles east to the mall. (Thank you Carol Burkhardt)

Cleveland National Forest

  • Leashless trails. Forest Headquarters: 10845 Rancho Bernardo Road, Rancho Bernardo, CA 92127, 619-674-2901


  • Coronado City Beach/ Dog Beach. Leash free on the western part of the beach. It's marked by signs that run along Ocean Blvd. from Sunset Park on Ocean Drive to the border of the US Naval Station. 619-522-7380.

Del Mar

  • Rivermouth. Canine children need to be under voice control September to June and under leach control June to September. They try to provide bags but it is best to be safe and bring your own. Bring quarters for parking. The meter maid is evil. From October until May, dogs can go leashless on the north end of the beach. From 29th Street to the border of Solana. From the 5 Freeway, exit Via de la Valle and drive West to Camino del Mar, then go South for a block. Across from the Del Mar Racetrack. 619-755-1556. (Thank you Nancy Kinder & Ann Elwood)

El Cajon

  • El Cajon Dog Park.  Two fenced off areas for small and large dogs, grass and dirt, benches, trees for shading, bags for poop, water fountain for dogs and humans. Location: On Madison Avenue, between second street and first street. Directions: take 8 east, exit second street and make right, go down to madison and make right, large park about 3-4 blocks down on left side, dog park in center of park itself. (Thank you Amanda Stewart)


  • Rancho Coastal Humane Society Dog ParkCricket's Corner.  Built-in water fountain, grassy, fenced, 1 acre, shaded benches, separate enclosed area for small dogs,  trees, & benches. Park hours: 11AM - 5PM every day (except Mondays: 11:30AM - 5PM). Please read park rules before visiting. This is a half-acre, fenced in dog park and education center on the property of the Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas, CA. Location: 389 Requeza Street. Directions: Coming from the south, take I-5 to Santa Fe Drive. Go straight through the light and follow Regal Rd, and at the stop sign turn left onto Requeza Street. At the bottom of the hill, turn left into the driveway marked by a Rancho Coastal Humane Society sign. Coming from the north, take I-5 to Encinitas Blvd. Turn left onto Encinitas Blvd. Turn right onto Westlake Street. At the stop sign turn right onto Requeza St. At the bottom of the hill, turn left into the driveway marked by a Rancho Coastal Humane Society sign. (Thank you Alison Gianotto, Vernie A. Seach & Paul Martin)


    • Mayflower Dog Park. The park is a fenced off-leash 1½-acre area with benches, tables, handicap access, parking, restrooms, lights, water, trees, poop bags, trashcans. It has an agility/performance area for dogs, separated from the general area. Hours: dawn to 9pm (lighted). Location: 3420 Valley Center Road Escondido, CA. Cross streets are Valley Center Road and Washington. Directions: Located approx. 30 miles north of San Diego. Take I-15 North and Merge onto 395 (Escondido Freeway). Exit towards Via Rancho Parkway. Turn Right onto E Via Rancho Parkway. Continue on Bear Valley Parkway.  Turn Right on CR-S6. (Thank you Pam Zufelt)

    La Mesa


    • Oceanside Dog Park. Location: The site for the Dog Park is adjacent to the North County Humane Society located at 2905 San Luis Rey Road in Oceanside.


    • Poway Poway Dog Park. A great dog park located off of Poway Road behind the sheriff's station in the Poway Community Recreation Park. Poway Community Park, 13094 Bowron Road. 

    San Diego

    • Balboa Park. 3 leashless park areas. From the 5 freeway, exit Park Boulevard and head north. 619-239-0512.
      1. West side of park off Balboa Drive, just south of Laurel Street Bridge. (Fenced) (Thank you Tryce Czyczynska)
      2. Northeast portion of the park in Morley Field (southwest of the Tennis Courts).
      3. Grape Street and 28th Street, on the parks east side.
    • Cadman Community Park. View of bay, ocean, Many trees, about an acre. Beautiful. About one acre, partially fenced. Location: Avati Drive. Directions: South on Rt. 5 to BAlboa. East on Balboa to Morena Blvd. North on Morena Blvd. to Avati Dr., at traffic light, go up hill and park is at left. (Thank you Helen McKenna)
    • Capehart Dog Park. Large and Small dog parks. San Diego (Pacific Beach). Location: Capehart Park. This one acre park offers the following amenities: two fenced pens, on turfed areas: one for small dogs and one for large or all dogs, areas to provide water for dogs, a drinking fountain, picnic tables and benches, and a parking area. It is open 24 hours. Located at the corner of Felspar and Soledad Mountain Road. Directions: Take Garnet Street exit from I-5, Turn south on Garnet. Turn right on Soledad Mountain Rd. The park in on your left in about 2 blocks. (Thank you Carol Burkhardt)
    • Doyle Park. Fenced 2 parks 1 for small dog, one for large dogs. Directions: 805 to 52 to Genesse Ave No, up the hill past University City High School, (L) on Decor, (R) on Cargo and first (L) into the park. (Thank you Linda Snyder)
    • Dusty Rhodes Park. Fenced. About 2 acres. Benches, trees, very close to Dog Beach which has 32 acres.Location: Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and Nimitz Blvd., Ocean Beach. Directions: West on Rt. 8, runs into Sunset Cliffs Blvd., make quick left onto Nimitz Blvd. See park on right. (Thank you Helen McKenna)
    • Fiesta Island. Leashless park with great views. From the 5 freeway, take Sea World Drive/ Tecolote Road exit, Southeast to Fiesta Island Road (first right). 619-221-8901.
    • Morley Field. Location: Morley Field Drive, Balboa Park. Directions: From the North: Take 163 south. Take the WASHINGTON ST EAST Exit. Turn Right on WASHINGTON ST. Turn Right on POLK AVE. Turn Right on PARK BLVD. Turn Left onto MORLEY FIELD DR. Go Through the 4 Way Stop. Take the First Right After the 4 Way Stop (at the top of the hill.) From the South: Take I-5 North Take the PERSHING DR exit toward CIVIC CENTER. Take the PERSHING DR ramp. Turn LEFT onto FLORIDA DR. Turn RIGHT onto MORLEY FIELD DR. Turn RIGHT to stay on MORLEY FIELD DR. (Thank you Carol Burkhardt)
  • Ocean Beach Park/ Dog Beach. North end of the beach is leashless and is marked by signs. From the 5 Freeway, exit at Interstate 8, drive west and follow signs to Sunset Cliffs Blvd., right at Voltaire Street to the end. 619-221-8901.
  • Dog Park.Directions: Take 805, get off on University Ave go west. Go straight until you get to Alabama Street. Make a left. Go all the way down and you will see a park. make a left again and an immediate right. Go all the way down until you see the doggies running free. (Thank you Monica)





  • Mitch Edelson Dog Park. Off Leash Dog Park. Close to the Capri Hotel and the Hummingbird Inn in Ojai.Location: 1301 Soule Park Drive. (Thank you Tanya Stiehr)



  • Star Canine Social Club. Location: 2nd & H Street. Old Oxnard High School.
  • K9 Social Club. Off leash dog club. This was formerly STAR Canine Social Club. Free Off-Leash Dog Park / Club. Is your dog bored, fat, lazy, stupid? Bouncing off the walls with excess energy! Do they prefer playing with the cat to you?? He could be a STAR! Get Them (and yourself) off the couch and out to the fresh air and sunshine for some fantastically fun activity & entertainment. There is No Charge to Play!  Socialization. Agility Equipment. Frisbee. Fresh Air & Grass. Obedience. Fly-Ball - Games. Balls - Sticks. Group Activities. Dog Toys - Contests. Small Dog Agility & a secure play area. Lots of other dogs and dog owners! Location: 2nd & H Streets. Directions: Take Oxnard Blvd or Ventura Road to 2nd Street- then into town to H Street. (Thank you Chuck Wright & Sharon Mullin)

Los Padres National Forest

  • Off-leash trials. 1.9 Million acres that include the Big Sur area. Forest Headquarters, 6144 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117, 805-683-6711.

