Portland is known for its quirky culture, gorgeous Pacific Northwest landscape, craft beer, and a bustling arts scene. But did you know that Portland is also known for being super dog friendly? It’s true. Take a walk anywhere in the City of Roses and you’re sure to see plenty of canine citizens. Around here, there are dozens of hotels and restaurants that welcome furry guests. And when it comes to dog parks, Portland seriously delivers. With 33 dog parks, it has more off leash areas per capita than anywhere else in America! To help you decide which park to take your beloved pup, check out the list below.
When the dog days of summer roll around, this is the place to be. Located right on the banks of the Willamette River, Sellwood Riverfront Park Off Leash Dog Area is an acre and a half of puppy perfection. After running themselves ragged, your pup can go for a refreshing dip in the river. Plus, the park has an adjacent parking lot. Keep in mind there is no separate section for small dogs.
Located inside the beautiful Laurelhurst Park, this off leash area will make your pup’s tail wag! Your pooch will go mutts over the chance to romp around this one acre area and meet new furry friends. There is even a small pond that they can splash in. When they are all tuckered out, clip on their leash and explore the furrific trails in the main park area.
This puptacular dog park sits at the base of Mt. Tabor, a 400 foot tall extinct volcano vent. The four acre off leash area isn’t your typical dog park. It’s chock full of trees and sits on a hillside. But there’s plenty of room for your pup to burn off some energy. Plus this park has water fountains for doggos, and benches and picnic tables for their parents.
Spanning across 5.5 acres, this park has plenty of room for your furry friend to roam. Bring a ball for a game of fetch or let your pup wrestle with their new friends. Keep in mind there is not a separate area for small dogs. There is a water fountain for thirsty doggos, and trees give canine visitors shade during the hot summer months.
It’s easy to see why the local pups love this four acre park. This wide open field is an absolute dream! Since the off leash area is not fenced in and located near a busy street, it is only for dogs that don’t wander and are quick to come when they are called. If your pal can be trusted, unclip the leash and let them run free!
If your pooch is a tree lover, then they’ll feel right at home at Arbor Lodge Park Off Leash Dog. The groves of trees provide pawsome shade during the summer and shelter during the rain. Your pal will love zooming around the one acre area and making new furriends. A water fountain is available. Since the off leash area is not fenced, make sure your doggo isn’t a wanderer.
Does your pup like to listen to music while working out? Then they’ll love this place! Local bands can typically be found practicing in this park. Your pal can groove to the acoustic tunes as they explore the designated dog area. Off leash hours vary throughout the year, so check the posted signs before unclipping your pup’s leash. Be sure to use the clean up bags and stoop and scoop when necessary.
If your pooch is bursting at the seams with energy, then head over to Normandale Dog Park. Here they can dart and dash around to their heart’s content. Not only does this park have separate areas for small and large breeds, it also has a doggy pond, benches for pet parents, and plenty of clean up bags. For a change of scenery, check out the trails in the main park area.
Is your pup ready for an off leash adventure? Then head over to the furrific Council Crest Off Leash Dog Area. While they romp around the open area, your canine companion will enjoy puptacular views of the surrounding mountains (if they sky is clear, of course). Be sure to bring some clean up bags and some drinking water for your pooch. All that running around will make your pup ready thirsty!
Located inside a five acre neighborhood park, Wallace Dog Park is the pawfect place to let your pup run wild. Although the ground is covered with bark chips, this park can get muddy after a good rain. When the sun is out, mature trees provide canine visitors with plenty of shade. Don’t forget to bring some clean up bags and extra water from home.