Picture of Iron Hill Dog Park, a dog friendly attraction in Newark, DE. Photo by @ciarasparkles.
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Picture of Iron Hill Dog Park, a dog friendly attraction in Newark, DE. Photo by @catb2cool.
Picture of Iron Hill Dog Park, a dog friendly attraction in Newark, DE. Photo by @ciarasparkles.

Description

This neighborhood off-leash dog park is known for its friendly community of dog-lovers. The park is fully fenced with separate areas for small and large dogs.

Reviews

BringFido Traveler Rating

Iron Hill Dog Park has received a rating of 3.2 out of 5 bones by 10 dog owners on BringFido.

  • More than one year ago.
    Small area with little grass

    We live very close to this dog park but seldom go there. The big and small dog areas are not very big, and in rainy weather it can get muddy pretty quick. Mulch is used as covering where there is no grass (most of the area) and gets dirty. I suggest heading south to Levels Rd park in Middletown instead.

  • More than one year ago.
    Very nice park

    Nice dog park in a very nice municipal park. We were there at midday on a winter Monday and there was NO dog poop in the park. Might have been cleaned just moments before but I've never seen one so clean of poop. Very good, stout easy to use latches on dog park gates for troublefree in- and egress. Nice park layout with lots of surrounding trees for shade, many benches and a gazebo. Watch out for the four speed bumps on the road in and out. SLOW!

  • More than one year ago.
    bad dog

    My family was at the park with our dog having a good time when another dog came in.The dogs were playing having a good time. I asked the other dog owner about his dog and he said was liked being the dominant dog and coming to my surprise the other dog attacked my dog . Please be careful when you goto this park and needless to say I got stuck paying my own vet bill and it was not even our fault.

  • More than one year ago.
    Some Pointers

    Just a heads up to anyone who may not have been here. It's NOT on Whitaker Rd. It's off of Old Baltimore Pike and Iron Hill Road. You'll see a sign for Iron Hill Park, enter there.
    Also, I just recently adopted a Chihuahua, he's 5 pounds, we went inside the small dog area and he managed to slip through the gap in the posts for the two gates and got completely out. So this park may not be suitable, even in the small dog section, for really small dogs. Just a heads up, be careful!

  • More than one year ago.
    Fun times!

    A positive experience everytime and most dog owners are very thoughful of others.

  • More than one year ago.
    Great park

    This park is really great. I drive 30 minutes to take my lab on weekends and in the summer several times a week. There are big dog and little dog sides to the fenced park and lots of trails to walk on a leash as well. The only real issues I have ever had have been with OWNERS- not dogs. Some dogs play rougher than others but whenever dogs get too aggressive, nearly every owner I've dealt with is responsible and removes their dog or works out the issue. However, if you are someone who is afriad of your dog playing with other dogs because you perceive anything rough to be harmful or aggressive, don't bring your dog. I hav encountered a few owners who think they're poor "babies" are people and coddle them and don't want any other dogs near them, which leads to confrontation with other owners when they try to discipline other people's dogs. If your dog is well socialized, or you are looking for friendly dogs to socialize your dog with, this is a great park. I am almost always there on Saturday mornings between 10 and 12, so come play with my lab Ginger- she loves everyone. :)

  • More than one year ago.
    dont blame the dog blame the owner

    I like this park alot. I have a small dog who is not afraid to run around and play with everyone. Like other reviews have said there is an area for smaller dogs and larger ones. Being that my puppy is in the middle I do take her to her larger side BUT that is only because since she was 2 months old I have exposed to other dogs 3 being the family huskies!! I have also taken the time to train her and correct her behavior. All different breeds play different with eachother. DO not blame huskies for being aggressive 1. they make a lot noise when they play with eachother 2.if they are being overally aggressive or hurt another dog, take a look at the owner and the discipline and direction they give the dog.
    You cannot expect to bring your own dog to a public park around many different other dogs and personalities if you cant even train or control your own dog, it just wont work.
    Another piece of advice dont wear nice clothes or flip flops to a dog park and then complain when a dog jumps up or steps on your feet , its a PARK, there is no grass just mulch! YOU are going to get dirty!!!!!

  • More than one year ago.
    It's Okay.

    There are two seperate areas for the big dogs and the little dogs. The areas are rather small but the dogs don't seem to mind. No grass though. The park is covered in mulch instead. If it's wet outside your dog will get muddy so bring towels. The people are nice. As with any dog park you run into someone that is just not that interested in disciplining their dog but I haven't had any serious problems. There are alot of benches which is nice. The water is shut off during the winter so everyone usually brings gallons of water to fill up a huge water dish someone donated. You may want to bring your own bags just in case. Sometimes this park runs out of poopy bags.

    PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR REMOVE YOUR DOG'S LEASH BEFORE ALLOWING THEM TO ENTER THE DOG PARK. Otherwise the dog on the leash will feel threatened by all the other dogs off leash and will not have a very peaceful greeting experience.

  • More than one year ago.
    Iron Hill Bark park is fun for dogs and their owners.

    I enjoy going to Iron Hill Park. I have a small dog so I am thankful this park has 2 separate areas one for large dogs and one for the smaller ones. The areas are clean and taken care of, the people are friendly, and they have benches all over so you can sit a relax while the dogs run, play, sniff, and socialize. This park is great. I have heard that soemtimes there are more aggressive dogs there but I haven't ran into that problem.

  • More than one year ago.
    Beware of Agressive Huskies

    Groups of husky owners show up and let their dogs run around the park out of control. They are very agressive.. be careful if they show up and you are there.

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