Jul 17th

AShland state Park

By Kappa & MIsha(little stinker)

 Stewart posted most of the parks in one of the other posts.

And i would like to recommend, Ashland state park in MA.  If u love water u r gonna like it a lot. There is a lot of trails to check out but my favorite part is the beach. There are tons of dogs coming and beside fun in the water, u can socialize with other pooches.

THe only one disadvantage is that some local folks come there with their little kids, and if  the four legged is not behaving well around little kids, its better to just take a walk around the reservoir.

So if u have some time during the week or on a weekend, try Ashalnd State park!

Jul 17th

Dog Parks of Contra Costa County

By Jersey
For more info  like this in your area go to www.ecofriendly.com  its a great site.



  • Alameda Small Dog Park. Water, area for small dogs (dogs under 30 pounds), and restrooms. Location: Located on Westline Drive in Alameda. The Park is next to the Tennis Courts. The view includes the Bay and Golden Gate Bridges, the city skyline, the Oakland Estuary, and facing the other direction you can see the Mormon Temple in the Oakland hills. Location: 8th & Westline Drive at Crown Beach. Directions. (Thank you Rigel Morgan & Carrie Isett)
  • Alameda Dog Park (not sure if this is the official name). Great dog park.  Location: Adjacent to the small dog park listed above. (Thank you Christy Pinney)
  • Washington Square Park. 5 acre area, fenced, water nearby, paid parking meters, restrooms. No water at the site, but a hose located 50' away to fill water jugs. Restrooms also 50' away. Location: Eighth Street, Alameda, California, USA. Directions: From Oakland, through Webster Street Tube down Webster. Left at Encinal, right at 8th St. Parking metered lot near tennis courts. Dog run area is visible from the roadway. (Thank you Gary Naganuma)


  • Ceasar Chavez dog park. Dog Park within Ceasar Chavez park. Multi-acre off-leash area for dogs in the middle of the park. Location: University near Berkeley Marina. Directions: Take University Ave toward the bay. At the "t" in the road, make a right. Follow the street past the hotel on the left and around the corner. Park on the right. Dog must remain on leash until you reach the dog park area in the center of the park. Clearly marked with signs. (Thank you Evelyn Stivers)
  • Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve. Ashby Avenue (Highway 13), North on College Avenue, right on Derby Street, near the beginning of Stonewall Road. 510-635-0135.
  • Ohlone Dog Park. The first leash free park. Hearst St. and Martin Luther King Jr., 510-644-6530.
  • Tilden Regional Park. Highway 24, North on Fish Ranch Road, right on Grizzly Peak, North to South Park Drive for a mile to Big Springs Trail. 510-635-0135.

Castro Valley

  • Anthony Chabot Regional Park. 4,600 acre park. In Castro Valley, go North on Redwood to Marciel Gate. 510-635-0135.
  • Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area. Interstate 580 to Center Street (left), right on Castro Valley Blvd. to (left) Crow Canyon Road, (left) to Cull Canyon Rd. 510-635-0135.
  • Earl Warren Park. Two off leash dog runs. Amenities include picnic tables, barbecues, a play area, two parking lots, rest rooms, an open lawn area, and of course two fenced dog runs. The hours are from dawn to dusk seven days a week. Location: 4660 Crow Canyon. Directions: At the end of Paradise Knls off of Center St. (Thank you Chris Fitzsimmons)


  • Bray Commons. An enclosed quarter-acre run for small dogs under 20-pounds. There are often specific breed meetings held at this location, like daschund. Location: 3300 Finnian Way (Keegan Street at Maguire Way). Directions: Take 580 and exit at Tassajera.  Go North to Dublin Blvd and turn right.  Follow Dublin Blvd to Keegan and turn left.  Go two more blocks and the dog park will be on your left at the corner. (Thank you Susan E. Bunting)

  • Dougherty Hills Dog Park. Separate areas for small and large dogs. There are no restroom facilities. Location: Stagecoach Road and Amador Valley Blvd. Directions: Take 580 to Hopyard/Doughtery Rd.  Head north.  Turn left on Amador Valley Blvd.  The dog park will be on your right hand side about 4-6 blocks. (Thank you Susan E. Bunting)



  • Alameda Creek Regional Trail. 12.4 mile trail. Leashes required in some posted area only. 510-635-0135.
  • Coyote Hills Regional Park. Almost one thousand acres. Interstate 880, to (West) Decoto Rd. (Highway 84), North on Paseo Padre Parkway to (left) Patterson Ranch Road, to the entrance. 510-635-0135.
  • Lake Elizabeth Dog Park. Off Stevenson Blvd at Lake Elizabeth, near softball camp side if the lake. Fun leash off, fenced in park for good mannered dogs only. At 6-8 pm you can see over 30 dogs running their tails off. Clean up after your dog bags available. Please also bring more to contribute. From north take 880 South, Stevenson Blvd Exit. Left onto Stevenson. Drive 2 miles. Pass Paseo Padre. Make right at Softball Camp into parking lot. Drive to back of parking lot. From Pleasanton/ San Ramon, take 680 South, Take Washington Blvd Exit. Becomes Fremont Blvd. Drive 1-1/2 miles to Stevenson. Go right. Then follow above directions.(Thank you Max Ware)
  • Mission Park Regional Preserve. 2,600 acre park. Interstate 680, South on Mission Blvd (Warm Springs District), East on Mission, right on Stanford Avenue to the entrance. 510-635-0135.
  • Sunol Regional Wilderness. (May be closed from June-October for fire season. Interstate 680, to Calaveras Road, left on Geary Road, to the entrance. 510-635-0135


  • Garin Regional Park & Dry Creek Regional Park. 20 miles of trails. Mission Blvd. (Highway 238), Tamarack Drive to Dry Creek Regional Park. Or to Garin: Garin Avenue take you to Garin. 510-635-0135


  • Del Valle Regional Park. Interstate 580 to North Livermore Avernue, to South Livermore Avenue, to Tesla Rd, right on Mines Road, right on Del Valle Rd. 510-635-0135.
  • Lake Del Valle.  Dog swimable shoreline trails and off-leash permitted! There is also a $1 dog fee. Location: 7000 Del Valle Road, Livermore, CA 94550. Directions: There is only one entrance to the park so you can use Mapquest  or Yahoo Maps to get full directions. Once entered the park, proceed to the main boat launch/concession area where the trail head start. Off-leash are only allowed beyond this gate. Enjoy! (Thank you Giang Tran)
  • Livermore Canine Park. Interstate 580 to Portola, South on Murietta Blvd, right on Stanley Blvd, left on Murdell Lane for two miles. 510-373-5700.
  • Ohlone Regional Wilderness. Over six thousand acres. East Bay Regional Park Headquarters at Del Valle, Sunol, or Coyote Hills. 510-635-0135.
  • Ohlone Wilderness Trail. 29 mile trail. 510-635-0135.


  • Hardy Dog Park. Fenced, shade, water, poop bags, seating, and parking. Claremont Ave. at Hudson St., Oakland (Rockridge District), California, USA. Directions: under the freeway (Hwy 24) on Claremont between College Ave & Telegraph Ave. (Thank you Lynda O'Neil)
  • Joaquin Miller Dog Park. Two fenced off leash play areas. Two fenced areas, one for large dogs, one for small dogs. In ground trash cans, benches, poop bag dispensers, double gated entry, parking, restrooms at ranger station. Location: Sanborn Drive off Joaquin Miller Road. Directions: hwy 13 to joaquin miller road, turn left on sanborn drive, go past ranger station, dog park is on your left. (Thank you Karen Kenney)
  • Leona Heights Park. Take 580 to the Keller exit (from either direction), go east on Keller, turn left on Campus and turn immediately right on Canyon Oaks Drive and turn left, go to the end of the parking lot, and there is the trail head. (Thank you Lynn Ellen Marcus)
  • Redwood Regional Park. Highway 13 to (east) Joaquin Miller Road, right on Skyline Blvd for four miles to the Skyline Gate. 510-635-0135.


