Best Dog Parks in Richmond

Dogs tend to get the short shift when kids come into the picture, but the truth is fur babies need love and attention, too. And there’s no better way to show your four-legged children you care than by taking them out for an outing at a local dog park. With ample room to run off leash, mounds of dirt and grass to roll in, and crowds of energetic doggie friends, dog parks are the stuff of canine dreams. It’s also a great opportunity to mingle with other dog owners and get some fresh air and exercise, all while bonding with your beloved pup.

There are plenty of great places in Richmond to bring dogs, but if you’re looking for designated dog parks, we’ve got you covered with our five favorites. To narrow down the list, we looked for dog parks that met the following three dog and owner-friendly features:

  1. Large, fenced in area where dogs can run off leash
  2. Benches or picnic tables for owners
  3. Water stations

So, the next time you have a morning or afternoon free of kid activities or excursions, show your pup a little love and head to one of these awesome dog parks. They’ll get exercise, fresh air, socialization, and plenty of dog butts to sniff. You’ll get a chance to reconnect with your animal-loving side and an outing that doesn’t include a room full of screaming toddlers.

Note: Make sure to check park rules before heading out, because some dog parks restrict the age of children allowed in the off-leash areas. Most parks also require that dogs are up to date on vaccinations and some restrict dogs that aren’t spayed or neutered. And of course, if your dog has aggressive or anti-social tendencies, it’s probably best to avoid dog parks altogether.

5. Dorey Dog Park

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Yelp / Dorey Park and Recreation Center / Photo by Jaimie H

Why We Love It:
This popular Henrico dog park has an acre of fenced-in space for pups to run and play. There are separate areas for big and small dogs, and you’re almost guaranteed to find other doggies there for your pup to mingle with. Located at the back of Dorey Park near the pond, this park is well-maintained and mostly grassy, with plenty of picnic tables, benches, and trees for owners. There’s also fun equipment to test out your dog’s agility and a great cool-down station and drinking fountains for hot days.

The Details:
Location: 2999 Darbytown Road, Henrico, VA 23231
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Kids: No children under nine allowed in the off-leash area. Kids 9-15 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

4. Hanover Dog Park

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Photo via Hanover County

Why We Love It:
Right off I-95, this Hanover dog park attracts both locals and road-trippers alike. As a result, it tends to produce a convivial community atmosphere, where pups and owners alike can mingle and chat. There’s a large fenced in area, water stations with buckets and kiddie pools, plenty of balls and toys, and awesome wooden dog agility equipment. And if your pooch gets a little too rowdy, there’s even a doggie time out station area. However, if you have a tiny dog that doesn’t like to play with bigger friends, you may want to skip this park as it doesn’t have separate areas for large and small breeds.

The Details:
Location: 13017 Taylor Complex Lane, Ashland, VA 23005
Hours: Dawn to dusk.
Kids: Per the Hanover County website: “Children under sixteen years of age must be accompanied by an adult. It is recommended that children under five years of age not enter the dog park.”

 

3. Ruff House Dog Park at Rockwood Park

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Ruff House Dog Park / Facebook

Why We Love It:
This beloved Chesterfield spot in Rockwood Park is clean, well-maintained and has separate fenced-in areas for large and small breeds. There are also water stations, benches, restrooms, and close parking near the entrance. Even cooler? It was started as a partnership between Chesterfield County and a group of women who wanted a place in Chesterfield where their pups could run free, exercise and socialize. Now their dream is realized and local residents have a great option for their dogs.

The Details:
Location: 3401 Courthouse Rd, Richmond, VA 23236
Hours: 7:30am-Dark
Kids: No children under 10 allowed.

 

2. Church Hill Dog Park (at Chimborazo Park)

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Yelp / Church Hill Dog Park / Photo by Olivia C

Why We Love It:
Located at the eastern edge of Chimborazo Park, this city park is quiet, clean, and convenient. There are separately fenced-in areas for small and large dogs, as well as water bowls, puppy pools, and hoses available for hot summer days. Owners can enjoy two shelters with benches as well as gorgeous views of the city while their pups play. This park is a great little respite for city dogs who need a chance to roam.

The Details:
Location: 3201 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23223
Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Kids: No children under the age of eight allowed in the park.

 

1. Barker Field

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The Friendliest Friends of Barker Field Dog Park / Facebook

Why We Love It:
Barker Field is a classic for a reason. The oldest official Richmond dog park, this fenced, multi-acre urban spot has it all: separate areas for large and small dogs, water stations, picnic tables, benches, shelters, and nearby restrooms and parking. There’s a strong sense of community here, with plenty of regulars, as well as meet-ups for specialty breed clubs and local animal organizations. And with a prime location near the Carillon, it makes a great start or end point for long strolls with your pup in surrounding Byrd Park. Your dog is guaranteed to make a few (dozen) furry friends so the only hard part may be getting them to leave.

The Details:
Location: 2650 Park Drive (at Shirley Lane), Richmond
Hours: Sunrise to sunset.
Kids: No children under 12 allowed.

While these are some of our favorites, we recognize there are other great dog parks out there we may have missed. We’d love to hear your favorites, so let us know where you take your fur babies by sending an email to cs@richmondmom.com!