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Most Popular Dog Parks In Raleigh

by Andrew Ehlert

Raleigh, North Carolina is filled with many beautiful dog parks, but which ones are the most popular among the North Carolinian members of the Wild Earth team? In this blog post we will recommend our top 5 favorite dog parks in the Raleigh, NC area!

We will give a brief description of each dog park, why we love it, and even provide a map and resource for more information about the parks.

Our 5 Favorite Dog Parks In Raleigh, NC

The Raleigh area has a multitude of different dog parks within the city limits and surrounding suburbs. We surveyed the Wild Earth team and below are our top 5 favorite dog parks in Raleigh. All dog parks in the Raleigh area have some rules so we recommend you read the dog park rules before going.

Dorothea Dix Dog Park

Dorothea Dix is one of the most popular dog park in the Raleigh area and is typically crowded on the weekends. The park is open 7 days a week and provides a well maintained area for large dogs as well as a separate area for smaller dogs to play safely. Our team loves that the park is in good condition and is a great place for your dog to play with some new friends! The dog park provides plenty of parking and over 3 acres of grass for your dog to run around.

Park Address: 801 Biggs Drive, Raleigh NC 27603

Park Phone Number: 919-996-6688

Dog Park Hours: Dawn to Dusk, Daily

Park Amenities:

  • Natural shade
  • Small and big dog areas
  • Grass

Oakwood Dog Park

Oakwood dog park is located near the historic oakwood community of Downtown Raleigh and provides a fenced-in dog park for both large dog breeds as well as a separate area for smaller dogs. Oakwood dog park opened in the summer of 2006 and has since become one of the most popular dog parks in North Carolina because of its well-maintained play areas but also because of how close it is to Downtown Raleigh.

A local magazine, We Raleigh describes Oakwood Dog Park by saying "Oakwood dog park is a beautiful dog park that is right near the heart of downtown Raleigh. Many locals will spend the weekend at Oakwood dog park and then head over to their favorite downtown restaurant or brewery for the rest of the afternoon."

Park Location: 910 Brookside Drive, Raleigh, NC 27604

Phone Number: 919-831-6995

Dog Park Hours: Dawn to Dusk, Daily


  • Water tap for dogs (closed right now)
  • Benches
  • Natural shade
  • Small & big dog areas
  • Wood chips

Millbrook Exchange Dog Park

Millbrook Exchange dog park is considered the oldest dog park in Raleigh as it opened in the Spring of 2003. It is free for the public and even provides lights so your dog can play even as the sun goes down. The play area is a wood chip base that is well maintained throughout the year.

Park Location: 1905 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27615

Park Phone Number: 919-996-4156

Park Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Daily


  • Water fountain for dogs & humans to use
  • Picnic tables
  • Benches
  • Picnic shelter
  • Agility equipment
  • Natural Shade + Shade Structure
  • Small & big dog areas
  • Lights
  • Wood chips

Carolina Pines Dog Park

Carolina Pines Dog Park has a nice wood chip base dog park that is free to the public and has separate dog parks for large dog breeds as well as small dog breeds.

Park Location: 2305 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603

Park Phone Number: 919-831-6435

Park Hours: Dawn to Dusk, Daily


  • Water fountain for dogs & humans to use
  • Picnic tables
  • Benches for humans
  • Natural shade from trees
  • Small dog and big dog play areas
  • Wood chip based dog park
  • Dog climbing and play equipment

North Hills Dog Park

The North Hills dog park is located in the Park District of North Hills and is open 24 hours a day for the public to use. The dog park is over 9,500 square feet in size and has become popular because of how quickly the North Hills area is growing.

Park Location: 100 Saint Albans Drive, Raleigh NC 27609

Dog Park Hours: Open 24 hours a day

Dog Park Amenities:

  • Open 24/7 for the Raleigh public
  • Over 9,500 square feet of dog park
  • Fenced in dog park with natural shade
  • Benches and nearby picnic tables

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