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Azalea Park Dog Park

This 155-acre park has been developed as one of Asheville's top parks. The John B. Lewis Soccer complex (4 soccer fields) is open with lots more special features to come including trails, picnic areas, disc golf, lakes, a retreat center, the historic Thomas Wolfe cabin and much more. The Dog Park features two separate fenced areas, one for small dogs and one for large dogs. Separate Parking for pet owners. There is a gazebo in the large dog area. Visit Website

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BringFido Guest Rating

Azalea Park Dog Park has received a rating of 3.7 out of 5 bones by 35 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Bridget
    May. 2, 2021
    Nice Saturday Visit

    took my two mini Australian shepherds here on a nice 78 degree Saturday. this is a large fenced in park for the bigger dogs that has mostly gravel/dirt/some grass. minimum shade at this park and there was no water left in the cooler for the dogs to drink. lots of dogs in both the big and small areas. very friendly folks were here today which made it a pleasant visit. just one recommendation is to bring lots of water for your pooch since they lock the cooler and don’t refill on busy days and if it’s hot, your pups are going to be steamy after their visit.

  • Danielle
    Apr. 14, 2021
    Pretty location, no dogs in small dog park

    It’s a picturesque location and the grass had been cut the same morning we arrived. The big dog area was a party but the small dog area was empty.

  • Aryn
    Jul. 22, 2020
    Clean and close to parking

    What Azalea dog park offers that others do not is cleanliness and a parking lot that is close by. From the photos I see on this website, it looks like this park has been updated since the photos were taken, because there is now a chain link fence and grass. There are two areas: one for large and one for small dogs. Both have minimal seating and water stations. The small dog park does not have any shade in the afternoon, unfortunately. They should plant another tree on that side. this is prob my preferred dog park in town, though because it's clean and new looking. There is some mud in the large dog area. We have gone before and there were zero other dogs during the week but more on the weekends. Have never seen it crowded.

  • Janice
    Dec. 28, 2019
    Meets All The Needs.

    Parking is close. 2 fenced in areas. Poop bags, barrels and water bowls. Big areas to run. It’s dirt, not much grass. When we were here, areas of mud. Overall nice spot in a nice park. Our mission was accomplished, tired dog.

  • M
    May. 22, 2019
    Grounds need work

    Ok park. Not the cleanest. Small dog area was overgrown with clover. When my dog was playing he couldn’t even run through the grass. We could barely see his head. Water bowl area was pretty dirty. And people smoking. If this is a public park isn’t smoking prohibited?

  • Kimberly
    Mar. 31, 2019
    Nice park

    This park has a large area for the dogs to run. It is quite muddy. There are also no obstacles or ramps. Overall my dogs enjoyed it

  • Annette
    Sep. 24, 2018
    Great Area

    This park is located in a tucked away location beyond some other “people” parks and sports venues. Very clean, lots of other dogs to play with and different areas for different size dogs. We will visit again for sure.

  • Lila
    More than a year ago
    so great!

    Brought my 4 month puppy. There was no dogs in the 25 pounds and under yet there were several little dogs in the over 25 pounds area so we went in there. There were probabaly 15 or 20 dogs. They were all very well behaved and the owners kept a good eye on their dogs. There is places to sit everywhere, dog bowls, and water for the dogs. It a pretty large area for the dogs to play unleashed. We had an awesome time and we are definitely going back.

  • Kathleen
    More than a year ago
    fun and friendly

    Definitely worth the windy road and mud. It’s a great park with lots of dogs and friendly folks

  • Justin
    More than a year ago
    BEST Dog Park in Asheville

    This park is rather hard to find but it's worth it! There are two areas for small and large dogs (signs say under and over 25 pounds). This park is covered in grass, has nice trees and benches spread out. There is a big cooler in each area with dog bowls for water. The big dog park is a large enclosure! Lots of space to play and watch your dog. Because of the location it doesn't get so crowded which is good. I went on a Thursday afternoon and there were 5 dogs there. Everyone played nice. This park is the best in Asheville - don't go to French Broad River...

  • Lisa
    More than a year ago
    Great Dog park! Highly recommended

    Azalea park in general is very dog friendly. Lots of beautiful areas to walk, but this dog park is also very good. Not sure about what the person was complaining about regarding a "bad vibe". Never been my experience. Maybe it was just that day, who knows.

    My husband and I have been bringing our dogs there and every time it's great. There are chairs and benches and some trees too for shade. Very big space and it is fully fenced, which we certainly prefer over letting our dogs run too far off, although they do tend to stay near us anyway. Still...with all the wildlife in Asheville (bears, coyotes, etc.) it's important to have the area fenced. So for the reviewer who was complaining about the fence, maybe now it makes more sense to you from what I've said.

