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Best Off Leash Trails Followed With Craft Ales in Austin

Alex Key Last updated on Dec 11, 2021 by

Whether you've been keeping it weird since before it was a phrase, or you just moved to Austin, I'm sure we can all agree on two things; we love our dogs and craft beer. In fact, Austin is ranked the 4th dog friendliest city in America and the 22nd best city for craft beer. This is why we decided to share our top off leash dog trails in Austin, along with a pet friendly bar or brewery near by. So the next time you're looking for a good way to spend an afternoon with your pup, look no further!

Turkey Creek and Waterloo Icehouse

At the top of our list is Turkey Creek Off Leash Trail. This trail definitely feels the most secluded and as though you are out in the middle of nowhere. It is a 2.8 mile long loop through Emma Long Metropolitan Park. Follow the crystal clear creek as you walk through what feels like an enchanted forest. You'll gain about 200 feet of elevation to get to the top which boasts spectacular views of Austin's hill country.

Some Fluffy Dogs Cooling Off in Turkey Creek


I hope you worked up an appetite because Waterloo Icehouse at 360 & 2222 is more than just craft brews. With a large patio, an extensive menu, and no shortage of drinks, this spot is worth a date with the dogs. Its about a 10 minute drive from the trailhead, back in the direction of town.

Wishing She Could Drink My IPA


Onion Creek and Meanwhile Brewing Co

Map yourself to Dog Park Blue to kick off this adventure. You'll park at the dog park and let your pups go mingle with all the others there. When ready, start the trail which is on the Southern side of the park where the forest starts. You can hike for about a mile along the main trail, but if you take the first left you'll be hiking along the creek which is a more scenic trail. Eventually you will have to cross the river to get into what feels like a never ending cluster of single track trails. This is where the real magic is. While it may feel like you're in the backcountry, you are actually 15 minutes from Downtown Austin. This place is a real gem, that not many people seem to know about.

A Couple of Huskies Cooling Off in Onion Creek


After your hike head on over to Meanwhile Brewing Co, which is about a 10 minute drive from Dog Park Blue. Here you can easily find a seat at the massive patio before heading inside to checkout the large assortment of freshly brewed craft beer. If you like a Hazy IPA then we recommend the Cosmic Echoes which has a nice balance of hops with a nice orangey finish.

Meanwhile's Patio and Food Trucks


Mary Moore and Lustre Pearl South

Enjoy a couple miles of off leash trail at Mary Moore Off Leash Park. If you live in South Austin, this spot is sure to be close to home. Located off South 1st just south of Slaughter, Mary Moore is a 300 acre park with miles and miles of trails. Unfortunately, only a few of these trails are designated as off leash so be sure to keep an eye out for signs. To get to the off leash trails, map to Mary Moore Searight Off Leash Trail.

Threes a Pack


From here, its about a 10 minute drive over to Lustre Pearl South where you can enjoy a cold beer and a game of corn hole. They even have dog treats at the bar! The staff always loves to come say hi to my dogs, but then again, who wouldn't?

You can't tell from here, but they were begging for a sip of my hazy ipa and a bite of this fried chicken sandwhich
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