  • Dracena Park. Blair and Dracena. 510-420-3070.


  • Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park. Interstate 680 to Castlewood Drive, left on Foothill Road. 510-635-0135.


  • Point Isabel Regional Shoreline. Point Isabel: This is a great off-leash open area with paved and unpaved trails right along the bay.  Great for picnics too as there are some picnic benches. Location: 2701 Isabel Street. Directions: Central Avenue Exit off of Hwy 80 or 580 and head west all the way to the end of the street and continue past Costco). Street dead ends at the park parking lot. (Thank you Christy Pinney)

San Leandro

  • Marina Park. Marina and Fairway. It is just south of the channel bridge as you go along the shoreline next to the golf course. Park at the south end of Marina Park and walk over the bridge and you will find it. (Thank you Karen Sakai)
  • Dru Beaglemore
    Oyster Bay. Large off-leash area, limited grass (mostly brush, dirt and some rocky areas). 70 acre+ area, some picnic tables, limited water outlets and restrooms (please bring a water bottle on hot days). Adjacent to Oakland Airport. Lots of ground squirrels and trees. Perfect place for sniffy noses and very safe too! Potty bags available at entrance. Location: Neptune Dr. Directions: Take the Marina exit off of the 880, and go west towards the Marina. Make a right onto Doolittle and a left at Williams. Go to the end and make a right (my doggie brain thinks it is called Neptune Dr.). Follow to the end. The entrance is on the west side. Use a leash for the first 500 feet, them, let 'em roam!

San Lorenzo

  • San Lorenzo Community Park. Fenced half-acre site on the west side of the 30-acre park. Located at 1970 Via Buena Vista. From 880 take Hesperian exit. Turn Right at Bokman St. Left at Via Carmen follow road around to the right and road will eventually dead end at the San Lorenzo Community park. (Thank you Diane Bonds)

Union City

  • Dregon Park. Memorial Park put up for a Loved Dog. Complete with agility run, small & large dog areas. Location: Mission Blvd at Appian Way. Directions: 880 Decoto Exit towards the hills, Right on Mission Blvd, corner of Mission Blvd and Appian Way. (Thank you Cheryl Mikel)
  • Drigon Dog Park. Union City, CA. Closed on Mondays and 48 hours after wet situations. On the corner of Mission Blvd. and 7th Street. Directions From San Lorenzo: San Lorenzo community Park. "From 880 take Hesperian exit South. Turn right at Bockman, left at Via Catherine, follow road around to the left. (Thank you Teresa Garcia and David Paul)


El Dorado National Forest

Stanislaus National Forest

Toiyabe National Forest


El Dorado National Forest

  • Over 800,000 acres. Leashless in all areas except the Desolation Wilderness. Forest Headquarters: 100 Forni Road, Placerville, CA 95667, 916-622-5061.




Plumas National Forest


Stanislaus National Forest





  • Lime Ridge Open Space Recreation Area. Treat Blvd (West of Cowell Road) 510-671-3270.
  • Newhall Dog Park. Description: fenced dog parks for big & small dogs. Location: Cross Street Ayers and Turtle Creek. Directions from Walnut Creek: Ygancio to Ayers, left on Ayers and left on Newhall Park Sign. Couple blocks passed Cal State Hayward on Clayton. (Thank you Sara K. Rimkus)


  • Hap Magee Ranch Canine Corral. Fenced Dog Park. Location: La Gonda Way. Directions: exit from S 680 at El Pintado Road, R onto La Gonda Way, exit from N 680 at El Cerro R onto La Gonda Way. (Thank you Warren Garrison)
  • Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. Almost 3,300 acres. No dogs are allowed within the Little Hills Ranch Recreation Area. Interstate 680 to Bollinger Canyon Road and go North, past the entrance to Little Hills Ranch Recreation area. 510-635-0135.

El Sobrante

  • Sobrante Ridge Regional Preserve. 277 acre preserve for the extremely rare Alameda manzanita. Interstate 80, exit San Pablo Dam Rd., South to Castro Ranch Rd., left on Castro Ranch, left at Conestoga Way, left on Carriage Drive, right on Coach Drive. Park at the end of Coach. 510-635-0135.


  • San Pablo Bay Regional Park. Interstate 80, North on Pinole Valley Rd which becomes Tennent Ave, then Railroad Avenue. 510-724-9004.


  • Briones Regional Park. Highway 24, exit Orinda, go North on camino Pablo, right on Bear Creek Rd. to Briones Rd.. 510-635-0135.


  • Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. Highway 24, North on Fish Ranch Rd., left on Grizzly Peak Blvd. to the intersection with Skyline Blvd. 510-635-0135.


  • Pinole Dog Park. 2 fenced areas for small and big dogs. Grassy fenced in srea with bags for poop, water, and also restroom facilities near by. Good parking. Open sunrise to sunset 7 days a week. Location: off Pinole Valley Road. Directions: Pinole Valley Road exit off 80, go east, past downtown, rt. just before fire station. (Thank you Aurora Doyon & Robert Mayer)

Pleasant Hill

  • Paso Nogal Park. Paso Nogal Rd. and Morello Avenue. 510-682-0896.

Port Costa

  • Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline. Interstate 80, East at Crockett and go East on Pomona Street, which turns into Carquinez Scenic Drive. 510-635-0135


  • Point Isabel Regional Shoreline. Interstate 80, exit Central Avenue, go West to the entrance. 510-635-0135.
  • Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. Interstate 80, exit Hilltop Drive, right on San Pablo Ave, left on Atlas Rd to the entrance. 510-635-0135.
  • Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. Interstate 80, South to McBryde, left on McBryde Ave, to the entrance. 510-635-0135.

San Ramon

  • Del Mar Dog Park. 1 acre fenced dog park w/shade/water/benches. Open 8 am to dusk daily, surface comprised of cedar playground chips. Two shade structures within the park for people. Location:Del Mar Drive at Pine Valley Road within the PG&E Right of Way, adjacent to the Iron Horse Trail. Directions:San Ramon Valley Blvd to Pine Valley Road, to Del Mar. (Thank you Jeff Eorio)
  • Memorial Park - Dog Run. 1.3 acre dog run within Memorial Park (dedicated to 9/11/01). Fenced, water, shade structure, benches, and surface is decomposed granite, a sandy material that dogs seem to love. Location: Bollinger Canyon Road at San Ramon Valley Blvd., just west of I680 freeway offramp. Directions: I680 exit Bollinger Canyon Road, west to San Ramon Valley Blvd, park straight ahead on south side of Bollinger Canyon Road. (Thank you Jeff Eorio)

Walnut Creek

  • Acalanes Ridge Open Space Recreation Area. Camino Verde (South of Pleasant Hill and Geary) to Camino Verde Circle. 510-256-3560.
  • San Miguel Park.  Off-leash dog park. Dogs can be off leash from dawn until 9:00 A.M. The people who frequent this park are super nice and friendly. Location: Located off of San Carlos in the Rancho San Miguel housing development. San Jose Court off of Los Cerros. Directions: Across from Heather Farm! Turn off of Ygnacio Valley Road onto San Carlos and take a right at San Jose Ct. (Thank you Carol Ann Hess)
  • Shell Ridge Open Space Recreation Area. Off leash in undeveloped areas. Interstate 680, exit Ignacio Valley Rd., East on Ygnacio Valley Road. right to Walnut Avenue, and right on Castle Rock Road. 510-256-3560. (Thank you Katie E.)

