Top Dog Parks in Nashville, TN

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Country singers are known for singin' sad songs about dogs, but it's hard to imagine a sad-dog story set in modern-day Nashville. Music City is a great place for dog people and their four-legged friends to celebrate their bond. You and your dog can enjoy the Nashville nightlife together at a wide range of dog-friendly restaurants, breweries, bars, and indoor and outdoor live music venues, but the city's greatest gift to dogs is its park system. This scenic city on the Cumberland River is bursting with dozens of gorgeous parks and trails, including huge off-leash dog parks that are among the best in the country. Here are the top parks your pup will love!

#1 Two Rivers Dog Park

People can't stop barking about just how pawsome Two Rivers Dog Park is. This vast expanse of grass has tons of amenities for people and pups, including rocks and other land features to explore, as well as shaded pavilions, benches, doggie water fountains, and bag dispensers. Mature trees provide shade and a paved walkway connects one end of this huge seven-acre off-leash park to the other. Some folks say this is one of the best in the country!

#2 Centennial Dog Park

Centennial Park is the gem of Nashville's park system. Located in the heart of Nashville next to Vanderbilt and near Music Row, it's where you'll find tons of indoor and outdoor amenities. The spacious off-leash dog park in Centennial Park matches the rest of the park's scope, with tons of space for your dog to roam over hills shaded by gorgeous mature trees. There's even separate large and small dog areas!

#3 Shelby Dog Park

Shelby Dog Park is a pawsome off-leash dog park near the trailhead of the Shelby Park Greenway. This mostly grass-covered park is enclosed by a curtain of forest. Mature trees, benches, a doggie water fountain, and a paved walkway further enhance the park. You and your dog have tons of room to run here. Afterwards, clip on the leash and follow the Shelby Park Greenway to the scenic eight-mile Shelby Bottoms Greenway along the Cumberland River.
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#4 Percy Priest Dog Park

The Percy Priest Dog Park, also known as Stones River Dog Park, was opened when the Stones River Greenway was completed in late 2016. Near a scenic dam, the off-leash dog park features picnic tables, shaded pavilions, doggie water fountains, and sometimes even splash pools in the summer. The off-leash area includes a huge grassy lawn where your pup can run to their heart's content and come home tired and happy.

#5 Warner Dog Park

The adjacent Edwin and Percy Warner Parks, known collectively as "the Warner Parks," cover a barking incredible 3100 acres of wild lands within the city limits of Nashville. In addition to miles of woodland trails, the parks offer Warner Dog Park. This off-leash area features grass and dirt surfaces surrounded by mountains and mature trees. The fenced park is huge, so you're sure to head home with a tired, satisfied pupper after a day in Warner Park.

#6 Pitts Dog Park

Pitts Dog Park opened in the Antioch neighborhood of Nashville in 2014. This unique two-acre off-leash dog park has the standard fenced-in open play area that you find in most dog parks. A bonus is a separate fenced-in area that encloses four acres of wild woods where your dog can run free along a half-mile nature trail. This rare wild experience is worth barking home about.

#7 Riverfront Park Dog Park

Riverfront Park is one of Nashville's newest parks, opened in 2015 as part of a complex including Ascend Amphitheater. Inside is the fenced-in off-leash Dog Park, which sets turf and crushed gravel surfaces against an urban backdrop of tall buildings and bridges spanning the Cumberland River. Colorful picnic tables and benches provide places to rest and chat with other dog lovers. It's a great place to bring your pup after eating at a dog-friendly restaurant downtown.

#8 BarkPark on Meridian

BarkPark on Meridian is a new membership-based dog park with a unique concept. Bark & Co. chose Nashville as the first city to pilot-test a BarkPark, a fee-based dog park that functions like a clubhouse for dogs and their people. The fee you pay goes toward dog-park amenities like a coffee house, free WiFi, and a regular slate of dog-friendly events including movie nights, holiday parties, and live music. The park is open seasonally and closes for the winter.

#9 Beaman Park

As they do in Sevier Park, people let their dogs go off-leash in Beaman Park even though it's against the rules. That's not a good idea in this 1700-acre wildlife haven where dogs risk harming or being harmed by the wild creatures who call these woods home. Come to Beaman Park to enjoy pawsome leashed hikes through dense, shaded forests, along rushing streams, and past thick banks of gorgeous wildflowers.

#10 Sevier Park

Many people let their dogs off-leash in Sevier Park, but it's against the rules. There's plenty of fun to be had here on a leash anyway! With lots of room ro roam, and historic buildings to peruse, this park is made for walks! The surrounding 12 South neighborhood is super dog-friendly and many folks bring their pups along when they come to the park's award-winning farmers' market.