Thousand Oaks

  • Conejo Creek Park.. A three-acre playground with picnic tables and drinking fountains divided into two sections, one for large dogs and one for small dogs. The park will operate from 7 a.m. to sunset daily except for when equestrian events are being held at a nearby arena. Dogs must be on leashes from the parking lot to the park's double gates and that owners clean up after their pets. Located in the Northwest section of the park.  Janss Road and 23 Freeway. (Thank you Sinam)


  • Annie Dransfeldt Dog Park at the west end of Camino Real Park. Open 6:00 am - Dark. Closed Wednesday mornings 6:00 am - 9:00 am for maintenance. Location: Dean Drive & Varsity. Directions: Fenced-in dog park approximately two acres. Includes double gates, drinking fountain for dogs and their caregivers, trees, benches, enclosure for small dogs, mutt mitts and trash cans. (Thank you Annie Dransfeldt)
  • Arroyo Verde Park (city park). About 8 acres of unfenced grassy area. Has benches, doggie drinking fountain, mutt mitts, trash cans, restrooms. Open - Mornings: 6:00 am - 9:00 am. Closed Mondays for maintenance. Location: Day Road and Foothill Road. (Thank you Annie Dransfeldt)

  • Bark Park. The one acre Bark Park is on Las Virgenes Road, in Calabassas. Complete with benches, a doggie drinking fountain, trash cans, and poop scoops.


  • Camarillo Dog Park. Off-Leash Dog Park in the city of Camarillo. Benches, table, drinking fountains for dogs and people, shady, completely fenced and double gated. No charge. Location: Inside Camarillo Grove County Park, show them your dog and entrance is free.Directions: Camarillo Springs Rd. off the 101 Freeway. (Thank you Larry Yakerson)

Los Padres National Forest

Angeles National Forest
Jul 14th

Stoddards Neck and Gps Directions

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)
410 Lincoln Street
past the 99 restaurant at the base of the bridge
Hingham, MA 02043



  • Stodders Park. Route 3A. Just inside Hingham - outside of Weymouth Only one small entrance/exit--very safe. Lots of dogs and fun off-leash!
  • Stoddard Neck Park. Off leash dog park. Dirt paths and beach area. Large grassy hill. Dogs are allowed off leash. Usually bags and jugged water are available, provided by patrons of the park, Water bowls are also around the park for use. Local favorite of dog owners, a peninsula with only one gated entrance approx 1 mile walk around waterfront (inland ocean). Many dogs always off-leash, big field for running, bring poop bags and water. Location: Rte. 3A just over the bridge on the Hingham/Weymouth line. Directions: Rte 3A south across the bridge just into Hingham.
Jul 14th

Ponkapoag Pond With Your Dog

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)

Possible New Venues - Blue Hills Reservation, Ponkapoag Pond Section

Posted Apr 23, 2008 2:04 PM
Rockland, MA
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Blue Hills Reservation, Ponkapoag Pond Section

Many visitors use State Route 128 to reach Blue Hills Reservation, and who can blame them--it runs right through the middle of the park. But the highway, also known as Interstate 93, can feel a lot like Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, with cars jockeying frantically for position. Most drivers are so busy navigating the traffic that they don't even notice the lovely, peaceful wilderness surrounding them.

If you're one of the lucky drivers taking the Ponkapoag Trail exit (yes, the trailhead has its own exit), get ready for a wonderful transformation. Soon, the drone of the traffic begins to fade and color returns to your knuckles. You realize that the leaves are changing, the dog pops his head out the window to breathe in the fresh scents, and your heart rate slows to less than a high-speed hum.

The sunshine sparkles off the ripples on Ponkapoag Pond. In the eastern corner of the lake, marsh grasses sway in the cool breeze, and across the water the many colors dapple the Blue Hills in the fall. The Great Blue Hill itself towers over all the beauty in silent repose.

The best hiking route is the Ponkapoag Trail, which loops around Ponkapoag Pond. A flat, dry run about four miles long, it passes through thick woods, along numerous shore points, and over marshes.

Be sure also to visit the innovative Boardwalk Trail. Built in the 1930s by a professor from a local college, it is constructed out of a base of logs placed hydroponically in the marsh. Then other flat-cut logs are placed over that. The trail rises and falls depending on how wet the season is, and it's a bit like walking on a rope extension bridge. Find the trail off the Ponkapoag Trail at the northwestern corner of the pond. Your tippy, tottering hike traverses the Ponkapoag Bog for almost a half mile, leading you into the middle of a wonderful, solitary, wet wilderness. The terrain is unlike any you have seen before, mainly because the area around it is like quicksand. Without a proper walkway, it would be impassable. At the end of the trail is the extra treat of the clear, clean water of Ponkapoag Pond; dogs love to "walk the plank" as they swim after sticks. On a hot summer day, you'll probably want to go for a dip too.

The Blue Hills attract many visitors year-round, but most of the crowds who come to climb the Great Blue Hill miss the Ponkapoag Pond section. In fact, you may often have the pond to yourself.

Dogs are welcome on leash in the Metropolitan District Commission park (but are often off leash under voice command). Free trail maps are available at the park headquarters in Milton, and for $1 you can get a large color map.

Directions: From State Route 128/Interstate 93, take Exit 3 to Ponkapoag Trail south. Teh northern parking lot and trailhead are right at teh highway exit. To reach the other park access points from State Route 128 take Exit 2A to State Route 138 south Washington Street. For the eastern parking lot, turn left into the MDC Ponkapoag Golf Course at the Turnpike Street/ State Route 138 intersection. For the southern parking lot, continue straight on Turnpike Street and turn left on Randolph Street. Turn left in to Blue Hills Reservation parking lot at the Westdale Road intersection. The park is open from dawn to dusk, but the southern parking lot is only open from 9 AM to 4:30 PM. (781) 698-1802

A short hike to a quaking bog through the Avenue of Maples offers hikers a chance to see diverse and rare plant species. Due to its location near Route 128, Ponkapoag Pond is a popular hiking, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking destination. If you come here on a weekday, however, the reservation is usually free of people, even after work. The main trail makes a loop of 200-acre Ponkapoag Pond and a unique Atlantic white cedar bog, located on the property’s northwest side. The pond attracts all sorts of wildlife, including ospreys and great blue herons.
Jul 12th

Dog parks and Dog Friendly Places in North Carolina

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)

North Carolina




  •  Martin Park. 40 Acre Dog Park. Martin Park is the local dog park in the Pinehurst, NC Area, an area best known for golf and equestrian activities. The park features miles of off leash hiking trails, streams to swim, benches, and lots of others to play! Location: Behind the WalMart on 15-501, just north of the intersections with highway 1. (Thank you Ellen Pfann)


  • Asheville Dog Park.  French Broad River Park. One acre fenced and wood chipped yard for off-leash dogs. The Dog Park features a large fenced-in area made for exercising and socializing your pooch! Water and poop bags provided. Location: French Broad River Park. Riverview Drive/Amboy Rd intersection entrance. (Thank you Lara Lustig)

  • Azalea Park -  new dog park in Asheville. There is a separate area for small dogs and another for large dogs. a gazebo is located in the large dog area. once the newly planted trees grow, there will be shade. Location: Off Tunnel Road, turn on Azalea, go about 1 mile. park is on the right. Directions: Exit 55 off I-40. Make a left on Tunnel Road (74A). Go approximately 1/2 to 1 mile. Go left on Azalea. Proceed approximately 1 mile. Park is on the right. (Thank you Sharon Weinmann)

Banner Elk

  • Banner Elk Dog Park. (NOT A LEASHLESS PARK) This is a people park too. Dogs are allowed in the people park on leash. The dog park is small but nicely maintained. It has a 4 foot fence. There is a beautiful crystal clear creek running through the park that the dogs are allowed to play in on leash. We happened on a dog walk sponsored by the Avery Humane Society and met many nice dog loving people. Location: Route 194, Main Street (?). Directions: Downtown Banner Elk on 194. Behind the Town Hall and Bank of America. (Thank you Penny Martin)


  • Watauga Humane Society Dog Park. The Dog Park consist of 4 acres of fenced land for plenty of room for romping around. Location: Old 421 Hwy. , 153 Don Hayes Road. Directions: Hwy. 421 So. Turn right onto Old Hwy. 421. Go 1/2 mile and turn right onto Don Hayes Rd. Dog Park on the right beside Rutherwood Baptist Church. Call Watauga Humane Society at 828.264.7865 for more information. The Dog Park is located along Don Hayes Road, between Rutherwood Baptist Church and the Boone Stockyard. (Thank you Lynn Northup & Susan Richardson)


