The Eastside has so many amazing options when it comes to outdoor places to take your pooch, from hikes down the I-90 corridor to strolls through the local downtown parks, however we all know Fido’s favorite is to get the opportunity to roam free. That’s why we’ve put together this list of eight off-leash dog parks in the greater Seattle area your pup will be begging you to go back to time and again.
From small community free-runs, to large open fields and swimming holes, there’s a huge variety in what our local off-leash parks have to offer, and wherever you may be venturing for the day there’s a spot nearby for your four legged friend to play. At the end of the article we’ve included a handy chart of which parks have swimming, separate small day play areas, and dog washes.
Marymoor Off-Leash Dog Park (Redmond)
There is a reason this park is often referred to as “Doggy Disneyland”. It truly is a magical place if you own a dog (or seven).
Part of King County’s Marymoor Park, this 40 acre off-leash park has something for everyone. It’s easy to spend a couple hours wandering the wide open spaces, trails, and multiple waterfront access points along the Sammamish slough for swimming. Our favorite days at Marymoor are always when they’ve put out the mounds of fresh bark – perfect for jumping in before it gets spread around.
To top it off, Marymoor has every pet owner’s favorite amenity – a convenient dog wash station. Cons of this park are few, but one would be that it’s not the best for timid dogs due to the size of the park and amount of dogs that are typically there. An additional “con” would be the fact that parking cost $1 for the visit. We find it well worth it however, and there are always ample spots available.
Luther Burbank Off-Leash Dog Area (Mercer Island)
Luther Burbank Park is a wonderful 77 acre community space located on the North shore of Mercer Island, which includes an off-leash area in the Northeast corner of the park. It is a beautiful stroll to get to the off-leash area, and the area itself includes water access for swimming in Lake Washington. The open space is a bit sandy, but fear not – there is a spot to rinse your pup as well.
A favorite amenity of the park is a separate area for the smaller pups to use, if desired. It’s not usually too crowded, but be aware that parking is more limited.
Robinswood Animal Corral (Bellevue)
Attached to the quaint Robinswood Community Park in Bellevue, this is a great place to go if you want to have some off-leash time in a corralled open space, but also leash up and adventure the trails that run through the rest of the park. There are actually two separate fenced-in free-run areas in the park: one by the main parking entrance, and a second found about a 5 minute walk down the trails towards the tennis courts. One of the smaller off-leash places on our list, the corrals iare a mix of sand and dirt, and there are usually extra tennis balls to play with and water to get your pup a drink.
One thing to be aware of before you go: the corral fence is not the tallest, so if you have a jumper you may want to be cautious.
Jasper’s Dog Park (Kirkland)
Jasper’s is a great little escape nestled in a green belt area, on the back of a business park in Northern Kirkland. It is easy to get to from the main Totem Lake exit off I-405, and offers a separate small dog area, and a larger open space for all dogs to run. Parking is limited here and on-street only, but it is typically not too crowded. If you have mobility issues, please note that a large part of this park is on an incline.
Issaquah Highlands Bark Park (Issaquah)
Located high up in the scenic Issaquah Highlands, the Bark Park is another great destination for locals and those looking to venture out of their normal routine to check out a new spot. Like most of the smaller free run spaces, it never seems too busy and has a separate “small dog” play area. There is free off-street parking, and a playground just down the street where the two-legged kiddos can play.
This park is largely on an incline so be aware if you or your pup need a flatter space.
Beaver Lake Dog Park (Sammamish)
Beaver Lake Park in Sammamish is an amazing park to visit as a whole, with waterfront fishing and swimming, a nice 20 minute walking loop through the woods, a playground, ball fields and more. Included as well is the nice sized off-leash area. It is a fully fenced in, with a small wooded area at the back of the open free run. Bags are provided, and there are water fountains for both you and your pups. There is also a separate small dog area.
The dog park is located near the West entrance of the park near the ball fields, right off of 244th Ave SE.
Carnation Off-Leash Park (Carnation)
Venturing East into the Snoqualmie Valley, just over the hill from Redmond and Sammamish, you will find this 8-acre gem. There is not a separate small dog area in this large grassy play field, however the scenery of surrounding hillsides cannot be beat.
If you want to explore more, you can leash up and head down the road to Tolt-MacDonald Park or the nearby Snoqualmie Valley Trail.
Three Forks Off-Leash Park (Snoqualmie)
If you are looking to get out away from the crowds, you can head a little farther East to Three Forks Off-Leash Park in Snoqualmie. Here you will find a great open space for your dog to roam and an amazing view of Mt. Si. They also have a separate area for small and shy dogs.
Eastside Off-Leash Parks Quick Guide
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