Ultimate Dog Park LIst

The OK Dog’s Ultimate Dog Park List

We are all about visiting dog parks!  We try to take a “dog park extravaganza” often and try to visit dog parks we have never been too.

Currently, we have visited

over 200  different dog parks

& we’re still going strong.
We update this page as we visit new ones, so come back!  You can check out the details of each dog park by clicking on the link.  Don’t forget to leave a comment about your favorite dog park!  One day we will find #American’sBestDogParks

Kentucky = 28

Top 5 Dog Parks In Kentucky
Sawyer Dog Park, Louisville, KY
Boone County Dog Park, Florence, KY
East Frankfort Bark Park, Frankfort, KY
Michael Kay Red Orchard Dog Park, Shelbyville, KY
Champions Dog Park, Louisville KY

All Dog Parks We’ve Played at in Kentucky

 


 Tennessee = 28

Top 5 Dog Parks In Tennessee
Concord Petsafe Dog Park, Knoxville, TN
Morristown Dog Park, Morristown, TN
Shelby Farms Dog Park, Memphis, TN
Tommy Schumpert Petsafe Dog Park, Knoxville TN
Maggies Bark Park, Franklin, TN

All Dog Parks We’ve Played at in Tennessee


 Ohio = 29

Top 5 Dog Parks In Ohio

  1. Wags Park, Cincinnati , OH
  2. Heritage Trail Dog Park, Columbus, OH
  3. Washington Dog Park, Cincinnati, OH
  4. Montgomery County Dog Park, Dayton, OH
  5. Alum Creek Dog Park, Columbus, OH

All Dog Parks We’ve Played at in Ohio


 North Carolina = 6

Our Favorite Dog Park In North Carolina
Jackson Park Dog Park, Hendersonville, NC

All Dog Parks We’ve Played at in North Carolina


South Carolina = 10

Top 5 Dog Parks In South Carolina
James Island Dog Park, Charleston, SC
Conestee Dog Park, Greenville, SC
The Pavillion Dog Park, Taylors, SC
Simpsonville Dog Spot, Simpsonville, SC
Pelham Mill Dog Park, Greenville, SC

All Dog Parks We’ve Played at in South Carolina


Florida = 15

Top 5 Dog Park In Florida
Dogwood Dog Park, Jacksonville, FL
Fort De Soto Dog Beach, St Petersburg, FL
Happy Tails Dog Park, Plantation, FL
Tropical Park Dog Park, Miami, FL
West Kendall Dog Park, Miami, FL

All Dog Parks We’ve Played at in Florida


Georgia = 20

Top 5 Dog Parks In Georgia
Newton Beneful Dream Dog Park, Johns Creek, GA
Macon Dog Park, Macon, GA
Canine Crossing, College Park, GA
Pinckneyville Dog Park, Norcross, GA
Woofstock Dog Park, Woodstock, GA

All Dog Parks We’ve Played at in Georgia


Alabama = 7

Top 3 Dog Parks In Alabama
Cahaba Beach Dog Park, Birmingham, AL
Alabaster Dream Dog Park, Alabaster, AL
Hannah Daye Ridling Bark Park, Montgomery, Al

All Dog Parks We’ve Played at in Alabama


Illinois = 5

Top 5 Dog Parks in Illinois


Wisconsin = 2


Minnesota=13

Top 5 Dog Parks In Minnesota
Battle Creek Off Leash Dog Park
Minnehaha Dog Park
Bloomington Dog Park
Alimagnet Dog Park
Crow-Hassan Park Reserve

All Dog Parks We’ve Played at in Minnesota


Indiana = 5


 Missouri = 10

Top 5 Dog Park in Missouri

Broemmelsiek Dog Park, Wentzville,MO
Grindstone Nature Off Leash Area, Columbia, MO
Cosmo Park Off Leash Area, Columbia, MO
Twin Lakes Dog Park, Columbia, MO
Garth Nature Area Dog Park, Columbia, MO

 

All Dog Parks We’ve Played at in Minnesota


West Virginia = 7

  • Valley Park Dog Park, Hurricane WV -dog tunnels inspiration
  • Nitro Dog Park, Nitro, WV  -chicken house
  • Krepps Dog Park, Morgantown, WV -woodsey/rocks, cool
  • Joplin Dog Run, South Charleston,WV
  • Stanleys Spot Dog Park, Morgantown, WV
  • Fidos Backyard, Fairmont, WV
  • Clarksburg Dog Park, Clarksburg, WV

