Nashville is a city of Tennessee, and it has more than 600,000 inhabitants. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 36.5% of Americans own a dog. That’s about 180,000 dogs in Nashville! With so many dogs, they are going to need to be able to exercise and socialize. Nashville has several dog parks, some small and some very large. Each park has its own rules, but most parks in Nashville have similar rules, which include;
- Dogs must wear up-to-date rabies and identification tags at all times.
- Dogs must be leashed before entering and exiting the fenced area.
- Aggressive dogs must be leashed and removed from the park immediately. Users are legally responsible for injuries inflicted by their dogs.
- Children under the age of 10 are prohibited from entering the fenced area of the dog park. All minors must be supervised by an adult.
- Puppies under four months old, female dogs in heat, more than two dogs per handler and any dog that exhibits or has a history of aggressive behavior are not permitted in the dog park.
Nashville is a beautiful city with lots of nature and culture to see. While there are plenty of dog parks in the city, this article lists the top eight dog parks we found in Nashville.
1. Bark Park
|Location||800 Meridian Street, Nashville, TN 37207|
|Price||$15 daily pass $39 monthly pass|
BarkPark is a small dog park located in North Nashville. This playpen may be small, but it offers so much for you and your pup! There is a little shop where you can buy yourself and your dog a treat or even a new one toy. There are several places where you can sit and enjoy a great snack or drink while your furry friends run around and play.
This dog park is fenced and has a few tall trees that provide plenty of shade. The picnic tables available are also covered, so you don’t have to sit in the hot sun. The landscape is quite grassy, but there can be more dirt than grass during the summer.
During the warmer months, the park also offers a watering pad so your dogs can stay cool. There is no parking specifically for BarkPark, but there is street parking and parking at McFerrin Park just down the street. This park stays quite busy throughout the week, but the middle of the week tends to be less busy.
2. Edwin Warner Dog Park
|Edwin Warner Dog Park|
|Location||50 Vaughn Rd, Nashville, TN 37221|
Edwin Warner Dog Park is located in the southwest area of Nashville. This dog park is just down the road from Percy Warner Park. This is a fairly large park which is fenced, although there are no separate areas for small and large dogs which can be a problem if your dog doesn’t get along with people. small or large dogs. large breeds.
The landscape is mostly dirt with large expanses of grass spread throughout, which means your pup is likely to be a little dirty, especially after rainy days. There are some trees inside the park. Most of the trees are on the other side of the fence but are close enough to provide shade. There are also a few benches spread throughout. Some are under the trees and there are a few picnic benches outside the dog area near the entrance.
Edwin Warner Park is large and has a nice view of the nearby hills and trees. This park tends to get quite crowded on weekends, from late morning to early evening. Weekdays tend to stay pretty slow until the evening when the park gets a bit busier.
3. Gulch Dog Park
|Ravine Dog Park|
|Location||1216 Pine Street, Nashville, TN 37203|
Gulch Dog Park is located in downtown Nashville, in an area known as “The Gulch”. This park is quite small but it is one of the few dog parks you can find in downtown Nashville. There are two distinct areas; one for small dogs and one for large dogs, although both areas are quite small. This park is located in the middle of town and you get free parking for an hour so you can have plenty of time to let your pup play.
Gulch Dog Park has mulch/wood chips as landscaping, with a tree or two and large rocks for the dogs to climb on. The park also offers doggy bags and trash cans near the entrance. The busiest days are usually Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from early afternoon to evening. Weekdays are generally slower; the park remains fairly empty most of the day but can get busy in the late afternoon.
4. Shelby Dog Park
|Shelby Dog Park|
|Location||Shelby Ave & S. 20th Street, Nashville, TN 37206|
Shelby Dog Park is located in east Nashville in Shelby Park. This is a fairly large, fenced-in dog park that has a grass/dirt landscape, with a few large trees spread throughout. Due to the dirt landscaping your pup is likely to get dirty and after rainy days the playpen can get a little muddy. This park offers a beautiful view of nature, as it is located near a small Lake. There are also trails nearby, so you can walk your dog and enjoy the local nature.
Inside the playpen there is a circle of benches that owners can use while their dog is playing. There are plenty of doggy bags for guests to help keep the park clean for others to enjoy. This park also has a dog water fountain, so owners don’t have to worry about their furry friends dehydrating. Shelby Dog Park is usually busiest on Sunday afternoons, and the rest of the week tends to be slow.
5. Fair Park Dog Park
|Fari Park Dog Park|
|Location||Bransford Avenue, Nashville, TN 37204|
Fair Park Dog Park is located in downtown Nashville on the southwest corner of Fair Park. This is a medium sized park landscaped with concrete, gravel and astroturf. Astroturf is a great option for dog parks, so your dog can still play during or after a rainy day, and you don’t have to worry about bringing home a muddy pup.
This dog park has many seating areas, some with shade and some without shade. Owners can sit back and relax while dogs socialize and play. There are separate areas for small dogs and big dogswith some pieces of agility equipment spread in.
This dog park is located quite close to major roads and a train line, so it can get quite noisy. If your dogs are sensitive to loud noises, it may be best to visit this park in the morning or evening. Fair Park Dog Park is busy for most of the week, but Mondays and Tuesdays remain quite slow.
6. Stones River Dog Park
|Stones River Dog Park|
|Location||Stones River Greenway, Nashville, TN 37214|
Stones River Dog Park is located in east Nashville adjacent to Percy Priest Lake Park. The park’s landscape is a pea-sized mix of concrete, grass, and gravel. This is a medium sized fenced area that has a double gate to help owners let their dogs get used to other dogs in the park and let them off the leash.
There are a few shaded benches and picnic tables around the area. The park also provides dog bags and trash cans so dog owners can help keep the park clean and fun for everyone. There is a water fountain inside the dog area which provides children, adults and dogs with their own spout and a small children’s pool for the dogs to play in.
The Stones River Dog Park is popular with locals but tends to stay quite empty most of the week. Sundays are usually the busiest days, while the rest of the week is generally slow. This dog park is located in a beautiful location surrounded by nature with a dam right next to it, making it a worthy visit!
7. Centennial Dog Park
|Centennial Dog Park|
|Location||2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203|
Centennial Dog Park is located near the center of Nashville, at the western end of Centennial Park. This dog park is a very large fenced area with a landscape of grass and dirt. There are plenty of tall trees spread throughout the park, providing plenty of shade. The park also has a water fountain for your puppies and dog bowls that you can use if the water fountain isn’t on.
Centennial Dog Park provides benches and picnic tables for owners to sit and relax while their dog plays. The park gets quite busy on the weekends, but due to its large size there is always plenty of room for your dogs to run and play. Outside of Centennial Park’s canine zone, there’s so much to do and see, including a museum, walking trails, and ponds.
8. Two Rivers Dog Park
|Two Rivers Dog Park|
|Location||3150 McGavock Pk, Nashville, TN 37214|
Two Rivers Dog Park is located in the northeast area of Nashville at the north end of Two Rivers Park. This large fenced area has more than enough space for your puppies to play and socialize. The landscape at this dog park is a mixture of concrete, grass, and dirt, which means it can get muddy during and after rainy days.
This park has several benches and picnic tables under canopies along the concrete walkway. There are several large and medium trees around the park which provide plenty of shade. This park has trash cans spread throughout, and it provides dog bags near most trash cans to make it easier to pick up after your pup.
Two Rivers Dog Park is very large so even when it gets busy there is always more than enough space for your dog to play and run around. The busiest day is usually Sunday (early afternoon to early evening), but weekdays are still quite slow. This park is one of the biggest and nicest dog parks in Nashville and definitely worth a visit.