A Guide to Area Dog Parks

January 1, 2014 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on A Guide to Area Dog Parks

There are several local spots to take your pooch for a little socializing and outdoor playtime. The following parks welcome well-behaved dogs to come run and play off-leash. Some sites also provide features such as doggie drinking areas with fresh water, separate areas for smaller or shyer dogs, dog owner bulletin boards, trash receptacles and extra doggie bags.


395 Azalea Rd., Asheville

FREE; Dawn to dusk

This East Asheville dog park is located inside an 155-acre park that is still being developed to include a soccer complex, trails, picnic areas, disc golf, lakes, a retreat center, the historic Thomas Wolfe cabin and much more.

The Dog Park features two separate fenced areas, one for small dogs and another for large breeds with a gazebo in the large dog area. There is also separate parking for pet owners. You will need to bring water for your dog. Waste bags are generally available.

French Broad River Dog Park

180 Amboy Rd., Asheville

FREE; Dawn to dusk

This dog park is located in one of Asheville’s most beautiful parks featuring open green space, old trees, a wildflower garden, a paved trail, a gazebo, picnic trails and grills, an observation deck and a small playground. The doggie area a fenced in one acre lot with wood chips, fresh water and waste bags on hand. There are not separate areas for small and large dogs. Bonus: river access for a little doggy paddle action!


801 Glover St., Hendersonville;

FREE; Dawn to dusk

Jackson Park, established in 1974, is located conveniently near downtown Hendersonville, and covers 212 acres in Henderson County. In addition to the dog park, facilities include 4 picnic shelters, 9 baseball fields, multi-purpose fields for soccer and events, 8 tennis courts, playgrounds, and many walking trails, providing a central location for many community sports and activities.


124 Town Center Dr., 
Mills River

FREE; Dawn to dusk

This is a recently built dog park with a separate smaller area for dogs 25 lb and under. Nice grass area, area with gravel and a small sidewalk area. Fresh water is available, along with several benches.


85 Howard Gap Rd., Fletcher;

FREE; Dawn to dusk

The Morris Broadband Dog Park opened April 7, 2013. This is a great dog park with walking trails and a separate fenced in area for the small dogs. The larger dog area has some play/training equipment.

Patton Avenue Pet Company and Dog Park

1388 Patton Ave., Asheville

FREE to customers; 
Tues-Sat 11-7, Sun 11-5

Patton Avenue Pet Company is a dog-friendly pet supply store with a fenced in play yard behind the shop. The park is open during the shop’s normal business hours. You can use the yard to make new friends or allow your pup to get some off-leash time in a safe and secure environment. There is even a toy box in the yard where your dog can try out some of the toys for sale inside the store as well as a swimming pool for dogs to cool off in when the temperatures are high! There are also weekly puppy playdates for various age groups, breeds and activity levels.

All Dogs Playtimes: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm, Saturdays at 2pm. 
Special Playgroups: 
Puppy Playgroup at Noon on Saturdays; Small Breed Playgroup at Noon on Sundays; Rough Players Playgroup at 2:00pm on Sundays.

Waynesville pepsi 
dog park

Vance St & Howell Mill Rd., Waynesville

FREE; Dawn until 10:30pm

Pets love to exercise and make friends at this fenced dog park, which includes separate small dog area. Remember to bring water.

coming soon?

Friends of North Asheville Dog Park is a group of dedicated dog owners working to create an off-leash park in North Asheville. The North side of Asheville lags behind the East, West and South parts of town, which have welcoming, safe, spacious dog parks. The group hopes to remedy this, with the support and involvement of other dog lovers. They generally meet once a month in the Education Room at Animal Hospital of North Asheville. For more info, please visit northashevilledogpark.com.

by carrie harder

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