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Bee Cave Dog Park, 13676 Bee Cave Parkway, Bee Cave 78738 (off leash, fenced)
We congratulate the intention, but this newly relocated dog park within the City of Bee Cave Central Park has issues. When it rains, 99% of the rocky grounds are a mushy swamp. The fencing is only 4' which is too low to contain any dog with wanderlust. Tree shade is abundant in the small dog area, but lacking in the big dog main area. The water spicket is iffy, bring your own for thirsty pups. The parking is too far from the entry for new dog owners learning to control their pups. So much land, it could and should have rivaled the Cedar Park Bark Park.
Cedar Bark Park - Veterans Memorial Park, 2525 W New Hope Dr, Leander 78641 (off leash, fenced)
The City of Cedar Park nailed perfection when it comes to dog parks. Austin needs to only look north for the singular dog park in the vicinity which truly meets the needs of dogs and their owners - funded through local sales tax. Five acres, three huge "yards," one for the smaller dogs, the other two for all sizes with the third featuring a pond and diving deck. Exit pens and hoses for washing dogs, multiple safety pens on the way in/out, doggie water fountains throughout the park, a full day for maintenance (park is closed Tuesdays). Pristinely clean, safe fencing, agility equipment, tarp shaded benches, extensive front gate parking, people restrooms. It doesn't get any better. Many savvy locals have chosen to live in this neighborhood solely because of this dog park. An Austin Dog Whisperer Favorite!
Dog House Drinkery Dog Park, 3800 County Road 175, Leander 78641
Indoor sports bar with dogs allowed, outdoor dog park no drinks allowed. Relaxing with a beer, burger and their dog is the perfect ticket for many locals after work.
Shertom Boarding Kennels Sheep Herding, 301 N Fawn Rdg Leander 78641 (by appt. only)
Agility, obedience, herding and carting, this lovely country boarding facility offers it all. We love our sheep herding field trips here (for well trained dogs with low to no prey drives).
Georgetown Bark Park, 151 S Holly St, Georgetown, TX 78626 (off leash, fenced)
Six acres in a beautiful pecan grove with plenty of shade. Separate small dog area. Clean, pristine, lovely.
Auditorium Shores - Town Lake Park, 920 W Riverside Drive, 78704 - OFF LEASH, not fenced
South side of Ladybird (Town) Lake. Now only a few acres (a huge reduction) of leash free trails adjacent to the water - and you get ticketed if you go out of bounds. Make up for this by starting with a leashed walk around Town Lake, ending up here for a swim and fetch game on the grassy lawns. Not fenced, don't bring fearful dogs who flee or who lunge at bikers or joggers.
Harris Ridge Leashless Dog Park, 14400 Harris Ridge Blvd, Pflugerville 78660 (off leash, fenced)
Separate small dog area, double gate entry, water fountains, agility equipment. Most of the locals are jazzed!
Round Rock Dog Depot, 800 Deerfoot Dr, Round Rock, TX 78664 (off leash, fenced)
Nice mid-sized 2 acre park, squarely laid out and level. In dire need of shade.
Hamilton Greenbelt, Lohman's Crossing Road, Lakeway 78734 (on leash)
Entertaining hike with mostly flat but some hilly terrains which follows Hurst Creek. The center delight is a lovely waterfall. Tree shade throughout. More urban at the front, amazing views and isolation towards the back.
From RR 620, west on Lakeway Blvd a mile, right on Lohman's Crossing Rd a quarter mile, small parking lot on right side of road.
Lakeway City Dog Park, 502 Hurst Creek Rd, Lakeway 78734 (off leash, fenced)
Small fenced neighborhood park. Set-up promotes congregating around the front gate. Sets off territorial dogs. Separate small dog yard area.
Commons Ford Ranch Metro Park, 614 Commons Ford Rd 78733 (on lead)
There are two trails at this 215 acre park, one featuring waterfalls and the other creek splashes, lake views. From FM 2244, turn east on Cuernavaca and then turn left on Commons Ford Road. Continue down road and look for entrance on left. Look for brown wind gauge landmark. Park on shoulder.
