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Best Off-Leash Dog Areas In DFW

August 10, 2013 7:00 AM

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Living in DFW can make it difficult to find a place for your pup to pounce. Believe it or not, there are several local areas where dog lovers meet every day to play with their favorite furry friend. Here are five of the best off-leash dog parks in the DFW area.

North Bark Park
4899 Gramercy Oaks
Dallas, TX 75287
(214) 670-1589
http://www.dallasparks.org/parks/northBarkmain.aspx

This 21-acre barking park leaves plenty of space for you and your best friend to wander. This wild wonderland is full of friendly furry folk, just waiting to make new acquaintances. You can hang out with other dog lovers, while your own pooch makes some new friends of his or her own. With a six-foot-wide, concrete, long walking trail, drinking fountains, doggy water bowls and available shade to keep you cool, you can’t miss this extraordinary excursion. So head north to Bark Park.

Related: Ways To Keep Your Dog Active But Cool In DFW

Wagging Tail Dog Park
5841 Keller Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75248
(214) 670.1589
www.dallasparks.org/parks/waggingtailmain.aspx

This five-acre wagging park contains unique features for both you and your furry friend. With a flagstone observation deck overlooking a beautiful view of White Rock Creek and waterfalls, drinking bowls, water fountains and convenient parking, you just can’t lose. Mondays are closed for maintenance to keep your park clean and operational, so make sure you make your trip somewhere between Tuesdays and Sundays this summer. Walk on over to Wagging Tail Dog Park and have a tail-wagger of a good time.

White Rock Dog Park
8000 Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75218
(214) 670-1589
www.whiterockdogpark.org

This city park was originally paid for by various private donations as well as a $25,000 grant from the Muenster Milling Company, which is a dog food manufacturer. This city park is still maintained by private donations. White Rock Dog Park was the first dog park to be created in Dallas. Make sure your dogs are vaccinated and the leash must be on the dogs upon entering and exiting the park. The park is closed on Mondays for maintenance to keep the park looking beautiful for you and your companion. If you have a small dog and worry that he or she might be distressed by the larger dogs, worry no more. This park separates the large from the small. You will be able to socialize with folks with the same sized dogs as your own. So don’t be left out. Take your pup to the park where you can both go for a little run.

Related: Family Fun Guide To White Rock Lake

Bark Park Central
2530 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 670-3278
www.dallasparks.org

This one-and-a-half-acre dog park is covered by grass through 80 percent of the park. It is lined with shade trees, drinking fountains and dog wash stations throughout the park. This park even has waste disposal bags at your disposal. How convenient is that. But that’s not all. There are dog-friendly restaurants and bars throughout the neighborhood. Head on down to Bark Park Central and have a ball.

Fort Woof Dog Park at Gateway Park
3500 Gateway Park Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76111
(817) 871-7638
www.fortwoof.org

If you happen to live in the Ft. Worth area, take Waldo to Fort Woof Dog Park. Mingle with other dog lovers while your friendly fellow runs free. Although food is not permitted, picnic tables are available. Both doggie and human watering stations are located throughout the park. Waste disposal bags are available for your convenience to keep the park clean for all. Take the opportunity to get yourself and your dog out and about. There’s no reason to stay home alone.

Judy Serrano writes romantic thrillers at www.JudySerraon.com. She graduated from Texas A&M Commerce with a BA in English. She is also a freelance writer for Examiner.com. She lives in Texas with her husband, four boys and five dogs.

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