Here in Tennessee, we’re typical Americans in many ways – one of which is that we love our dogs! Public interest in dog parks is as high as it’s ever been, with residents clamoring for dog parks to be opened in towns that don’t yet have them.
This guide to the best dog parks in Middle Tennessee features our top 5 favorite pup-friendly destinations. However, if these locations aren’t central to you, it’s well worth your time to research dog parks in your area. Sometimes there’s a hidden gem just around the corner from you. We hope you and your adorable companion can get out and enjoy some off-leash playtime at one of Tennessee’s gorgeous bark parks!
Two Rivers Dog Park
3150 McGavock Pk. Nashville, TN 37214
Two Rivers Dog Park appeals to dog owners who want to get their own exercise in as their dog plays freely. Featuring a walking path that encircles the entire park, a huge open field, and thick patches of trees for your dog to play in, this well-kept gem is designed for the active dog family. Don’t worry if you forget your bags; Two Rivers makes complimentary doggy waste bags available at stations in the dog park.
Hit the water station on the way in and on the way out, especially if you’re playing on a warm day. If you’re having trouble finding shade when you need it, you can seek out shelter in the park’s adorable gazebo.
Bark Park at Evans Park
563 Maury Hill St, Spring Hill, TN 37174
Maury County’s bark park is small, but it’s also fully contained. The park also features an impressive children’s playground, making it an ideal destination for parents who have human and canine kids to entertain. The cozy nature of Evans Park will allow you to keep an eye on both the bark park and the playground.
Parking here is somewhat limited, and there isn’t a walking path; if you’re eager to get your steps in while your dog burns off some energy, this might not be the right spot for you.
Cason Lane Trailhead
1100 Cason Trail, Murfreesboro, TN 37128
This beautiful park is ideal for children and dogs alike, but it’s important to note (in case you have very small children) that the dog park is situated across the parking lot. However, Cason Lane Trailhead features a trailhead, active creek, an open field for sports, and grills, making it well worth checking out. The park itself is beautifully maintained and landscaped, and is the absolute perfect spot for picnics or cookouts for families with kids and/or fur babies.
TAKE NOTE: this dog park is not segregated by size or weight. If you have a very small dog who tends to demonstrate fear of larger dogs, this is something to take into consideration before visiting.
Fenway’s Dog Park
745 Caldwell Dr, Goodlettsville, TN 37072
This immaculate park is divided into large but separate areas dedicated to large and small dogs. The free run areas are unusually large, so this is a great park for large dogs who have a strong urge to run. Additionally, locals tend to visit this park daily at predictable times, so if your pup makes a good friend, you’re likely to run into the same dog repeatedly, allowing your dog to continue positive friendships over time.
The idea for this dog park came from two Sumner County locals – Patricia and Bob Moore, who also funded the first phase of Fenway’s Park. It has now been expanded twice because of its immense popularity!
FUN FACT: Fenway’s is named in honor of the Moore’s long-time family doggy.
920 Heritage Way, Brentwood, TN 37027
If you head to the southwest corner of Tower Park, you’ll find the very famous Barkwood dog park. Sponsored by Marks Petcare, this dog park features fully-fenced separate areas for small and large dogs. Large dogs can roam over 1.5 acres, while small dogs can enjoy 0.65 acres. It’s going to be a hot summer, but we know you still want and need to take your pup out daily!
Barkwood wants to help, which is why the park provides shaded benches, hydrants, and water stations. This dog park makes sure that you and your furry friend stay healthy and hydrated in the heat. Convenience for dog owners is spot on here.