 Virginia = 21

Top 5 Dog Parks In Virginia
James Hunter Dog Park, Arlington VA
Glencarlyn Dog Park, Arlington, VA
Shilington Dog Park, Arlington, VA
Fort Bernard, Arlington, VA
Windmill Dog Park, Alexandria, VA

All Dog Parks We’ve Played at in Virginia

  • Windmill Dog Park, Alexandria, VA 
  • James Hunter Dog Park, Arlington, VA
  • Glencarlyn Dog Park, Arlington, VA
  • Fort Bernard, Arlington, VA
  • Shilington Dog Park, Arlington, VA
  • Crozet Dog Park, Crozet, VA
  • Forest Hill Presbyterian Church Dog Park, Richmond, Virginia
  • Dorey Dog Park, Henrico, VA
  • Short Pump Dog Park, Henrico, VA
  • Church Hill Dog Park, Richmond, VA
  • Barker Field Dog Park, Richmond, VA
  • Northside Dog Park, Richmond, VA
  • Stony Point Fashion Park Mall Dog Park, Richmond, VA
  • Bandy Field Dog Park, Richmond, VA
  • Hanover Co Dog Park, Hanover, VA
  • Salem Rotary Dog, Salem, VA
  • Highland Dog Park, Roanoke, VA
  • Thrasher Park, Roanoke, VA
  • Rockwood Dog Park, Richmond, VA
  • Lynchburg Dog Park, Lynchburg, VA
  • Ruff House Dog park, Richmond, VA

Maryland = 6

Top 3 Dog Parks In Maryland
Patterson Dog Park, Baltimore, ML
Locust Dog Park, Baltimore, ML
Downs Memorial Park Dog Beach, Pasadena, ML

All Dog Parks We’ve Played at in Maryland

  • Heurich Dog Park, Hyattsville, ML
  • Kent Island Dog Park,  Stevensville, ML
  • MataPeake Dog Beach, Stevensville, ML
  • Downs Memorial Park Dog Beach, Pasadena, ML
  • Locust Dog Park, Baltimore, ML
  • Patterson Dog Park, Baltimore, ML

Delaware = 2


Pennsylvania = 12

Top Dog Park In Pennsylvania
Beau’s Beneful Dream Dog Park, Lancaster, PA

  • Schuylkill Dog Park, Philadelphia, PA
  • Beau’s Beneful Dream Dog Park, Lancaster, PA
  • Jeager and friends dog park, Somerset, PA
  • Allen Township Dog Park, Northampton, PA
  • Macungie Dog Park, Macungie, PA
  • Monocacy Dog Park, Bethlehem, PA
  • Route 100 Off-Leash Dog Park, Fogelsville, PA
  • Cedar Creek Dog Park, Allentown, PA
  • Nazareth Dog Park, Nazareth, PA
  • Happy Tails Kohl Memorial Dog Park, Harrisburg, PA
  • Godfrey’s Welcome to Dogdom, Mohnton, PA
  • Bubba’s Happy Tails Dog Park, Shippensburg, PA

New Jersey = 8

Top Dog Park in New Jersey
Freedom Bark Dog Park, Medford, NJ

  • Timber Creek Dog Park, Blackwood, NJ
  • Longport Dog Beach, Somers Point, NJ
  • Freedom Bark Dog Park, Medford, NJ
  • Connelly Dog Park, Voorhees Township, NJ
  • Cameron Dog Park, Parsippany, NJ
  • Pennington Dog Park, Delanco, NJ
  • Swedes Run Dog Park, Moorestown, NJ
  • Gloucester County Dog Park, Logan Township, NJ

 

