Dog Parks

Parks and Recreation Director

Joe Walsh
(865) 215-4311

400 Main St., Room 303
Knoxville, TN 37902

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

In 2009, PetSafe donated funding to go towards the construction of five 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.

Knoxville Parks and Recreation offers more than 85 miles of greenways and trails, and more than 80 parks for patrons to enjoy with their canine companions. 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
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 
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. Click here to view the article.

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

Downtown Knoxville

The PetSafe Downtown Dog Park is the second of five parks 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.


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. 

Most Pet Friendly Community logoMOST PET FRIENDLY COMMUNITY

The Knoxville community has literally gone to the dogs. To show appreciation for Knoxville pets many locals are making our community the Most Pet Friendly Community in the nation. The City of Knoxville, Knox County, Young Williams Animal Shelter, the Knoxville News Sentinel, the University of Tennessee, and PetSafe are working to make the Knoxville area recognized as the nation's Most Pet Friendly Community. In 2011, the committee's efforts lead to Dog Fancy Magazine naming Knoxville the Dog Town USA City for the Southeast.

Visit the Most Pet Friendly Community web site to connect to pet friendly activities, events, and businesses, share all that you love about your pet with other pet parents, and get involved in the pet friendly effort.