Dog Parks Around Oakland, California

Oakland, California, has a number of fenced-in, off-leash dogs parks around the city. There are also a couple of regional parks where dogs are allowed to hike without leashes. This area has beautiful nature, and some of the parks have Redwood trees.

Hardy Dog Park

Hardy Dog Park is over 2 acres in size, and is a fenced-in, enclosed space. It is a shaded area where dogs are allowed to bark and roam freely, and there is nearby parking. Outside of this dog park is a grassy area and open space, but they must be leashed to go there.

Joaquin Miller Dog Park

Joaquin Miller Dog Park is divided into two sections; one is for big dogs, and one is for smaller ones. It is fenced-in, has nearby restrooms, benches, trash cans, waste bags, water bowls and a drinking fountain. There are often tennis balls and other toys lying around to play fetch.

Leona Canyon Trail

The Leona Canyon Trail is a hiking space in Oakland, situated behind Merritt College. Locals consider this a great place to go on a short hike with their dogs, as they are allowed to roam around leash-free with no additional usage fee. A trail map is available online.

Mosswood Park Dog Run

This dog run is located within greater Mosswood Park, and is 700 square yards of fenced-in space that is separated into large and small dog areas. There is double-gated entrance, along with benches, waste bags, trash cans and a drinking fountain. The rest of the park has Redwood trees, along with picnic areas and a small amphitheater. Dogs must be leashed to explore the rest of Mosswood Park.

Richard Trudeau Training Center

The Richard Trudeau Training Center is a beautiful place with large Redwood trees, trash cans and waste bags. Though not fenced, there are trails to explore the park, and it is recommended to obtain a map. Its area has both hills and flatland; dogs are allowed to be off-leash in this place.

Robert Sibley Volcanic Preserve

The Robert Sibley Volcanic Preserve is a park of over 600 acres, and they allow off-leash dogs to hike around most of the park, as trails are unpaved and its premises are mostly undeveloped. There are lots of different trails where people and dogs can exlpore this preserve, and it is full of interesting wildlife, plantlife and geological formations. There is a trail map available online. Though dogs are permitted in this park, they are forbidden in the nearby Huckleberry trails.

Dog Parks in Sarasota, Florida

The Sarasota area in Florida has a number of lovely parks and dog parks, including a beach. Be aware that this area only allows pets at certain parks. They are prohibited at any that are not listed here. No aggressive dogs are allowed in any of the parks.

Lakeview Park


This off-leash dog park is also called “Paw Park,” and it takes up two acres. It has six-foot fencing, double gates, a dog shower, a time-out cage, a hitching post, shade trees, waste bags, dog drinking fountains and picnic tables for humans. The greater park is situated in Lake Sarasota, and is open from 6:00 AM until sundown.

17th Street Park

This off-leash dog park is in North Sarasota County. It is sometimes called “Paw Park North.” It features acres of grass and wood chips for dogs to play upon. It even has a red hydrant! It is open from 6:00 AM until sundown. The rest of the park has facilities for softball, soccer and archery.

Brohard Park


This is the area’s newest off-leash dog park, located in Venice, Florida. There is a fenced-in area, where dogs can run around, and there is also access to the beach (the only dog-friendly beach in the county). It is located south of the Venice Fishing Pier, near the golf course. It is open from 7:00 AM until sundown.

Woodmere Paw Park

This off-leash dog park is located in Venice, Florida, and is about three acres in size. There are separate areas for large and small dogs. The park includes much open space to run around, waste bags, a time out cage, bushes and trees, dog water fountains, and picnic tables for humans.

Bird Key Park

This Sarasota Bay park takes up three acres, and allows leashed dogs. People go there to enjoy swimming, windsurfing, picnicking, kayaking, canoeing and fishing, along with playing with their dogs. The park has scenic views, where you can sometimes watch dolphins. It is good for late-nighters, as it’s open from 6:00 AM to midnight, and is close to downtown.

Ken Thompson Park

This park allows leashed dogs, and there is also access to playgrounds, fishing spots and picnic tables. It’s a great place to walk around and watch the water. There are assorted restaurants and bars on the waterfront, but you should ask first if they are dog-friendly.

Dog Parks In Madison, Wisconsin

There are many dog parks in the city and surrounding area of Madison, Wisconsin. It is the capital and second largest city of the state, after Milwaukee. It is a college town, home of the University of Wisconsin, as well as several other schools, so there are a great deal of young people. It gets hot in the summer and very cold in the winter in Madison. For this reason, the parks are used for things like swimming and boating in the warm months, and sledding and cross-country skiing in the snowy winter months. Of course you can walk or hike in any months.

You have to obtain a dog permit in order to take your pal to one of these great parks of Madison or Dane County. It costs $23 for a year, but only $4 for a day pass, and there are many places to get them.

Brittingham Park

This is a nice park with an off-leash dog area. It is located on the Lake Monona Bay, and offers bike paths, fishing, sports courts and a beach. There are also grills and available restrooms.