    Azalea park is a fun place to go. There's river access, and a few fields where games are played, a beautiful playground, and even bathrooms in the main section. You can't wrong with Azalea park. And yes, you can walk your dogs around the park too. There are just some signs that will let you know that they're not allowed in the open sports fields.

  • Bonnie
    More than a year ago
    Dog Approved

    Very large area for the bigger dogs to run and play. All the dogs we met were well behaved and their owners were attentive to what they were doing and how they were socializing with other dogs. Would be awesome if they had a shoreline fenced area at the lake to let the water dogs off the leash. Quite a few folks we met were regulars, knew each other and were as friendly as their dogs. We'll be back!

  • Heather
    More than a year ago

    The locals were extremely aggressive. The entire vibe of the park was extremely uncomfortable and weird it was hard to find and I would not suggest the park

  • Stephanie
    More than a year ago
    Great Park

    I visited from out of town today and found the park to be great for my little guy to run around in. Lots of grass and trees. Very nice atmosphere.

  • Erin
    More than a year ago
    nice park

    The park is nice and big with grass. Down a windy road past soccer fields. A little muddy so wear appropriate clothes

  • Amy
    More than a year ago
    Perfect park for mt Pitt bull

    Today I took my 19 month old Pitt bull to this park and with the stigma that has been placed on these dogs I was apprehensive about taking her inside the park even though she is a non aggressive dog in fact she is a very submissive dog I have trained service dogs for 4 years but in true Pitt bull form she is hard headed so her manners are not so great,we live with a roommate who has 3 dogs but 2 are small one being a Yorkshire terrier one a senior Caton De Tulear with health problems and the other a shepherd mix who is also older and not tolerant of her rambunctiousness so they have very little interaction with other dogs but the people were very accepting and our baby had a blast she also to my surprise mined her manners. since I have no children me and her other mommy were like proud parents sending our baby off to her first day of school we will now be going there every few days. People who gave not so positive reviews well there are some who not always look at the brighter side of things there were trees and it was marked dogs over 25 pounds and for dogs under 25 pounds we have never been there before but did not find it at all confusing so if you live here in Asheville or from out of state I highly recommend this place for you and your fur baby, the people were very nice and did pay attention to there dogs.

  • Mike
    More than a year ago
    dogs running loose

    The rules say a date g must be on a leash outside the park. That means they can't run free like I see so many doing. I fish often and its annoying. Besides, I wouldn't let my dog swim in a pond full of food sh hooks people loose while fishing....

  • Melissa
    More than a year ago
    Nice Visit & Will Return (Bring Water Bowl)

    We visited this dog park twice over a weekend in May 2014, so I can only comment on my experience as an out-of-towner & my experience was good - but ANY dog park is really is as good or bad as the dogs & owners who are there the day you go!! Our GPS did tell us we had "arrived" about 1/4 of a mile before we got to the dog park, so just be prepared & keep driving. There are two separate, marked areas for dogs under 25 lbs and dogs over 25 lbs. Both days we went, all the owners and their dogs were friendly & everyone kept an appropriate eye on their dogs. On the few occasions play looked like it might get too rough, owners did step up & intervene. Our dogs enjoyed running, chasing/being chased by other dogs, chasing tennis balls - all very friendly, positive play. There was a supply of water and two affixed water bowls, as well as some bags. I brought water & a bowl & I would suggest you do so as there really aren't many shaded areas in the fairly large space, so you need to be prepared to keep your dog hydrated. Overall, our experience was good & we will definitely take our fuzzballs again when we are next in Asheville.

  • Caroline
    More than a year ago

    This park is wonderful. I have a large dog and currently don't have a fenced in yard, the large area that the park has for large breed dogs, as well as the pond for them to swim in is great! Sometimes there are problems with certain people/dog combos, but that it rare and usually resolved quickly. Just remember to bring bags they don't always have them!!

  • Rock
    More than a year ago

    Anyone who gives either of the dog parks in Asheville a good rating has NEVER been to a good dog park. Where I visit relatives in Delaware, I have many more choices of dog parks, the smallest of which is 5 acres of open grassland with trees for shade, picnic tables, benches, and poop bags. No fences; mowed weekly. If the only dog parks you've been to are the Asheville parks, poor you who have never seen your dog(s) run full out down a long stretch of open land. Really, Asheville, when are we going to get a REAL DOG PARK???

