Dog Parks

Parks and Recreation Director

Sheryl Ely
(865) 215-4311

Lakeshore Park
5930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

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DogparkKnoxville and Knox County have made a commitment with PetSafe to make Knoxville the "Most Pet Friendly Community" in the nation.

PetSafe has donated funding to go towards the construction of several dog parks in the Greater Knoxville area.

Additionally, efforts are being made to work with downtown restaurants to allow dogs in their outdoor dining areas. Learn more about the City's Dogs on Patios Permit and a list of permitted restaurants.

Knoxville Parks and Recreation welcomes dogs (leashed) at City parks, greenways, and trails unless otherwise posted. Per City ordinance, all dogs must be on a leash at all times (except in off-leash dog parks) and dog owners are required to pick up their dog's waste. 


Charter Doyle PetSafe Dog Park at 5100 W. Martin Mill Pike
Dogwood Dog Park at Victor Ashe Park at 4901 Bradshaw Road
Downtown PetSafe Dog Park at 200 S. Central Street
Holston River PetSafe Dog Park at 3300 Holston Hills Road
PetSafe Concord Dog Park at 10901 South Northshore Drive
PetSafe Village Dog Park at 10424 PetSafe Way
Tommy Schumpert PetSafe Dog Park at 6400 Fountain City Road

Charter Doyle PetSafe Dog Park
5100 West Martin Mill Pike
Knoxville, TN 37920

South Knoxville

Opened in 2011, the beautiful two-acre Charter Doyle PetSafe Dog Park is situated within Charter Doyle Park in South Knoxville. Well-shaded by fully mature cedar trees, the dog park features separate sections for large and small dogs, a dog water fountain, and dog waste stations. Charter Doyle Greenway, which is a 0.4-mile loop encircling Charter Doyle Park, also connects to the dog park. 

Click above to view video featuring Dogwood Park in Victor Ashe Park.
Dogwood Park (located in Victor Ashe Park)
4901 Bradshaw Rd. 
Knoxville, TN 37912

North Knoxville

Located in Victor Ashe Park, Dogwood Park was opened in 2007 as Knoxville's first public dog park. The one-acre off-leash area is completely fenced and features a puppy playground (includes two hill structures, a puppy jump, and a tunnel), a dog water fountain, and dog waste stations. Knoxville Parks and Recreation built this park in cooperation with the Knox Dog Owners Group (KnoxDog). In 2009, Dog Fancy Magazine named Dogwood Park as the country's Dog Park with the Best Setting. 

Check out the dog park at Victor Ashe Park on Google Trekker Street View (images from Fall 2014).

Downtown Dog ParkDowntown PetSafe Dog Park 
200 S Central St. 
Knoxville, TN 37902

Downtown Knoxville

The PetSafe Downtown Dog Park was the second dog park to be built with funding from PetSafe Village. The dog park is located at the corner of Summit Hill Drive and Central Avenue in the downtown area. Approximately one acre, the park opened to the public in June 2010. The PetSafe Downtown Dog Park features an attractive entrance that complements the surrounding downtown buildings. The State of Tennessee has awarded Knoxville with a grant to incorporate an infiltration system into the dog park in order to prevent pollutants from entering the nearby First Creek. Amenities for the dog park include separate sections for small and large dogs, human and dog water fountains and dog waste stations.

Click above to view video featuring Holston River Petsafe Dog Park.
Holston River Petsafe Dog Park
3300 Holston Hills Rd.
Knoxville, TN 37914

East Knoxville

The Holston River Petsafe Dog Park was opened in 2012. Located on the southern end of Holston River Park along the two-mile Holston River Greenway, the two-acre dog park features a separate section for large and small dogs, a doggie water fountain, a fire hydrant, and dog waste stations.

PetSafe Concord Dog Park 
10901 South Northshore Drive
Knoxville, TN 37922

West Knoxville

PetSafe Concord Dog Park is beautifully layed out on almost 4 acres. Dogs and their owners will love the water fountains for pets (and ones for their owners), a dock with access to the river and even a dog shower. Paved and natural surface walking trails wind through the park. Park is located behind the tennis courts by the Concord Mountain Bike Trails.

PetSafe Village Dog Park
10424 PetSafe Way
Knoxville, TN 37932

West Knoxville

PetSafe Village Dog Park is an one acre facility is an on leash park but offers off leash hours only in the evenings when the park is staffed. Features include a natural pond, full set of agility equipment, walking trails, doggy water fountain plus picnic tables and benches.

Tommy Schumpert PetSafe Dog Park
6400 Fountain City Road
Knoxville, TN 37918

North Knoxville

Within Tommy Schumpert Park are two off-leash areas comprising the PetSafe Dog Park. The 30-pound and under area allows smaller dogs to mingle together while the second fenced area is open to dogs of any size. The small-dog park is a mix of grass and mulch along with people benches. The “all sizes” dog area has a mulched walking trail and a pond with a dock.


The Tennessee Izaak Walton League has partnered with Knoxville Parks and Recreation to place dog waste stations in popular dog-walking areas (primarily parks and greenways). To sponsor a dog waste station, please contact the Tennessee Izaak Walton League at 865-414-5590. 


The Knoxville community has literally gone to the dogs. In 2011, Knoxville was chosen as the most pet friendly community in the Southeast by being named the Dog Town USA City in the Southeast by Dog Fancy magazine.