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Stephen M. Hussey BarkPark at Country Park

Greensboro's first off-leash dog park was established March 2003 in honor and memory of Stephen M. Hussey, one of the BarkPark Fundraising Committee's founding members. The off-leash area is divided into 3 separate, air-lock gated areas. Open daily from sunrise to sunset.

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BringFido Guest Rating

Stephen M. Hussey BarkPark at Country Park has received a rating of 3.1 out of 5 bones by 14 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Jenna
    Jan. 14, 2020
    not my favorite

    my little dog was bombarded with a lab, we were with the small dogs. my guy was great until he wanted to fight. really not safe. really spooked me as my dog was freaking out. ive seen dogs get bit before but when its yours its different. also the owner knew he was rough.

  • Brad
    Aug. 19, 2018
    Decent dog park

    This is a fairly spacious, all around average dog park in my opinion. There are separate fenced areas although I don’t think they are designated for any specific purpose, old dogs, small dogs, etc. Most if the dogs and people here are friendly. I haven’t had or seen any major issues. Sometimes people do bring an unruly, unneutered pitbull or something like that, usually they figure out that it’s best to leave. As for not allowing small children, I think that is an excellent policy. I don’t know what kind of parent wants their two year old running around yanking random dogs’ ears anyway. I certainly don’t want toddlers there and am thankful they just nipped that problem in the bud. During the week you can drive up, on weekends you will have to walk about a half a mile to get there. Check it out if you’re in Greensboro.

  • Amelia
    More than a year ago
    Our dog has fun!

    Country Park has 2 fenced off-leash dog areas. Our dog has a lot of fun, and we haven’t had any big issues there. Occasionally a few dogs get a little rowdy, but the humans around always step in quickly and deal with it. (Our dog is quite happy-go-lucky, so she’s never involved in those scuffles anyways.)

    A few helpful details based on some complaints I’ve seen in the reviews:
    If you’re going after 3 PM, don’t use GPS. From Battleground, turn onto Pisgah Church Road, then turn left onto Forest Lawn Drive. Go straight (the road will fork slightly to the right; going left takes you through the cemetery) past the rec center, tennis and volleyball courts, and softball fields.
    The park gates close at 3:45 PM, so you won’t be able to drive your car out to the dog park from there, but the park itself is not closed. It’s closed to vehicles for the safety of pedestrians during peak park hours. This is a good thing. But it does mean you’ll have to walk about a mile to the dog park. The walk is nicely paved, with a separate lane for bikes. I like the walk for helping my dog burn off her post-car excitement and taking care of any doggy business she needs to do before we get to the play area (plus we humans could all stand to move a bit more). If the walk is an obstacle for you, there is a much closer parking area, but I’ve never used it and couldn’t tell you how to get to it.
    Young children (under 8) are not allowed in the dog area. This is for the safety of all involved. I know a lot of parents have taught their young children to be responsible around dogs, so I understand the frustration, but I’m more comfortable taking my dog knowing that I won’t have to worry about her knocking a toddler down in her excitement. Kids ages 8-16 need parental supervision, which is also good (in my opinion). The few issues with aggression that I have witnessed have been with preteens and young teens bringing in a dog unaccompanied by an adult and then not being attentive to the dog’s behavior or being unsure how to deescalate situations.
    There isn’t as much grass in the dog areas as one would hope, so your dog will get a little dusty, and the area around the water fountain is pretty muddy. That’s not a problem for me, because my dog is short-haired and can just be wiped down after most playtimes. But it’s something to be aware of. One lot definitely has less dirt than the other. It would be great if the park would plant more grass, but that would require closing the lot long enough for the grass to grow (which would make people mad), and then dog traffic and dog urine would kill it again, so it’s a losing battle.
    During the warmer months, the best time for lots of doggy interaction is 5:30 PM or later (6 is better). If you want a bigger crowd of dogs to play with, show up then. If your dog wants its own space, the late afternoon (4 PM) is pretty tame.

