Atlanta has only three designated off-leash dog parks in the city limits. But between those and the ‘burbs, Hotlanta has a ton of options for getting your dog out for some exercise. And don’t let the sun deter you; many of these locations have shady areas, and bark mulch to keep your dog’s paws on the cool side.
Top 7 Dog Parks in Atlanta
- Sweat Mountain Dog Park
- Pinckneyville Dog Park
- Piedmont Park
- Mason Hill Dog Park
1. Sweat Mountain Dog Park
4346 Steinhauer Road
Marietta, GA 30066
Sweat Mountain Dog Park is open daily from dawn to dusk, but is typically closed on Wednesday mornings for maintenance.
Sweat Mountain has a separate section for small and large dogs. Plenty of shade and a water fountain make it a good choice for those hot Georgia days. The dog play area is covered in mulch, and there are several picnic tables and seating for dog parents adjacent to the large-dog area.
2. Pinckneyville Dog Park
4758 South Old Peachtree Rd.
Norcross, GA 30071
Park total acreage: 58 acres (includes 7 baseball fields, a roller hockey rink, and a skate-free area)
Pinckneyville Park is located between Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Route 23, northeast of Atlanta. Hours are sunrise to 11 p.m. daily.
It features a trail nearly 2 1/2 miles long if you want to take your dog on a little adventure (but sure to keep your dog on a leash when you’re outside the designated off-leash area)!
3. Piedmont Park
490-514 Park Drive NE (at the Park Drive bridge)
Atlanta, GA 30309
185 acres; off-leash dog area is 3 acres
It’s easy to get overwhelmed at gigantic Piedmont Park. But the designated dog area is a dreamland for dogs, with a giant area for running free.
Make sure to pick up after your pet, though. As the park conservancy warns on their website, you can get fined up to $1,000 (or even sent to jail) for not picking up your dog’s poop.
4. Mason Hill Dog Park
1340 McConnell Drive
Decatur, GA 30033
Mason Mill Dog Par is located off Clairmont Road, in the Druid Hills neighborhood of charming Decatur. It’s cozy, with just a few benches, but was recently renovated and has a number of dogwood trees. It’s open from dawn to dusk and has separate sections for small and large dogs.
Keep reading! For more Atlanta-area dog fun, check out Rover’s post on the most dog-friendly restaurants in Atlanta.