New York = 7

Dog Parks we’ve visited in New York



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Top 20 Dog Parks

Concord Dog Park, Knoxville, TN
Wags Park, Cincinnati, OH
Battle Creek Off Leash Dog Park
Newtown Dream Dog Park, Johns Creek, GA
Cahaba Beach Dog Park, Birimingham, AL
Minnehaha Dog Park
Brommelsiek Dog Park, St. Louis, MI
Grindstone Nature Off Leash Area, Columbia, MO
Macon Co. Dog Park, Macon, GA
James Island Dog Park, Charleston, SC
Bloomington Dog Park
Heritage Trails Dog Park, Columbus, OH
Lums Pond State Park, Bear, DE
Prairie Wolf Dog Park, Lake Forest, IL
Beau’s Beneful Dream Dog Park, Lancaster, PA
Alimagnet Dog Park
Viking County Dog Park, Stoughton, WI
Jackson Bark Park, Chicago, IL
Freedom Barks Dog Park, Medford, NJ
James Hunter Dog Park, Arlington VA


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Help us find #America’sBestDogParks
By commenting below – your favorite dog park
We’ll get back with you and we will tell your story on our blog!
Then get the keys and come check it out ourselves!
WOL (Woof Out Loud)


Learn what we believe the Characteristics of a Dog Park are.

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Nature of Park-
Open to-
Location of-
Enrichment-
Areas-
Surfaces-
Human Comfort-

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Twin Lakes Dog Park

NO LEASH

 

Nature of park: Fenced Off Leash
Open to the Public
Location: Columbia, MO
Enrichment: WATER!!!! A huge lake to swim in.
Areas: Three technically.  One all dog area, one small dog area w/ water access, and one                       lake side area.  *They usually have the all dog and lake access area open together.
Surface: mainly dirt & sand
Human Comfort: Quiet a few benches, some cool looking chairs and picnic benches all                        around the park.

The Ok Dog’s Rating:  5 out 5 Paws

This park is making us rethink our Top 10!

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Ossian & Koda knows the rules: Always swim with a buddy!
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This is one happy dog!  Swimming on a beautiful day=the best day
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Ossian surveying the land
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Koda & her ball (that she found and claimed as her own)

Brookhaven Park

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This little gem of a place is great for playing fetch or enjoying a nice stroll through the park.  Although not technically a dog park, locals use it as an off leash park.  This old park has been run down, but luckily for us dog lovers its perfect for us.   Playgrounds, lots of trails, and a small creek makes this a perfect place for an afternoon wind down, or a Saturday morning gathering!

4158 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30319

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*Be aware that this place could have changed since our trip in Oct 2016-be aware of leash laws!*

 

Top 10 Pawesome Cities for The Traveling Dogs

1. Columbus, OH

Columbus offers tons of dog parks (many with swimming access), great pet stores like local Pet People and Mutts and Co., the Columbus Pet Expo in the spring, WagFest in the summer, and two indoor dog parks. Red Roof, our usual hotel destination is also based there, as are BarkBox and Three Dogs Bakery.  The Columbus All-Breed Training club is very active, and the suburb of Upper Arlington allows dogs to be off-leash at all public parks in the evenings. Columbus offers everything you could want as a dog lover, and is our top city!

2. Knoxville, TN

Knoxville has awesome dog parks, including our favorite dog park, Concord. The parks were built by PetSafe, which is based there, and 3 of them have nice ponds for swimming. There are also several cool on-leash places you can take your dog, including IJAMS nature center, World’s Fair Park, Market Square (an area downtown with a park, shops like Citifid-O, and restaurants like Soccer Taco that has a dog-friendly patio). We have also been to nearby Circle G Ranch twice, which is a drive-thru safari that allows dogs as long as they stay in the car.

 

3. Atlanta, GA

Atlanta is home to our favorite conference, BarkWorld. BarkWorld is a social media conference for dog lovers, and we have been almost every fall the past 7 years.  Atlanta also has Newtown Dream dog park (one of our favorites) and nice public parks like Piedmont and Centennial Olympic Park. Atlantic Station is a nice outside area with several shops and restaurants, and ParkGrounds is a cafe with an attached dog park.

 

4. St. Louis, MO

St. Louis is home to Purina Farms (technically in Gray Summit). Purina Farms is host to numerous dog events, including the Canine Games which we have participated in. There is also the AKC Museum, which of course is dog-friendly, as well as other on-leash destinations like City Garden, the Gateway Arch park, Laumeier Sculpture Park, and Forest Park. Broemmelsiek Dog Park (a top-10 park) is in nearby in Defiance.

