No Leash, No Problem: 5 Great Off-Leash Dog Parks in Austin, TX

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Living in Austin means there are many opportunities to explore nature with Fido, but space to run is always a high priority. Below are five recommendations from Austin Parks Foundation for off-leash dog areas, where you and your dog can freely enjoy the beauty of Austin’s parks to the fullest. Have other favorites? Tag us in your park adventures at @austinparksfdn on social media and let us know! Here are 5 recommended off-leash dog parks for y’all to check out:

1. Auditorium Shores

Auditorium Shores sits in the heart of Austin and has a great view of Lady Bird Lake and the downtown skyline! Dogs can roam or play a game of frisbee or take a quick splash. You don’t have to worry about them roaming too far, as the park has split rail fencing around the area. Other innovations to the park include a new irrigation system, a regraded lawn, and high performance turfgrass for your dog to enjoy.

2. West Austin Park

If you are looking for a fully-fenced park, West Austin Park is the place to be. This is a great spot for dogs to meet new fur-friends, run and jump on the graduated stone walls and roam free. At just 3-acres, West Austin Park packs plenty of fun per square inch. The park has basketball, tennis, picnic tables, and a pool in addition to the off-leash area.

3. Red Bud Isle

Popular for the views, swimming, fishing and hiking, Red Bud Isle is a go-to spot for dog-owning Austinites. This spot is very popular for dogs as it has trails, shady trees, fields and a tree-lined shore for you and your dog to relax and cool off in the summer.

4. Onion Creek District Park

People know and love the Onion Creek District Park for its peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Did we mention there’s a greenbelt as well? Check out the off-leash trail and enjoy some bonding time with each other. The secluded park is the perfect place to have a fun day with your furry best friend!

Picture from Austin Fit Magazine, photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons

5. Mary Moore Searight Metro Park

Mary Moore Searight is not your average park. With 300 acres and amenities such as disc golf, grills, and even horseback riding trails, there’s plenty to see and do. More importantly, it has a great trail starting on South First Street for you and your pup to enjoy a stroll in nature.

Ready for an Off-Leash Adventure?

Looking for more off-leash areas in the Austin area? Check out our Parks for Pups page! Learn more about the rules and regulations of off-leash areas on the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s website.