One of Asheville's most beautiful parks, the 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!


BringFido Traveler Rating

French Broad River Dog Park has received a rating of 2.6 out of 5 bones by 21 dog owners on BringFido.

  • Sep. 16, 2017
    DIRTY and Violent

    This park is a bit difficult to find. The parking lot is a 1/4 mile trail away from the dog park. The park is all mud - no grass at all. It is a large space but super mucky. We took our 7 month old puppy here on a Saturday afternoon. We was timid by all of the other dogs, but eventually he started playing lightly with a select few. He rolled in the mud with the other dogs - not the best, but he had fun. Toward the end, a pitbull mix and him started playing really well. All of the sudden the pitbull got too aggressive and I had to yank him off my dog. Don't go here... mud is one thing - but too many come here and fights suddenly break out.

  • Sep. 12, 2017
    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!

  • More than one year ago.
    my dog loved it

    This park was great. I have no complaints.

  • More than one 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!

  • More than one year ago.
    myneeds to be cleaned

    the dogs like the park but it needs to be cleaned just watch your step

  • More than one year ago.
    Loved this park

    Friendly pet owners. Kind of muddy near the water bowl. Separate areas for big and small dogs. Toys for them to play with. Nice paved walking trail for on leash dogs. There are steps going down into the river for the dogs to swim and cool off. Some shady areas for the owners to sit

  • More than one year ago.
    A attractive place

    We visited this park on our way to our hotel across town We walked our golden retriever along the woodsy river path and it was shaded. Our dog swam a bit in leash. Then we went to the enclosure which was relatively small compared to home but clean. They had a much smaller area for tiny dogs. There was a dog fountain but too much water had spilled and it was muddy. There were people restrooms at the parking area. Overall a nice park especially for dogs on leash.

  • More than one year ago.

    Twice now our dog has been attacked by pit bull mixes that are not well supervised by their owners at this park. Some days there are so many dogs there that it is just an accident waiting to happen when they are all running around, and all it takes is one aggressive dog in the mix to start an upset. We will never bring our dogs to this park again.

  • More than one year ago.
    dirtiest dog park in wnc

    This is the dirtiest dog park that I have seen in WN. Someone is not doing their job!!!! There has been broken glass at the entrance to the dog park for months now. It's actually ever where and along the dirt trails that run along side of the river. Then there is dog s*#t everywhere because there's alot of people not picking up after their dogs. It's ridiculous. Apparently we are going to have to drive to Hendersonville to get a decent park because this place sux. Inside the actual dog park for the big dogs is nothing but ankle deep dust and fleas so don't wear flip flops or sandals. And what little bit of grass there is not whats shown in these pictures looks more like knee high weeds. Very disappointed

  • More than one year ago.
    Beware of GLASS!

    6 years ago this was a nice park. It is awful now. There is glass everywhere you go. The people are friendly for the most part but they do not think if their dog is biting your that it is a problem. Not all owners are that way but I have had my share of experiences that last couple of visits that the owners do not seem to mind what their dogs are doing. A lot of doggy loggys laying around too.

  • More than one year ago.
    nice dog park!

    Nice walking trails by the river and a nice little dog park for your pup to play. There were lots of dogs in the park area, all well watched by their humans. Super nice folks come here!

  • More than one year ago.
    Small but Pretty

    Nov. 2013: Great location; little hard to find for out-of-towners. Separate areas for big and small dogs (and owners actually separate their dogs properly). Very small though and on a nice day the dogs will get crowded. Someone brought their un-neutered pit bull to the park and got upset when it agitated all the neutered dogs. There's a dented metal water bowl put in the middle of a muddy area and male dogs often peed in it for some reason. There is another drinking area, but owners stand around the muddy section so dogs gravitate towards that area. But overall the park was clean. Haven't been to any other dog parks in Asheville, but I plan to try the others out before I would return here. Great place for a leashed walk along the river though.

  • More than one year ago.
    Very friendly

    Though my GPS puts this about 1/2 mile from where it actually is we finally found it. The area is shaded, mixed landscaping, dirt and grass but very comfortable. The park was popular that day but all dogs were well behaved and looked after. I'd definitely go again.

  • More than one year ago.
    Terrible Dog Park

    Small fenced area with mud and mulch; no room for dogs to run; trash emptied infrequently. The person who wrote that most dog owners leave their dogs on leashes in the walking areas must think that one can choose to let them off leash in areas other than the fenced enclosures - this is wrong. The "vast area of open green space" is not an off leash area, nor are the walking paths. Terrible terrible. Asheville has so many great things, but falls far far far short when it comes to dog parks.

  • More than one year ago.

    It's a dog park....nice grass, side walks...the fenced in area did have a muddy area , that the dogs love and the owners dread....but most dog parks have that one spot....there is water available, and room to run...which is just what our big puppy needed...we found everyone to be friendly and helpful...

  • More than one year ago.
    Icky Sicky

    This dog park is disgusting. Rotting bark mulch on the ground, mud, and stench of feces and urine. Not a good place to bring your dog if you want them to stay healthy.

  • More than one year ago.
    Won't be going here

    This dog park and the others in Asheville are nonsense. So much for moving to a so-called dog-friendly town. Filthy and overrun by people who can't control their dogs. These are not safe, physically and very unsanitary. I'd never take my dog here.

  • More than one year ago.

    I was in Asheville visiting relatives for two weeks with my dog. I went to this and the other park and was extremely disappointed with both the parks as well. Patchy grass, overcrowded, muddy, fecal matter left around, not well-kept in the least . If you love your dog, take him/her for a hike on a nice trail in Asheville instead.

  • More than one year ago.
    Nothing Special

    The off leash park was just a fenced in area with minimal shade, few chairs, limited water bowls/buckets. The tap were you get water was a mud hole with a cement pad on it. Not fun trying to clean a golden off. Very disappointed in both the dog parks in Asheville. The 3 dog parks in Raleigh are tended to much better. Most of the time by volunteers.

  • More than one year ago.
    French Broad River Dog Park

    We take our dogs here every day. On the walking area most other dogs owners keep their dogs on leashes. The fenced in area for big dogs and for small dogs is clearly defined. This park is maintained regularly and well, and every morning the maintenance service beats us to the park.

  • More than one year ago.
    French Broad River Dog Park

    Just visited this dog park for the first time this morning. I was greeted with a strong smell of dog poo. The fenced in area is way too small for the amount of dogs that are using it The dogs can not get in a full run other than in circles. The grass needs cutting and the trash cans emptied. I would suggest that somone in the county patks make a visit to James Island county dog park in Charleston. It is the perfect dog park . No smell, plenty of tables and a wash off area for dogs. Asheville and the surrounding areas here could easily have a great dog park that we could brag about.

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