  • Anderson Community Park, Carroboro, NC. 2 acres consisting of a multipurpose field.
  • Cary Dog Park. Pet owners can purchase an annual membership or day pass at any Cary community center. Membership cards and day passes will allow entry through an electronic gate. Day pass is $5, annual membership is $40.Location: Goldbold Park, 2050 Northwest Maynard Road. Directions: Near the corner of Northwest Maynard and Chapel Hill roads.
  • Furry Feet Retreat of Cary (formerly Dog Woods @ Pet Central). Cary, NC. Less than 1 acre on a wooded lot, so there is plenty of shade. It is a members only dog park, but daily passes can be purchased. The following are provided: water, poop bags, trash cans, and doggie pools. There is a separate area for small dogs. Members can also rent the area for private dog parties and/or playgroups. Location: 950 W. Chatham St. (corner of W. Chatham and SW Maynard. Directions: See website for directions. (Thank you Teresa Whitley)

Chapel Hill

  • Chapel Hill Dog Park. Homestead Park, Chapel Hill, NC. 1/2 acre park within a 60 acre park, chain link fence.  (Thank you Allan Polak)


  • Barkingham Park at Reedy Creek Park. 4-Acre fenced-in park with grassy meadows and woodland.  Charlotte, NC. Location: 2900 Rocky River Road. Directions: Take I-85 exit 45-A (East W.T. Harris Blvd) east for about 4 miles - turn left on Rocky River Rd. Park is on the right, dog park will be on your right. (Thank you Melissa Yusko, Christine Webber)
  • Davie Dog Park, Fenced off leash dog parks divided by 2 categories: large and small dogs. Location: 4635 Pineville-Mattews Rd. Directions: Rt.51 (Pineville mattews rd) between Providence Rd. and Rea Rd. sign reads Davie Park. (Thank you Barbara Fleischmann)
  • Ray's Fetching Meadows at McAlpine Park. Charlotte, NC. 2-acre fenced in dog park. 8711 Monroe Road. Directions: Monroe Road is a main road in Charlotte, NC. Seventh street in the city turns into Monroe as you head southeast out of the city. The park is on your left side, about 6 miles from the city. Pull into the main parking lot and you will see the dog area as you walk into the park. (Thank you Christine Weber & Melanie Firestone)


  • Riverbend Park. 2 acre dog park. Location: 6700 Hwy 16 N. Directions: 8 miles north of I-40 on Hwy 16. Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Fee and permit required. (Thank you J. Dwayne Martin)


  • Davidson, NC.  This off-leash dog park was completed in the fall of 2004. Dogs with current/updatedvaccinations (rabies etc.) can play with their canine friends in this area. The adult owners have created a closenit group themsevles and ultiamtely started a monthly Dog Park Newsletter for all regular attendees. Full enclosed dog park, walk trail and parking area. Location: The Preserve Dog Park. O'Henry Street. The New Neighborhood in Old Davidson. Directions: From the Main St. and Concord Rd, follow Concord Rd. out of town. Left on Grey Rd, drive two blocks and take right onto Wolfe Street, Wolfe St. becomes O'Henry. The park will be on your left. (Thank you Sandy Bowers)


  • Dogapalooza Park. 3 acres, small dog park, large dog park, obdience training area, and area for agility and flyball set ups. Durham, North CArolina. Location: Piney Wood Park at the intersection of Woodcroft Parkway and Woodlake Drive. (Thank you Lily Zeigler)


  • Beth Schmidt Park. No pets other than dogs are allowed in K-9 corner. Owners must clean up after their dogs. Smoking and eating is not allowed inside K-9 Corner. People will be allowed to have drinks, and they may give their pets bite-sized treats. People must stay within view of their dogs. Children under the age of 14 must be with an adult. People who don't have a dog should stay outside the fence for observation. All dogs must be registered to use facility. Annual fee: $20 for owner's first dog and $10 for each additional dog. Dogs can be registed at Beth Schmidt Park Monday-Friday 9-11am or 2-4pm. Mus have veterinary records that show their pets are current for rabies, parvo/distemper, and Bordetella vaccinations. Dogs must have an annual stool check for contagious parasites and must be on a heartworm and flea-prevention program. Hours: 8am-Sundown, Seven days a week. Location: 434 Cook Road, Elon, NC  27244. (336) 449-9255  (Thank you Steve Odee)


  • Fort Bragg Dog Park. Nice dog park in middle of officer housing. Location: 40 Bastogne Dr. Directions: SB 95, exit 56. Follow signs to Fort Bragg. You will take Bragg Blvd. Turn left into the Butner entrance. Go about a mile. Left on Reily. go another mile or so. Right on Normandy, then Right on Bastogne (I think 2nd stop sign) . The park will be on your left, at the bottom of the hill. From the south (NB 95) take first Fort Bragg exit and follow signs to Fort Bragg. Then follow directions onto Base. Need a military ID to enter base. (At least one person per car.) (Thank you Rachel Cederberg)
  • Riverside Dog Park. Dogs can roam within fenced areas at the 5-acre park. Opened Sep. 2008 - - Operated by Fayetteville-Cumberland Co. Parks and Recreation. Location: 355 N. Eastern Blvd. (U.S. 301). Directions: Across from the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. (Thank you Holly)

Fort Bragg

  • Fort Bragg Bark Park. Fenced, night lighting, benches, trash cans, disposal bags, water fountain, grass and sand, 1 acre, large and small dogs sections. Location: Bastogne Dr. Directions: I95 Exit 56. Follow signs to Ft Bragg. Once at Ft Bragg Gate enter via the Non Decal lane. (Thank you Jaime L. Perez)


  • Country Park "Bark Park". Greensboro, NC. Park provides water, water bowls, and scooping bags. Nestled in a naturally wooded area of gently rolling terrain, Country Park is traversed by a stream that feeds two 6-acre ponds. Whether you prefer to walk, jog, ride a bike or simply enjoy an afternoon picnic, Country Park provides the perfect setting. Country Park is home to special events such as the Classic Car Show, Carolina Cup Bicycle Road Race, the Guilford Native American Association's Annual Pow Wow, and the annual Reenactment of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse. In addition, Country Park has the the brand new "Bark Park," Greensboro's only off-leash dog park. Location: 3902 Nathanael Greene Drive. (Thank you Catherine Rusch)
  • Greenville
    • City of Greenville Off-Leash Dog Area. Off-Leash Dog Area is a dedicated recreational site for citizens and guests who own dogs. The site is a little over a ½ mile east of the Town Common and one block north of West First Street betweenNorth Elm, and North Oak, Willow, Warren and River Drive. This location is also the upcoming trail entrance to theSouth Tar River Greenway, which should be under construction later this year. Click on the picture on the left to see a larger image showing the proposed location. In addition to updates, you’ll find access to resources about other off-leash dog areas such as rules, guidelines and operating structures. Location:mAsh & 1st St. (Thank you Jason Wright)


    • Dogwood Park. Free Off-Leash Dog Park. One acre, grass covered, fenced, double gated. Inside: Carport for shade, an A-Frame, a Seesaw, a Ring Jump, a Pole Weave, and two Tunnels. For friendly Dogs Only! Location: 480 Mulberry Street. Directions: From Hickory, N.C., go north on Rte. 321 for 13 miles, make a left turn on Mt. Herman Rd. Go 1/2 mile and make a left turn on Mulberry Street. Dogwood Park is at the Dead End. (Thank you William H. Barr)


    •  Bennett Memorial Dog Park. This dog park was opened in Spetember of 2008.  They have 2 areas, 1 large area, and 1 smaller area for smaller dogs. Location: 4th of July Park on Mountain Street. (Thank you Scott Yates)

    Kure Beach


  • Gurney Hood Barking Lot. Kure Beach, NC. Fenced pooch play area. Water is available, benches are provided and clean-up bags and trash containers are supplied so you can be a responsible pet handler. An especially good feature is a fenced entry area for holding your dog until you're ready to go into the main play area. Latches on both gates prevent your pup from accidentally getting loose outside the Barking Lot. "Small Dog" play area available. Location: K Ave. at Seventh St., Kure Beach. Directions: located in the heart of Kure Beach. (Thank you Jane Fiery)
  • Mebane

    • APS of Orange County.  3 acre, fully fenced dog park for off-leash play. Membership required: call 919-304-2300 ext. 233 or e-mail dogtraining@animalprotectionsociety.org to schedule an orientation. Membership only. Annual memberships available; temporary memberships available to current dog training program students. Park is open 365 days/year, has excellent natural shade, and doggie pools with water are provided. Location: 6311 Nicks Road. Directions: From NC-54, head west out of Carrboro for ~10 miles. Turn right at Mebane Oaks Road, go two miles. Turn right at Nicks Road, go 0.6 mile. Turn left into the APS of Orange County. From I-40/I-85, take exit 254. Turn south (away from Mebane) on Mebane Oaks Road, go six miles. Turn left on Nicks road, go 0.6 miles. Turn left into the APS of Orange County. (Thank you Ali Johnson)

