Dog Friendly Activities in Kentucky

Don’t leave Fido in the hotel room when you’re on vacation. Get out and play! No matter where you’re headed in Kentucky, we can point you towards the nearest off-leash dog park, the most popular dog beach, a really great hiking trail, and lots of other places to play with Fido.

Pet Friendly E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park
E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park Let your pup enjoy an off-leash romp at Sawyer Dog Park, located in the E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park. Sawyer Dog Park offers six acres of grassy space, divided into separate areas for small and large dogs. The park also offers two gazebos, shaded areas, and water for dogs. An official Louisville Dog Run Dog Park Permit is required to use dog park. See Details
Pet Friendly Dinosaur World
Dinosaur World Dinosaur World is a dog friendly attraction where visitors can see life sized models of dinosaurs, have fun, or just enjoy a quiet encounter with the lifelike animals. Nestled among a lush assortment of native vegetation, the dinosaurs are so believable that some visitors claim to see them moving through the shadows cast by the many native trees. Friendly dogs on leashes are always welcome! See Details
Masterson Station Dog Park Masterson Station dog park is part of a huge city park that has the nicest amenities of any of the Lexington dog parks. Shade trees, benches, and a water fountain make for a nice afternoon outing for you and your dog. Dog mitts are provided at the entrance and the park frequently plays host to dog related events. A port-a-potty is located nearby as are swings and picnic pavilions. See Details
Cochran Hill Dog Run Pets love the chance to play off-leash at the fully-fenced Cochran Hill Dog Run in Cherokee Park. This two-acre park is divided into a one-acre small dog area and a one-acre area for all dog use. The park also features baggies for cleanup and water for dogs. An official Louisville Dog Run Association Dog Park Permit is required to use this park. Please note: this is a private dog park that is subject to an application process before use. See Details
Louisville Waterfront Park Pets love the chance to explore this riverside park with open grassy areas—such as the Great Lawn—and plenty of shady trails to stroll along. They're welcome in the majority of the park on-leash. Dogs are not allowed in the playgrounds, waterplay, water feature, and Big Four Bridge areas. Louisville Waterfront Park is open from 6am to 11pm, daily. See Details
Coldstream Dog Park Coldstream Dog Park in Lexington is a huge dog park with 12 acres divided into small and big dog sections. They leave the middle sections unmowed for the most park, so dogs can hunt in the brush. Best place for hounds! This park is not nearly as crowded as the Masterson one, so some dogs like it better, or find it less intimidating. There are two benches and a porta-potty, but no water fountain for the dogs. They do provide waste pick-up bags, but once in awhile they'll run out, so it's still good to have your own. See Details
Brown Park Bring your pet for a lovely stroll through this pretty Louisville park, which has plenty of shade in summer. See Details
Kentucky Horse Park The Kentucky Horse Park is Kentucky’s largest state-owned tourist attraction, and is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet. Also the largest attraction in Central Kentucky, the park is dedicated to sharing Kentucky’s love of the horse with the world. Based in Lexington, the park hosts nearly one million visitors and 19,000 competition horses in 200 special events and horse shows annually. Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm, educational theme park, equine competition facility, and equine office park dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. Dogs are allowed to accompany their owners on the park grounds as long as they are on a leash or confined to an approved kennel. If carried, or confined to a wheeled kennel, pets are allowed to go into the gift shop, but they may not enter the restaurants or the Alltech Arena. Outdoor seating, however, is available at the restaurants and is pet-friendly. Pets are allowed in the museum lobby but not in the museum exhibits, so visitors will need to take turns staying with their pets outside of these areas. Pets are not allowed to be left unattended in vehicles, roam without a leash, or tied-out on the grounds. See Details
Fort Thomas Dog Park at Highland Hills Park Fort Thomas Dog Park at Highland Hills Park in Fort Thomas, KY, is a dog-friendly park! Bring your pet for some off-leash fun at this friendly neighborhood dog park, which is fully fenced on a hillside that rarely becomes muddy. See Details
Garvin Brown Preserve and Dog Exercise Area Garvin Brown Preserve is a 46-acre nature preserve that is owned and preserved by River Fields. Garvin Brown Preserve is open to the public.

