10 Great Southern Dog Parks

Take your four-legged friend to the playground nearest you.

Dog Park Illustration
Lindsey Balbierz

When it’s time to play with your pup, sometimes a change of scenery is nice. So we went out and rounded up some of our favorite dog parks in the South, places where Fido can roam free and meet some new friends. From the dreamy dog park at PETA headquarters in Virginia that’s stocked with pet toys, to the Millie Bush Dog Park in Houston, named for George H.W. Bush’s famous dog (popular for its ponds, trails and showers), there’s a wealth of popular pup parks in the South.

Remy's Dog Park
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA
With 6 acres in the city's Red Mountain Park, Remy's has three areas: for big dogs, little dogs, and shy or special-needs dogs. redmountainpark.org

Dog Wood Park
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
This 42-acre, completely fenced-in park charges a fee to enter, but visitors can enjoy two swimming lakes, bathing areas, tennis balls, and tunnels. jaxdogs.com

Newtown Dream Dog Park
JOHNS CREEK, GEORGIA
It's popular for its fenced-in turf with splash pads and fire hydrants, as well as a trail, bridges, hoops, and tunnels. johnscreekga.gov

NOLA City Bark
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
The 4.6 acres of NOLA City Bark include separate areas for small and large pooches, a quarter-mile walking trail, and a dog-washing station. nolacitybark.org

Bree's Bark Park
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI
This place charges a membership fee, but it's worth it for the splash pool and separate play areas for dogs big and small. carams.org

Oklahoma City Paw Park
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA
Walk Fido to this park for the gravel beach, plus plenty of water stations, trees, and benches. pawok.com

Barc Park South
MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA
Treat your four-legged friend to some off-leash downtime at this fully fenced park that includes a large lake. cityofmyrtlebeach.com

PetSafe Village Dog Park
KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE
Enjoy the walking trails, a natural pond, and a water fountain for pups only. petsafevillage.com

Millie Bush Dog Park
HOUSTON, TEXAS
This park, named after George H. W. Bush's famous dog, is popular for its ponds, trails, pet showers, and fake fire hydrants. pct3.com

Bea Arthur Dog Park
NORFOLK, VIRGINIA
Named for the late actress—and honorary PETA director—this puppy playground is known for its swimming ramp, made-for-shade pergola, and pet toy bin. features.peta.org