    New Bern

    • New Bern NC. 2 off leash dog areas - 1 for smaller dogs 1 for larger dogs. Location: End of Glenburnie Dr - inside Glenburnie Park. Dogs must be registered. Directions: from US Hwy 70 west turn rt onto S Glenburnie Rd (Hwy 43) travel north to Oaks Rd turn right onto Oaks Rd, go approx a mile, turn left onto Glenburnie Dr - park is at the end. (Thank you Alice Wilson)


    • Carolina Pines off-leash dog park. The grand opening for the park was October 20, 2007. Location: 2305 Lake Wheeler Road. (Thank you Christina)
    • Millbrook Exchange Dog Park. Raleigh, NC.  2 acre off leash park. Between the pool and tennis courts at the park. Spring Forest Rd. Directions: between Falls of Neuse and Atlantic Ave. at the fire station. (Thank you Betsy Rubenstein)
    • Oakwood Dog Park. Raleigh's newest off-leash park for dogs. Open sunrise to sunset every day. Separate areas for the Big Dog Park and the Small Dog Park. Chain link fencing and mulch surface. Picnic tables. Active volunteer oversight group: FOLDPOP = Friends of the Off-Leash Dog Park at Oakwood Park. See website to join. Location: 910 Brookside Dr. Directions: I-440 Beltline to Capital Blvd S exit. Stay in right lane and exit at Atlantic Ave / Blount St exit. Left at light onto Atlantic Ave. Left at second signal onto Brookside Dr (after Circus Restaurant). Left at second light onto Glasscock St. Right onto Madison Ave. Park is on the right. (Thank you Kate & McKenzie & Timbuk [too])

    Rural Hall

    • Horizons Happy Hounds. Large dog park with seperate area for large and small dogs.
      Water available. Location: Horizons Park. 2835 Memorial Industrial School Road, Rural Hall, NC 27045. (336) 703-2500. (Thank you Crystal Simmons)


    • 4 Paws Kingdom. Dog-centric Campground. Great dog friendly campground with fabulous amenities. 2 dog parks on-site plus pond, hiking, Rally-O & agility course. Only 1 year old! Location: 335 Lazy Creek Dr. (Thank you Darlene Hunt)

    Southern Pines

    • Martin Park. Off leash park with several trails and a little stream. Location: 15-501. Directions: Take 15-501 to Wal-Mart. The park is located on a side street next to Wal-Mart (on the automotive side). The sign states that its a temporary park, but several residents have stated that it has been there over a year now. (Thank you Kristin Ziska)

    Wake Forest

    • Flaherty Dog Park. Free, off-leash dog park. Location: 1226 North White Street. (Thank you Christina)


    • Waynesville Pepsi Dog Park. The Pepsi Dog Park features 2 tandem fenced areas adjacent to the Vance Street Park Horse Ring and next to a nice walking path and creek. Bags and trash available. 2 fenced in areas for dogs to run and romp off leash. Fun times! Bring water and poop bags. There is also a trail beside the park that follows a river beside it to walk the dogs as well. A few toys that have been donated are there. Location: Vance Street- Off of Howell Mill Road. Below the Waynesville Rec. Center and Soccer fields. Directions: Take Howell Mill Road to Vance Street, and go past the Rec Center, Baseball Diamonds and around the corner past the Horse Ring. (Thank you Dana & Earthworks Galleries)


  • Hidden Oaks Dog Park. Wilkesboro, NC. Brand new, off-leash dog park. Location: Cub Creek Park, S. Bridge St. Directions: 2 blocks south of the old Wilkes courthouse. (Thank you Benson Wills)
  • Wilmington
  • Ogden Park, new Hanover County Parks Department. 3 acres within a 160 acre park. Consists of pine trees and a grassy field.
  • Wilmington Dog Park at Empie. The first functional off-leash, fenced-in, dog park in Wilmington. For more information and the dog park rules please call the city of Wilmington at; 910-341-3237. Free, open from dusk till dawn, completely fenced-in area, large dog and small dog play area, water, pet waste stations, parking and restrooms are located at Empie Park. Location: 3300 block of Park Ave. Directions: Located at Empie Park at the corner of Independence Blvd. and Park Ave. (behind Stien Mart). Enter from Park Ave. (Thank you Autumn Wheeler)
  • Winston Salem
  • Horizons Park. Areas for small dogs and large dogs. This is a new dog park that recently opened in Forsyth County North Carolina. Location: Winston-Salem (Forsyth County) North Carolina. (Thank you Sheree Jones)
  • Washington Park. Winston Salem. Location: It is easily accessed from Silas Creek Parkway, Broad Street, and Peter's Creek Parkway. For those who prefer to  walk the Washington Park, Gramley Park, West Salem, and Old Salem areas are within an easy walk. See web site for more information. (Thank you Amy Allen)


Jul 12th

Dog Parks and Dog Friendly Places In Tennesee

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)



  • Chattanooga--Dog Park. Small, fenced dog park/has an area for smaller dogs, also/about .5 (1/2) acre/next to the Skate Park. Location: Carter Street/off of HWY 27. (Thank you Bama Dietz)

  • Clarksville Bark Park. This is an outstanding place to "unleash" that wild thang, your doggypoo. Over two acres of wide open running and doggy socializing. Separate fencing for small and large breeds. Birdie and Bogie, my infamous twin Brittanys race straight for the car, when I say..."..Want to go to the Bark Park?". They like it better than a hot dog vendor at a Frisbee throwin' contest! Your dog will have a ball at this well maintained doggy playground, its like MilkBones from Heaven. Check for Rules and Regulations for safe and enjoyable visits with your best friend. No aggressive dogs allowed. Potty bags and receptacles provided. Please bring water for your furry buddy as there is no water available at the park just yet (as of 5/06). A human/doggie water fountain combo that has a bowl at ground level for dogs costs $1,500. Anyone who would like to make a donation toward that purchase, or if you want to obtain more information about BARK PARK you may contact Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department, 931.645.7476. Location: City of Clarksville Fairgrounds-Community Park. Directions: At the rear of the Fairgrounds near the playground located on Hwy 47 at Riverside Drive intersection. (Thank you Kathryn Crissey)
  • Fairgrounds Bark Park. 2 acres off-leash dog park. Hours are sunrise to sunset. Location: Hwy 48-13 in the Clarksville Fairgrounds. Directions: Take Hyw 48-13 South to Clarksville Fairgrounds. Bark Park is in the Southern End nearest the Zinc Plant Rd Bridge. (Thank you Jennifer Byard)


  • Bark 'N' Park Acres. Over 2 acres of terrific off-leash fun. Agility equipment, Lure coursing, giant wading pool, fresh water to drink, events. Location: 3626 Eaton Road. Directions: Located 1 mile from Nashville hwy (rte. 70) in Double springs community. (Thank you June Bussell)


  • Maggie's Bark Park. A large fenced-in area where dogs can play together. Beside Williamson County Animal Control, Columbia State University, and Franklin High School. (Thank you Kim Douglass)


  • Forgey Park.  Leash-free dog park. This fenced park is open from dawn to dusk. Animals must be current on vaccinations. Owners must stay with pets and be able to control their dogs with their voices. Aggressive or uncontrollable dogs are not permitted off leash. There is a specific area for dogs less than 25 lbs. Owners clean up after their pets. Location: 1695 Riverdale. (Thank you Jessica Hudson)


  • Fenway's Park at Moss Wright Park. Goodlettsville, Tennessee. Double-fenced entry, 5 ft. chain link fence, benches, running water & water bowl, waste bags & receptacle. Location: At Moss Wright Park 745 Caldwell Lane. Directions: Fenway's Park is easily located within the comfortable confines of Moss-Wright Park at 745 Caldwell Lane, Goodlettsville, Tennessee. The park itself maybe easily accessed by entering the east entrance of Moss-Wright and immediately turning left, Fenway's Park will be on the left. (Thank you Liz Holcombe)


  • Warriors path state park bike trails. Location: Colonial Hieghts. (Thank you Sarah Osborne)


  • Knoxville Dog Owners Group. We are a group in Knoxville, TN who is starting off-leash dog parks in Knoxville! Visit our website to help out. (Thank you Jennie Huettel)
  • Victor Ashe Park. City park. Fully fenced in dog park, obstacle set up, water available, poop bags available to clean up after your dog. Park has paved and other trails to go walking and a pond. Location: 4901 Bradshaw Road. (Thank you Brandi Jackson)


