People usually park along the paved road that traverses the park. From here, it's a bit of a hike to the river, so pack light if you're hoping to spend the day by the water. Once you've arrived at the river on the north end of the park, you'll find public restrooms, boat access and picnic areas. There is a sprawling grassy area that is pawfect for a game of frisbee, stretching out next to your best pal with a good book, and watching the boats pass by on the river. The river provides opportunities for fishing, boating, swimming, and wildlife observation. Don't forget the doggy life jacket!
From the paved road where you parked, you can also find some trailheads. The Waterfall Trail is a favorite. This 1.25-mile round trip takes hikers their canine companions along a wooded creek to several small waterfalls. The Pecan Grove Loop is slightly shorter, and provides access to Lake Austin where your pup can cool their paws.
This is the park that all the dogs are barking about, so you're likely to encounter some dogs to pet and dog lovers to chat with. There are signs in the park stating that our four-legged friends should be kept on-leash, but many pet-parents still choose to let their pups roam free. Please be aware of this if your pal is shy around other dogs. It's also asked that you always pick up after your pup, and be sure that they remain respectful to all other creatures. Bring clean-up bags, and water to share.
Commons Ford Ranch Metro Park is sure to get your dog's tail wagging!