  • Jessica
    More than a year ago
    Not worth it

    Hard to get to in the evening or weekend which is when most people want to come. Long on leash walk to get there. Kids under eight aren't allowed even with a parent. 8 to 16 year olds have to be with a parent.

    I've heard this is the best dog park in Greensboro, but we'll keep looking.

  • Kiana P
    More than a year ago
    Dont Use GPS After 3:45!

    I learned the hard way not to use GPS to find this park. It took me to an empty lot by a greenway with a locked gate by a cemetery. I walked quite a bit before I found someone to ask where the dog park was in relation to me, it was far.

    How to Find:
    Use GPS to find Pisgah Church Rd. off Battleground Ave. Then turn left on Forest Lawn Dr. Drive straight past the tennis courts through the parking lot, park at the end of the parking lot and walk down the road after the gate and go left and left again at the lake! Follow the road and it's up on the hill! I hope this helps someone, I sure won't ever forget.

  • Lily's Mom
    More than a year ago
    Dog Friendly, Not Family Friendly

    If you only have 4-legged babies, this is a great park. Lots of run to explore, with both shaded and sunny areas to walk and play. Most dog parents are lovely, eager to chat up a fellow dog lover. My only issue is that children are not welcome. I did not realize until and very nasty pet parent demanded I leave after arriving at the park with my dog loving toddler. Despite my taking responsibility for my child and every dog who approached him, it was insisted that I leave. I'm a mom to both my child and my pup who both love this park, breaks my heart we will not be able to return.

  • Lindsay
    More than a year ago
    Nope

    Well they don't tell you you have to walk on the trail to get there where I almost stepped on a snake and on top of that the fence was too big and my 7 pound four-month-old dog was able to walk right under the gate and at 4 o'clock on a Friday afternoon there was no one else there

  • Kitty
    More than a year ago
    Can't find it!

    My daughter lives in GSO. I drove around the park on 2 occasions and couldn'li find it! Can't believe it closes so early and isn't open 'on weekends. Winston has 2great parks open every day all year long.

  • Wes
    More than a year ago
    check it......

    if you park at the entrance off pisgah church road it's only about a half mile if that to the park. it's a good chance to let your dogs calm down before you get inside the fence. i come here every chance i get to socialize my dogs. have only ever seen a couple situations where irresponsible pet owners didn't step up to get their pet under control. also, there a a couple mudholes that never seem to dry out. you DO NOT want to bring your dog here a day or two after a rain. and please pick up your poo!

  • Amy
    More than a year ago
    Great Park!

    This place is huge! Lots of friendly dogs and people. Plenty of seating for humans and lots of tennis balls out there for doggies. They have a dog water fountain and some bowls, too. There are lots of big trees for shade in the summer, as well. Highly recommended.

  • David
    More than a year ago
    Good but......

    This is a decent park, but what you need to know if hoping to visit it that the gates close at 4:15pm. After that, you are forced to park your car, and walk about a mile and a half to get to the park. If you plan on going, plan on getting there before 4pm!

  • Jade
    More than a year ago
    Great Free Park

    I love taking my dog to this park it's a workout for the both of us getting to the park but once you get there it's wonderful. It's sectioned off to areas for small and large dogs (Off Leash) I agree it needs more grass. The section for smalls dogs has mostly dust but still we had an awesome time. The fountains with bowls are a plus!

  • Susan
    More than a year ago
    wonderful

    I have been going to this park for over a year and it is an awesome place for dogs to play together. Lots of room to run and chase squirrels. Benches and lawn chairs for owners to sit and watch their dogs.

  • Courtney
    More than a year ago
    Dog owner

    Great place to take your dog (off leash) as long as they play well with others. They provide toys for the dogs to play with ,and a water fountain with some bowls. The only thing I would change would be to put some more grass in the lot for the large dogs. While the dogs are out there playing, they get dust stirred up all through out the air. All in all a good place to take your dogs for play and a good workout!

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