  • Shelby Farms Dog Park. Huge area with woods and several ponds for swimming. Off of Trinity Road which is off of Germantown Pkwy. From Walnut Grove take a left onto Germantown Pkwy. Next major intersection in Trinity, turn left. Park in the parking lot on the  left. Enjoy! (Thank you Katie Christian & Rob Hughes)


  • Murfreesboro Bark Park. A nice large off-leash area. Location: South of the General Bragg Trailhead of the Greenway System (off West College Street/Old Nashville Hwy). (Thank you Tami Holloman)


  • Centennial Dog Park. Fabulito with a small dog area and separate large dog area. Great shade with water fountains for humans and dogs. Location: Corner of 31st Ave and Parthenon Ave just west of Centennial Park. (Thank you Ayla Christman)
  • Edwin Warner Dog Park.  A nice large off-leash area. Little shade so avoid the heat of the day. Restrooms are across the highway. Please clean up all poop! Location: Vaughn Gap Road at Old Hickory Blvd. Directions: From Nashville I-440. Take West End Avenue south. Go about 5 miles and turn left on Old Hickory Blvd just after entering Warner Park. Go about 1/2 mile and turn right on Vaughn Gap Road. The park is about a 1/4 mile on the right. (Thank you Jeff Cowell)
  • Shelby Dog Park. A two-acre, fenced, off-leash area. The dog park is located behind Shelby Community Center on 20th Street in East Nashville. Directions: I-65 to Shelby Street, turn away from the stadium, drive about two miles to 20th Street, turn left, park at the community center. Park is behind the community center. (Thank you Terri Lackey)

Jul 12th

Dog Parks and Dog Friendly Places in Maryland

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)




  • Broadneck Dog Park. Meduim Size facility-Small/Large dog parts. Small and Large dog areas. 5-6 foot fully fenced. Double gates for each area. Location: College Parkway. Directions: Maryland Route 2 to College Parkway. (Thank you Leon Raesly)
  • Quiet Waters Park. Anne Arundel County's first dog park is approximately one acre in size surrounded by a 5-6 foot high chain-link fence. Fencing divides the space to create separate areas for older/smaller dogs and larger dogs. Each area has its own double gate to insure that the dogs remain in the play area. Rules are posted at each entrance. Also features a Dog Beach! (Thank you David Iams)


  • College Parkway Park. It is double fenced with seats for owners and water and trashcans for dog pickup. Plastic bag container is supplied, owners refill when visiting. Location: On College park neat Cape St. Clair. Directions: Off Richie Hwy (Route #2) to College Parkway. 4+ mile on the right side of the road is the park. The dog park is immediately on the left after entering the park. (Thank you Janice Brands)


  • Canton Dog Park. Two fenced in areas in Canton where dogs can run free. This park is free to anyone. They provide buckets for water, toys, and a great place for any dog to play. There are two fenced in areas: one for large dogs and one for smaller dogs. Location: One the corner of Clinton and Toone Street in Canton in Baltimore City. Directions: From 95-Take the Boston Street exit and continue on Boston Street West. Make a right onto Clinton Street and the park is on your left about two blocks down. (Thank you Julie Kaltenbaugh)
  • Robert E. Lee Park. (NOTE: Not a leash free park. Dogs must be on leashes here. We do not normally mention dog parks that require leashes, but we have been told that this is the most popular dog park in the area.) 456.43-acre land. Location: Falls Rd. and Lake Ave. Directions: Take I-83 (Jones Falls Expressway to Northern Parkway (East) Exit. Get into the left lane and turn left (North) at the first intersection, which is Falls Road. You will pass two traffic lights in close proximity at Mt. Washington, then encounter another about a mile further up where Lake Avenue runs into Falls Road. Lake Falls shopping center will be on your left. About a block past the light, just before the bridge, turn right into the Light Rail parking lot. Bear to your right and enter R E Lee Park. When you find a place to park your car, walk on down toward the bridge crossing the Jones Falls at the dam. (Thank you Jennifer Ravel & Liz Hauck)

Bel Air

  • Ma & Pa Trail Dog Park. Fenced in 2-part grass dog park, large dog and small dog. Location: Tollgate Road. Directions: off I-95, take exit #77B (MD-24) towards Bel Air. Follow to intersection with US-1 (Business Route), turn left. Follow for 1/4 mile, and turn right onto Tollgate Road. Dog park is on right-hand side about a mile down, across from Equestrian Center. (Thank you Angela Wisniewski)


  • Town Of Bowie Dog Park. Large fenced area for dogs to run off leash. Take RT 50 toward Annapolis get off at Collington RD, exit, follow to the right, make first right and the park will be on the right side about 1 mile down. (Thank you Mary McMillan)


  • Black Hills Regional Park. In addition to the dog park, there are over 10 miles of natural trails for your dog walking enjoyment. Location: 20930 Lake Ridge Road. (Thank you Kara Schmidt)

College Park

  • College Park Dog Park. Park use is restricted to current members - to join please go to website. Use of the park is restricted during the following hours: Saturdays between 10 AM and noon (big / vigorous dogs). Sundays between 10 AM and noon (small dogs). Location: At the corner of Metzerott Rd and University Blvd in Acredale Park (M-NCPPC). Directions: From the west: Take University Blvd (193) east. Turn right on Metzerott Rd. The dog park is on the right. From the north: Take Baltimore Ave (Rt 1) south. Turn right on Metzerott Rd, just after the 193 intersection. The dog park is on the left. (Thank you Heather Ware)


  • Bell Branch Park. County Athletic Park Complex. Location: Route 424. Directions: Take Rt. 424 N from Rt. 50. Park is on the left about 3 miles. Take Rt. 424 S from Rt. 3 or Rt. 450. Park is on the right just past the Arundel Fire Station. (Thank you David Shepardson)

Ellicott City

  • Howard County Dog Park. Description: 3 acres of enclosed off leash area for dogs. An enclosed Small and elderly dog area separated from the rest of the dog park is also available. Location: Off New cut road in Ellicott City, on Worthington road. Too new to be on any ADC book map.
    FROM ROUTE 29: Merge onto MD-100 E. 0.28 miles. Take the LONG GATE PKY exit- exit number 1A- towards MD-103/ST JOHN'S LANE. 0.12 miles. Keep RIGHT at the fork in the ramp. 0.06 miles. Merge onto LONG GATE PKWY. 0.39 miles. Turn RIGHT onto MD-103/MONTGOMERY RD. 1.07 miles. Turn LEFT onto NEW CUT RD. 0.7 miles. Turn RIGHT onto HILLSBORO RD. 0.2 miles. Turn LEFT into Parking Lot (First Left).
    FROM INTERSTATE 95: Merge onto MD-100 W. 3.49 miles. Take the MD-104 exit- exit number 2. Enter roundabout and take FIRST exit onto WATERLOO RD/MD-104 N. 0.98 miles . Turn LEFT onto MD-103 W./MONTGOMERY RD. 0.27 miles. Turn RIGHT onto NEW CUT RD. (Second Street) 0.7 miles. Turn RIGHT onto HILLSBORO RD. 0.2 miles. Turn LEFT into Parking Lot (First Left). (Thank you Grant Kalasunas)


  • Rebel's Dog Park. Off leash park Harford/Baltimore County. Two separate parks for big and small dogs and agility course. Location: Connolly Road on the grounds of the Harford County Humane Society. Directions: Rt 1 to Mountain Rd west. Turn right onto Connolly Rd and park is on the right. (Thank you Carey Hughes)


  • Greenbriar Dog Park. Free public dog park- first and only dog park in the Frederick/Urbana area. Open sunrise to sunset. 7 days a week. 2 areas- large and small dogs. Gazebo for shelter/shade, water source. Nature trail for on-leash walks. Location: 3051 Thurston Road. (Thank you Sharon Kessler)


  • Gaithersburg Dog Exercise Area. Fenced, trees, shade structure, poop bags, benches, trash cans, parking, handicap access, water source. Location: 151 Bickerstaff Way, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (cross street, Diamonback Drive). Directions: I270, exit 9B (Sam Eig Hwy); take Right at 2nd traffic light onto Diamondback Dr; take Left at next traffic light onto Bickerstaff Way; park is on left. (Thank you Linda Eader)


  • Ridge Road Recreational Park. Recreation park with great fenced off-leash dog area. This website also had info about 2 other dog parks in Montgomery County. I lived in Germantown for a year and miss the Ridge Road park very much! (so does my dog). Location: Corner of hwy 355 & Ridge Road. (Thank you Kris Torramce)


