Best Dog Parks in Jacksonville


Looking for a spot for your best friend to run free in Jacksonville? We’ve got you covered!

Every dog deserves the opportunity to run and play. But it can be difficult to find a fun, safe place that allows dogs. You might want a fenced park that allows your dog to run free with friends, or a larger park with gorgeous trails where you and your pup can exercise together.

There are eight dog parks in Jacksonville, and this guide covers all of them: their locations, hours, and what to expect. 

1. Dog Wood Park

Dog Wood is Jacksonville’s largest dog park. Your dog can chase new friends across 25 fenced acres or join you on a trail run through ten acres of woodland. You can even swim together in the park’s two-acre lake. With water aplenty, and acres and acres of shade, this park is a fantastic spot for a hot day.

Dog Wood Park is a great spot to run after dark too! Four of its acres are lighted from sunset until closing time.

Visitor admission costs $11 for the first dog and $1.25 for each additional dog. 

2. Springfield Dog Park

Originally named Confederate Point, this park was renamed Springfield in 2020. It still appears as Confederate Park on some maps. 

This three-acre park completely fenced, so your dog can run and play to their heart’s content! The park provides water and plenty of shade, plus poop bags and plenty of trash cans. 

If it’s been raining, be prepared for mud! Lucky for you, the park offers a stage with a place to tie up your dog and hose them down, so you can spray (most of) the mud off before getting back in the car.

There is no fee required to enter Springfield Dog Park.

3. Ed Austin Dog Park

This location offers a four-acre off-leash area with separate areas for large and small dogs. Trees provide plenty of shade, and there is water available as well. The encompassing park also includes a long trail and a variety of recreational areas.

Like Springfield (and unlike many dog parks in Jacksonville), this park is free!

4. Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park

Hanna Park is a local favorite. Families visit the park to picnic, bike, kayak, and more. The campground makes this a popular spot with visitors as well. 

This 450-acre park includes a 60-acre lake, 1.5 miles of sandy beach, and over 20 miles of trails. Dogs are welcome anywhere in Hanna Park, but they must be on leash of eight feet or less. Don’t forget to bring your own bags!

Loophole: dogs are allowed to be off leash when they’re playing in the water! So if your dog loves to splash and swim, give the beach at Hanna Park a try.

Admission is $5 for cars or $3 per pedestrian. 

5. Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park

This park spans over 500 acres. There are two trails to explore. Hike the trails with your pup on leash or take them to the dog park to let them run free. 

Separate areas are available for small and large dogs. Trees are plentiful in both areas, providing visual interest and plenty of shade. While there are no water fountains in the dog park, a nearby bathroom has water available. 

Admission to this park is free!

6. John Gorrie Dog Park

This park offers a wide paved path to practice your leash training. Small and large dogs can run free in two separate fenced areas.

Tall fences keep your dogs safe from the nearby highway. Relax on a park bench and chat with other dog lovers or throw a tennis ball for your pup. Water, poop bags, and shade are all available. 

7. St. John’s Town Center Dog Park

This small park provides a safe place for your dog to play when you visit the local mall. Sandy areas give them the chance to dig. Benches and trees provide a shady spot for you to sit and rest.

8. Kanine Social

Opening Hours: 12 pm – 8 pm Sun – Thurs / 12 pm – 9 pm Fri – Sat

Kanine Social offers private indoor and outdoor parks for you and your dogs to enjoy. The indoor area is climate controlled, which makes it a fantastic place to play on a hot day. Seperate play areas are available for small dogs. There’s also an animal hospital on site. 

At Kanine social, you can enjoy a drink while your dogs play. They have wine, beer, coffee, and more. Special events offer even more opportunities to socialize with your pup.

Day passes cost $10 per dog on weekdays and $15 per dog on weekends. They also offer doggie daycare and overnight boarding!

9. Bonus: Brewhound Dog Park

This popular spot isn’t technically in Jacksonville, but it’s conveniently close.

Brewhound offers beer, wine, and coffee in their outdoor bar and beer garden. Both are dog friendly, of course. Separately fenced dog parks give large and small dogs an opportunity to play. The Yard (as they call their parks) offers shady areas and a doggie splash pad.

Trained “Rufferees” are on duty to make sure your dogs are safe.

A daily pass to The Yard costs $8 per dog.

We hope you enjoyed our list of dog parks in Jacksonville. Now get out and enjoy them!

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