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Survey: Top 120 Hidden Gem Dog Parks in the US

Survey: Top 130 Hidden Gem Dog Parks in the US
Written by Gary Nealon

We set out to discover the hidden gem dog parks across the United States, known mostly just to those who live nearby. With the help of 3,000 dog-loving survey respondents from coast to coast, we’ve unearthed these treasure spots. Curious to see if one is near you? Check out our rankings illustrated below!

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Key Findings:

  • Diverse Landscapes: Our survey highlights dog parks across America that offer a variety of landscapes, from beaches and rivers to wooded areas and open meadows, catering to different preferences for dog owners and their pets.
  • Community & Maintenance: Many of the top-ranked dog parks, such as Puptown Dog Park in Illinois, are maintained by dedicated volunteers, indicating a strong sense of community involvement and commitment to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for dogs.
  • Accessibility to Unique Features: The hidden gem dog parks provide unique features not commonly found in other dog parks, such as agility playgrounds, water play areas, and expansive off-leash zones, enhancing the experience for dogs and their owners.
  • Geographical Spread: The top dog parks are spread across the country, from New York to Hawaii, showing that high-quality dog parks are not confined to a particular region but are a nationwide phenomenon.
  • Exploration & Adventure: Many parks, like Hartwood Acres Dog Park in Pennsylvania and Bear Creek Dog Park in Colorado, emphasize exploration and adventure, offering more than just a simple space for dogs to run but a place to engage with the natural environment while keeping your dog entertained

Top Features (Sortable Dog Park List)

Looking for hidden gems in your state? Want to find the best dog parks with beaches or water play areas? Check out the sortable table below! Just click the headers to find the ones that best fit your needs.

Implications of the Study (aka “What it Means for You and Your Dog”) :

  • Promoting Outdoor Activities: Our study underscores the importance of outdoor activities for pets and their owners, encouraging a healthy lifestyle and bonding opportunities in natural settings.
  • Community Building: The emphasis on community-managed parks highlights the role of dog parks in fostering social connections, not just among dogs but also among dog owners, contributing to stronger, more engaged communities.
  • Environmental Awareness: By showcasing parks with diverse natural features, our survey may inspire greater appreciation and stewardship of local and national parks, emphasizing the value of preserving natural spaces for recreational use.
  • Economic and Social Benefits: The popularity and appreciation of hidden gem dog parks can lead to increased local tourism and community pride, as dog owners seek out new destinations for their pets, potentially boosting local economies.
  • Highlighting the Need for Accessible Recreational Spaces: The survey brings attention to the need for more accessible, high-quality recreational spaces for pets and their owners, and perhaps the need for the development and maintenance of dog parks as essential community assets.
  • Encouraging Exploration and Adventure: Our study encourages dog owners to venture into new territories alongside their furry companions, thereby strengthening the bond they share.
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Methodology (Why You Can Trust Our “Hidden Gems” Dog Parks Research)

Participants are meticulously selected from a geographically representative online panel comprised of double opt-in members. This selection process is customized to fulfill the specific requirements of each distinct survey. Throughout the survey process, questions are strategically formulated to screen and authenticate participants, ensuring their alignment with the target demographic of the survey.

3,000 dog owners were asked to recommend lesser-known dog parks suitable for other dog owners. The editorial team at Technobark conducted a review of the submissions, excluding any that were deemed inappropriate or that didn’t quite fit the “hidden gems” criteria. For example, Dog Mountain in Vermont was omitted from the final list due to its widespread recognition among the dog owner community.

To safeguard the integrity of our data collection process, we implement a comprehensive suite of data quality assurance measures. These include, but are not limited to, digital fingerprinting, bot detection checks, geo-verification, and speeding detection (a quality assurance measure that ensures that we only accept responses from respondents who have taken adequate time to consider their answers).

Additionally, every response is subjected to an exhaustive evaluation by a dedicated quality assurance team member, ensuring the accuracy and relevance of the data. This rigorous approach is also applied to open-ended responses, which are examined for nonsensical replies and potential plagiarism, underscoring our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of data quality.


  • Gary Nealon

    Gary is a serial entrepreneur, who built up an e-commerce company in the home improvement space to $40+ million a year in sales before exiting 5 years ago to pursue other projects. Gary combined his business acuity with his love for dogs and launched Vet Naturals, a natural supplement brand dedicated to helping dogs live the best life possible, and Pawzitivity Pets, a pet-centric publishing company that includes DogVills.com, SeniorPups, TechnoBark, and AlphaTrainedDog. Connect with Gary on LinkedIn or Instagram.

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