Dogs. Why do we love them so much? Is it because a house is never lonely where a loving dog waits, or that some angels choose fur instead of wings?
So where to take your loving, patient, tail-wagging angel for some fun and frolic? Why, a dog park, of course! A safe, fenced-in place where your fluffy Fifi might meet her faithful Fido, or where your exuberant Rex can run and romp around with a revved-up Rover. Your fuzzy, four-legged friend will have a blast and—who knows—you just might make a new friend of the two-legged variety as well. Here are four nearby places we think are true dog treats.
Edwin Warner Dog Park
The big draw is the park’s size and its prime location. Edwin Warner Park is a beautiful place to be, and it’s a straight shot from Brentwood down Old Hickory. The large enclosure allows larger dogs to have a field day. However, there is no separate enclosure for smaller dogs. Also, make sure to wear old shoes as there is no paved area for people.
Old Hickory Boulevard and Vaughn Road, Nashville, Tennessee
Barkwood Dog Park
Located in Tower Park near the Concord exit off Interstate 65, the traffic noise is muffled by the wall of trees and bushes. The Mars Petcare Company sponsors this dog park, ensuring that it’s a clean, safe place for dogs to run and play. The area for larger dogs is about 1.5 acres, and smaller dogs have just over half an acre of puppy playground.
920 Heritage Way, Brentwood, Tennessee
Maggie’s Bark Park
Tucked away beside the humane shelter, this park is a little hidden, but it is very well kept and has agility equipment. There is a separate area for smaller or elderly dogs. There is also great shade, a water source inside the park and benches for the dogs’ best friends.
138 Claude Yates Drive, Franklin, Tennessee
Who says you can’t teach an old dog a new tree? While not a dog park—all furry friends must remain on a leash—the Deer Arboretum is a great place to take your dog for a walk around the paved path and maybe even a quick dip in the Little Harpeth River. There is also a cool Tree Identification Trail Guide you can use to identify the park’s trees while your pooch perhaps uses the trees for his or her own puppy purposes.
320 Deerwood Lane, Brentwood, Tennessee