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Dog Areas in Gainesville, FL

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Take your dog on a doggie field trip to Gainesville’s Dogwood Park. Located on SW Archer Road, Dogwood Park is a completely fenced-in dog park where dogs can run off leash, swim in the park’s two ponds, and play on the agility course. A small fee is required for admission, but a little cash is a small price to pay for your dog’s happiness and health.

If you’re looking for a dog park without a fee, consider Squirrel Ridge Park on SW Williston Road. Wander the park with your leashed dog – taking in the beautiful sights of Gainesville, or head into the fenced-in park and allow your dog run off his energy leash-free. The fenced-in dog park has water for drinking and rinsing off your pets, lots of shade trees, and plenty of benches.

Take a night and enjoy yourself with some pampered "Fido and I" time at the Residence Inn by Marriott Gainesville I-75. Every room is a suite, and guests can take advantage of amenities such as free high-speed Internet, bar and lounge, fitness center, swimming pool, free continental breakfast, and more. Rooms start at $134, and two dogs of any sizes are welcome in every room for an additional fee of $75 per stay.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Gainesville, FL

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    Population Density 344/sq mi

    #1 City Center

    Longing to sit on your laurels and watch your pup have some fun? Laurel Bark Park allows you to do just that. With a huge open area and separate sections for big and small dogs, this off-leash park gives you ample space to let your dog stretch his legs and run free. Plenty of dog lovers frequent the park, so you and your dog can socialise, enjoy the sun, or sit under a shady spot as you play fetch. So bring your favourite tennis ball and collar, because Laurel Bark Park is a perfect combination of relaxation, community and tail-wagging fun!
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    Population Density 344/sq mi

    #2 Beaver Pond

    Don Carter is Georgia’s newest state park, as well as the first park on the stunning 38,000 acre Lake Lanier. Situated on the north end of the reservoir, the park offers outstanding recreation for water lovers, both the human and the fur kind. There are cabins for the adventurous types, boats for the sailors, fields for the canines, and a multi-use nature trail for the hikers and bikers to explore the gorgeous sights of hardwood forest. Leashed dogs are welcome to explore this lakeside paradise, reconnect with nature and take a trip on the wild side at this beautiful location.
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    Population Density 697/sq mi

    #3 Mulberry Park

    Mulberry Creek Park is a cosy little spot down in Flowery Branch, just a little over 15 minutes outside of Gainesville. With separate areas for big and small dogs, a friendly local community, and plenty of shady spots in the summertime, this fenced dog park offers a quiet piece of respite for both you and your dog. There’s plenty of grass to roll around in, seated areas for the owners, and a nearby water fountain with doggie bowls at the ready to help you cool off. If you’re looking for a safe, adorable place for your dog to run free, then Mulberry Creek Park is the place to go!
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    Population Density 1,683/sq mi

    #4 Settles Bridge

    Looking for a dog park with a little bit of variety? Settles Bridge Dog Park in Suwanee, just a half-hour drive away, has got you covered! Dogs of all shapes are welcome to run off-leash at this lovely dog park, with three separate fenced areas for small dogs, large dogs, and a long dog run. All you need to bring is your favourite ball and an excitable pup, because water, agility equipment, and covered benches are provided. Settles Bridge Park also has several paved and unpaved trails for leashed walks. So come and play, or take a scenic trip through the trees, at this multi-use dog park!
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    Population Density 996/sq mi

    #5 Windermere


    The Windermere Dog Park is part of a larger park, providing a special place for your pawfect pals! It has separate areas for small and large dogs, ensuring everyone has a place to put their paws. The flat, open land gives dogs ample room to run and play. There are benches for owners and a water area on both sides, to help fight the heat on those hot summertime walks. Windermere Dog Park is keen on safety, providing you and your pet everything you need to have fun, while also providing a safe, local space to socialise with the community!

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    Population Density 4,139/sq mi

    #6 Phoenix


    Phoenix in Gainesville, Florida is surrounded by plenty of entertainment, shopping, services and outdoor recreation for locals and their pups! The Squirrel Ridge Park is a fun public park that can be enjoyed by your leashed dog, or you have the option to let them enjoy the fenced, off-leash dog runs that include two play areas for large and small dogs, running water, and chairs for owners to rest on. If you and your pup are an adventurous couple, Bivens Arm Nature Park allows leashed dogs to enjoy the trail to take in the scenery and wildlife on their 1.5-mile natural footpath!

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    Population Density 2,570/sq mi

    #7 Beville Heights


     Beville Heights is conveniently located off Interstate 75 and surrounded by bodies lush of water. Forest Park offers space and walking paths you and your pup can enjoy together, but he will really love to run and play in the fenced, off-leash dog area of the park! There's a water fountain, a bowl for water for the dogs, a few benches, and a couple big picnic tables for the humans. For a more scenic and exploratory outing, 

    Clear Lake Nature Park is 14-acres of beautiful wetlands, and it allows leashed dogs to walk the trails to soak up the scenery and wildlife. 

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    Population Density 1,183/sq mi

    #8 Arredondo


    This locale offers plenty of fun outings to choose from for both humans and canines! Pets go wild at Dogwood Park, a fenced in, off-leash dog park complete with two swimming ponds, open spaces, and agility equipment. Another fun outing with Fido can be had at the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. The gardens are 62 acres of gorgeous plants and flowers, and they provide a 1 ½ mile paved walkway you and your on-leash dog can enjoy together. There are plenty of shady areas, bowls of water in unexpected places, and other water sources for the dogs to enjoy a cool drink while you stop and smell the flowers! 

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    Population Density 2,570/sq mi

    #9 Raintree Park

    Raintree Park is a family-friendly neighborhood that is nooked along Hogtown Creek and Loblolly Woods Nature Park. Loblolly Woods Nature Park is 159-acres of trails and boardwalks for jogging or walking your pup to get some exercise in a beautiful location that offers creeks and lakes as a backdrop. Westside Park hosts the annual Dog Days Run that has two races; one for human competitors and a 1-mile fun run with your four footed friend. All proceeds raised benefit the UF Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Alachua County Humane Society, and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control
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    Population Density 4,139/sq mi

    #10 Springhill


    Springhill is located near downtown Gainesville and provides plenty of shopping and entertainment close by! Haisley Lynch Park is a double gated and has a open area for dogs to run around and socialize with other pups! It also has a drinking fountain and big trees that provide plenty of shade for overheated humans and dogs. Depot Park is on 32-acres and has a beautiful promenade that wraps around the north side of the main pond and other walkways and open space. They allow dogs but they must remain on their leash and owners must pick up after them or face a potential fine. 

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