If you’re a dog lover, having space for your pet to run around outside is a priority, especially if you don’t have a yard. They’ll be happier and healthier – and you will too! If you’re planning a move to New Jersey, here are five excellent dog parks to help you narrow down the best neighborhood.

Timber Creek Dog Park in Blackwood

With nine acres of fenced-in, wooded grounds, your canine will be in paradise at Timber Creek Park. There’s also a small lake where dogs can swim. Leashed dogs are allowed on the many trails throughout the area. While your dog romps, your family will enjoy the playgrounds and picnic tables.

Brookdale Dog Park in Montclair

The Brookdale Dog Park is 1.2 acres with two fenced-in areas, one for large dogs and another for small dogs. Both sections have a stone dust surface. For your peace of mind, there are safety enclosures at each entrance to prevent unleashed dogs from running away. This park also has time out areas where you can bring your excited dogs to calm down, as well as dog washing areas and water fountains. Everything you need!

Donaldson Park in Highland

Donaldson Park has 90 acres of sports fields, playgrounds, walking paths, fields, shaded picnic areas, and of course, a fenced-in dog area to keep your pet safe. They even have a special section for smaller animals and a dog-dedicated water fountain. Just a heads up – the dog run has a wood chip and dirt ground cover, so the area can get quite muddy after heavy rain and snow. Be prepared to clean up your dog before they get back in the car!

Ridgewood Dog Park in Ridgewood

Ridgewood Park is an off-leash dog park is located near a duck pond and playground. It’s fully fenced with a gravel surface and a separate small dog area. Plus, it has toys and agility equipment for even more stimulation. If you enter the woods behind the park, there’s a creek where dogs can swim.

Wantage Dog Park in Sussex

We saved the best for last. Wantage Dog Park is the largest dog park in the tri-state area. This eight-acre park is divided into fenced-in areas for big, small, and older dogs. Your pet will enjoy an agility course, plenty of toys, and fresh well water. For the humans, there’s plenty of seating, shade, a port-a-potty, and ample parking. It’s free to enter, but they encourage donations.

Pets are part of the family. You want to make sure they’re happy in their new home too.

If you’re considering New Jersey for your next home, contact BHHS Fox & Roach to speak with a member of our team. We know you’re not just looking for the perfect house, but also the right community. We’ll help you find both with our wealth of local expertise.