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French Broad River Dog Park

One of Asheville, NC's most beautiful parks, the dog-friendly French Broad River Park meanders alongside the tranquil French Broad River, and features a vast area of open green space with old trees, a wildflower garden, a paved trail, a gazebo, picnic tables and grills, an observation deck, and a small playground. The Dog Park features a large fenced-in area made for exercising and socializing your pooch! It is a one acre lot with wood chips, fresh water, and dog waste bags. No separate areas for small and large dogs. There is a great trail system, picnic facilities, and wonderful access to the river for doggy swimming as well! Visit Website

Or call (828) 259-5800 for more information.


BringFido Guest Rating

French Broad River Dog Park has received a rating of 3.6 out of 5 bones by 15 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Jill
    May 30, 2023
    Too many dogs with inattentive owners

    My dog was viciously attacked there by a dog owned a woman who decided to bring her toddler in and invite my sweet pup over to say hello. Other times I have been, I'd see people more interested in socializing that in watching their dogs. Frequently there are just too many dogs! In addition, my car was broken into there and I found out later that it is a common occurrence there.

  • Adam
    Jul 20, 2022
    Best in Asheville

    Best dog park in Asheville and the busiest which makes it great for my pups socialization skills. Large dog and small dog parks are separate but adjacent. Large dog area has lots of space and there are a few mud holes which the dogs love but some owners may not appreciate alas let them play. Shade and water is available but no grass, only mulch. An added perk, just off to the side, is access to the french broad river which my dog really enjoys getting in to cool off.

  • Teri
    Jun 17, 2022
    Beautiful Park

    Lily and Ivy say The French Broad River Park is very nice with paved trails and lots of shade. The dog park area is small but clean. The people we met very friendly. After you park go down the trail to the left a little way until you see the dog park.

  • M
    Feb 6, 2022
    Too small

    this dog park is in a great location, but because of the number of dogs in the area, it is too small. We only stayed a short time period as we were afraid for the safety of our dog. We chose to walk her on the nearby path instead.

  • Cheri
    Nov 20, 2021
    Great time with fellow aussies!

    Had a great visit at the dog park! We were traveling and needed a place for Remi to stretch her legs…she is a mini aussie over the small dog weight limit but the fellow pet owners agreed that it would be okay to bring her in. The large dog setting was very overwhelming with several dogs acting aggressive with little owner intervention. The small dog part was ideal. There were a couple of benches and a picnic table for pet owners. When we were there, it was filled with an Aussie mix, baby mini Aussie and Full size Aussie. So fun to see the size difference!

  • Susan
    May 28, 2021
    A few tips...

    The address they give is not directly to the dog park. Its actually down the road a bit before(or after, depending on the direction you are coming from) the bridge. Then you will Have togo up into the parking lot, park and walk a short distance to the park.

  • Aryn
    Jul 22, 2020
    Nice enough

    There are two fenced areas, one for bigger dogs and one for <25lbs. The big dog area is huge. There's a lot of mud right now and my dog left very muddy! Both areas have trees for shade and benches for sitting as well as fresh water stations. There is mulch on the ground and you will occasionally see some glass in the dirt since it was built on a landfill but it's old and smooth. the dog park is next to the river and there's a small area people will bring their dogs to cool off before or after. Weekends tend to be busy, weekday afternoons are less but there are still some dogs there. my dog loves it and people are pretty friendly, too. The dog park is a 5-10 min walk from the parking lot on a paved path.

  • Brooke
    Jul 21, 2020
    Vicious Dog Attack Beware!

    today my 5 month old puppy was attacked because the owners of a light brown collie looking and Aussie mix dog were negligent! my dog has been to many parks all across the south east. not once has my dog been aggressive and the owners did not help at all. I had to hold down their dog until he let go of my screaming puppy! this alone would be enough but this dog park must’ve been built on recycled glass because there are bits of glass everywhere! these dog owners were an older couple. older heavier set woman with grey wavy short hair. red welts on her legs
    man was skinny older 56 glasses visor
    beware of these unempathetic unhelpful dog owners!

  • Lydia
    Dec 28, 2019
    Great Find

    Our dog, an energetic German Short Hair Pointer had a blast at the park. Was clean, not messy. Beautiful seating near the river. Many well behaved dogs. She played for an hour. We are going back tomorrow before we leave Asheville. Thank you for your help in finding the park.

  • Beate
    Dec 8, 2019
    Great Dog park - All Mulch

    We stopped here on our way home to give our dogs a break from driving. The dog area is divided for small and big dogs and the big dog are has a lot of running space as well as a water fountain. To the contrary of other reviews the run was well maintained and mulched throughout. Not messy or muddy at all. We all had a good time.

  • Cecelia
    Jul 22, 2019
    Messy and Crowded

    Once a beautiful dog park, but it’s definitely needing some love and updating, and maybe some expansion. It tends to get overcrowded, even during the weekdays, and it’s always muddy. Unfortunate, seeing as it’s the closest dog park to our house. It also (not at the fault of the park itself) tends to draw in undertrained and ill-behaved dogs, and makes me nervous to bring my girls for fear of a fight breaking out.

  • Kimberly
    Mar 31, 2019
    Great dog park

    This was a great dog park to visit. There always seemed to be many friendly dogs to play. It was located on a river and there was also a nice path to walk on.

  • Lauren
    More than a year ago
    Good park!

    This park was full of dogs when we went on a weeknight. There were plenty if pups to chase my guy around and get tired. Unfortunately there were quitelling a few landmines around so watch your step!

  • Jena
    More than a year ago
    my dog loved it

    This park was great. I have no complaints.

  • Alyson
    More than a year ago
    enjoyable morning

    Didn't find the glass or mess others noted. Just a few dogs and well placed benches for owners. Walk along the river for good doggy swimming spots!

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