Let your dog run free at one of the area’s off-leash dog parks
Explore a dog park in Dane County.
Most of the 275-plus parks in the city of Madison are open to dogs on leashes. That wasn’t the case before a rule change in 2020. Prior to that year, there were heavier restrictions regarding dogs in Madison parks. The city still has 35 dog-free parks, which include places with burial mounds, golf courses, playgrounds and splash pads. But it also has nine special off-leash parks where your dog can socialize.
Dane County Park System allows on-leash dogs at all of its parks, but it has eight off-leash options as well. Dane County Parks was the first park system in the U.S. to create an off-leash dog program. Dogs can run free in Dane County Parks across 268 acres of land.
Madison & Dane County Off-Leash Dog Parks:
- Anderson Farm County Park, 804 Union Road, Oregon
- Badger Prairie County Park, 6270 Highway 151, Verona
- Brittingham Park, 326 S. Broom St.
- Capital Springs Recreation Area, 3398 Lake Farm Road
- City of Middleton Dog Exercise Area, 5209 County Highway Q, Middleton
- City of Sun Prairie Dog Exercise Area, 1025 S. Bird St., Sun Prairie
- Demetral Park, 2297 Commercial Ave.
- Indian Lake County Park, 8381 State Highway 19, Cross Plains
- McCormick Park, 702 N. McCormick Ave.
- North Star Dog Park, 439 Milky Way
- Odana School Park, 678 S. Segoe Road
- Penni Klein Park, 8780 Airport Road
- Prairie Moraine County Park, 6676 Wesner Road, Verona
- Quann Park, 1802 Quann-Olin Parkway
- Sycamore Park, 4517 Sycamore Ave.
- Token Creek County Park, 6200 Williamsburg Way
- Viking County Park, 1583 Highway N, Stoughton
- Walnut Grove Park, 202 N. Westfield Road
- Warner Park, 2301 Sheridan Drive
- Yahara Heights County Park, 5428 State Highway 113, Waunakee
Anderson Farm County Park, Badger Prairie County Park, Capital Springs Recreation Area, Odana School Park, Warner Park, Sycamore Park and Token Creek County Park
Private Dog Park:
The Dog Park at BT Farms is a private dog park on Madison’s east side. Guests can schedule appointments in 45-minute slots to explore 3 acres of land.
Park for Dogs (and Their Humans):
The Boneyard combines a dog park and a biergarten. While dogs run off-leash in the park area, owners can sit and socialize over local brews and food cart fare. Even for those without pets, it’s a great spot for dog watching.
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