People who choose to put their stakes down in Fort Worth enjoy a high quality of life—one that is simple, yet abundant.
Pet parents rave about the city’s inclusive attitude toward dogs, and there are many stops along the streets of Fort Worth that happily open their doors to dogs and their owners.
There is also a great number of dog parks for pooches to explore in the city, including some fenced off-leash parks where dogs can run freely.
In this article we will further examine these doggie paradises, highlighting some of the features and extras that make each so popular among the residents of Fort Worth.
Fort Woof Dog Park (at Gateway Park)
When humans dream about nirvana, they probably dream of peaceful forests, glistening lakes and miles of white sand beaches.
No doubt dogs have a different dream altogether, one that probably resembles this first off-leash facility on our list—the cleverly-named Fort Woof Dog Park.
The very first dog park to grace the landscape of Fort Worth, the Fort Woof Dog Park serves as the ultimate fun zone for dogs and their owners.
Located at 751 Beach Street, at the north end of Gateway Park, this 5-acre dog park features over 5 acres of green, green grass and a separate play area for smaller dogs.
The amenities at the Fort Woof Dog Park were definitely added with both dogs and their pet parents in mind.
Each area of the park is equipped with viewing benches and picnic tables, making it easy and comfortable to watch pets run and play in the park; and each side has available drinking water for dogs and humans.
The park includes a number of obstacles for dogs to explore, including a fun agility course with bridges, tunnels, ladders and more.
Poop disposal stations are scattered throughout the park, as are the plastic waste bags with which owners are required (according to park rules) to use should their dog have an accident.
The Fort Woof Dog Park at Gateway Park, which was recently named the best dog park in the nation by Dog Fancy, is open from dawn until 11:30 PM daily, although it is closed from 5:00 AM until 11:30 AM on Mondays for regularly scheduled maintenance.
These hours and the lighted field and viewing area make it very convenient to access the park at all hours.
If on-leash fun is more your style, then Trinity Park has everything you need for a fun-filled day with your dog.
Situated at 2401 University Drive, close to Texas Christian University and the famed Fort Worth Zoo, Trinity Park lies on the bank of the Trinity River and boasts scores of walking trails in a woodland setting.
Although there is no off-leash area at Trinity Park, there are always a lot of people here with their dogs.
Most trails end up alongside the river, where dogs are free to splash around and cool off.
Due to its forested setting, this is one of the most peaceful parks you will ever visit, as well as one of the best maintained.
ZBonz Dog Park
If you are looking for a place where your dog can really expend some pent-up energy, the ZBonz Dog Park is a perfect place.
Located at 6950 Camp Bowie West Boulevard in the Western Hills neighborhood of Fort Worth, the park is a truly special place for dogs of all sizes, as it offers a whopping seven-acre plot in which large dogs can roam and another three acres for smaller dogs under 40 pounds.
This is also an ideal locale on those warmer summer days.
The ZBonz Dog Park features two aerated ponds for splashing around and there is available drinking water on each side of the completely-fenced zone.
Like the Fort Woof Dog Park, each half of the ZBonz Dog Park has a full-scale agility course where dogs can test their skills, and because the park is so large, it is the perfect place for a game of fetch or frisbee with your pooch.
The ZBonz Dog Park is open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week, and is also closed Monday mornings for scheduled maintenance and repairs.
Tipps Canine Hollow Dog Park
Last but certainly not least is the Tipps Canine Hollow Dog Park.
Located at 7804 Davis Boulevard, just outside of Fort Worth in the city of North Richland Hills, this park has completely fenced zones for larger dogs (two acres) and smaller dogs (one acre), and plenty of convenient parking close to the park.
Tipps Canine Hollow Dog Park is an off-leash facility that is regularly frequented by local pet parents who are always happy to greet a new face.
The park, although not overly fancy, does have some natural obstacles for dogs to explore, and plenty of shaded seating outside of the fence line.
Pet parents need to bring their own water and waste bags when visiting the park, but there are disposal sites and a convenient pet washing station that really comes in handy on wet and rainy days.
The park is open from dawn until dusk daily, but is closed on Wednesday mornings for maintenance.