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Nashville Dog Parks

Nashville’s Dog Parks

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While there are over 80 parks located in Davidson County, totaling more than 9000 acres, only three of them currently house dog parks.
These include:
  • Centennial Park (West End Area)
    Location: 222 25th Ave North
    Hours: Dawn to 8:00 p.m.
    Map & Directions

  • Shelby Park (East Nashville Area)
    Location: Shelby Ave At S 20th Street
    Hours: Dawn to 8:00 p.m.
    Map & Directions

  • Warner Park (Belle Meade Area)
    Location: 50 Vaughn Road
    Hours: Dawn to Dusk
    Map & Directions

Mid-Tn Dog Parks
If you think it's time for your curious canine to take a short road trip, there are also a few other nearby Dog Parks in the area too and they include;
  • Clarksville Bark Park
    City: Clarksville
    Location: Hwy 47 at Riverside Drive

  • Fairgrounds Bark Park
    City: Clarksville
    Location: Clarksville Fairgrounds

  • Fenway's Park
    City: Goodlettesville
    Location: 745 Caldwell Lane (Moss Wright Park)

  • Freedom Run Dog Park
    City: Franklin
    Location: Liberty Park

  • Maggie's Bark Park
    City: Franklin
    Location: 138 Claude Yates Drive

  • Murfreesboro Bark Park
    City: Murfreesboro
    Location: West College St. and Old Nashville Hwy.
Guidelines to follow when using a Dog Park
Before you take your first trip to a dog park you may want to read over a few of the local Dog Park Rules, Regulations, and Guidelines.

Nashville's Dog Park Basics
  • Enter only at the double-gated entrance vestibule.
  • Once through the first gate, unleash your dog and proceed through the second gate into the dog park.
  • Exit in the same way, always leashing your dog before leaving the vestibule.
  • If your dog is not accustomed to interacting with other dogs, start out by visiting the park during non-peak times.
  • Maintain awareness of the activity going on around you as distracted dogs may not look where they are going.

Dog Park Rules and Regulations
  • Always adhere to the hours that the dog runs are open.
  • Always dispose of your dog's waste in the trash receptacles. Accumulation of dog waste on the ground may prompt closure of the park.
  • Your dog must wear current rabies and identification tags at all times.
  • Dogs must be leashed before entering and leaving the fenced area..
  • Owners are permitted to bring no more than two dogs.
  • Owners are legally responsible for their dog and any injuries caused by their dog.
  • If your dog becomes aggressive, leash him and exit the park immediately.
  • Children must be supervised.
  • No children under 10 years old are allowed.

Not allowed in Nashville's Dog Parks
  • Dogs in heat are not permitted
  • Dogs under four months of age
  • Dogs without supervision
  • Aggressive dogs, pit bulls or dogs having the characteristics of the pit bull breed
  • Dog food, human food or glass containers
  • Spiked collars
  • Dog grooming
  • Professional dog training
Nashville Dog Laws
Even if you aren't going to visit a dog park anytime soon, you still might want to know some of the local laws concerning your dog.
  • Failure to keep your dog on a leash can incurs a fine of around $50 for the first offense after that each offense incurs a higher fine all the way up to $500.
  • You may also receive at least a $50 fine for failure to dispose of your dog's waste.
  • All dogs are required to have Rabies vaccination and tags
  • Impound Fees start out at $25 plus $4 a day boarding cost
Is Nashville really pet friendly?
According to AAA's top 10 list of most accommodating cities for travelers with pets, Nashville came in 9th. Here's what AAA had to say about Music City USA:

"Nashville- Come to the city where country music stars are made. And while you're at it, bring along your furry friend since there are 50 AAA-RATED lodgings she can stay at with you! And, if you require veterinary care, there are six emergency animal hospitals in town."

Note-In the AAA report they additionally mentioned that Nashville has 8 pet friendly campgrounds, and yet they also failed to recognize any dog parks.

Dog Numbers to Know
Any Dog Problems can be reported to the following places.
  • Metro Parks at 862-8400
  • Metro Parks Police at 880-3429
  • Metro Animal Control at 862-7928

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