Naples Dog Parks


1.City Parks

Back in 2006, the Naples City Council approved allowing leashed dogs in city parks as long as they were kept off playgrounds. We haven't heard that this has changed. Doggie bags and trash cans are provided and if you don't pick up after your dog, you can get a citation and a $65 fine.

2.Rover Run
Located at Veterans Community Park, 1900 Immokalee Road, about 1 mile west of Airport Road. Open dawn to dusk. Fenced, benches, handicap access, poop bags, trees, parking, water, trash cans. Lots of trees and places for pooches to sniff and explore; a separate fenced area for small dogs to run.
Reader Notes:

"I'm a regular at this park, and I'm thankful it's finally improving. It was absolutely rundown; it was a big sand hole that would fill with water that had who knows how many parasites and bacteria in it. But over the summer, they put grass down across the whole park. Some of it didn't last, so they have set another date for pouring concrete in certain areas, like under the picnic tables and a path to the front gate. We had problems with rabbits getting in and dogs catching them, so they put rocks down bordering the entire fence and we've had very few problems since. As far as I know, the little dog side has not seen or needed any changes or improvements."

"Rover Run is extremely run down and seems like an afterthought of the parks & recreation dept. The park needs a grass roots volunteer group that would work closely with the dept. so programs in Rover Run could be addressed in a more timely manner. It's disappointing not to have a safe, clean place to be with your dog. It's embarrassing that with all the beauty of Naples, the Rover Run is left to rot and be forgotten."

3. Naples Dog Park

Also known as "Central Bark," this park is located at 99 Riverside Drive, near the corner of Goodlette-Frank Road and Central Avenue. It opened March 2, 2011 and offers separate off-leash areas for large and small dogs. The 2 areas are connected by a shaded area, drinking fountains and benches for the humans. There are also wash stations. Usage fees are not required, but registration will be required - visit the website above for more info. The park will be open from dawn until dusk seven days a week.

4.Big Cypress National Preserve

Leashed dogs are allowed on the trails only in this National Park in Collier County.

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 Naples/Collier County area, please contact

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