Dog parks are a great way for pets to socialize and get some much-needed exercise. Atlanta has several designated off-leash dog parks within the city limits in addition to a few unique parks in the suburbs that give people and their pups a chance to mingle and let loose. If you’re worried about the heat in the summer months, most of these parks offer shaded areas and bark mulch landscaping to keep paws cool.
Before heading out to a dog park, be sure to pack extra bags and water. If your pup will be off leash, always keep them in view and within voice control range.
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Address: Park Dr NE
Phone: (404) 875-7275
The three-acre Piedmont Dog Park is located within gorgeous Piedmont Park overlooking the Atlanta skyline. Dogs over 30 pounds can have a blast in the large off-leash enclosure, while small dogs have their own dedicated space. This downtown park has no shortage of amenities, from public restrooms and benches for pet parents to water spigots for thirsty pups. This is the city’s most popular canine hangout and is best for dogs that are well socialized. Outside of the dog area, there are plenty of trails to explore on leash in the park itself.
Address: State St NW and 17th St
If you’ve got a small or medium-sized dog, Atlantic Station Dog Park is your best bet. This fenced-in park has a tree-filled area for pups to roam around, but keep in mind that there are not separate areas for large or small dogs. The park doesn’t have public restrooms, but there are dog bags and trash cans available for your pup.
Address: 523 Highland Ave NE
Phone: (404) 546-6813
At this Old Fourth Ward neighborhood dog park, residents love to get together and mingle with other dog parents. And the park itself, which runs alongside Freedom Parkway, is a result of the community getting together to create a space for dogs and their humans. It spans two acres and is less than a mile from downtown Atlanta.
Address: 3150 Old Alabama Rd, Johns Creek, GA 30022
Phone: (678) 512-3200
Water sprinklers around a hydrant, tunnels, hoops, and ramps with giant decorative bones make Newton Dream Dog Park a dog’s dream come true. Play a rowdy game of fetch on the artificial turf in this spacious park located within Newtown Park. The park boasts separate areas for large and small dogs, along with plenty of seating for humans and trees for shade. The dog park also has a walking trail.
Fancy a barking good beverage?
Address: 142 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Phone: (678) 528-9901
Sip your coffee (or another beverage of choice) while watching your pet run freely at the ParkGrounds, a hybrid cafe and dog park located in Reynoldstown. This fenced area features plenty of shade and a dirt field for dogs to chase one another. The cafe is a great place to unwind after a long day of work. It serves all-day breakfast, which will be brought outside to you while you keep an eye on your pet. The park is for paying customers only.
Address: 520 Daniel St SE
If you’re looking for something stronger than coffee on your dog playdate, head to Fetch Park & Ice House, Georgia’s first full-service dog park bar, and buy a day pass or monthly membership fee to access the park. Membership gets you access to outdoor TVs, WiFi, cooling stations, a bath area for dogs, and Bark Rangers to keep an eye on pups at play.
This spot is a joy for both humans and dogs as they enjoy comedy nights and themed parties together. So invite your friends and make a fun outing out of your trip to the dog park. The park is located within walking distance from the Beltline in the historic Old Fourth Ward.