When your Austin dog needs to let loose, the most pawfect place is at the Onion Creek Off Leash Dog Area! Located along the Onion Creek Greenbelt, which has also been called the Onion Creek Metropolitan Park and Onion Creek District Park, this furbulous spot features the best natural space for dogs to freely explore.
First, let's get you there! Whatever you decide to call this area, you'll find parking and the trailhead at 7004 Onion Creek Drive. The off leash area follows the greenbelt trail through the northern section of Onion Creek Park which is generally called the Greenbelt, with the actual Onion Creek serving as its southern border. E. William Cannon Drive serves as its eastern border, and the Perez Elementary School and residential housing make up the northern borders. Check out the website link for a map which shows the off leash area in a lighter, army green color that resembles a backwards E under the Onion Creek section.
So what's here? Pawtastic trails that wind through a forested area and along Onion Creek. From the trailhead, you can head north to an open area which heads into the trees, and is sometimes referred to as Dog Park Blue, or south which is more heavily covered and travels a greater distance. In total, the off leash area covers 106-acres, which is a lot of land to explore! Dogs can roam off leash throughout this area, with the exception of the playground area near the parking lot. Otherwise, let your pooch lead the way!
If your dog needs to beat that heat, or just loves the water, they are free to dip a paw or more into Onion Creek. Be aware that the other side of Onion Creek is officially the Onion Creek Metropolitan Park, where your dog will have to go back on leash to keep exploring.
While in the off leash area, always keep a leash in hand for when you need it. Carry water with you to keep you and your pup hydrated, and clean-up bags to ensure nothing gets left behind. Human restrooms can be found in the parking area, and offer a spot to refill water bottles. The rest of the off leash area is just natural space, so you'll need to tote with you anything you may need.
Though no specific rules govern the use of this wilderness retreat, visiting dogs should be vaccinated and licensed, with current tags on their collars. There are no fences here, so be sure your dog is good under voice command.
For a puptastic adventure your dog will want to see again and again, check out the Onion Creek Off Leash Dog Area in the Onion Creek Greenbelt!