If you’re a dog lover, you probably support giving ole Rover plenty of time outdoors to run free and play. They are spirited animals that need regular exercise to stay healthy, and they deserve the freedom of being off leash often.
Many outdoor destinations, trails, and parks require dogs to be kept on a leash these days, but Greensboro is home to a few off-leash dog parks that offer plenty of space for your pup to play and run. These are worth a visit:
Southwest Park Dog Park
Your fur-kids will love to roam free in this fenced 2.5 acre off-leash dog park. A gem in Guilford Country, this scenic park has a lot to offer pets and their parents. In addition to the dog park, Southwest Park in Greensboro has ball fields, picnic shelters, plenty of scenic trails, and a lake for fishing; they’ll even let you rent a boat.
The dog park itself is located in a secluded wooded area of the park (which I love!). You’ll want to follow the trail by the maintenance shed, through the woods, to get to the dog park. There are separate sections for large and small dogs, and community water and bowls are provided. The dog park rests adjacent to a couple nice pet-friendly nature trails, but a leash is required when on the trails. It’s not uncommon to see wildlife and birds here. It’s a cool place definitely worth exploring.
LeBauer Park Dog Park
The LeBauer Park Dog Park is in a great location in downtown Greensboro. LeBauer is a great park for families, and there is plenty to do for all ages. The park has fountains, sculptures, cornhole games, ping pong tables, ornamental gardens, a kid zone, splashpad, and more. The park often hosts movie nights, concerts, and other events, as well as a skating rink in the winter.
The small dog park accommodates 20 small- to medium-sized dogs and their owners and is exactly right for those sizes. Best of all, it’s so clean! Well maintained, this park has a water fountain for the dogs and provides waste bags, too. A newly created green space has been added for you to walk your dog on a leash and they do offer pet enrichment activities. It really is a nice park to spend an afternoon outdoors.
Stephen M. Hussey BarkPark at Country Park
Established in 2003, Stephen M. Hussey’s Bark Park is Greensboro’s first off-leash dog park. Open sunrise to sunset, the dog park offers plenty of space to run or explore and has both shaded and sunny areas for play; I especially love the big trees here for shade during the hot summer. The off-leash dog park is divided into 3 separate spaces with air-lock gates. The park has a water fountain for the dogs, water bowls, and lots of toys and tennis balls for them to play with. Another big plus is they have plenty of seating for pet-parents, including benches and lawn chairs. Before you go, you should be aware that they don’t allow any children in the area near the dog park (for safety reasons) and if you bring them, you might be asked to leave. If you opt to walk the trails with your pup instead, a leash is required.
Griffin Recreation Center – Griffin Community Park
The Griffin Recreation Center in Greensboro is an amazing facility. It offers free fitness classes for seniors, has basketball courts, and a fitness center in a great location with affordable rates. There is a handicapped-accessible path from the Rec Center parking lot directly to the dog park. The dog park is a fenced, two-acre shaded area that is separated into 2 sections, one for small dogs and one for larger dogs. The dog park is evolving but the park itself is a huge 48-acres with plenty of nicely paved trails; and dogs are welcome on the trails as long as they are leashed.
Doggo’s Dog Park & Pub
A private Dog Park & Pub serving 21+ and those dogs that are fixed, friendly, and vaccinated. Doggo’s is 10,000 square feet of space that dogs can run and play in, off-leash, and it’s fully supervised by the dog park staff. The facility is nice, comfortable, and the play area has a nice set-up.
Doggo’s isn’t free but they do offer a day pass, monthly and annual passes. It’s a nice spot to grab a cold one and let your dog play in a fun, safe environment. The staff do a great job, and they screen every dog that comes in. People who don’t have dogs are welcome and many others enjoy coming out for a drink and watching the doggies play. It really is a great place to unwind and have a little fun.