When you’re in the capital of Texas, you’ll find no shortage of great things to do with your pup! This beautiful riverside city loves its furry residents and visitors. Throughout Austin, you’ll find tons of dog-friendly activities, including plenty of shops and restaurants that welcome dogs. Austin also has lots of parks to explore with your pup, and 12 of these parks have furrific off-leash areas.
Austin is a laidback city that’s famous for its sunny weather and beautiful scenery. If you’re thinking of visiting Austin with your dog, here are 10 dog-friendly parks you won’t want to miss.
West Austin Dog Park is a fun-filled dog run that has one large fenced area where dogs of all sizes can play together. The dog park has plenty of trees to protect your pup from the hot Texas sun, and there are lots of benches and picnic tables for owners to sit at while their dog plays. If your pup gets thirsty, the park has a hose you can use to fill their water bowl.
Davis White Northeast District Park is home to an unfenced off-leash field where pups can run and play to their heart’s content. The park also has lots of trails that welcome dogs on-leash. These trails take you through the forest and past Walnut Creek, where you and your dog can go swimming. If you get hungry, the park has barbeques you can use to grill up lunch for you and your pup.
Named one of Austin’s ‘most loved parks,’ Zilker Metropolitan Park is home to tons of trails with scenic overlooks and a beautiful unfenced off-leash area. This off-leash area is located right next to Ladybird Lake, and it features a big field for pups to run in and great views of Downtown Austin. Dogs are also welcome to go swimming in the creek downstream from the lake.
If you’re looking for a fun off-leash area in the heart of Downtown Austin, check out Town Lake - Auditorium Shores Off-Leash Area! This unfenced park has lake access for water-loving dogs, and the park also has a trail where you can go for a stroll with your pup. There’s also plenty of green space where you can play Frisbee or catch with your dog. If your pup gets messy, a doggy shower is available.
McKinney Falls State Park is a pawpular place to go hiking with pups. This park allows dogs on-leash, and it has about nine miles of paved and unpaved trails. These trails take you through the forest, past historic sites, and by Onion Creek, which features a series of stunning waterfalls. You can also go fishing or swimming with your pup in this pawtastic creek.
Shoal Creek Greenbelt is a picturesque 81-acre creekside park with a dedicated off-leash area for pups. This off-leash area goes between 24th Street and 29th Street, and it features an unpaved trail and fields where your dog can run and play. If all this fun makes you and your pup hungry, the park has a picnic area where you can enjoy a meal with your dog.
Norwood Estates is home to two double-gated off-leash dog runs: one for large dogs and one for small pups. Both areas are covered in woodchips that are comfortable for your dog’s paws, and there are a good amount of trees to keep your pup cool while they’re playing. There are also lots of picnic tables for owners to sit at while their dog is playing with their new friends.
Onion Creek District Park is a scenic 180-acre park that allows dogs on and off-leash. This pawsitively amazing park has 2.46 miles of trails that take you through a lovely forest. The park also has a picnic area where you can have lunch or a snack with your pup. If you and your pup enjoy swimming together, you can go for a dip in Onion Creek.
If you want to take a long walk with your dog, head to Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. Pups are welcome to go off-leash on most of the park’s shady forest trails. Plus, the park also has a fenced dog run with separate large and small dog areas. If your pup wants to cool down after your walk, they can even go for a swim in Walnut Creek.
Red Bud Isle is one of the most pawpular off-leash areas in Austin. This 13-acre park is located on an island in the Colorado River, and pups are welcome to go off-leash throughout the whole park. While you’re here, you and your pup can explore the park’s shady waterside loop trail, and you can also splash around in the water together. This park is filled with activities your pup will love!