Unwind with Your Pooch at Austin’s Off-Leash Trails and Alehouses

Whether you are a long-time Austinite or a newcomer to the city, there are two things that are likely to unite us all: our love for dogs and craft beer. According to recent rankings, Austin is the fourth most dog-friendly city in the United States and the 22nd best city for craft beer. To help you make the most of both, we have compiled a list of our top off-leash dog trails in Austin, along with nearby pet-friendly bars or breweries. So, if you are looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon with your furry friend, look no further!

Turkey Creek and Waterloo Icehouse

Turkey Creek Off-Leash Trail takes the top spot on our list. This trail is perfect for those who want to feel like they are out in the wilderness while being only a short drive away from the city. The 2.8-mile loop trail in Emma Long Metropolitan Park follows a crystal-clear creek through an enchanted forest, and you can expect to gain about 200 feet in elevation to reach the top, which offers breathtaking views of Austin’s hill country.

Turkey Creek

After your hike, head over to Waterloo Icehouse at 360 & 2222, which is about a 10-minute drive from the trailhead. This popular spot offers more than just craft brews, with a large patio, an extensive menu, and plenty of drinks. It’s an ideal place for a date with your furry friend!

Waterloo's Dog Friendly Patio

Onion Creek and Meanwhile Brewing Co

For a more secluded adventure, try the Onion Creek Off-Leash Trail. Start at Dog Park Blue, where you can let your pup mingle with other dogs before starting the trail on the southern side of the park. You can hike for about a mile along the main trail, or take the first left to hike along the scenic creek. Eventually, you will cross the river and enter a cluster of single-track trails that feel like you are in the backcountry, even though you are only 15 minutes from downtown Austin. This hidden gem is a must-visit for any dog and nature lover.

Onion Creek

After your hike, drive about 10 minutes to Meanwhile Brewing Co, where you can relax on the massive patio and sample some of their freshly brewed craft beer. If you are a fan of Hazy IPAs, be sure to try the Cosmic Echoes, which has a balanced hop profile and a lovely orange finish.

Meanwhile's Patio

Mary Moore and Lustre Pearl South

If you live in South Austin, Mary Moore Off-Leash Park is a convenient spot for a fun hike with your pup. This 300-acre park offers miles of trails, but only a few are designated as off-leash, so be sure to watch for signs. To get to the off-leash trails, map to Mary Moore Searight Off-Leash Trail.

Threes a Pack

After your hike, head to Lustre Pearl South, which is about a 10-minute drive away. This spot offers cold beer, games of cornhole, and even dog treats at the bar! The staff always loves to meet furry patrons, so your pup will be sure to receive a warm welcome.


In conclusion, Austin has plenty of opportunities for you and your furry friend to explore the great outdoors while enjoying some of the best craft beer in the country. We hope this guide helps you plan your next adventure!