Most dog owners agree it is important to have local dog parks where they can bring their pets to get some fresh air and some space to roam, and it doesn’t hurt to meet other neighborly dog owners while you’re there.
Cedar Park, Texas, has opened a new dog park called Cedar Bark Park, which is inside Veterans Memorial Park, located at 2525 West New Hope Drive. This dog park includes 5 acres of space for your pooch to run and a pier that leads to a dogs-only pond. Cedar Bark Park is totally fenced in. It offers one section for small dogs and two for large dogs, as well as doggie showers and drinking bowls. If you’re looking to move close to one of these parks try this site about Cedar Park homes for sale and take a look around at the properties they have listed.
Luckily, Austin has a few more options. Barton Creek Greenbelt Preserve, located at 3755 B Capital of Texas Highway, allows dogs, but they must be leashed. The Preserve provides about 7 miles of trails for mountain biking, hiking and walking. The creek has several swimming holes as well. You can access the trails through Loop 360 or Zilker Metropolitan Park.
Bull Creek District Dog Park, located at 6701 Lakewood Drive, isn’t fenced off but does have creek access for those pups who love the water. As long as your dog is within sight and responds to verbal commands, he can be off-leash in the area behind the restrooms.
If you’re looking for a fully fenced dog park, try Norwood Estate Dog Park at I-35 and Riverside Drive. As long as your pooches are well-behaved, within sight and respond to your commands, they can play off-leash at Norwood Estate. The doggie part of the park is at the north end of Travis Heights and the northwest corner of Riverside Drive and I-35.
For a whole park that is leash-free, check out Red Bud Isle at 3401 Red Bud Trail Unit Circle. The park is basically a peninsula surrounded by Town Lake, and it’s a great place for dogs who love the water. The dog park is at the entry point for Red Bud Trail, just below Tom Miller Dam.
Shoal Creek Greenbelt, at 2600-2799 Lamar Boulevard, has a no-leash zone in a portion of its trail, from 24th to 29th Streets, and many dog owners love this area. The remainder of the 3-mile trail goes from Town Lake to 38th Street and is lined with trees and green space.
Zilker Dog Park is located at 2100 Barton Springs Road within Zilker Metropolitan Park. It is not fenced, but if your dog is well-behaved, he can play off the leash as long as you are keeping a close eye on him.