The Humane Society estimates that 46% of homes have at least one dog. Our furry friends love to run around and socialize with other four legged animals and there’s no better place to do so than a dog park.
In recent years, The City of Knoxville, Knox County Govt, Young Williams Animals Shelter, PetSafe, The University of Tennessee, and The Knoxville News Sentinel have teamed up in attempts to make Knoxville TN the most pet friendly community in the Nation.
Thanks to a generous grant from PetSafe, Knoxville now has a plethora of public dog parks that are situated all over Knoxville / Knox County. Knoxville Parks and Recreation offers more than 65 miles of greenways and trails, and more than 80 parks for patrons to enjoy with their canine companions. Remember that per City ordinance, all dogs must be on a leash at all times (except in off-leash dog parks) and dog owners are required to pick up their dog’s waste (most parks and dog parks offer complimentary waste bags and are equipped with waste stations but we always recommend carrying your own).
List of Knoxville Public Dog Parks
5100 West Martin Mill Pike
- Opened in 2011
- 2 Acres and located in South Knoxville
- Well-shaded, features separate sections for large and small dogs, a dog water fountain, and dog waste stations.
- Charter Doyle Greenway, which is a 0.4-mile loop encircling Charter Doyle Park, also connects to the dog park.
4901 Bradshaw Rd.
- Opened in 2007- Knoxville’s First Public Dog Park
- Located in Victor Ashe Park
- 1 acre off leash fully fenced area
- Features include: puppy playground, puppy jump, tunnel, dog water fountain, dog waste stations.
- Dog Fancy Magazine recently named Dogwood Park as the country’s Dog Park with the Best Setting. Click here to see the article.
Holston River Petsafe Dog Park
3300 Holston Hills Rd.
- Opened in 2012.
- Located on the southern end of Holston River Park along the two-mile Holston River Greenway,
- 2-acre dog park
- Features a separate section for large and small dogs, a doggie water fountain, a fire hydrant, and dog waste stations.
PetSafe Downtown Dog Park
200 S Central St.
- Opened 2010
- Located at the corner of Summit Hill Drive and Central Avenue in the downtown area.
- 1 Acre- fully fenced
- The State of Tennessee has awarded Knoxville with a grant to incorporate an infiltration system into the dog park in order to prevent pollutants from entering the nearby First Creek.
- Features: separate sections for small and large dogs, human and dog water fountains and dog waste stations.
PetSafe Village Dog Park
10424 Electric Ave
Knoxville, TN, US 37932
- Features: A natural pond, Park benches, Picnic tables, Walking trails, Doggie water fountain, Waste bags and receptacles
Tommy Schumpert Dog Park
6413 Fountain City Rd
Knoxville, TN 37918
- Located in the Sterchi Hills area adjacent to the Tommy Schumpert Park/Rec area
- Features: separate areas for small dogs. The “all sizes” dog area has a mulched walking trail and a pond with a dock so your dogs can splash and swim during the hot months.
- Connects to the Greenway Trails for extended leashed walking/runs.
Concord Dog Park
10909 S. Northshore Drive
Knoxville, TN 37922
- Opened 2012
- 4 Acre fenced facility
- Features: two separate spaces for small and large dogs. It also features walking trails, a swimming area (including a dock for playing fetch/jumping off of and a dog washing station among others.
- Adjacent to Concord Marina and Concord Trails- a popular destination for trail runners and mountain bikers.
- Tennis courts, par 3 golf, skateboard park, soccer fields, roller hockey courts, and walking trails along Lake Loudon are also nearby.
Are you a dog lover/owner living in the Greater Knoxville TN area, check out www.PetFriendliestCommuinty.com to connect with other like-minded Knoxville area pet lovers.
If either you and your Four Legged Friends are in the market for a new home (perhaps one with a nice fenced in yard for those early evening games of fetch?), Christine McInerney and The McInerney Team with Realty Executives would love to assist you, whether you are buying or selling.
Here is a picture of one of my little guys (Zinc- I have a Master of Science and used to be a Science Teacher…lol) on his way to the dog park
Here are my two pups (“Zinc”- the tan one and “Ace”- the black and brown one) enjoying the Concord Dog Park in Knoxville TN