Del Norte


Six rivers National Forest

El Dorado

El Dorado National Forest

  • Over 800,000 acres. Forest Headquarters: 100 Forni Road, Placerville, CA 95667, 916-622-5061. Leashless in all areas except the Desolation Wilderness.



Mendocino National Forest

  • Million acre forest. Dogs need to be leashed in campgrounds, picnic areas, and trials. Forest Headquarters: 420 E. Laurel St., Willows, CA 95998, 916-934-3316.




  • Samoa Boat Ramp County Park. Small beach. Take Highway 255 from Eureka, and cross the Samoa Bridge. Once on the Samoa Peninsula, turn left on New Navy Base Rd and drive for about five miles south. The park is on the left. 707-445-7651.
  • Samoa Dunes Recreation Area. 300 Acres of coastal dunes. Take Highway 255 from Eureka and cross Samoa Bridge. Once on Samoa Peninsula, turn left on New Navy Base Road for about five miles south. The park is on the right side. 707-825-2300.

Shasta-Trinity National Forest

  • 2.1 million acre forest. Over 1500 miles of trails. Forest Headquarters: 2400 Washington Ave., Redding, CA 96001, 916-246-5222.

Shelter Cove

  • King Range National Conservation Area. 62,000 acre coastal area. From the 101, exit at Redway and follow Briceland Thorne Road West to the Bureau of Land Management area. Bureau of Land Management, Arcata Resource Area, 1125 16th Street, P.O. Box 1112, Arcata, CA 95521, 707-825-2300.

Six rivers National Forest

  • One million acres. 1500 miles of rivers. 305,000 acre Smith River National Recreation Area. Forest Headquaters: 1330 Bayshore Way, Eureka, CA 95501, 707-442-1721.


Clearlake Oaks

  • Cache Creek Recreation Area. 50,000 acres. 8 miles East of town, on the South side of Highway 20. 707-468-4000.


  • Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest. 3,500 acre forest. Dogs must be leashed in the campgrounds only. North of Cobb for one mile on Highway 175, where you will see a blue and white sign for the fire station. At the fist intersection past the sign, go East for about 1/4 of a mile to the entrance. 707-928-4378.


  • Cow Mountain Recreation Area. 27,000 acres. Enter Yonce Road (Old Toll Road). The main entrance is near Ukiah.

Mendocino National Forest

  • Million acre forest. Dogs need to be leashed in campgrounds, picnic areas, and trials. Forest Headquarters: 420 E. Laurel St., Willows, CA 95998, 916-934-3316.


Lassen National Forest




Marin County Open Space

  • Marin County Open Space. Dogs are allowed off-leash on fire protection roads in Marin County. Open space areas when under direct and immediate control of a responsible person. Owners must carry a leash at all times. Dogs on trails must be on leash. Dogs at Rush Creek Reserve and Ring Mountain (Tiburon) must be on leash. 415-507-2816.


  • Agate Beach. Leashless under voice control. Highway 1 to Olema-Bolinas Rd, West on Mesa Rd., left on Overlook Dr, right on Elm Rd. to the end. 650-499-6387.
  • Bolinas Beach. Wharf Road to the end at the foot of the bluff. 650-499-6387.
  • RCA Beach. A virtually abandoned beach with white sand, driftwood and complete privacy and freedom. This location is a prize spot and is frequented by the occassional nudist. There may be two or three people there,...probably not. Take a right turn onto Mesa, at the stop sign under the gum trees, just before entering Bolinas. Follow the road about two miles, until you drive over a roller coaster hill. At the point whwere it takes a sharp right turn, park in the area inside the cattle grate and walk down the long drive. After the first building on your left, cut at 45 degrees to the left, over the slats in the fence and keep going diagonally to the dirt track....head for the sloping tree clump on the horizon to the left. There's a path there, or follow the trail/road along a bit firther for the 'horse' trail. (Thank you Reverend Mike Goldsun)

Corte Madera

  • Camp K-9 of Marin. "Campground" Rental - Private Dog Park. Offers the rental of a large outdoor exercise yard, securely fenced and surfaced with a clean layer of woodchip. Fresh water, shade/rain structures and waste bins are all provided-you bring the fun! Reservations are required. Location: 5810 Paradise Drive. Directions: From 101 North, Exit Tamalpias Drive. Take first right on Tamalpias Drive. Take first right on Paradise Drive, Camp K-9 will be on your left after the car dealerships. From 101 South, Take Tamalpais Drive/Paradise Drive exit. Turn LEFT onto Tamalpias Drive. Turn Right onto Paradise Drive, Camp K-9 will be on your left after the car dealerships. (Thank you Molly Turner)


  • Cascade Canyon Open Space Preserve. At the end of Cascade Drive where the sign says "Elliott Nature Preserve." 650-499-6387.


  • Northridge/Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve. The part of it that belongs to the city of Larkspur requires leashes. Enter on Crown Road or Evergreen Drive. 650-499-6387


  • Blithedale Summit Open Space Preserve. At the end of Madrone Avenue. 650-499-6387.
  • Piper Park. Between Doherty Drive and Corte Madera Creek. 650-927-5110.

Mill Valley

  • Bayfront Park. Cross Camino Alto and park in the lot off Sycamore Avenue.
  • Camino Alto Open Space Preserve. End of Escalon Drive, West of Camino Alto. 650-499-6387.


  • Deer Island Open Space Preserve. 1.8 mile trail. Highway 101, exit San Marin Drive, go East, right on Olive Avenue, left on Deer Island Lane. 650-499-6387.
  • Dog Bone Meadows. 2 acre park with 1/2 grass, parr course. 2 acre park, limit 3 dogs per handler/owner, 6AM-10PM, heavy dog use, water to rinse dogs avail, completely fenced, several tables/benches, food not recommended inside park, beautiful view of hills. Maintained by City of Novato. Location: Novato Blvd 1/2 mile west of intersection of San Marin Drive. Directions: U.S. 101 to San Marin Drive in Novato. West on San Marin 3 1/2 miles to Novato Blvd, turn right 1/2 mile, park on left. (Thank you Chuck Deatrick)
  • Indian Tree Open Space Preserve. Highway 101, to San Marin Drive, go West on San Marin which turns into Sutro Avenue, right onto Vineyard Road. 650-499-6387.
  • Indian Valley Open Space Preserve. Hwy. 101, exit DeLong Ave., West on DeLong which becomes Diablo Avenue, left on Hill Road, right on Indian Valley Rd. to the end. Walk at the road marked "not a through street", just south of Old Ranch Rd. Cross Arroyo Avichi Creek and go right to the entrance. 650-499-6387.
  • Lucas Valley Open Space Preserve. Leashless on fire roads. Lucas Valley Rd., left on Mount Shasta Drive, right on Vogelsang Drive Park. 650-499-6387.
  • Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve. 8-10 miles of paths. San Marin Drive, North on San Andreas Dr. 650-499-6387.
  • Verissimo Hills Open Space Preserve. Leashless on fire roads only. Highway 101, exit San Marin Drive/Atherton Avenue, West on San Marin, right on Center Rd. to the end. 650-499-6387.

San Anselmo

  • Loma Alta Open Space Preserve. Glen Avenue, North of Francis Drake Blvd. 650-499-6387.
  • Memorial Park. Off Sunnyhills Drive. 650-258-4645.
  • Sorich Ranch Park. Located at the end of San Francisco Blvd. 650-258-4645.

San Rafael

  • Jerry Russom Memorial Park. Lucas Valley Road, left on Canyon Oak Drive and continue for 200 yards (unmarked). 650-485-3333.
  • John F McInnis County Park. Highway 101 to Smith Ranch Road. 650-499-6387. San Pedro Mountain Open Space Preserve. North Point San Pedro Rd, to Woodoaks Drive to the end. 650-499-6387.
  • Terra Linda-Sleepy Hollow Divide Open Space Preserve. At the end of Ridgewood Drive. 650-499-6387.