Upper Bull Creek Trail, Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78759
Relatively flat somewhat ungroomed ravine trail. A fun little hike that provides a nice extension to the Spicewood Valley Trail. From Highway 183. south on Spicewood Springs, park in front of Canyon Vista Middle School on right. Trailhead by large green transformer behind school.
Shoal Creek Greenbelt, 2600 N Lamar Blvd, 78705 (partly off leash, not fenced)
A ribbon of a park spanning nearly 81 acres along the creek. Includes shady trails and an off-leash dog area from about 24th St. to 29th St. If you have dogs who run away, keep on lead; too many potential traffic risks if they take off.
Spicewood Valley Trail, Mountain View Park - 9000 Middlebie Drive 78750
You quickly come to a "T" in the trail. The left is beautiful with creek but short. To the right, lovely waterfall then more mundane dirt road. From Hwy 183, south on Spicewood Springs, right/north on Scotland Well Drive, right on Middlebie Drive and park. Trailhead across street on other side of ball field/playground between 2 houses.
Turkey Creek Nature Trail in Emma Long Park, 1600 City Park Road, 78730 - OFF LEASH Legal
The 2-1/2 mile Turkey Creek trail loop is an off-leash area for dogs who love splashing in the creek which the trail crosses repetitively. An Austin Dog Whisperer Favorite!
Walnut Creek District Park, 12138 N. Lamar Blvd., 78753 (off leash in designated area) (on leash other)
A lovely 293 acre playground with offleash dog area. A mother nature showcase - wide river-type creeks and swimming holes, lovely trees. Bring your compass if you can't track directions by sun - there are many forks in the paths! Another Austin Dog Whisperer Favorite!
Yard Bar, 6700 Burnet Rd, 78757 - (on leash patio tables, off leash park area)
Bar/dog yard/restaurant combo. Membership based small dog park area, full bar, upscale picnic food meals. Packed at night, make a lunch run if you can.
Zoom Room Agility Training, 7739 Northcross Drive, 78757
Indoor dog ability course training - our favorite for rainy freezing winter days. Reservations required.
Onion Creek Park, 7001 Onion Creek Dr., 78744
Trail tracks along the creek and then pretty much just goes away. Very brushy. Go fall to spring when snakes hibernate.
From I-35, east on William Cannon Drive, right on Pleasant Valley Road and head south. Left on Springville Lane, immediate left onto Onion Crossing Drive, next right onto Vine Hill Drive. Continue east until road runs into Onion Creek Drive. Park area to the right.
Barton Creek Greenbelt, 3755-B S Capital of Texas Hwy, 78704
The grand daddy of all hiking trails within Austin. It winds for about 8 miles through sometimes rough terrain that will make you surprised that you are still in Austin. From MoPac, east on Loop 360. The first light includes a left turn lane which leads you into a parking lot for the office building next to the trail entrance. Park as far to the left, close to the greenbelt entrance as possible.
Norwood Estate Dog Park, 1009 Edgecliff Terrace, 78704
Medium sized dog park with separate small dog area. A little edgey with a few owners who do not clean like in other parks, and turn the other way with their dog's aggression. Be ready to leave if you see tension. Water iffy, bring your own. Bumpy, not level, maintenance could improve.
Red Bud Isle, 3401 Redbud Trail, 78703 - OFF LEASH, not fenced
13 acre dog park peninsula (the front part is the parking) in the middle of Town Lake. Lovely skyscraper trees, cool water and breeze all around, doggie heaven. Not for fearful dogs who flee, you will lose them in the trees.
An Austin Dog Whisperer Favorite!
West Austin Dog Park, 1317 W 10th St, 78703 - OFF LEASH, fenced
A 3 acre neighborhood park that is great for locals. Only worth a special drive if you live central, want to avoid Norwood's iffy pups and need fencing.
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