Directions to Garvin Brown Preserve
To access Garvin Brown Preserve, take River Road to Bass Road. Continue to Bass Road to Park Road. Park in the paved parking lot near Hays Kennedy Park's soccer field. Cross Hays Kennedy land for about 800 feet until you come to the small gate at the entrance of the preserve.
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The Barklands at Beckley Creek Park The Barklands of Beckley Creek Park, the first off-leash dog park within The Parklands of Floyds Fork, is open to members of the Louisville Dog Run Association. The bark park is positioned on the northwest corner of the Egg Lawn. You’ll know you’re there when you see the fire hydrants and large bone in the pavement at the entrance. The dog run features three "zones", each one-acre, including one for large dogs, one for smaller dogs, and one that will be “resting” and closed for use. The runs will rotate in order to maintain the turf and signage at the park will help users identify which areas are open. Louisville Dog Run Association members help pay for the maintenance, programming, and overall upkeep of the new amenity and the membership process helps to verify that each dog is up-to-date on shots and safe to play with other pups. Visit the website to learn more about the LRDA and how to apply for annual membership. See Details
Champions Dog Run Fido will love the off-leash playtime at Champions Dog Run in Champions Park. This 3.6-acre dog park features separate areas for small dog use and all dog use along with water for humans and canines alike. An official Louisville Dog Run Association Dog Park Permit is required to use this dog park. See Details
Buffalo Trace Distillery Bring Fido to Buffalo Trace for a tour of the Distillery! Most of the property is dog-friendly, including the tasting area and gift shop. Dogs are not allowed in the bottling building. Tours range from a National Historic Landmark Tour to a Ghost Tour of the paranormal areas featured on "Ghost Hunters." Times, tastings, duration, and reservation requirements vary by tour, so dog owners should check the website or call ahead before planning their outing. See Details
Kenton County Paw Park Kenton County Paw Park has very large enclosures, with lush green grass and friendly people. See Details
Get Acquainted with Retired Race Horses 'Get Acquainted with Retired Race Horses' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Janet. Get the full Lexington, horse capitol of the world experience by spending an hour in the barn area working and handling a quiet retired race horse. This experience takes place on a farm with retired horses. The Airbnb onsite also allows dogs to stay. Dogs are welcome if they are on a leash around the barn area. There are 12 acres to explore with your pooch elsewhere in the property. The experience lasts 1 hour and can accommodate up to 4 guests ages 3 and up. Rates start at $39 per person. See Details
Mammoth Cave National Park Leashed dogs are welcome to join you on throughout the grounds of Mammoth Cave National Park, although pets are not permitted in any cave. See Details
Hills Bark Park at H.P. Thomas Park Hills Bark Park at H.P. Thomas Park has separate fenced small and large dog areas. Outside of the fenced areas is a walking trail. See Details
Louisville Riverwalk The Louisville Riverwalk is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Louisville! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Louisville Riverwalk. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Vettiner Dog Run Enjoy the beautiful views of Charlie Vettiner Park as your pup enjoys off-leash playtime at the Vettiner Dog Run. This two-acre park is fully-fenced and features a small dog area and a large dog area. An official Louisville Dog Run Association Dog Park Permit is required to use this dog park. See Details
Judy Rains Memorial Dog Park at Lake Reba Pets will love this fenced, off-leash dog park which also includes drinking water and a retired fire hydrant. See Details
Vines & Canines Vines and Canines is dog friendly! Enjoy wine by the glass and cocktails in the shop. Fido won't be left out as the store offers him water and treats. If you find a wine that appeals to your palate, or if your four-legged friend finds a treat that appeals to his, you can take them home by the bottle or by the bag, respectively. Wine is curated from small production wineries around the world, while treats are locally sourced. See Details
Morton Avenue Dog Park Spacious fenced area for dogs to run and play off leash. Located near Patterson Playground. See Details
Soapmaking and Sudsy Fun 'Soapmaking and Sudsy Fun' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Tammy. Fido is welcome to join you on the porch at this experience where you will learn to make your own soap and a sugar scrub or bath salt bag. Choose from a variety of scents and learn about which ingredients will be best for your skin. Host also has a dog on premise. The experience lasts 1.5 hours and can accommodate up to 8 guests ages 10 and up. Rates start at $45 per person. See Details
Wellington Dog Park This 3.4 acre dog park features a horse-farm style setting with mature trees. It's a great place for your pet to play off-leash. See Details