It's a dog's life in New Jersey. Here are the best Essex County dog parks for your best friend.

Looking for a place to go when your buddy needs to get out and about? Let them run around and you can enjoy the lovely surroundings too in these wonderful Essex County options. These three spots have been rated the best of the best by dog parents.

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Brookdale Dog Park
Brookdale Park, Montclair

This dog park is in the center of the spectacular Brookdale Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Central Park in the city. This charming dog park is surrounded by mature trees and greenery. There is a side for small dogs and one for large dogs, so everyone is happy!

Courtesy Christopher Stanberry

Courtesy Christopher Stanberry

Courtesy Fedor Zaitzev

Courtesy Fedor Zaitzev


South Mountain Dog Park
South Mountain Reservation, Maplewood

This 2,110 acre county park is worth a visit with or without your pet. The dog park has fresh water and fountains, toys, tennis balls, and climbing obstacles to give dogs some great stimulation and play time. Two sides, one for large dogs and another for small dogs.

Courtesy Justin Foderingham

Courtesy Justin Foderingham

Courtesy Heather Robertson

Courtesy Heather Robertson


Mills Reservation
Montclair and Cedar Grove

This 157-acre park, when originally gifted to the county, was intended to be preserved in its natural state. As such, the park has a system of walking trails and an outcrop at Quarry Point that provides a view of New York City, but there are no buildings or formal seating areas. Leashed dogs are welcome and will enjoy the rustic paths and occasional deer sightings.

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Jo Anne Jedd