  • Kelly
    More than a year ago
    Azalea Dog Park

    My GPS brought me to the soccer fields close to the dog park, but I had to ask directions to find the dog park, its about a half further dog the road, at the dead end. It was a nice park, I found the owners to be friendly. My dog was happy to get out and play after being in the car for hours

  • Chris
    More than a year ago
    Paws of Fun

    What a great place. The first comments don't count. I am gladW we exercised our Doberman kids their. Everyone was respectful and very observant of their dogs. GreatPlace to exercise.

  • Christine
    More than a year ago
    dog haven for an outta town pooch

    staying at a hotel down the road from the park that has no grass for my pet to explore really put a damper in my stay in asheville. I did chose the hotel because it was close to this park and im glad I did. I love this dog park my dog could run free and finally find a place to relieve herself. she might not be the most social dog but the freedom was what won her over. there are always general concerns about other dogs and there unobservant owners but every time i was there it wasnt a problem. the park is a ways down a windy road but if you did some google maping it was easy to find with prior investigating. there was water for my dog at the park and signs clearly indicating the two parks.

  • Annalee
    More than a year ago
    Okay at best

    This dog park is only Okay. The organization of the park is good, but again Asheville has put down bark mulch which rots and stinks. There is a nasty stream running through the middle of the dog runs, but otherwise there is no water. Bring your own water and bowl for your dogs. Also there is no shade, so in the summer this park is beastly hot. The only thing I like about this park is that there are separated dog runs so little dogs and large dogs can be separated.

  • Stacey
    More than a year ago
    Great Park - Met Our Needs

    We have two large Boxadors about 80 lbs each. We stayed at the Quality Inn (Pet Friendly) at Exit 55 on Tunnel Rd, which is 2 minutes away from this park. This park has a large and small dog area which patrons seemed to adhere to pretty well. Lots of big ol' mutts (few purebreds) there for our dogs to play with which is great since they're big ol' mutts too. Grass was patchy near entrance and front 1/3 section of the large dog area, but the back 2/3 of the area was good solid grass. The grass was being mowed while we were there - the mower seemed to be paying attention and never put any dogs in danger and none of the dogs that were there at the time were frightened. The park is pretty large, so there was enough space for everyone to be comfortable. THere were no poopy bags - I'm not sure if there were any there or not - if so, I didn't see them, so come prepared. There was a fair amount of dung already in the park - probably because of lack of poopy bags. The park was big enough that the poo piles did not threaten the overall quality of our experience though. Be cautious at the gates - dogs tend to crowd around the gates when newcomers are arriving - the gate is chute-style, so it's like sardines when you enter for the first 15 feet. There is water available - not running water - the park service brings in two large coolers of water so you can fill complimentary water bowls for your dog(s). On a personal note, the first time I entered this park a pit bull mix started gnawing on my ankle because it wanted a toy in my hand - a quick exclamation from me sent it scurrying, but this experience did make me acutely aware that not everyone there was watching their pups too closely. I never did figure out who it belonged to. Gnawing on the ankle and pre-existing poo piles occur at any/all dog parks, so I won't count those things against this park's rating. The lack of poopy bags is why I am giving this park a 4 instead 5.

  • CA Dog Owner
    More than a year ago
    Bow Wow!

    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.

  • Cindy
    More than a year ago
    With improvements could be the best dog park around

    Was at the park yesterday the grass in the yard it was mowed but not in the field which I was not sure where is was at I just assumed it was in the back with the tall grass. They say there is a small dog area and a large dog area from what I saw there was a very small area for small dogs and decent area for the large dogs. In the large area there is a gazebo and that is where I saw all the dog owners at. I did not see any water other then what one owner brought and was sharing it with the other dogs. They are right about shade there was two small trees in yard which provide little shade. This park sense it fairly new has the potential of being a nice park if maybe people who lived around there would Volunteer to help the county out.
    I know why there is little shade and that's because the county just wants to come in there with their tractor mow and get out of there. If there were more trees then they would have to weed eat and then a big tractor could not negotiate around the trees so this is where Volunteer could help out "Just a thought" . Some the best dog parks around are run by Volunteers with everybody doing their part when they are there. So we have a great place to bring our pooches. I had a small dog weighing 13 pounds that I took in the large area and did not have a problem except for one English bulldog being a bully to my dog but once I step in and stop the dog and moved my dog to another area of the yard he left us alone. You really can't judge this place by the owners and dogs there on that particular day because it will always change and be different the next time you go there.

  • April
    More than a year ago
    WOW! Not in a good way either.

    We found the park with no problem. When we got there we were greeted by a large dog who was unleashed while the owner sat by the pond calling for her dog to stop, but she made no effort to get her dog under control. I picked up my dog when her dog began to growl and told her that her dog was growling and her response was. " He likes other dog just not people". It seems to me this is more of a place for locals to hang out with their dogs and let them do what they want. Areas for the large and small dogs did not seem very clean. Thanks but no thanks.