La Plata

  • Turkey Hill Dog Park. Fenced in Off-Leash Dog Park. Location: 9430 Turkey Hill Road, just north of La Plata, MD. Directions: off 301 between Waldorf and La Plata, turn on Turkey Hill Road. The park is the first entrance on the right. The dog park is directly on the left once you enter the park. Water is not available here. There are "poop-bags" available. (Thank you Kaycee Ostrander)


  • Maryland City Dog Park.  Fenced in off-leash dog park. There is a separate fenced in area for small dogs. Anne Arundel County Parks at 410-222-7317. Location: Brock Bridge Road. Directions: From Annapolis take I-97 north to Route 32 exit heading west toward Columbia. From Route 32 take the Route 198 exit west toward Laurel (you will go around two circles, so be careful). Travel approximately three miles and turn left onto Brock Bridge Road. Travel approximately one mile down Brock Bridge Road. Park entrance will be on your left just past Suburban Airport. The Maryland City Dog Park is located at the top of the hill along the path to the left of the park entrance. ADC Map 10, J-6. (Thank you Kim Brooks)

Lexington Park

  • Lancaster Park. Dog Park in Works. St. Mary's County MD is in process of constructing the first county dog park, at Lancaster Park. Location: John G. Lancaster Park, Willows Road. Directions: From Rte. 246 Lexington Park - Great Mills Road, turn onto Willows Road at the stoplight. Drive past Lexington Park Baptist Church, and turn left onto Lancaster Park. (Thank you Dale Sakahara)
  • John G. Lancaster Park . Great New Dog Park. Location: John G. Lancaster Park, 21550 Willows Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Directions: Route 246 to Willows Road, park is located 1/2 mile on the left. (Thank you Don Moody)

Ocean City

  • Ocean City Dog Park. Located on 94th St. Park is located on 94th Street when you are heading toward 1st street you would make a right onto 94th Street. Is it attached to a building...the building is like an art center - it is right next to the tennis courts on the right. You will see the playground - tennis courts - and right on the side of the tennis courts is the dog park. Not much, has water - dirt and grass. BUT they are building a new dog park and it is supposed to be very nice and there will be a seasonal fee. There are poo bags for pickup, but no one is watching, up to pet owners and there are some they leave their dogs in their to play tennis, which I did not like, but have a standard poodle and she loved it - 1st time she had ever went to a park, so it served the purpose and she had fun, no incidents. the new one being built right behind it looks to be very nice. This one is double gated. A good place to take your dog if you need to have it run and stuff. Thanks, Velma. Location: 94th Street heading toward 1st street, make right onto 94th - place on right behind the arts/rec building attached to the tennis court fences. Directions: 94th Street heading toward 1st street, make right onto 94th - place on right behind the arts/rec building attached to the tennis court fences. (Thank you Velma Dietz)


  • Downs Park. Dog Beach. No human swimming but leashed dogs allowed in all park, unleashed on dog beach.Location: 8311 John Downs Loop. Directions: Rt. 100 East to Mountain Rd East. Stay left at fork to park on right. (Thank you Isabella Buebendorf)

Prince Frederick

  • Grays Road Dog Park. Large Dog Area & Small Dog Area, Fenced. Location: 2695 Grays Road. Directions: From MD Rte. 4, Turn onto MD Rte. 506 Sixes Road. Turn left onto Gray Road. (Thank you Dale Sakahara)


  • BARC (Baltimore Animal Recreational Center) Park. Includes a 1.5-acre grass park for large dogs and a .75-acre grass park for small dogs. Both parks include water fountains for the dogs. Park membership is required, as the registration form verifies immunization and licensing. Annual family membership is $25. Forms and more information can be found on website. Location: Hannah More Park (behind Hannag More School) on Reisterstown Road. Directions: I-795 North to 1st Franklin Blvd exit. Follow Franklin Blvd to red light at Reisterstown Road intersection. Turn left onto Reisterstown Road. Hannah More School is about 1/2 mile or so down. Follow winding road around to gravel road. Turn right onto gravel road, and follow to dog park. (Thank you Angela Wisniewski)


  • Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park at King Farm. Rockville's first dog park to open. Location: Piccard Drive and Gaither Road. Directions: Route 355 to King Farm Blvd, 7 blocks to turn right onto Gaither Rd, 3 blocks to Piccard and the park. (Thank you Monte Fisher)

Takoma Park

  • Spring Park. Big (unfenced) playground behind secondary school. Also has a spring/fountain for dogs to cool off. Local dogs meet there between 7-9am. Location: Corner of Elm and Poplar. (Thank you Stacy G.)


  • Wheaton Dog Park. Don't forget to bring a bag or "poop scooper" -- one MUST clean up after their little (or big) one(s). Also, the park is supported by the county (no fees) -- please make sure your dog is socialized so that the park can stay open -- with the success of this park, other parks will hopefully open in the county. Location: http://www.mc-dog.org/wheatmap.html Directions: Take Arcola Avenue (off of Georgia Avenue) to Orebaugh Avenue and follow the signs. (Thank you K. Glover)

White Plains

  • White Plains Regional Park. White Plains,  Maryland. Location: DeMarr Road & St. Charles Parkway. Directions: Take Rt. 301 South towards La Plata, left on DeMarr Road, follow to where it intersects with St. Charles Parkway, park straight ahead, doggie park straight back. (Thank you Renee Petty)

Jul 12th

Dog Parks and Dog Friendly Places in Conneticut

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)



  • Nod Brook. Water and no leash - Dogs run/swim. This area is designated as a Dog Training Area for the field trial enthusiasts, Please make sure to make sure that your dog does not interfere with the training that goes on there. Nice area. Avon/Simsbury. Location: Off Rt 10 In Simsbury/Avon line. By Chubb Insurance. Directions: Off 44 in Avon: Route 10 heading to Simsbury. RIGHT at light going into Chubb Insurance. RIGHT at 1st stop sign, just past the bike/walk path. Take bumpy road till it ends. The sign for Chubb Insurance is hard to see, but it is part of the Tower Business Park which is a big easy to spot entrance. We went way too far and had to backtrack, so learn from our mistake! It's a terrific place to take your dog, though. Ours learned how to swim there and we'll be back again! (Thank you Peter Peterson, Jane Macy-Painter & Ann Ibbotson)


  • Our Dog Park, Short Beech, Branford CT. The permanent metal fence that is safe for dogs of all sizes with double gate entrance. Location: Behind Adult Day Care Center on Short Beech Road Branford. 421 Shore Drive officially. Directions: Look for Short Beach on Map Quest, Then 421 Shore Drive. (Thank you Norma Winik, Nancy Spector, Dave Hyatt)
  • Young Park. There is an enforced leash law in Branford so be careful as this is NOT a town recognized dog park. They usually leave you alone but the partial fenced part is a kids softball field so if there is a game it may be an issue. That is an actual pond but watch out for the swans they will chase your dog Field w/pond-Wooded trails, swimming pond, trails, lots of friendly dogs and people. Leash dog on the way to the field. This is a very nice place to take your dog, it has trails which are marked, there are several routes to take. Also a semi-fenced in field. I felt comfortable enough to let my dog go w/o a leash. I would bring water, and you also must bring a leash. I did not feel comfortable letting my dog swim in the pond, as it was very "pond like". It was a very nice park overall. It took us about 40 minutes to circle around once. Location: I95N to exit 56. Make right follow to stop sign. Make right on to Rt.146. Follow 146 quite a ways, very twisty turny, you will have to make a hard left to keep following 146, veer right @ fork, there will be a golf course, Young Park will be on your right, entrance is on right. (Thank you Jessica Dzierlatka, Denise Gentile & Erica Grasso)



  • Bristol Dog Park: Proposed Site Rockwell Park off Route 72. Dog owners in Bristol and surrounding towns currently have access to Robert's Property. However, we are working together to build an official dog park! We have a $35,000 estimate for fencing, gates and poop bag dispensers. Location: We currently have an unofficial 50 acre dog park off of James P. Casey Road across the street from Chippens Hill Middle School. There are poop bags on site. (Thank you Chloe White)

  • Bristol Park. (This park is not an official dog park yet. Some people are working on making this a dog park. But until it is official, it is illegal to take your dog without a leash.)  Very large open field. Trails and a HUGE hill at the back of the field for dogs to run up and tire themselves out. Lots of friendly dogs and people. Limited parking in small lot (maybe 5-6 cars) but I think parking on road is permitted. Busy road though. Location: Across from Chippens Hill School. Directions: Route 6 in Bristol - at Staples / Dunkin Donuts, turn right. Go about 1-2 miles, passing little league fields. Continue straight through a couple stop signs and a light. Park is on the left side, immediately after the cemetery and directly across from the school.

