1. Leashed dogs are permitted on the following beaches in Duval County:
Dogs allowed year round, during the day and the evening. People may unleash their dog IF they and their dog are swimming, but the dog must be leashed while being walked, either in the water or on the sand. Visit Atlantic Beach beach info for more specifics.
Huguenot Memorial Park
Located at 10980 Heckscher Drive (A1A) in Jacksonville.
UPDATE: Effective May 1, 2010, dogs were no longer allowed in Huguenot Memorial Park or on the oceanfront or dunes area beside the St. Johns River within the Park.
Officials outlawed pets in all areas in the Park except for a small beachside area just north of the rock jetty. Officials are saying the total ban has come about now due to complaints by a few non-pet people claiming poor behavior of those with pets. If you want to join together with other responsible pet guardians and try to get back at least a portion of this park for you and your dog, it might be helpful to contact your Jacksonville City Council (via email) and let them know there are other citizens out there that love the park and request that a pet area be provided once again.
Dogs allowed year around, before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. (Thanks to the folks at Sandy Paws Park at Wingate Park Dog Park for info about the times.)
Katherine Abbey Hannah Park
Located next to Mayport Naval Air Station, north of Atlantic Beach. Has a nice 1.5 mile-long beach that is less crowded than most. All dogs must be leashed and there's a two dog limit. There is a $1 entry (before 10 AM) $3 after; annual passes are available for a reduced rate. The park is open dusk-dawn, year 'round.
Mayport Naval Air Station
Leashed dogs are permitted on the beach until dusk and as long as visitors stay north of the area near the Navy-Marine Corps Relief building, which is north of the direction of Hannah Park. (Thanks to the kind reader who gave us this information.)
Dogs allowed year around, before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
2. Atlantic Beach Dog Park
This park officially opened Saturday, January 22, 2011.
Located at 268 Aquatic Drive, Atlantic Beach. There is an annual usage fee of $50 for the first dog, $25 for each additional dog. The park offers a small dog area with a drinking water station, poop bags, and a double entry gate. The large dog area has a large pond for swimming, a rinse station, poop bags, drinking water, and a double entry gate.
3. Confederate Point Dog Park
Located in Confederate Park, 956 Hubbard Street. This city-owned dog park covers 2.87 acres in the Springfield area of Jacksonville. All the entrances are locked except for the one doggie gate entrance on Confederate Street. There is a vinyl-coated 6' fence and a wooden doggie foray into the park which will allow dogs to transition in and out of the park with safety and ease. There are also three doggie depot stations for convenient waste pick-up and disposal. Four additional oaks were planted for shading and fence gaps closed in. It features new fencing, benches trash cans and pavilions. There are separate play areas for large small dogs and water fountains for both people and pets.
4. Dog Wood Park of Jacksonville
A 42-acre dog park located off JTB and Salisburg Road. The grand opening was 11-15-03. Currently, 42 acres are fenced. This is a membership-only facility. Hours for visitors are Saturdays 10am-5 pm and Sundays 12pm-5pm. Once you become a member and have your own gate key, you can visit the park any time between dawn and 10 p.m.
Dog Wood Park offers Lake Bow Wow, a 2-acre aerated doggie swimming lake with a fountain, a shaded 3-acre relaxing and picnicking area, a small dog area for dog under 25 pounds, benches, hammocks, picnic tables, lounge chairs, a digging sandpit for doggie digs, large playing fields, lighted area for night use, a doggie rinse-off shower at the exit, park-provided tennis balls, doggie play/exercise equipment and park-sponsored social events (singles night, specific breed nights, book club, costume parties, holiday events) and more.
5. Ed Austin Memorial Park
Info coming...In January 2011, we learned the Jacksonville City Council will advance a measure to develop an off-leash dog park.
6. Julington Creek Animal Walk
A membership-only dog park that is part of the Julington Creek Animal Hospital Park complex in Mandarin. This 8-acre facility offers a day spa, boarding, doggie daycare, a bone-shaped doggie swimming pool a mile-long nature trail, agility field.
7. Paws Park at Wingate Park
Located on South Penman Road. This dog park opened May 1, 2005, and offers a double-gated entry, a small dog area and a large dog area, benches, poop bags, trash cans, watering stations, and an educational bulletin board.
This park is the result of what a group of citizens can do. Organized into what they called the "Beaches Dog Park Project," this group worked with the city of Jacksonville Beach to establish Paws Park. Once the park opened, the group became "Friends of Paws Park" and continues to raise funds for park amenities, manage the park's online presence, and organize community events. The group has plans to eventually help establish dog parks in the nearby communities of Atlantic Beach (see above) and Neptune Beach.
WebMistress Note: A very kind reader of FloridaPets.net, Sandy Golding, was a huge part of the effort to establish Paws Park. She is the writer of a great blog post, about "Dog Park Safety." She has also provided us with some updates about the park, which I posted here 12/3/18:
"This past year, K9 Turf was installed in the large dog area so the park experience is better. As you might know, it is hard to keep grass in a dog park when it gets a lot of use. Thanks to the family of Josh Heinz (he was murdered a few years ago and he loved going to Paws Park with his dog buddy), they raised money to help pay for half the cost of installing the K9 Turf!
"Also, a few years ago, controlled access was added to the Paws Park dog park gates. So, now people need to pay for access to the park. This was done because the park was getting so much use, it was challenging to keep the park maintained. Also, there were issues with people not following the rules (yes, people are the problems, not the dogs). So, controlled access allows restricted entry to those who do not follow the rules. Other park users are happy to have the ability to enjoy the park with others who are following the rules. With the controlled access, there is a fee per dog. Large dog park access is $75 for the first dog, $25 for any dog thereafter. Small dog park access is $50 for the first dog and $25 for each dog thereafter."
The application is here.
8. Poochies Swim and Play Park, Inc.
Located on Oak Lane in Orange Park on 7 acres. This is a membership-only dog park with a daily fee of $5 or $10. It offers poochie swimming lake, sand digging mountain, toys, exercise and agility equipment, hammocks, swings, benches and a separate area for small dogs.
Directions: Behind Walgreen's on Blanding Blvd., across From Knight Boxx Road.
This National Park is located in the northeastern portion of Jacksonville. Dogs are permitted at no extra charge in Timucuan's outdoor areas and on the various trails winding throughout the property unless signs dictate otherwise. To make sure the Preserve stays pet-friendly, dogs must be carried or walked on six-foot leashes, and their humans must be responsible for clean up duty at all times.
10. Oceanway Community/Senior Center
Located at 12215 W.Sago Ave., Jacksonville. Opened June, 2012, this location is open day hours only. It offers an unleashed dog park, with separate areas for small and large dogs. There are also trash cans, poop bags, watering stations, benches, pavilions, restrooms, plenty of shade trees and a nice pond with areas for sitting and/or walking. For more information, please contact 904-696-4331.
Located at the northeast corner of Riverside Park. Opened in 2016, this is a 1-1/2 acre dog park offering fencing, well-lit and separate grassy areas for small and large dogs, and a brick walkway.
NOTE: We can't visit every area on a regular basis, so if you have information about any dog parks or beaches, or any other animal recreation facilities, in the Jacksonville/Duval County area, please contact FloridaPets.net.