Guest article by Ashley Alkek
Austinites and their dogs, am I right? It’s a special bond. There are plenty of ways to spend quality time with your bestie, and dog parks in Austin are easy to find. So whether your pooch is in need of fresh air and exercise, a dip in the water or a little canine socializing, we’ve got you covered.
Check out these six sniff-worthy Austin dog parks, which all offer leash-free fun.
1/ Red Bud Isle
A good friend of mine showed me this gem of a park. Finding a parking spot at Red Bud Isle can take a bit, but the experience is 100 percent worth it. Red Bud is a stunning area surrounded by Town Lake, with various trails leading to the water. There is a lot of space for pups to run around with their furry friends. This 13-acre park seems to be especially popular for water-loving creatures.
3401 Redbud Trail
Hours: 5 a.m.-10 p.m.
2/ Norwood Estate Dog Park
Norwood Estate Dog Park is the most social location on this list, perhaps due to its accessibility right off the Anne and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail. There are plenty of colorful chairs placed for dog owners to sit and chat while pups socialize. You’ll find a fenced-in area for pups on the smaller size, as well as water bowls. During my visit, the energy was as high as the flying Frisbees! This truly seems like a great place to meet locals with pets.