Easton & Weston

  • Trout Brook Valley. Trails for dogs, horses, hiking, picnicking, and for blueberry picking. Location: Aspetuck Land Trust's Crow Hill and Jump Hill Preserves in Easton, and Bradley Road in Weston. (Thank you Aileen Keays)


  • Enfield Dog Park - Committee - We are forming a committee to do a volunteer effort to build a dog park in Enfield CT. (Thank you Rob Stefanik)


  • Viney Hill Brook Preserve. Fenced in dog park and nature preserve. Swimming pond with life guard. Location: Essex, CT. Not easy to find. Look for sign off old route 9 just south of town towards Old Saybrook. Directions: Go North on Old Route 9 from Old Saybrook, CT. Turn left approx 1/2 mile past Essex town line. Follow brown park signs. (Thank you Christopher Billiau)


  • Mohegan Lake. Along lakeside and trails. Trees, bags, benches, trash cans, parking. (Thank you Joanne L.)

    • Grass Island Dog Park. Small but busy. Two fenced areas for large and small dogs. Tends to get a little soggy, but worth a visit. Surrounding waterfront/park area nice for leash walks. Location: Grass Island Road. Directions: I-95 Exit 3 onto Arch Street towards RR bridge (left from N, right from S), left onto Horseneck, left onto Shore, left onto Grass Island. park immediately on right. (Thank you JT Brown)


    • The Copp Family Park. Fenced in big and small dog park area. Un leashed in fenced area, and some trails around the park. Lots of trees and tables. There are plastic poop bags, but no water, so you must bring your own. Location: Rt. 184. (Thank you Stefanie Thomas)


    • Hamden Dog Park. Description: Fenced in, trees with a path around the outside. Picnic tables, water bowls, poop bags. Lots of dogs! Location: Waite Street. Directions: Route 15 to Whitney Ave, left onto Waite Street. It's on the right. (Thank you Sam Hill)


    • Harwinton Recreation Area. This is a great place for dogs to romp off-leash in the woods and water but, again, care should be taken to leash up while other park visitors pass if they appear uncomfortable with dogs. Field and wooded 1-2 mile trail, much of it running along a brook. There are picnic tables, a pavilion and a pond but no restroom facilities. Frequented by lots of dog owners and off-leash dogs but others use the park, as well, so some sensitivity should be shown when approaching children or people who aren't crazy about dog slobber. Location: At the intersection of Routes 4 and 118 in Harwinton. Directions: Route 4 (west or east, depending on where you're coming from) to it's junction with Route 118. There is a sign for the park at the junction traffic light, diagonally across the street from The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. (Thank you Susan Turner)



    • Eisenhower Park. Fenced, trees, restrooms, & benches. There are donated plastic bags and trash in dog run, NO water so bring some and NO facilities!!!... in the main park the facilities are typically closed... The entire park is numerous acres of fields and woods BUT Is ON LEASH ONLY the main park appears underused however on a typical day. Expect riders on horseback anywhere and anytime (YOU have to be on leash) model airplanes in the south field as well as birdwatchers, High school cross country meets, as well as annual events that require you to be leashed... Take our dog to the dog run use but don't abuse the facilities, The Run was donated by members of the community and while the public works does cut the grass and empty trash bins the dog run is self/user maintained and kept up so be a model citizen and clean up and curb your dog from digging... thank you. Location: North Street ( Route 121). The Main Public use park the dog run is located Off West River from North St, north towards Orange town line left on Flax Mill RD to left on West River Rd 3/4 of a mile on left to enclosure. Directions: From RT 1 post road north on North Street to Flax Mill Road (at the Orange Town line) left to stop sign West River RD... 3/4 of a mile on the left is the dog enclosure for off leash activities... The rest of the Park is for ON leash only and is patrolled !!! as such From the Merritt exit 55 (b) if northbound left on Wolf Harbor to the stop sign and left on West River the entrance is on the right about 5 houses down (on the curve)  (Thank you Jim Sanquedolce)

    New Canaan

    • Spencer's Run, Waveny Park.  Fenced dog park, dogs are off-leash. (Thank you Beth Levine)

    New Haven

    • Divinity School Dog Run. Small but beautiful fenced in dog run for the neighborhood dogs and visitors. It is located in the middle of a residential area so dogs must be refrained from barking. Location: St. Ronan Street. Directions: From I-91, take exit 6 (Willow St) and go into New Haven at exit (not Hamden). Travel on Willow about 1 mile until it dead ends on Whitney Ave. Make a right on Whitney and a few feet down, make a left at the first stop light onto Canner St. Make a left at first stop sign onto St. Ronan and the park will be half a block down on the right. (Thank you Nelia Padilla)
    • Lake Wintergreen. Big open area surrounding a lake. Not fenced in but far from the street, I feel comfortable to let the dog run around off leash. There are sometimes other animals and wildlife around (deer, rabbits). Location: West Rock ridge. (Thank you Ashlee Garay)


    • Cranbury Park. Wooded and fields. No leash required. Tons of dogs all the time. (Thank you Paul Mazzarulli)


    • Cranbury Park. Located on Grumman Ave. Water, trails, trees, tables, restrooms. (Thank you Lisa Smyth)
    • Taylor Farm. The pond at the park is great however your dog will need a bath when she or he gets home! Large fields, swimming pond, trails, fenced by the road. Location: Beach Road, Norwalk CT. Across the street from Calf Pasture Beach. (Thank you Michele Moynagh & Lisa Smyth)


    • Pawsitive Park. Off leash, fenced park with separate areas for large and small dogs. Location: Asylum Street. Directions: Off leash park sectioned for small and large dogs. Location: Aslym Street. Directions: Off 395N Exit 80 East (Rte 82) towards downtown Norwich end of exit take a right and go about a mile till you see CVS (on left) turn left at the light there just past CVS. Park is less than a mile on your right. (Thank you Debbie & Ann Miller)

    Old Saybrook

    • Clarke Park. Great hiking trails with water for dogs. Amazing trails and dogs off leash are very welcome. Obviously standards apply...pick up after dog or cover it in woods. Location: Old School House RD. (Thank you Jason Gordon)


    • Bark Park Dog Park. Fully fenced, two separate areas: Small Dog and All Dog. Water, benches, built in toys, great people and pups. Location: Prospect Ridge. Off Governor St. Directions: Rte. 35 or 33 to Main Street in Ridgefield. Past the fountain, first traffic light (Governor St.). Make right, go all the way to the end. Make another right. First left turn is the park. (Thank you Marian Vitale & Anna Marie Iannotta)


    • Rowayton Dog Park. Fenced in on 3 sides with the fourth side having a stone wall which some dogs are able to jump, off leash dog park, water bowl for drinking, poop bags, trash can. Great place to go if you need a fenced in park. You can always see where your dog is at. Very friendly park. Location: Highland Ave. Rte 136 next to the Rowayton Library. (Thank you Michele Moynagh & Debra Bucca)


    • Southbury Off-Leash Area. There is a small fenced in area, and also a large non-fenced in area. Southbury (Oand G). dog park off leash is opened plenty of swimming. Location: Route 67. Directions: exit 15 from 84 right off exit to rt 67 left at light cont. on 67 look for sign that says O&G go left. Please make sure to follow the rules that you find. (Thank you Carol Steiman & Joan Langer)


    • Mill Street Dog Park. Dogs must be registered in Southington. Old Baseball Field -Off leash park. Location: Mill Street - Southington, CT 06489. Directions: Off of Queen Street. (Thank you Wayne Splettstoeszer & Jessica Gamble)

    South Windsor

    • South Windsor Bark Park. 1 acre off-leash fenced dog park. Separate areas for smaller dogs and larger dogs. Location: End of Chief Ryan Way (dead end). Directions: Off of Sand Hill Road. (Thank you Brenda Chaisson)


    • Mianus River State Park. This is not a legal off-leash area. While this area is not frequently patrolled by enforcement offices, one does incur some risk when not using a leash. Great off the leash park- hiking trails along the river, tons of great dogs always looking to play, go swimming. Location: south of westover rd in stamford, near the stamford/greenwich border. (Thank you Jamie Testagrossa & Robert Rout)
    • Stamford Dog Park. Future Dog Park. (Thank you Jonathan B.)


    • Anna James
      Paffard Woods, Avalonia Land Trust. 30 acres of trails, nature preserve. Location: North Main Street. Directions: I-95 xt 91S, follow arrows to Stonington and Notrth Main Street.


