Have a dog like me? As pet owners, we love to get out with our furry friends to get some exercise and meet some new doggie friends! Dog parks are specifically designed to allow dogs to run around and get their much-needed exercise while enjoying the beautiful weather and the sunny outdoors. Dogs owners can also take advantage of the added facilities in the park for enjoying various people activities like playing softball and soccer, fishing, riding a bicycle, having a picnic, and socializing with fellow pet owners.
Here are the 18 most popular dog parks you can find in New Jersey.
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Address: 1515 Lamberts Mill Rd, Westfield, NJ
This dog-friendly park features a pond, small woods area, picnic area that comes with a grill, and a whole lot more. It also has jungle gyms, a tennis court, a number of baseball fields and a lot of grass.
2. PAWS Dog Run
Address: S. Maple Ave and Lord Stirling Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920-0000
This dog park is popular not only as a good exercise spot for dogs but also as a great place for socialization among the dogs' owners. It is a safe and convenient place for dogs to run free without a leash. There are many chairs in the park's fenced area where dogs' owners can sit, relax and have their own conversation.
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Address: 101 Airport Rd, Berkeley, NJ 08721-0000
The Robert J. Miller Air dog park has separate areas for large and small dogs. It also features woods, picnic tables, and drinking water. Children younger than 8 years are not allowed to enter the park. Dogs owners should be able to secure an Ocean County annual permit for their dogs in order to use the park's facilities.
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4. Central Bark
Address: 260 Greenbrook Rd, Green Brook, NJ 08812-0000
Park goers can choose between the two large separated running areas found in the park. The larger area comes with a small pavilion that accommodates two picnic tables, fresh water, gazebo and a sidewalk. The second area is built without any structures or comfort-providing features for people. It is a great space for dogs to run around and make new friends.
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Address: 1850 Burnt Mills Rd, Bedminster, NJ
This one and a half acre fenced dog park is built with secure entrance and benches. It has a large playground that's good for children between the ages of 5 and 12. It also has play events and travel routes that are specifically designed for the user with special needs. Park goers can take advantage of the several features found in the area which include a wall for wall climbing, slides, climbers and suspension bridge.
Address: 3050 E River Rd, Bedminster, NJ 07921
The River Road Park is a temporary fenced dog park that is easily accessible from the Hike and Bike trail. You can enter through its main entrance and park your vehicle at the end of the gravel cul-de-sac. Other features include handicap parking, 4 fields for playing baseball or softball; 2 fields for playing soccer; bird watching and nature trails; and access to the Bedminster Pond and the North Branch of the Raritan River.
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Address: RT 22, Westfield, NJ
The Echo Lake Dog Park is a 3-acre, fenced off-leash dog park that is open on daylight hours. Managed by the Union County Department of Parks, it is located just off Rt 22 East on the border between Mountainside and Westfield.
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Address: Bernards Township, NJ
Located at the War Memorial Athletic Field Complex on South Maple Avenue, this 1-acre dog park is built with snow fencing along with double-gated entry and parking facilities.
Address: W Circuit Dr, Montclair, NJ 07043
Nestled inside Brookdale Park is this beautiful dog park of big trees that shade your dogs from the sun, wide fields of grass for outdoor games and playing, and a separate area for little and large dogs. They provide a good supply of bags for use, water fountains, a clean and well-kept space that your dogs can enjoy as they run freely off-leash and play with other dogs.
10. Donaldson Park
Address: S 2nd Ave, Highland Park, NJ 08904, USA
With 90acres of beautiful spacious park grounds set by the Raritan River front, there’s a lot of room for both the family and the family pooch to enjoy. 5-acres of this wonderful park is fenced as an off-leash dog park. It has a separate area for small and large breeds. There are a grass and asphalt area, and asphalt temperatures are posted to warn pet owners about walking their dogs in the heat when necessary. From time to time girl scout activities and free shots are hosted in the park too.
Address: W South Orange Ave & Cherry Lane, West Orange, NJ 07078, USA
This beautiful nature reserve with 2110 acres of lovely tree lined trails, attractions, and a wide dog park is a wonderful place for both owners and pets. The dog park is set with a beautiful backdrop of nature and the refreshing sight of the Rahway River. You can cool down at the creek after some playtime with your dogs. The park also hosts events like the upcoming Canine Halloween Costume that you and your bud can participate in.
Address: Bear Ln, Maplewood, NJ 07040, USA
This wide spaced dog park within the South Mountain Reservation has a fenced area for large and small dogs separately. It’s a simple clean park that provides extra bags by the entrance, a water fountain, props and toys to play with and a playground for the doggies to enjoy.
Address: 236 Taylor Ave & Chews Landing Road, Blackwood, NJ 08012, USA
9-acres of wooded trails, a playground, a mini-beach and an open lake, this park has enough space for your high energy dog. Your dog will definitely not get bored in this park as he runs freely off-leash to play and explore the beautiful grounds of the park. The grassed free space is a great place to enjoy some catch and Frisbee even when you throw far. Then you can cool-off at the lake or mini-beach after a good run.
Address: Dunkerhook Rd, Paramus, NJ 07652, USA
If you’re up for a little nature jog with your dog this is a nice park with cool shade from lush trees and greens. There’s access to water and beautiful nature path along the river.
Address: 27 W Railroad Ave, Mt Holly, NJ 08060, USA
If you’re looking for a full doggy work-out for your pup this is the perfect place. It features an obstacle course, playground, and doggy toys laid over grassy grounds of over half an acre. This is a private dog park but easily accessible for a small fee. The owners take good care of their visitors and the park is well maintained. If your dog doesn’t enjoy socializing so much or is picky, you have the option to rent the park for half-hour sessions as well.
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Address: 178 Horseshoe Bend Road, Frenchtown, NJ 08825
Managed and maintained by Kingwood Township and the NJ DEP Division of Parks and Forestry, Horseshoe Bend Park offers a leash free dog area suitable for those who just want to spend the day with their fur babies hassle free. On regular days, the park is visited by an average of 38 dog park users and their human companions.
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Address: 185 Mountain Ave, Warren, New Jersey 07059
If you don't want to go far, Glenhurst Meadows can be one of your options. This 0.8-mile loop offers a great trail for dogs on a leash, however, it is recommended to spray your dogs with tick repellent if you have any.
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Address: 145 Mapleton Rd Princeton, NJ 08540
Immerse yourself and your furbaby in a satisfying day of walking this trail. Breathe in fresh air and enjoy the great views of the canal and the Delaware river. Wave hello to joggers, cyclist, and other dog walkers. You are also more likely to see plenty of wildlife including ducks, birds, turtles, and other animals. The trail is very well maintained and the staff is very welcoming.