Dog Parks outside of Austin
The following parks were known to
allow dogs as of the time of this posting. *Parks that provide leash-free
areas are specially noted. Please call in advance to confirm their
*Auditorium Shores 920 W.
Barton Creek Greenbelt Preserve 3755 B Capital of Texas Hwy Austin,
On the banks of Town Lake, just west of the First Street Bridge, lies a place
bustling with activity. Auditorium Shores is an outdoor concert venue with an
especially busy summer schedule, a place to catch the fireworks on the Fourth of
July and the hub of Austin's most popular hike-and-bike trail. Leash free
area from from South First to Bouldin Avenue.
This popular greenbelt follows a creek and offers about 7 miles of walking,
hiking and mountain biking trails. There are also several popular swimming
holes along the creek. Dogs are allowed, but must on a leash. Some of the
more popular access points to the trails are Zilker Metropolitan Park, and
Loop 360 (south of MoPac/Loop 1).
Bob Wentz Park
Bob Wentz Park Road Austin, Texas (512)854-9020
This 211 acre park is located in the basin area of Lake Travis in the scenic
Hill Country of central Texas. Bob Wentz Park is a favorite location for water
sports. The park's facilities and close proximity to Austin (approximately
one-half hour's drive from downtown) make it attractive for picnicking,
swimming, windsurfing, sailing, and scuba diving. The shoreline areas (including
a sandy peninsula known as "The Point") are heavily used, while an adjacent
150-acre tract is maintained as a natural area. The park includes two sand
volleyball courts, a shoreline walking path, a boat dock, and a pavilion
available for rent. Pets are allowed in the park, but must be kept on a leash
and are not permitted on The Point.
*Bull Creek District Dog Park 6701 Lakewood Drive Austin, Texas
This dog park is not fenced. It has access to the creek for water-loving
pooches. Well-behaved dogs can roam and play off-leash, but must be
under verbal control and within your sight. The off-leash area is
located behind the restrooms.
*Emma Long Metropolitan Park 1600
City Park Rd. Austin, Texas (512) 346-1831
Metropolitan Park is the largest city-owned park at almost 1,200 acres.
Just a few minutes' drive from downtown Austin, and easy to get to from RR
2222. Follow scenic City Park Road down to the shores of Lake Austin, and
spend the day swimming, water-skiing, picnicking, or camping. Leash
free area between City Park Drive, the west park boundary fence, Turkey
Creek and the top ridge of the bluff line overlooking Lake Austin.
*Far West ROW between
Great Northern Blvd. & Shoal Creek Blvd.
Relatively unknown and a bit difficult to find It offers a small leash free
area from Far West Boulevard right of way between Great Northern Boulevard
and Shoal Creek Boulevard.
*Northeast District Park 5909
Located east of Ed Bluestein Blvd. (HWY 183) at the corner of Loyola and
Crystalbrook. The park has a lighted basketball court, volleyball pit, 2
horseshoe pits and playground. One large shelter is available for
reservations. It will seat 84, accomodate 100. Electricity is available at
an additional cost payable in advance of the reservation. There are 4 BBQ
grills adjacent to the shelter. Leash free area between Crystal Brook
Drive, the railroad right of way and Decker Lake Road
*Norwood Estate Dog Park I-35 and Riverside Drive Austin, Texas 512-974-6700
This is a fully fenced dog park. Well-behaved dogs can roam and play off-leash,
but must be under verbal control and within your sight. The dog park is located
on the north end of Travis Heights at the northwest corner of Riverside Drive
*Onion Creek District Park
6900 Onion Creek Dr.
Leash free area located at the North end of the greenbelt.
*Red Bud Isle 3401 Red Bud
Trail Unit Cr.
This park is on Town Lake, just below Tom Miller Dam, and is the entry point for
the Redbud Trail. A peninsula surrounded by lake it is a great place for water
dogs. The whole park is leash free! Great park, and a must see, but
not terribly large.
*Shoal Creek Greenbelt
2600-2799 Lamar Blvd.
This three-mile trail extends from Town Lake to 38th Street. As you walk
along the crushed limestone, gravel and concrete trail, you will enjoy the trees
and green spaces. You are sure to find the perfect spot for a picnic or
leisurely stroll. The portion of the trail from 24th Street to 29th Street
is designated as a no-leash zone, and hundreds of dog owners flock to the area.
Town Lake 2100 Barton Springs Road Austin, Texas 512-974-6700
This is a popular walking and swimming spot for people and dogs. Dogs must be on
a 6 foot or less leash. The park offers 10 miles of walking, hiking and
bicycling trails. There are many beaches located along the lake. From March
through early November at dusk, you can also watch the bats fly out from under
the popular Congress Avenue Bridge at this park. Playgrounds, picnic tables, and
restrooms are available at Town Lake. There are many access points to this park,
including Zilker Metropolitan Park at 2100 Barton Springs Road. To get there
from I-35, take the Riverside exit. Go west on Riverside towards downtown. After
you pass Congress Avenue, turn left onto Barton Springs. Go about 2 miles to the
park. The entrance will be on the left.
*Walnut Creek District Park
12138 N. Lamar Blvd.
Walnut Creek Metropolitan park is located in far north Austin, a little to the
west of IH-35. There are two entrances to the park. The east park entrance is on
Lamar Blvd., north of Braker Lane, south of Yager lane. The north entrance is
from Willow Wild Drive, a neighborhood side street that connects with Parmer
Lane. Whichever entrance you choose, park in the lot near the swimming pool.
Leash free area between Old Cedar Lane, Walnut Creek and the east and west park
*Zilker Dog Park 2100 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, Texas 512-974-6700
This dog park is not fenced. Well-behaved dogs can roam and play off-leash, but
must be under verbal control and within your sight. The dog park is located in
Zilker Metropolitan Park at 2100 Barton Springs Road.