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You can give your dog some exercise in the City of Raleigh's dog parks. You can find amenities like water fountains, agility equipment, shade and small dog areas. Amenities and hours vary by location. 

Please note that dog parks may be wet and/or muddy after it rains. Any changes to the hours of service will be posted at the park, and updated to the Parks Status page. In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Dog Park Locations

Park Name  Address Hours  Amenities 
Kiwanis Park Dog Run  Location: 2525 Noble Road, Raleigh, NC 27608
Phone: 919-996-3135
Dawn to Dusk, Daily 
  • Benches
  • Wood chips
  • Disposable waste bag dispenser
Millbrook Exchange Dog Park  Location: 1905 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27615
Phone: 919-996-4156  
7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Daily 
  • Water fountain for dogs & humans
  • Picnic tables
  • Benches
  • Picnic shelter
  • Agility equipment
  • Natural Shade + Shade Structure
  • Small & big dog areas
  • Lights
  • Wood chips
Oakwood Dog Park Location: 910 Brookside Drive, Raleigh, NC 27604
Phone: 919-831-6995
Dawn to Dusk, Daily
  • Water tap for dogs
  • Benches
  • Natural shade
  • Small & big dog areas
  • Wood chips
Carolina Pines Dog Park Location:2305 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone: 919-831-6435
Dawn to Dusk, Daily
  • Water tap for dogs
  • Dog climbing platform
  • Picnic tables
  • Natural shade
  • Small & big dog areas
  • Wood chips
Jaycee Dog Run Location: 2405 Wade Ave., Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: 919-996-6833
Dawn to Dusk, Daily
  • Benches
  • Natural shade
  • Wood chips
Buffaloe Road Dog Park Location: 5900 Buffaloe Road, Raleigh, NC 27604 Dawn to Dusk, Daily
  • Water fountain for dogs & humans
  • Benches
  • Shade
  • Small & big dog areas
  • Wood chips

Dorothea Dix Dog Park



Location: 1800 Umstead Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603
Email: info@dixpark.org
Phone: 919-996-3255
Dawn to Dusk, Daily
  • Water tap for dogs + humans
  • Benches
  • Natural Shade + Shade Structures
  • Small & big dog areas
  • Grass

Note: The Dix Park Dog Park closes for regular grass mowing and maintenance. 

Dix Park Dog Park Information and Maintenance Schedule

Dog Park Rules

The dog park sign at Kiwanis Park with rules on it

All Dogs Must

  • Be leashed entering and leaving the dog park
  • Be healthy and fully vaccinated
  • Get exercise and have fun!

All Humans Must

  • Clean up after their own pet(s)
  • Stop dogs from digging and fill any holes
  • Remove choke, prong, pinch or spike collars
  • Not exceed three dogs in the park at one time
  • Never offer any food or toys of any kind
  • Closely supervise any children under the age of 12

The Following Dogs are not allowed in the Park

  • Aggressive or uncontrollable dogs. Call Animal Control at 919-831-6311.
  • Female dogs in season
  • Puppies younger than four months

Dog Park Study

The Dog Park Study was approved by City Council on January 22, 2019. The 2018 Dog Park Study is a comprehensive approach to address the need for dog parks throughout the City of Raleigh. Based on citizen feedback, spatial data analysis, and a review of nationwide trends in dog park planning, we will develop a strategy to create safe and engaging park spaces for people with (and without) dogs.

Please visit our public input website to view the document and leave comments.

Frequently Asked Questions

A dog playing in one of the dog parks

Is the park supervised?

No. Owners and handlers are responsible for their dogs and their dog’s behavior at all times. It will be up to the users of the dog parks to ensure that the rules are being followed. The Raleigh Police Department will monitor the dog parks on a periodic basis.

What are the dog park rules?

Dog park rules are posted at the entrance of all our dog parks. Familiarizing yourself with these rules is an important first step toward guaranteeing a safe and positive experience.

Are all breeds of dog welcome?

All dogs, regardless of breed, are welcome as long as they are at least four months old, and their shot records are up-to-date. However, if any dog becomes aggressive, its owner must remove the dog immediately.

How many pets can I have?

No more than three dogs are permitted, per handler, at one time. It is very difficult for one person to effectively control and supervise more than three dogs at once. If you have more than three dogs and wish to use our dog parks, we recommend that you bring a friend or family member to assist you.

Is my dog required to have a city license?

No. The City of Raleigh does not require dog owners to apply for a City pet license.

Can I keep my dog on a leash?

All dogs must be on a leash until they are inside the dog park entrance and the gate has closed behind them. However, as a precaution, we require all owners and handlers to unleash their dogs in the enclosed, double-gated holding pen at the entrance before they enter the dog-run area. This is designed to ensure that off-leash dogs do not scare a leashed dog by running up and saying hello!

What should I do about aggressive dogs?

First, remove your dog from the situation immediately. When it is safe, report the incident to community center staff and call 9-1-1, if an emergency. If you do not believe the area is safe, or feel that your request has not been handled satisfactorily, call the Raleigh Police Department at 919-831-6311. It is expected of patrons to work with each other in a friendly, respectful manner to keep the park safe for all.

What should I do if someone is bitten at the park?

Dog bites are rare at Dog Parks, especially if users are following all the rules. But in the event of a dog bite, there are three things you should do:

  1. Immediately provide medical attention, if necessary. If the bite(s) are serious, call 9-1-1.
  2. Record the identity of the dog and its owner.
  3. Report the incident to community center staff or call Animal Control at 919-996-1449.

If I observe a problem at the park, what should I do?

For maintenance, please call: 919-996-4115
For disruptive dogs, please call: 919-996-1449
For an emergency, please call: 9-1-1

Can I bring toys, food and furniture into dog parks?

Toys, food, and treats are not permitted inside the off-leash area as it can trigger aggressive behavior between dogs. Outside furniture, including lawn chairs, are also prohibited.

Can a newborn puppy come to the dog park?

No. Puppies under four months of age have not received all the necessary vaccinations. Consequently, their immune systems are vulnerable to potentially dangerous forms of bacteria from other dogs.

Is there an area for shy or small dogs?

Yes! Oakwood, Millbrook, Buffaloe Road, and Carolina Pines Park are divided into two size-appropriate areas – one for smaller pooches (30 pounds and less), and the other for larger canines (more than 30). Jaycee Park’s Dog Run, however, has no such restriction, therefore allowing all dogs regardless of size to play together in a shared space.

Does the park provide waste bags for clean-up?

Yes. All City of Raleigh dog park facilities offer bags and a place to deposit waste at each site.





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