  • Remmington Dog Park. Web Site. 1.3 acres within the Martin Luther King Park, on Bridgeway at Ebbtide Avenue to the end. 100 Ebbtide St. 415-289-4152
  • Rodeo Beach and Lagoon. From the marin Headlands Visitor Center, follow the sign West. 650-331-1540.
  • Marin Headlands Trails. There are several entrances. One is at the Coastal Trail off Bunker Road, near Rodeo Beach. 650-331-1540.


Sierra National Forest

Stanislaus National Forest


Fort Bragg

Jackson State Forest

Little River

Mendocino National Forest

  • Million acre forest. Dogs need to be leashed in campgrounds, picnic areas, and trials. Forest Headquarters: 420 E. Laurel St., Willows, CA 95998, 916-934-3316.


  • Cow Mountain Recreation Area. 27,000 acres. U.S. 101, East on Talmage Road to the City of 10,000 Buddha's (road ends), right at East Side Road for half a mile, then go left on Mill Creek Rd. 707-468-4000.
  • Low Gap Park. In Low Gap Park itself the sign say dogs must be on a leash. However, when the tennis courts are empty they are a great place to throw tennis balls for those with Retrievers among us. Just leave the court when someone comes to play tennis and everyone is very pleasant and friendly about dogs on the courts! Turn west onto Low Gap Rd form State Stree. Go past the cemetery on the right and the county jail, then the Ukiah Playhouse on the left. (Thank you Sage Mountainfire)



New Pine Creek


Inyo National Forest

June Lake

Mammouth Lakes

Toiyabe National Forest

  • Three and a half million acre forest (mostly in Nevada) with hundred of miles of trails in the small California section. Forest Headquarters: 1200 Franklin Way, Sparks, NV 89431, 702-355-5301.


  • Alston Park. Over 150 acres surrounded by grapevines. Highway 29, to Trower Avenue to the end of the street, at Dry Creek Road. 707-257-9529.
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. Dogs are allowed in the undevelped areas near the boat marina. Highway 221 to Streblow Drive, past the Napa Municipal Golf Course and Napa Valley College to the marina launch area. 707-257-9529.
  • Shurtleff Park. Shelter Street and Shurtleff, next to Phillips Elementary School. 707-257-9529.


Nevada City

Tahoe National Forest



  • Lincoln Dog Park. Description: 4 acre off leash fenced dog park. Park is open from Dawn - Dusk (closed from Dawn to 11AM every Wednesday for maintenance). Fenced dog park with parking, potable water, trash container, and waste bags. (will soon have a separate area for dogs less than 25 pounds). Location: Third Street & Santa Clara in the City of Lincoln. Directions: Hwy 65 to Moore Road in Lincoln (across from Safeway). Veer right and Moore Road turns into Joiner Parkway. Turn left on 3rd Street. Turn right on Santa Clara (just past the large oak tree on your right). (Thank you David Marchi)


  • Bear Dog Park. 2 Acre dog park! This 2-acre dog park includes two separate areas to exercise dogs off-leash, one for large dogs and one for small dogs. Each area has an agility play area, walking trail and benches. Location: 1575 Pleasant Grove Boulevard. Directions: Located off of Pleasant Grove Boulevard within Mahany Park. (Thank you Dannielle R)
  • Marco Dog Park. The park is located on Sierra Gardens Drive, North of Douglas Blvd. Off of eastbound I-80 take the Douglas Blvd. East exit, and keep going east. At the third traffic light make a left on to Sierra Gardens Drive. The park is on the right, just as the road begins to curve to the left. It is in a big bowl, is completely fenced, and has water available, including a couple of wading pools. (The organization R- DOG (Roseville Dog Owners Group) helped to establish the park and they keep the park supplied with bags, and they are responsible for improvements.)
     Thank you Donna Treibel, Paula. :-)

Tahoe National Forest

  • Leashless except for the Northwest portion during May 15 to July 15 because to the deer fawning. Forest Headquarters: Highway 49 and Coyote Street, Nevada City, CA 916-265-4531.



Bucks Lake

Chester/Lake Almanor

Lassen National Forest

Plumas National Forest




  • Carmichael Canine Corral.  1 acre dog park located in Carmichael Park. The dog park is open everyday. The Canine Corral features one acre of fenced running room, water, plenty of shade, poop scoop bags and lights for night use. There is benches and chairs for the owners as well. Carmichael, CA. Location: 5750 Grant Avenue. Directions: The dog park is located by the softball diamonds. Carmichael park is located on the corner of Fair Oaks Blvd and Grant Ave. The entrance to the park is on Grant. (Thank you Natasha Garrett)

Citrus Heights

  • C-Bar-C Park, Oak Avenue off Fair Oaks. Citrus Heights, CA Sacramento County. Over two acres, fenced, double-gated, lots of trees and good parking; open year 'round. Run by P.O.O.C.H. - Pet Owners of Citrus Heights. Location: C-Bar-C Park, 8275 Oak Avenue. Directions: From I80 take Sunrise south to Oak Ave. Turn left on to Oak. Drive .9 miles. Park is on the left (North) side of street. (Thank you Pam & Mary Johnson)

Elk Grove

  • Elk Grove Off-Leash Dog Park. Fenced in 1 acre+ just for dogs. Fresh water & doggie bags, Redwood trees for shade, a picnic table. Location: 9950 Elk Grove Florin Road. In Elk Grove Regional Park on the west side next to E. Stockton Blvd & HWY 99. Directions: Take Elk Grove exit off Hwy 99, then south on E. Stockton Blvd about 1 1/2 miles, take left into park at the west entrance, first right turn and it's on the right. It is visible from Hwy 99 and E. Stockton Blvd. (Thank you Adrienne MacLeod-Coffey & Tom Rhoades)
  • Laguna Community Park. Location: 9014 Bruceville Road. (Thank you Tom Rhoades)
  • Wackford Community Center Complex. Fenced dog park. Nice fenced park with benches and chairs. Water fountains for dogs & their owners. Location: Big Horn Blvd at Bruceville. Directions: Hwy 99 exit Laguna Blvd. go west to Bruceville Rd., turn right (N). Take left on Big Horn complex is immediately on left. Park at west end of parking lot near City Maintenance yard. (Thank you C.J.)

Fair Oaks

  • Phoenix Dog Park. Over 2.5 Acre Off-Leash Dog Park divided into 3 areas for small, medium, and/or large dogs, sociable and shy. Two large entrance areas for easy entering or exiting. Separate areas for water, wash off, swimming areas with adequate drainage systems for winter use. Benches, Chairs, Bulletin Board, restrooms close by. Sponsored by Fair Oaks Responsible Dog Owners Group in partnership with the Fair Oaks Parks and Recreation District. Location: 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd. Directions: Fair Oaks is sixteen miles northeast of Sacramento on the north bank of the beautiful American River, two miles north of U.S. Highway 50. Take Hazel Exit. Cross Streets: Sunset and Runway.

