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Unleash The Hounds! These Are Atlanta's Top 10 Dog Parks

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With so many fantastic dog parks around, there's no excuse for leaving your furry friend indoors this summer or boring him (or her) with the same old walk around the block. Head to one of the city's fantastic off-leash parks where your pup can expend some of that energy while you soak in the sunshine and meet some nice fellow pet owners. From a community-driven restoration of an Old Fourth Ward park to Atlanta's most popular puppy play place to a cafe-turned-park with coffee and wifi, Curbed Atlanta presents 10 bark-worthy dog parks that offer amenities and fun for both you and your dog.


[Header image via Paul L on Flickr. Atlantic Station photo via Foursquare. Oakhurst photo courtesy of Denise Arribas. All other map photos provided by each dog park's official website (linked to in each listing).]

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1. Piedmont Park Dog Park

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490-514 Park Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

The most popular Atlanta dog park, Piedmont's off-leash canine haven has nearly three acres where pups can run free and frolic until they're good and tired. Pro: Separate areas for small and large dogs. Con: Minimal shade means the heat can get intense for dogs and humans.

2. South Bend Dog Park

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Lakewood ave
Atlanta, GA 30315

This doggy oasis in Lakewood Heights, across from Aaron's Amphitheater, has plenty of shade trees, climbing rocks and room to play. For the humans, there's a lovely view from its hilltop location, a tree swing and peace of mind provided by the separate large and small dog areas.

3. Oakhurst Dog Park

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450 E. Lake Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30307

This clean, spacious dog park provides drinking water for fuzzy buddies and nice benches for humans. Pros: Nice wooded trails, friendly people. Cons: Gets a bit muddy after rain, small and large dogs in the same space.

4. Railside Dog Park

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Castleberry Hill
Atlanta, GA 30313

This two-acre off-leash park uses water diverted from the roof of a nearby building, benches donated by a local gallery and fencing designed by local artists. It may not be the fanciest around, but the sense of community is hard to beat.

5. ParkGrounds

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142 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(678) 528-9901
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It's a coffee shop. It's a dog park. Enjoy a latte, work on the free Wifi and grab a bite to eat while your dog gallivants around with his or her furry friends. As one patron explained: "I like it because I love getting drunk with my dog in tow." Did we mention they serve beer, wine and liquor?

6. Adair Dog Park

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Trinity Place
Atlanta, GA 30030

This Decatur favorite has a doggy water fountain, lots of shaded areas and both flat and hilly areas. There is more than enough room for even large dogs to tire themselves out. Owners of tiny and/or shy dogs beware though: Pooches of all sizes are allowed to play together here.

7. Renaissance Park Dog Park

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240 Renaissance Parkway Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30308

Prior to the opening of the dog park last November, this 5.5-acre Old Fourth Ward park was known for its drug dealers and panhandlers. Now it's a place for the growing O4W community to come together with their fluffy pals. Water fountains, shade and separate areas for large and small dogs are provided.

8. Atlantic Station Dog Park

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State Street
Atlanta, GA 30318

Not what you'd call roomy, this cozy dog park is ideal for petite, apartment-dwelling pups who enjoy things like make-believe fire hydrants. Larger dogs won't even be able to hit full speed before getting to the fence, so don't bother bringing your greyhound.

9. Brook Run Dog Park

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4770 N Peachtree Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338

This well-maintained, volunteer-run Dunwoody favorite gives visitors' furry companions nearly three acres of running and playing space. There are wooded walking trails for humans to enjoy, but no bathrooms. Know before you go.

10. Mason Mill Dog Park

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1340 McConnell Drive
Decatur, GA 30033

The PATH Foundation's South Peachtree Creek Trail runs right into this clean, recently updated park so you can take Fido for a leashed walk along the trail before turning him loose in the smaller (half acre) fenced-in area.

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1. Piedmont Park Dog Park

490-514 Park Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

The most popular Atlanta dog park, Piedmont's off-leash canine haven has nearly three acres where pups can run free and frolic until they're good and tired. Pro: Separate areas for small and large dogs. Con: Minimal shade means the heat can get intense for dogs and humans.

490-514 Park Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

2. South Bend Dog Park

Lakewood ave, Atlanta, GA 30315

This doggy oasis in Lakewood Heights, across from Aaron's Amphitheater, has plenty of shade trees, climbing rocks and room to play. For the humans, there's a lovely view from its hilltop location, a tree swing and peace of mind provided by the separate large and small dog areas.

Lakewood ave
Atlanta, GA 30315

3. Oakhurst Dog Park

450 E. Lake Dr., Atlanta, GA 30307

This clean, spacious dog park provides drinking water for fuzzy buddies and nice benches for humans. Pros: Nice wooded trails, friendly people. Cons: Gets a bit muddy after rain, small and large dogs in the same space.

450 E. Lake Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30307

4. Railside Dog Park

Castleberry Hill, Atlanta, GA 30313

This two-acre off-leash park uses water diverted from the roof of a nearby building, benches donated by a local gallery and fencing designed by local artists. It may not be the fanciest around, but the sense of community is hard to beat.

Castleberry Hill
Atlanta, GA 30313

5. ParkGrounds

142 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

It's a coffee shop. It's a dog park. Enjoy a latte, work on the free Wifi and grab a bite to eat while your dog gallivants around with his or her furry friends. As one patron explained: "I like it because I love getting drunk with my dog in tow." Did we mention they serve beer, wine and liquor?

142 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

6. Adair Dog Park

Trinity Place, Atlanta, GA 30030

This Decatur favorite has a doggy water fountain, lots of shaded areas and both flat and hilly areas. There is more than enough room for even large dogs to tire themselves out. Owners of tiny and/or shy dogs beware though: Pooches of all sizes are allowed to play together here.

Trinity Place
Atlanta, GA 30030

7. Renaissance Park Dog Park

240 Renaissance Parkway Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30308

Prior to the opening of the dog park last November, this 5.5-acre Old Fourth Ward park was known for its drug dealers and panhandlers. Now it's a place for the growing O4W community to come together with their fluffy pals. Water fountains, shade and separate areas for large and small dogs are provided.

240 Renaissance Parkway Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30308

8. Atlantic Station Dog Park

State Street, Atlanta, GA 30318

Not what you'd call roomy, this cozy dog park is ideal for petite, apartment-dwelling pups who enjoy things like make-believe fire hydrants. Larger dogs won't even be able to hit full speed before getting to the fence, so don't bother bringing your greyhound.

State Street
Atlanta, GA 30318

9. Brook Run Dog Park

4770 N Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338

This well-maintained, volunteer-run Dunwoody favorite gives visitors' furry companions nearly three acres of running and playing space. There are wooded walking trails for humans to enjoy, but no bathrooms. Know before you go.

4770 N Peachtree Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338

10. Mason Mill Dog Park

1340 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30033

The PATH Foundation's South Peachtree Creek Trail runs right into this clean, recently updated park so you can take Fido for a leashed walk along the trail before turning him loose in the smaller (half acre) fenced-in area.

1340 McConnell Drive
Decatur, GA 30033