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8 Amazing Off-Leash Dog Parks in Nashville, TN

Kristin Hitchcock

By Kristin Hitchcock

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Nashville is home to a few off-leash dog parks where your canine can explore and have fun. These parks vary in size, location, and regulations. While some rules do apply to most dog parks, several park-specific rules may apply, as well. These parks are primarily off-leash. However, you must have a leash on you at all times to restrain your dog if necessary.

Which dog park you visit may largely depend on where you live and the closest dog park to you may be the easiest one to visit. However, you should also consider the amenities at each park, as well as any special regulations and time restrictions.

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The Top 8 Off-Leash Dog Parks in Nashville

1. Warner Park

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“ 50 Vaughn Road
πŸ• Open Times: During sunlight hours
πŸ’² Cost: Free
  • Large fenced-in area where dogs can play without a leash
  • Water fountain designed for dogs, so you don’t have to worry about water while visiting
  • Isn’t busy, so it is a good opportunity for shy dogs
  • Large field, though a little shade is provided
  • Not as regularly maintained as other parks

2. Shelby Park

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“ Shelby Avenue at S. 20th Street
πŸ• Open Times: During sunlight hours
πŸ’² Cost: Free
  • Decently large and quite a wide-open area, though there are a few trees for shade
  • Several benches are placed under the trees
  • Walking trails around the park where you can take your dog (though leashes are required outside the fenced-in area)
  • Difficult to find
  • A bit dusty, despite grass being planted and maintained in the area

3. Centennial Dog Park

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“ 2500 West End Avenue
πŸ• Open Times: During sunlight hours
πŸ’² Cost: Free
  • Located within a larger park that features many walking trails and monuments
  • Dog water fountain (only available in the warmer months)
  • Quite hilly

4. Pitts Dog Park

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“ 299 Tusculum Road
πŸ• Open Times: During sunlight hours
πŸ’² Cost: Free
  • 2 acres of fenced-in area
  • Walking trail nearby for leashed walks
  • Water fountain for dogs
  • Completely wooded, making it very shady
  • Plenty of benches

5. Two Rivers Dog Park

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“ 3150 McGavock Pike
πŸ• Open Times: During sunlight hours
πŸ’² Cost: Free
  • Wide-open spaces and some shaded areas
  • A walking trail within the off-leash area
  • Water fountain available seasonally
  • Pretty large

6. Percy Priest Dam Dog Park

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“ 3778 Bell Road
πŸ• Open Times: Sunrise to 8 PM
πŸ’² Cost: Free
  • Benches underneath shade
  • Mulch and grassβ€”not as dusty as other parks
  • New construction
  • Located near a trailhead
  • Fountain and kiddie pools in the warmer months

7. Fair Park Dog Park

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“ 300 Raines Ave
πŸ• Open Times: 8 AM to 4:30 PM
πŸ’² Cost: Free
  • Near many other amenities, including a flea market and speedway
  • Tends to be rather busy, so there is always someone to play with
  • Agility tires
  • AstroTurf, making it very clean
  • Two areas for different energy levels

8. Riverfront Dog Park at Ascend

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“ 200 1st Ave S
πŸ• Open Times: Dawn to 11 PM
πŸ’² Cost: Free
  • 11 acres total (not all is fenced-in)
  • Artificial turf
  • Water fountain available during the summer months

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There are several interesting dog parks spread throughout Nashville. The city is quite dog-friendly, with many dog-friendly restaurants and hotels. There is a dog park for just about every part of the city. Some are smaller and work best for quick breaks, while others are much bigger. With so many different kinds of dog parks, there is something for just about everyone.

Of course, before heading to your favorite dog park, check the current regulations. Dogs must be licensed and vaccinated to prevent the spread of diseases, for instance.

Featured Image Credit: Natalia Fedosova, Shutterstock

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