Howe Park

  • The park is at Howe Avenue and Cottage Way. To get there, take the Capitol City Freeway East (used to be Business 80) from Sacramento. Take the El Camino exit and go East to Howe Avenue, where you will make a right and go south. After the school on the left, you will see the park. Make a left on Cottage Way, and enter the park at the first entrance on the left. The off-leash area of the park (it is fenced) is between the tennis courts and the baseball field. You can see the fenced-in area down the walkway with signs pertaining to this dog park. It is called Howe About Dogs Park. The organization responsible for this park is called SCOOP (Sacramento Canine Owners for Off-leash Parks).
    Information provided by Paula. Thank you Paula. :-)

Rio Linda

  • Westside Park. Location: West 2nd Street. (Thank you Tom Rhoades)


  • Bannon Creek Park. Story. Natomas. Location: Azevedo Drive near the corner of West El Camino Avenue. (Thank you Christy Pinney)
  • Granite Park. Location: Ramona Avenue off of Power Inn Road. Directions: From HWY 50 East, exit at Power Inn Road, head South, travel approximately 1/2 mile and turn left on Ramona Avenue. Additional Info: Sacramento City Parks and Recreation controls this park. 916-277-6060. 2 Acres, 5am to 10pm daily. (Thank you Tanya Boyer)
  • Partner Park Off-Leash Dog Park. Located behind Belle Cooledge Community Center at 5699 South Land Park Drive; park in lot behind center. Park Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Landscaped rolling turf park is fenced, and includes bag dispensers, bench, water source, and lights. (Thank you Linda)

San Francisco

San Bruno

  • San Bruno Dog Park. Fenced in, water available. Not well lit-- don't go after dark.  Park back by the park, not in the school parking lot.  Only well mannered dogs are welcome.  Picking up after your dog is required. From the Peninsula, go north on 280, exit Sneath.  Corner of Evergreen and Maywood, behind the Hoover Childcare Center. Turn left up Sneath, turn right on Skyline Blvd.  Right on Berkshire, quick right on Fleetwood, left on Evergreen.  Go down hill, and at corner of Maywood pull into parking lot for children's school.  Turn right and drive back behind the school, and the baseball field and the dog park are back there. (Thank you Diane Bassett)

San Francisco

  • Alamo Square. 13 acre park in the heart of San Franisco - 1/2 of which is legally off-leash. One of the most photographed locations in San Francisco. Postcard views of the "Painted Ladies" Victorians. This park is always very windy so bring a pullover or coat. Usually lots of tourists taking pictures and groups of off-leash dogs having a great time! Location: Located between Hayes, Steiner, Fulton and Scott in San Francisco. The western side is off-leash. Directions: Fell Street or Divisadero Street are main streets from which you can take Hayes, Fulton, Scott or Steiner to get to the park. Street parking only (not an easy task in this neighborhood esp. after 4pm). (Thank you Kasie Maxwell)
  • Alta Plaza Park. Between Scott, Steiner, Clay, and Jackson Street. 650-666-7200
  • Baker Beach. Lincoln Blvd. to Bowley St. to the first parking lot. 650-556-8371.
  • Bernal Heights Park. Carver Street and Bernal Heights Blvd. 650-666-7200.
  • Buena Vista Park. Buena Vista Avenue West and Central. 650-666-7200.
  • Castro Neighborhood. Dog Run, small, fenced off area; ground paved. Waste bags & cans are provided. Location: Collingwood St, between 18th & 19th Sts. (Thank you Rod Thornton)

  • Corona Heights Park/ Red Rock Park. Museum Way and Roosevelt Avenue. 650-666-7200.
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  • Crissy Field. Mason Street, past the warehouses, right on Mitchell Street, to the Western edge of the parking lot. 650-556-8371.
  • East Bay. Point Isabel Regional Shoreline. 510-544-2207.
  • Fort Funston. Follow signs on the Great Hwy. About 1/2 mile South on John Muir Drive. When in park, go right. 650-556-8371.
  • Golden Gate Park Dog Run. 38th Avenue and Fulton Street.
  • Golden Gate Park (NW Corner). Stanyan and Fulton Streets.
  • Golden Gate Park (South Side). Between Lincoln Way, Martin Luther King Jr., 5th, and 7th Streets.
  • Golden Gate Park (Stow Lake/Strawberry Hill). Between 19th and 15th Streets.
  • Lafayette Park. Washington, Sacramento, Gough, and Laguna Streets. 650-666-7200.
  • McKinley Square. San Bruno Aven. and 20th Street. 650-666-7200.
  • McLaren Park. Brazil and Mansell Streets. 650-666-7200.
  • Mission Dolores Park. Dolores and Church Streets, between 18th and 20th Streets.
  • Mountain lake Park. 8th Avenue at Lake Street. 650-666-7200
  • Ocean Beach. Between Cliff House and Balboa Street. 650-556-8371.
  • Presidio Naitonal Park. 650-556-8371.Off West Pacific Avenue, West of Presidio Avenue to Arguello Blvd.
  • Stern Grove. Wawona Street between 23rd and 21st Avenues. 650-666-7200.
  • St. Mary's Park. San Francisco, CA.  Recreation Center with fenced-in dog park on lower tier (below playground). Grassy area, benches, canine and human water fountains.  Location: Murray Street and Justin Drive. Directions: From Bay Bridge take 101 south to 280 Daly City Freeway (south). Exit the very first Alamaney Blvd. exit. Go straight thru the stop light and make a quick left. Go straight up to the top of the hill. Park is on left hand side, with football field on first tier (dog park is at bottom on third tier). (Thank you Kristie Maloney)

San Mateo


  • Cipriani Park Dog Exercise Area. El Camino Real, West on Ralston Avenue, passed Alameda de las Pulgas, right on Cipriani Blvd., to Buena Vista. 2525 Buena Vista Avenue. 650-595-7441.


  • Burlingame Park. Dog Exercise Park. Location: 1125 Airport Blvd. Directions: From San Francisco: Exit at Broadway towards Burlingame. Turn a slight left to take the ramp toward the overpass. Turn Right on Rollins Rd. Turn Right on Broadway. Turn Right on Bayshore Hwy. And then turn Left onto Airport Blvd. Entire distance after leaving the freeway should be less than 1 mile. (Thank you Cindi Fleischer)

Foster City

  • Boothbay Park. Boothbay Avenue and Edgewater Lane. 650-345-5731.
  • Foster City Dog Exercise Area. 600 Foster City Blvd. 650-345-5731.
  • Foster City Dog Run. Small Park with fencing. Good park. There are separate areas for big dogs and little dogs, poop bags, water, picnic tables and some agility toys. Location: Foster City Blvd. Directions: From S.F. take 101 South to the Hillsdale exit. Go east on Hillsdale Blvd. until Foster City Blvd. then turn right. Park is on the right at the corner of Foster City Blvd. and Bounty. (Thank you J. O'Hara)

Half Moon Bay

  • Coast Side Dog Park. Hours: daylight hours. 650-726-8297. Features: fenced, benches, tables, poop bags, parking, restrooms, trashcans. Comment: temporary site pending permanent location - funded through public donations. Location: Located on Wavecrest Road near Hwy 1. Directions: On the west side of Highway 1, South of Highway 92. visit website for detailed map.

Mountain View


  • Esplanade Beach. Directions: Entrance via stirs at the end of Esplanade, North of Manor Dr., Pacifica. 650-738-7381

Palo Alto

  • Herbert Hoover Park. Location: 2901 Cowper Street at Colorado and Loma Verde. 650-496-6910. (Thank you Daniela Grief)
  • John Lucas Greer Park. Location: 1098 Amarillo Avenue at West Bayshore Road. (Thank you Daniela Grief)
  • J. Pierce Mitchell Dog Run. Location: 600 East Meadow at Middlefield Road. 650-496-6910.

Pulgas Ridge

  • Pulgas Ridge. 16 acres in the middle of a preserve. Accessible via the Blue Oak Trail or the Cordilleras Trail. Dogs must be kept on-leash to and from the off-leash area. Directions: Off Crestview Drive and Edmonds Road near San Carlos. 650-691-200

Redwood Shores

  • Shore Dogs. Shore Dogs dog park is a fully fenced park with both an area for large dogs and one for small dogs. The park is part grass, part DG. Water bowls are available along with poop cans, scoops and plastic bags. There is plenty of parking. The park is open from dawn until dusk. Fenced, off-leash dog exercise park. Location: Radio Road. Directions: From San Francisco International Airport, take 101 South and exit at Holly Street/Redwood Shores Pkwy. Stay to the left in the fork and circle around up over the freeway. Stay on Redwood Shores Parkway for about 2.4 miles to Radio Road. Turn right on Radio Road to the stop sign and turn right again, (entrance to the dog run is a short distance from the stop sign on your right). (Thank you Pia McGovern, BS, CPDT)

San Bruno

  • San Bruno Dog Park.