Quann Park

This park has an off-leash, fenced-in dog park. It is 80 acres, and goes along a creek. It also has a community garden and many sports courts and fields.

doSycamore Park

This is an off-leash park, but it is not fenced in. You have to abide by the area within the posts.

Warner Park

This park has a fenced-in, off-leash dog park. It has 180 acres, and a beach on Lake Mendota. It also has bike paths, sports fields and courts, play equipment and a sledding hill. There are often events and festivals held in this park as well.

Badger Prairie

This park is located in Verona, Wisconsin, and has an off-leash dog area. It has a shelter facility, play fields, mountain bike trails and access to the Military Ridge State Trail and the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, if you’re a hiker!

Indian Lake

This is one of Dane County’s largest parks, located in Cross Plains, Wisconsin. The off-leash dog area is adjacent to the small boat launch on the west side of the lake. There is a trail around the entire lake, and you’ll find people cross-country skiing in the winter.

Prairie Moraine Park

This park has an off-leash and on-leash area for dogs, and you can all enjoy the beautiful oak savana. It is a 160-acre park, and it has much glacial and other geologic history, so there are many educational and recreational possibilities for your enjoyment. It is located in Verona, Wisconsin.’s Top Ten Dog-Friendly National Parks

When it comes to this country’s national park system, it’s very much like the hotels listed on our site: there is no one-policy-fits-all regarding pet-friendliness (though a 6-foot leash is a popular theme). Some parks welcome you and your pet with open arms, offering extensive access to their facilities, while other won’t even let you through the front gate with a dog in the car.

Can you imagine that??? The bottom line is that it’s a delicate balance between protecting the wildlife and landscape while also keeping your pet safe.

What follows are’s personal picks for the top 10 national parks. While they are not necessarily the most popular ones, we chose them because they combine beauty, interest and, of course, pet access.

Top 10 Dog Friendly National Parks

  1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park: This is one of the most dog-friendly national park. Dogs are allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas, and along roads, but must be kept on a leash at all times. The leash must not exceed 6 feet in length. Dogs are only allowed on Gatlinburg Trail and the Oconaluftee River Trail.
  2. Grand Canyon National Park: Dogs must be leashed at all times to protect them and the wildlife. They are allowed to accompany you at the Mather Campground, Desert View Campground, Trailer Village and throughout the developed areas. Check with their website for more details of what trails are open and allow dogs.
  3. Rocky Mountain National Park:
    Pets are permitted in the park but are not allowed on the trails or back country. They are allowed only in areas accessed by vehicles, including roadsides, parking areas, picnic areas and campgrounds.
  4. Yosemite National Park:
    Pets are only allowed on fully paved trails and roads as well as walk-in campgrounds and group campsites. Yosemite also does not allow pets to be left unattended at any time or off leash. They also urge owners to remember that pet food is “bear food.”
  5. Acadia National Park: A nice dog friendly park that allows pets on most trails and roads, as well as camping sites. Most lakes in the park are public water supplies and pets and people may not swim in them. Sand Beach and Echo Lake are off-limits to pets (May 15 – September 15).
  6. Yellowstone National Park: There are some tight pet restrictions at Yellowstone but pets are allowed in the campgrounds, areas that are near roads, and near the parking areas. Pets are not allowed onto the trails of the park because of the lush wildlife which could make your dog’s prey drive kick in, and other wildlife that may stalk and think your dog is prey. While it isn’t the most dog-friendly in terms of letting you and your pet hike together, it is a beautiful place and your pet might be quite happy with a small weekend getaway camping.
  7. Olympic National Park: Pets are permitted only in park campgrounds, picnic areas and parking lots, and several ocean beaches. Rialto Beach one-half mile north to Ellen Creek, all Kalaloch beaches (from Ruby Beach south to South Beach), and Peabody Creek Trail are places where you and your dog can relax and play.
  8. Grand Teton National Park: Pets are allowed inside Grand Teton National Park, but they must be restrained at all times and are not permitted on hiking trails. If you’re unsure where you and your dog can roam, they suggest to think of it this way: a pet may go anywhere a car may go. Service dogs are the exception to the rule, but they must be clearly indicated as being a service dog and have papers and documentation handy to show a ranger who may stop you.
  9. Zion Canyon: Leashed pets may be walked on the Pa’rus Trail but are not allowed on the other trails. As with the other national parks on this list, your dog must be leashed at all times. Your pet may also accompany you in the parking areas but if you need there are boarding kennels are available in Rockville, Kanab, Hurricane, St. George, and Cedar City.
  10. Cuyahoga Valley:Pets must be restrained on a leash that is six feet or shorter in length on all park lands at all times. The Ohio and Erie Canal run through this park and there’s a lot of wonderful places to roam. Just make sure your pet is leashed, has identification, and pay attention to where you and your dog can hike.

Did we miss any national parks? If so, let us know!

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