    • Southington Dog Park. Old baseball field. Off-leash park, completely fenced in with a separate area for small or timid dogs. Double-gated entrance, poop bags and trash cans for disposal. Many improvements possible in near future. Nice friendly environment. Location: Mill Street. Directions: Rt 84- exit 32-south on Rt 10 (Queen St) appx.2 miles-right turn onto Mill St-park is after greenway trail on right. (Thank you Rick Narus)

    South Windor

    • Bark Park- South Windsor. Fenced in dog park. Separate area for large and small dogs. Location: Nevers park. Directions: Near Nevers park and south Windsor police station. (Thank you Chris Dorsey)


    • Sunny Brook Park. Hiking, trails, pond. Tons of hiking trails. Great for dogs off-leash. Tons of dogs and friendly people. There is a pond, but take care as early summer there are baby geese and the people who fly model airplanes will report you if your dog hurts any wildlife. (rightfully so) Be aware because many families also walk there with children. Please no aggressive dogs. Look forward to seeing you there! Location: Located on Newfield Rd in Torrington. Directions: Look up on Mapquest. Newfield Rd. It is on the right hand side past the dam coming from Torrington. (Thank you Kyle & Melisa Harding)


    • Valley Falls Park. Nice hiking trails. Located off route 84 to tunnel road and left onto valley Falls Rd. (Thank you Michelle Coutu)


    • West Haven Dog Park. Small completly fenced area for dogs to exercise & socialize off leash. A few park benches. All grass area. Trash barrel outside gate. Bring your own bags. No watre/facilities. Parking lot across the street. Location: Platt Avenue & Educational Way. Near back entrance to West Haven High School adjacent to the tennis courts. (Thank you Rachel Solveira)


    • Winslow Park. Located on Route 1. Trees, trash, & tables.


    • Wethersfield Dog Park. Small dog and large dog areas. Plenty of trees and benches. Watering stations provided. Please bring your own water. Location: Mill Woods Park, 154 Prospect Street. (Thank you Kathy Griswold)


  • Granby Dog Park. Granby dog park is a fully fenced park, double gated , mulch surfaced. Water is off for the winter so we ask that you bring water in a jug for your dog. poop bags are available. Location: Salmon brook st at Salmon Brook Park. Directions: Directions from Route 91 North & South: Exit 40 (Bradley International Airport) to Route 20 / East Granby / Granby Exit. Route 20 West to Granby center. At intersection of Routes 10/202 & 20, take left onto 10/202 and get into the right lane. Continue through lights on 10/202 South - park is on the right. From Route 44: North on Route 10 to Granby. Park is located just before the town center on the left. From Western Massachusetts: Take Route 57 to the center of Southwick. At the end of Route 57, take a left on Route 10/202 South through town and into Granby. Continue on 10/202 until you pass Granby town center. The park is on the right just past the town center. When you turn into the park entrance, go straight and turn right at the fork in the road. The Dog Park is located at the far end of the parking lot just after the horse exercise area on the right (tan highlighted area in the park layout below). (Thank you Linda Piwonski & Susan Byer)


Jul 12th

Dog Parks and Dog Friendly Places in Maine

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)




  • Auburn, Me. 04210 Liberty (Great Falls Plaza). Open fields, trails. Location: off main st crossing between Lewiston and Auburn. (Thank you Suzanne Caron)


  • Belfast Dog Park. An off leash dog park. Location: Behind walsh field in belfast off route 1. (Thank you Melissa Wing)


  • Twin Brooks Recreation Area. Large recreation area, big fields, lots of trails. There is a brook that dogs can swim in. Very busy Saturdays and weekdays after 3 with sports practices. Location: Off Tuttle road and off of Greely Road. The Greely side is more dog friendly. Directions: Take Maine Turnpike north to Exit 6A—I-295 North. Remain on I-295 North until Exit 10, Falmouth Bucknam Road. Take a right at the top of the exit ramp. Turn right at the intersection with Route 9 and continue on Rt. 9 to Cumberland Center (under 10 minutes).  When entering Cumberland Ctr., turn Right at stoplight onto Tuttle Road. Travel for 1.7 miles—fields are on the left at Twin Brook Recreation area. (Thank you Nicole Geissler)


  • Kennebunk Dog Park. Fenced in dog area. Great place to take your little friend. All fenced in with trees, wood chips and benches. a slice of nature for mans best friend. Lots of room to roam and it's always cooler than the rest of town. Location: Sea Road. Directions: Take Summer ST. to Sea RD. Dog park is half a mile on the left, near the recycling center. (Thank you Maxwell Clark)


  • East End Beach. Dogs are allowed on the beach before 8am and after 5pm. Location: Eastern Promenade. Directions: Take Congress Street all the way to the Eastern Promenade, turn right to go down the hill to the water / boat launch area, the beach is right there.
  • Valley Street Dog Park. Small fenced in with benches and fire hydrants, and water is piped in. Directions: Off 295 Coming north and off Congress Street at west end. (Thank you Mary Coyne)
  • Dog park off Ocean Ave. Wooded fenced in dog park. Big wooded fenced in dog park with trails and a special fenced in area for smaller dogs. Location: Ocean Ave. Directions: take 295 to Washington Ave, go straight to Ocean Ave, take right. Dog park is on the left about a mile or so after you turn right. (Thank you Maxwell Clark)

South Portland

  • Hinkley Park.  Large multi acre dog friendly park with two ponds, and many trails. It's not fenced in, but once inside there is so much room to roam that many will feel comfortable leaving their dogs leashless. Location: Off Highland Ave. toward Cottage St. Directions: From Broadway, take a right onto Evans street (At the Amato's) follow to end & take a left onto Highland Ave. Hinkley Park is just over a mile down on the right. (Thank you Mike Mahoney)


Jul 4th

Dog Beaches in Massachusetts

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)

Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Your pet is welcome to play on the riverside beach at this state reservation known for its great fishing. Please keep pets on-leash.

Town Beaches

Provincetown is the ONLY town in Cape Cod with off-leash beaches! Dogs are welcome to roam (with their owners) off-leash from 6am-9am and 6pm-9pm in the summer and at any time in the winter. Town Beaches ...

Race Point Beach

Located on the Atlantic Ocean side of Provincetown, Race Point beach is great for viewing the sunrise. Dogs must be leashed from 9am to 6pm in the summer.

Doggie Beach

Pets are welcome to run and play off-leash at this wide, sandy Nahant beach.


Located at the beginning of Provincetown's West End. The breakwater provides hiking access to the very tip of Cape Cod at Long Point Light House. Great swimming location and area for gathering shellfish. Dogs must be ...

Castle Island Beach

Dogs are welcome to join you on-leash during the off season at this lovely South Boston beach.

Carson Beach

Pets are welcome to join you on-leash at this dog-friendly Boston area beach.

Kalmus Beach

Bring your pet with you to this beautiful Cape Cod beach. They're welcome to join you from September 15 to May 15 on or off-leash.

Indian Neck Beach

This beach provides gorgeous views of the harbor and island. A great place for a hike with your on-leash pet.
Jul 4th

K-9 University

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)
Welcome to K-9 University, training ground for some of the brightest, most lovable dogs and their human owners. Our university is like most institutions of higher learning. We have very committed students, loving parents, wonderful and successful alumni, a beautiful campus, a great, highly qualified professorial staff, but, alas, we’re sorry to admit, no football team. The students tend to tear the balls apart, playful creatures that they are!

We’re located in bucolic Douglas, Mass, which means we have plenty of trees, green grass and things like that. By the way, you don’t have to worry about getting to us, although that’s not difficult. We’ll come to you. That’s how we do a lot of our training. University on wheels, so to speak.

At K-9U we have a very simple mission: To develop warm, trusting relationships between dogs and their human companions. We do that by training both you and your pet, the pet being the human of course. You can learn how we train by clicking on What We Do, which, of course, tells you what we do. We’re very intelligent here at K-9U.

So welcome to our university. Take your time here and visit our virtual campus. Plenty of free information on common dog problems that you can access free on our Resources page. If you have a specific question or issue you can Ask the Professor. You’ll get a reply from one of our faculty, also a freebie.

Again, welcome to our site and enjoy your visit. A word of caution, stay on the walkway, at K-9U you never know what you’ll step into!


Phone: (508) 476-2520
Fax: (508) 476-0036
Email: K9UK9U@aol.com

Mailing Address:
35 Pond Street
Douglas, MA 01516