    Fenced dog park in San Bruno hills.

    A good place for dogs to get a hearty run in. Poop bags and water provided. There does tend to be a lot of holes and one needs to check and make sure that gates at both ends of the park are closed before taking dog in. Location: In Back of Maywood School. Directions: From San Francisco take 280 south to the Westborough exit. Follow Westborough up hill until the 2nd stop light and turn left there. Follow that a good way into the Rollingwood area and turn left on Maywood. Follow Maywood until it dead-ends in the school parking lot. As you enter the school parking lot take the first right turn to the back of the school yard and you will see the Fenced dog park area. 650-616-7195. (Thank you J. O'Hara)

San Carlos

  • Heather Park. 1.5 acre park at the 2700 block of Melendy Dr, West side of Heather School. Portofino and Melendy Drives. 650-593-8011.

San Mateo

  • San Mateo Dog Park. Location: off 3rd Avenue in San Mateo. Directions: from 101 north or south bound take East 3rd Avenue and follow it out until you see Shoreline Park area. (Thank you Stacie Nevares)

Santa Clara


  • Campbell Dog Park. Off Leash Dog Park. Location: 1250 Dell Ave. Directions: From San Jose - Currently, the northernmost access to the trail is located at Blackford Elementary School, near the intersection of Leigh Avenue and Willow Street. Limited on-street parking is available at Bascom Avenue, north of Hamilton Avenue. From Campbell - Access and parking are available; from Campbell Park on Los Gatos Creek at Campbell Avenue; from Los Gatos Creek County Park located on Dell and Hacienda Avenues, from Old Camden Ave., and from the westerly end of Campisi Way, north of Campbell Avenue. Additional access points are located at Camden Avenue/Highway 17 and Railway Avenue. From Los Gatos - Access and parking are available; from Vasona County Park and Oak Meadow Park off Blossom Hill Road, from downtown Los Gatos at Miles Avenue, Main Street, and Forbes Mill, and from the Lexington Reservoir Dam. Public transit is available to Los Gatos Creek Trail. Located inside Los Gatos Creek Park next to the casting ponds. Its a County park so there is a fee for parking in their lot. Separate enclosures for large and small dogs. (Thank you Jen Sorenson)


  • City of Milpitas Dog Park at Ed Levin. Dog park has separate sections for small and large dogs. The dog park is run by the City of Milpitas, but it is located at Ed Levin County Park. Really nice location with beautiful surroundings.  Location: 3100 Calveras Blvd. Directions: The dog park is located off Calaveras Blvd. Turn onto Downing Road and head toward Sandy Wool Lake. Go uphill by the lake until you come to the dog park. (Thank you Lori Calvery)

Morgan Hill

  • Morgan Hill Dog Park.  A one and three quarters acre fenced off leash dog park at Morgan Hill's Community Park. Separate areas for large and small dogs. Poop bags, scoopers, and drinking water for dogs are available. Very nicely landscaped. Dogs must wear collar with identification, license and rabies tags attached. Location: Edmundson Avenue. Directions: From Highway 101, exit on Tennant Ave. and travel west. Turn right into Community Park just after crossing Monterey St. (Thank you Gaylord Smith)

Mountain View

  • The Mtn View Dog Park Place. 2-sided (big and small) shade shelters. Great place ! Safe and friendly. Dog owners are very good about reinforcing good behavior and ejecting bad owners and their dogs. Location: Northeast corner of Shoreline Blvd. and North Road (east of Shoreline Park entry gate. Directions: 101 to Shoreline North, go to end off Shoreline, turn right, then left into dog park.
  • Shoreline Dog Park. There are separate areas for small and big dogs. Well groomed sandy type surface area. And has bags, garbage, and water. Location: Shoreline Blvd. Directions: From 101, Take Shoreline Blvd. east, till you can go no further. Sign on right directs you to the dog park. (Thank you Kyra Kazantzis & Julie Barto)

Palo Alto

  • Greer Park. West Bayshore Road and Amarillo Street. 650-496-6950.
  • Hoover Park. Cowper Street between Loma Verde and Colorado Avenues.
  • Mitchell Park. East Meadow Drive, South of Middlefield Rd. 650-496-6950.

San Jose

  • Butcher Dog Park. Separate small dog area. Location: Camden Ave and Lancaster Drive. (Thank you Jen Sorenson)
  • Delmas Dog Park. Off Leash Dog Park. Location: At the corner of Delmas and Park Avenues, north of San Carlos and east of Hwy 87. (Thank you Jen Sorenson)
  • Fontana Dog Park. Off Leash Dog Park. Located inside Jefferey Fontana Park near a children's playground - entertainment for the whole family. Location: Corner of Golden Oak Way and Castello Drive. (Thank you Jen Sorenson)
  • Hellyer Park. The dog off leash area is about 1 acre in size with a 6 foot chain link fence enclosure. It is about 2/3 grass and 1/3 other terrain, such as dirt and tambark.  The park has several established walnut trees, park benches and a couple of picnic tables for the humans to relax. The is a water and bucket for the dogs to drink from. Clean up tools are provided. Directions: 101 to Hellyer, following signs toward Coyote River Park. Go straight through stop sign. Stop at entrance and pay $4.00 (or $50 for a year) for park access. Go straight 1/2 mile and you'll see dog park. (Thank you Michele Rae Warner)
  • Lincoln Park. Hours: 5pm to 8pm.  Fenced, benches, handicap access, poopbag dispenser, trees, water, restrooms, trashcans, shelter. Located on Wabash and West San Carlos. (Thank you Eric Hewitt)
  • Miyuki Dog Park. Hours: 5pm to 8pm.  Fenced, benches, handicap access, poopbag dispenser, trees, water, restrooms, trashcans, shelter. Located on Miyuki Drive, off Santa Theresa Blvd, a few blocks east of the Santa Theresa Community Hospital at Cottle Road. Fenced, poopbag dispenser, benches, double-gated entry. (Thank you Eric Hewitt)
  • Percolation Ponds. Off leash running and swimming. About 20 acres of undeveloped land owned by San Jose Water District open to Recreation including three ponds that total seven acres that dogs can swim in. Located on Noble Ave North of Piedmont. Drive East on Penitencia Creek (off Capitol Ave), left onto Piedmont Rd., Right at Forst light onto Noble Ave, Park is on the Right just after Mira Vista Ct. (Thank you Jim Prestridge)
  • Ryland Dog Park. Off Leash Dog Park. Gravel and double gated. Under an overpass. Location: On Ryland Street *under* Coleman Avenue, east of Hwy 87. (Thank you Jen Sorenson)
  • Saratoga Creek Park. Off Leash Dog Park. Location: End of Graves Ave behind Orchard Supply Hardware. Directions: Off Saratoga Avenue across from Westgate Shopping Center. (Thank you Jen Sorenson)
  • Watson Dog Park. Off leash -small and large dog enclosures. Re-opened after soil examinations concluded no toxins in the dog park area. Location:: Watson Dog Park is located at the north end of Watson Park, North 22nd and Jackson streets, near Highway 101. The park is accessible through the former main entrance on Jackson Street near Monferino Drive. Parking: Parking is in the park's lower paved lot, with a pathway near the closed Community Gardens that leads to the dog park. (Thank you for the information Jen Sorenson)

Santa Clara

  • Santa Clara Dog Park. 3450 Brookdale Drive, next to the Curtis Elementary School. Directions: From Lawrence Expressway, turn on Lochinvar heading east. Take a left on Bing, right on Brookdale. It will be on your right. (408) 615-2260 Hours: M-F 7 a.m. to sunset. Saturday, Sunday and holidays 9 a.m., closed one-half hour after sunset. (Thank you Tara Samuels)
  • Santa Clara Dog Park. Two large fully landscaped and fenced in enclosures for both big and small dogs. Shade areas and benches on both sides. A nice setting in an urban surrounding. Port-o-potty restroom, poop bags for doggy cleanup, water fountains and bowls, plenty of parking. Location: Lafayette and Reed. Directions: 101 exit De La Cruz to El Camino make right at Lafayette. Turn right at read and turn immediate right into parking lot. (Thank you Amber Stagi)


  • Las Palmas Park. Russet and Danforth Drives. 408-730-7350.