  • Rick
    More than a year ago

    The dog park was easy enough to find if you know where you are going. I found the park to be extremely blah. Very few seats for owners to sit, no shade and I did not find any watering stations for the dogs. It's a good thing my wife & I always bring water for my babies. As for the grounds themsel, it just seemed a little dirty with none to little ground cover. what grass there was, was actually clover. Not what I expected after seeing how wonderfully manicured the soccer fields were.

  • Tia
    More than a year ago
    Ok dog park

    I brought my dog here after a very long car ride, hoping to give her a chance to exercise plus meet a few local folks. My dog had a good time, but I found the people to be generally unfriendly. Several attempts at small talk about the dogs fell flat with the exception of another out-of-towner who was visiting the area from Wisconsin. The park did have a lot of room for the dogs to run, though, which is really the main focus of the park, anyway. A bit more shaded areas would have been nice, too. The lake was suggested to me when my dog started to get a bit hot, but frankly it didn't look appealing to my dog or to me.
    Overall, it was an "ok" dog park that is probably more suited to the "regulars".

  • Ashley
    More than a year ago
    Small dogs

    The park is wonderful. I find it amusing that the only people I find complaining are those with small dogs that aren't well socialized enough to deal with big dogs. All dogs should be together in harmony.
    The only reason the small dogs are intimidated is because their owners baby them and don't allow them to grow socially.

  • Mel
    More than a year ago
    Azalea Dog Park

    We enjoy taking our dogs to this park, but we really wish it had some shade! It gets very hot in the warm months. Also, I agree that there needs to be markings for the small and large dog lots. My 2 small dogs are intimidated by the rough play of the larger dogs and don't enjoy the park as much as they could because of that. I have noticed owners of small dogs leaving when more of the larger dogs start to arrive, which is unfortunate and not fair to all users of the park. I've never seen anyone using the larger lot much at all. The last time we were there, the larger lot was closed b/c of giardia in the water stream. I hope they can make changes to the layout to prevent those types of issues in the future. This park is a great asset to our county, but I hope that the county makes improvements to it so that residents (human and canine) can enjoy it more. I agree with the post about James Island County Park - that is a VERY nice park with lots of trees and shade and enjoyable for dogs and people alike to use.

  • Matthew
    More than a year ago
    Phenomenal Dog Park!

    Try to ignore the previous postings...far too much negativity. I've lived in Asheville for five years and have only recently discovered Azalea Park. If you are visiting asheville and seeking a beautiful dog park within five miles of downtown check it out (please-no vicious dogs!!!). There are two seperate areas in the park; the dog park/large pond (small lake) and the river restoration area/soccer fields. The disc golf area does not exist as of yet :(

    There are two connected fenced in areas that constitute the dog park "proper." Despite previous posts, I've been visiting Azalea Park regularly for close to two years now and have yet to encounter any rude or offensive people-- although this may be a good time to mention that leash laws are technically enforced around the subliminaly quiet large pond which lies fifty yards away from the fenced in dog park area. Word of note-if you plan on fishing in the pond or the swannanowa river across the street make sure you have a fishing permit-that law is tightly enforced!

    Be sure to check out the river restoration area behind and to the left of the furthest soccer field. This area is full of swimming holes and gorgeous views.

    Directions--Within 5 miles from downtown--Easy Easy Easy--Im not gonna give you direct directions because i want you to work for it (at least a little bit) but here's some suggestions--

    Directions Suggestions-- ask the locals and find the Wal-Mart on Swannanoa River Rd--keep going!--- a mile ahead find the Nature Center turn off--take azalea rd until you find what you're lookin for (the dog park is a quarter mile past the furthest soccer field.

  • Yvette Jacobs
    More than a year ago
    Azelea Dog Park

    The dog park was very difficult to find. We had to call Parks and Recreation in Asheville, NC to get proper directions. The dog park is very large with lots of room for our dogs to run and play. A local told us that the park is very busy on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The small and large dog areas are not marked. However, the locals are very friendly and helpful. If you can find the park, its a great place to take your dog.

  • Bill
    More than a year ago
    Azalea Dog Park

    This is a very nice park for dogs however people let their large dogs run in the small dog area. It would be nice if a sign was posted desiginating the small dog area. I got into argument with a large dog owner as he said there was no designated areas for size of dogs.It is nice to have a small dog area. I am printing out this page for the park and take it with me when we take our dog for a run. He is a puppy and is intimadated by large dogs

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