 

5. Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati has several dog parks, including Wags Park (our #2 favorite park), Washington Park (a neat dog park in a cool city park), and Beagle Bay Water Bark at Kennel Resorts. Each September, The Beach Waterpark hosts a Dog Day at The Beach, with access to their wave pool. There are also lots of pet stores and Riverview Park, overlooking the Ohio River.

 

6. Alexandria, VA / Washington D.C.

Alexandria has a lot of dog parks and off-leash areas. Several of them have water access and woodsy areas that the dogs love to explore. In D.C., dogs are permitted on leash at the National Mall, and can see all of the historical buildings with you. While we were unable to do it (being that it was in March and too cold), Capitol River Cruises allow dogs on their boats.

 

7. Nashville, TN

Nashville has lots of dog parks, and continues to add more.  It is host to the Nashville Pet Expo, and there are cool picture ops at the Parthenon and Centennial Park.

 

8. Greenville, SC

Greenville has several dog parks, each with their own amenities (woods, a sand pit, etc.) The Pour Taproom just opened in Spring of 2016, and is dog-friendly! They were extra friendly and accomodating to our pups. BringFido’s headquarters are in Greenville, and two cool on-leash parks are Greer City Park and Falls on the Reedy downtown.

 

9. Charleston, SC

Charleston has lots of dog parks, where it’s hard to drive very far without seeing one. The Charleston Water Taxi is dog-friendly, and Waterfront Park is beautiful. James Island County Dog Park is a top 10 park with a nice pond. Also, Folly Beach allows dogs on leash in the evenings, and Pitt Street Bridge is a cool photo op overlooking the harbor.

 

10. Lexington, KY

Our home city had to make the list, but not just because we live here. There are 5 dog parks, the annual Canine Olympics in nearby Versailles, The Walk/Run club at the KY Horse Park each June-September, and several other dog events. Our dogs have been several times to the Lexington Legends Bark in the Park and  multiple Doggy Paddles at Woodland Park and the local YMCAs. Triangle Park downtown, Waveland State Historic Site, and the Arboretum are all great places for a walk. There are several local pet stores, Uptown Hounds which has a K-9 Pool, and our favorite place to board is Poochies Plus. Lexington is a great city that we call home and rounds out our 10 Pawsome Cities.

 

Do you agree with our list?

What’s your top Pawsome City?

 

Pet Friendly Cabins: Lakeside Cottage

Lakeside Cottage (Sliding Rock Cabins)

Lakeside Cottage.jpgPros:

  • Large Fenced-in area
  • Outside Fire pit
  • Good Size Cabin
  • Pool Table

Cons:

  • Hot Tub not covered
  • No cable or satellite
  • Looks more like beach house than cabin
  • Not available anymore

 

 

 

 

Pet Friendly Cabin: River Dance

River Dance (Sliding Dance Cabins)  Ellijay, GA

River Dance

Pros:

  • Fenced-in yard
  • Big Dining area & Large Open Windows
  • Leather Couches
  • Covered Hot Tub

Cons:

  • Hot Tub downstairs and not in the fenced-in area
  • Fire pit not inside fenced area

 

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Pet Friendly Cabins: Fauna Lodge

imageEvery Christmas we like to spend some time just us.  Me, Mom, Dad and Koda.

The last three years we’ve traveled to Ellijay, GA and stayed at different Pet Friendly Cabins.   This year we stayed at Fauna Lodge, one of the many pet friendly cabins Sliding Rock Cabin Rentals rents.

 

 

 

Pros:

  • Covered Hot Tub
  • Outside Fire-pit
  • Fenced in dog yard
  • Fenced in deck
  • Leather Couches with plenty of seats
  • Fireplace
  • Big TVs with Cable and Netflix
  • Comfy King Size Bed

 

Cons:

  • Fenced in dog yard-not attached to deck (must leash or trust dog fully to get to the dog yard)
  • Construction Next Door

 

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Summer Vacation Planning!

Mom and Dad have been planning our summer vacation.  Here’s what they got so far….but they need help!   Comment below and let us know if you’ve visited before and what you enjoyed doing???

 

Saturday June 20th we will leave!

We will be spending at lest one night in the following cities!  (help us find cool and fun things to do!)

Atlanta GA

Gainesville FL

Fort Myers FL

Miami FL

Jacksonville FL

Savannah GA

Charleston SC

Greenville SC

Smokey Mtns TN

Knoxville TN

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