Santa Cruz


  • Polo Grounds Dog Park.  Fenced, off-leash area, including partitioned small dog section. Open sunrise to sunset. There are benches and chairs. One parking lot and driveway serves an open space area (technically leash only), the off-leash park, the bicycle stunt course, and the first soccer field. There are almost always at least a couple of dogs here, more often several. At peak periods there can be more than 30 dogs. The atmosphere is social for humans, as well. Locals are encouraged to join the yahoo group AptosDogPark. The park floor is thick with wood chips and mulch, whatever garden refuse local landscapers and arborists dump by the truckload. The county also contributes large quantities, ever replenishing. This park has little shade in the summer midday and can get hot. Winters are quite wet and nippy. Nice park keeps getting better with each improvement. Biodegradable bag dispensers and garbage cans are plentiful and there are a couple of pooper scoopers. There are usually a few dozen tired tennis balls around, but bring more. There is plenty of room to really use that Chuck-It®. Be aware that Great Meadow adjacent has a walkway around the perimeter, and there are trails to a creek; but the entire area outside the fences is bound by the leash laws. Patrol staff has increased, so citations have been handed out. Challenge the law at your own risk, but PLEASE keep the dogs off of the manicured grass unless you are watching a soccer game. You WILL get cited and you WILL incur flack for the park if you walk your dogs on the lawns/playing fields. Location: 2255 Huntington Avenue, Aptos, California. Directions: From the south take Hwy 1 to Rio Del Mar Blvd exit and turn right at  the end of the ramp. Turn right again onto Soquel Drive but then continue straight onto Huntington Drive, which then veers left. Huntington is the left for again after a short way. The Polo Grounds County Park entrance will suddenly be on your left at the top of a small hill in the road. You'll know almost immediately you're in the right place. (Thank you CJ Handy)

Santa Cruz

  • De La Veaga Park. Off-leash dog area. Location: Branciforte Drive. This is a small off-leash dog area on and below a sandy cliff. The fire road continues on in shady secondary redwood growth all the way up the golf course. The shady part of the fire road is not off-leash, but it is not patrolled. Directions: From downtown Santa Cruz, take Ocean Street to Market Street. Heading out of town Market street turns into Branciforte Drive. Park in the gravel turnout on the right 1/4 mile after Grunewald Street. Climb the fire road a short way to the off-leash area. (Thank you Susanne Altermann)
  • Lighthouse Field. North side of West Cliff Drive, West of Point Santa Cruz. 408-429-3777. Dogs ON LEASH between 10:00 and 4:00. Please comply with these regulations and help us save our off-leash privileges.
  • West Lighthouse Beach. South side of West Cliff Drive, West of Point Santa Cruz, between Almar and Woodrow Avenues. 408-429-3777. NO DOGS 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please comply with these regulations and help us save our off-leash privileges.
  • Mitchell's Cove Beach. Off leash from sunrise to 10am and 4pm to sunset. South side of West Cliff Drive, between Almar and Woodrow Avenues. 408-429-3777. Off leash from sunrise to 10am and 4pm to sunset. South side of West Cliff Drive.

Scotts Valley

  • Lodato Park. Highway 17 to Green Hills Road. 408-438-3251.
  • Sky Park Dog Park.  Fenced, off-leash areas for small and all dogs. Shade pavilions, announcement board, and 25% of space is reserved for small dogs. The park shares parking with the adjacent skate park. This park frequently runs out of bags, and has not yet caught onto the use of the small, biodegradable type. The land used to be an municipal airport and the tarmac partially remains underneath the layers of wood chips. Location: 361 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley, CA. Directions: From Highway 17 take the Mount Hermon Road exit. Turn right onto Kings Village Road. At the T intersection with Bluebonnet Lane, turn left to continue on Kings Village Road. Turn into the first paved parking lot on the left. (Thank you CJ Handy)




Lassen National Forest


Shasta-Trinity National Forest


Tahoe National Forest

  • Leashless except for the Northwest portion during May 15 to July 15 because to the deer fawning. Forest Headquarters: Highway 49 and Coyote Street, Nevada City, CA 916-265-4531.



Shasta-Trinity National Forest



  • Phenix Community Dogpark. Fully fenced. Location: Adjacent to Benicia Community Park, off Community Park Drive, behind the far left parking lot. (Thank you Kari Moreno)


  • Hall Memorial Park. East Mayes Street and Hall Park Drive. 916-678-7000.
  • Northwest Park. 20 acre park. North lincoln and West H Streets. 916-678-7000.

Suisun City

  • Grizzly Island Wildlife Area. Open only between mid-January to March 1st, and July- early August. Interstate 80 to Highway 12, towards Rio Vista, turn on Grizzly Island Road, to Sunset Shopping Center for 10 miles. 707-425-3828.


  • Lagoon Valley Park. A couple of acres of fenced in dog park for dogs to roam off leash. Open dawn to dusk. Has poo pickup bags and garbage cans provided. Doggie drinking fountain. Double gate. Chairs and tables. Location: Off of I-80, just west of Vacaville in Solano County, CA. Take the Pena Adobe exit and follow directions to Lagoon Valley Park. As you are driving in, you can't miss it. Directions: West of Vacaville in Solano County, CA. Take the Pena Adobe exit and follow directions to Lagoon Valley Park. As you are driving in, you can't miss it.


  • GVRD Dog & BMX Skate Park. Greater Vallejo Recreation District Park. Walking trail behind park. Plenty of parking, bathroom facility. Large, grassy fenced area for off leash dog run. Location: 1805 Ascot Parkway. Directions: From Hwy 80 Take Redwood East exit to Ascot Parkway, Turn right. 1 block on right across from new high school. (Thank you Shelee Loughmille)
  • Vallejo Dog Park. Great, large, fenced, wonderful two areas, one for small dogs, one for larger dogs, and water available, plastic bags and trash cans for poop, and lots of very nice people. lovely new park and a wonderful place to socialize your dog with other dogs. it's on ascot street the name isn't Vallejo dog park it's something else but i can't recall right now, anyway, ascot street near redwood parkway. GREAT park! Location: Ascot Street near Redwood parkway. (Thank you Deborah Wong)
  • Wardlaw Dog Park. Off Leash Dog Park. There is a great place to have dogs run off leash. It is a pretty recent dog park, about 1-2 years old. There are both small and large dog sides. From Hwy 80 East Bound take the Redwood Street EAST exit. Location: Redwood and Ascot Parkway. Directions: Follow Redwood to Ascot Parkway and turn right. Stay in the right lane. The park will be a little more than a block farther on your right. Pull into Wardlaw Park and you are there! (Thank you Pamela Bowler)



Glen Ellen



North Bay

  • Elizabeth Anne Perrone Dog Park. One acre leash free. Water fountain, pooper scoopers, tables and benches, lawn and trees. Open sunrise to sunset. Sonoma Regional Park, Highway 12, between Sonoma and turnoff for Glen Ellen. Sonoma County, North Bay, California. Follow Highway 101 North to Santa Rosa, getting off, east on highway 12 to Sonoma/Napa. Follow 12 past exit to Glen Ellen. Dog Park in Sonoma Regional Park ajacent to Garden Court Cafe. (Thank you Valorie Waddingham)

Rohnhert Park

  • Rohnert Park Animal Shelter. Small dog park adjacent to the shelter. The hours of this park are dawn-9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.-dusk. The park features a small exercise area, water, and a shade structure. Location: 301 J. Rogers Lane. Directions: Off US 101 take Rohnert Park Expressway (east). Turn right onto Redwood Drive. Turn left on J. Rogers Dr. (Thank you Guy Miller)


  • Lucchesi Park. Dogs under voice control may be off leash between 6am-9am, Monday-Friday. Madison Street and North McDowell Boulevard. 707-778-4386
  • Oak Hill Park. Small, behind a hill, grassy, friendly. Go up park avenue, and you will see a playground, with trees behind it. go behind the trees and down the hill. Park Ave. (Thank you Vanessa Link) 
  • Prince Park, Petaluma, CA. Large public playing field, partially fenced, next to a golf course. Official hours are Mon-Fri, 6am - 3pm (Sept-May), Mon-Fri 6am - 8am (Jun-Aug), Sat-Sun 6am - 8am and Mon-Sun 8pm - 10pm. However, this is a large park and most of the sports events take place in the southern half. We have never been kicked out. People even offer dog training classes here. There are also drinking fountains. My old dogs like to romp on the turf grass. Location: East Washington St, east of Sonoma Mt. Parkway, just past the Petaluma airport (on your right). Directions: From HWY 101 north take the E. Washington--Central Petaluma exit. Turn right onto E. Washington drive approx. 1 mile. Take the first left turn after the airport. There will be baseball diamonds and recreational buildings at the south end of the park. Follow the drive to the north end, where there is plenty of parking and shade. (Thank you Marian Parker)
  • Rocky Memorial Dog Park. At the intersection of Lakeville and Casa Grande go west towards the river about 1/4 mile. Road dead ends at dog park. Open 6am to 9pm daily, fenced, parking, water; the best place in Petaluma to take your dog! (Thank you Mike Wise)

Santa Rosa

  • Montecito Park. Fenced Dog Run. At the park next to Maria Carillo High School. Montecito Blvd. (Rincon Valley) Santa Rosa, CA. (Thank you John W. Nielsen)


  • DeTurk Round Barn Park. ¼ acre fenced lawn area. Water. Location: 819 Donahue Street.
  • Doyle Community Park. ¼ acre fenced lawn and wood chip area. Water, Small and large dog area. Bathrooms. Location: 700 Doyle Park Drive. (Thank you Mary Bucher)
  • Ernie Smith Dog Park. Off leash fenced dog park. Best place in Sonoma for your dog to run free! Water fountains, picnic tables and chairs..1/2 acre fenced off leash park, double gated entries, completely fenced in. Location: Craig Ave at Arnold Dr. (Thank you Denise Dynan)
  • Galvin Community Park. ½ acre fenced lawn and wood chip area Water, picnic table. Bathrooms. Location: 3330 Yulupa Ave. (Thank you Mary Bucher)
  • Holman Dog Park. Small friendly fenced park with shaded tables, toys, and running water. Located just off the Sonoma Plaza on First street east, connected to the Sonoma police station, Field of dreams and directly across from the Veterans building. (Thank you Susan Hardister)
  • Liz Perrone Dog Park. Beautiful location, with hiking trails- dogs on leash on trails- in addition to fenced dog park. Large fully fenced, hose & water fountain for humans and dogs, gazebo for shade, benches & picnic tables, tennis balls. Location: Highway 12. Directions: Take HWY 12 towards Santa Rosa. Off leash dog park is just past Arrowood & Imagery wineries on RIGHT, before Glen Elen in the Sonoma Regional Park. Parking fee of $4. (Thank you Andrea Jenkins)
  • North West Community Park. ½ acre fenced lawn and wood chip area. Water, Small and large dog area. Bathrooms. Location: 2620 West Steele Lane.
  • Rincon Valley Community Park. ½ acre fenced lawn and wood chip area. Water, picnic table. Small and large dog areas. Swimming pond. Bathrooms. Location:5108 Badger Road. (Thank you Mary Bucher)



Lassen National Forest

Mendocino National Forest


Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Six Rivers National Forest

Trinity Center



  • Plaza Bark Park. Fenced-in dog park. The 1.6 acre Bark Park is located at the north end of Plaza Park in Visalia. It is surrounded by a 6' fence and includes a double-gated entry, shade, benches, pooper-scooper stations and water for two- and four-legged users. There are separate areas for small and large dogs. Location: Corner of Plaza Drive and Airport Road. Directions: From Hwy 198 exit on Plaza Drive. The Bark Park is located next to Plaza Park, across from the Holiday Inn. (Thank you Dana Alvarez)


Stanislaus National Forest

  • 1 million acre forest with meadows, pines, volcanic ridges. 660 miles of trials. Forest Headquarters: 19777 Greenley Road, Sonora, CA 95370, 209-532-3671.



  • Aspen Greenbelt (near Glacier Drive and Isle Royale Lane)  (Thank you Christy Pinney)
  • Community Park1405 F Street (west of the Skate Park)  (Thank you Christy Pinney)
  • Pioneer Park. Interstate 80, exit Mace Blvd, left on Chiles Road, right on El Cemonte Ave., left on Swingle Drive to Hamel Street. 916-757-5626. 5035 Hamel Street  (Thank you Christy Pinney)
  • Slide Hill Park. The dog portion is the back of the park, behind the Tennis Courts. Off Temple Drive. 916-757-5626. 1525 Tulip Lane (near the south end of the park)  (Thank you Christy Pinney)
  • Sycamore Park. The dog area is to the left of the playground. On Sycamore Lane, between Villanova and Bucknell. 916-757-5626. 1313 Sycamore Lane  (Thank you Christy Pinney)
  • Toad Hollow Dog Park. 2.5 acres. Double-lock entry gate. Drinking fountain for dogs, plastic chairs for people, trash cans, baggies. During the winter months, the Toad Hollow Dog Park may be closed prior to, during, and following heavy rain periods. During the temporary closures, signage will be posted at the site to inform the public. The Dog Park will be re-opened once the field has dried and is suitable for use. Location: 1919 Second Street. (Thank you Cynthia Drake)
  • Walnut Park 2700 Lillard Drive (south of the tennis courts)  (Thank you Christy Pinney)


  • Crawford Park. Permit required. Interstate 5, exit East Street, go South, make a right on Gibson Road, then a left on College Street. Corner of El Dorado Street and College. 916-661-5880.
  • Woodside Park. Interstate 5, exit East Street, go South, make a right on Gibson Road, then a left on College Street to El Dorado Street and go East to Cottonwood Street. 916-661-5880.



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Fort Dick

Contra Costa

Jul 16th

Local dog walker available!

By Bauer
Hello everyone!
My name is Alida Adams and I'm an affordable dog walker and pet sitter working in a number of towns: Mansfield, Norton, Plainville, Walpole, Sharon, and many more!
I go to grad school a few evenings a week, and am writing my thesis, which leaves my schedule open and flexible to best suit your and your dog's needs!  Whether your dog likes to walk, run, wrestle, or cuddle, I can do it all.  Dogs love routines, so whatever is the norm with you is what I will do with you dog (I even had a dog sleep on my pillow every night for two weeks while his owners were away).
Excellent references available upon request.
Thank you, I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Alida Adams
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)