McAllister Dog Park in San Antonio

This dog park is hidden away on the south end of McAllister Park in San Antonio. The best entrance is very close to Wurzback Parkway, but there are three ways to access McAllister Park. Here are more than a few good reasons to visit McAllister Dog Park with your four-legged family members.

Dogs playing near the shaded area in the middle of the dog park at McAllister Park.
Chase me at McAllister Dog Park

How to Get to McAllister Dog Park in San Antonio, TX

Address: 8418 Buckhorn Rd, San Antonio, TX 78247

Dog park size: 1.5 acres

Hours of operation: McAllister Dog Park is open from 6am – 10pm, daily.

It’s possible to get to the dog park from the north entrance at Jones Maltsberger road. Drive cautiously, pass the deer and continue over many speed bumps. Stay to the left at the fork and keep following the signs.

If your pup is rather impatient like mine, then you may want to enter through the south entrance. This entrance is only accessible from westbound Wurzbach Parkway. The exit from the park also spits you out on the westbound side. If you are on the eastbound side, you will need to turn around at Wetmore Road.

There is one other way to access McAllister Park, but you will be on foot. Turn on Rowe drive from Thousand Oaks and park along the road. You can enter the Mud Creek Loop from this park, and reach the dog park by following the trail southwest.

The double gated entrance providing access to both the small dog and large dog areas.
The entrance to McAllister Dog Park

Dog Park Amenities at McAllister Park

Upon entering the dog park you will notice a portable restroom, and a transition area for the dogs. One area is for smaller dogs and the other is for larger dogs. The total area of the dog park is 1.5 acres. The small dog section is substantially smaller than the large dog section which makes up most of the dog park. This should be plenty of space for the (larger) pups to have some fun.

To your left you will find the dog friendly watering hole. This is arguably the most important area of the park because of the climate. There are three drinking fountains for the dogs, two of which have troughs. McAllister Dog Park may be the only one containing three dog friendly fountains.

Dogs playing chase around the football at McAllister Park Dog Park.

Play in the Dog Agility Area

In the center of the park you will notice various obstacles. These can be used for dog agility, or running around in circles, if that’s your dogs thing. Don’t get too excited because humans are discouraged from using the obstacles. Stand around and watch your dog, or play an active role during play time.

There are a few benches and picnic tables around the park in case you need to relax. Don’t care to sit or stand? You can use the walking path encircling the agility area. This is one of the best dog parks when it comes to layout. The play area is centralized and puts the main focus on the dogs. Of course, we encourage you to play with your dog!

There is moderate shade provided by oak trees in the park. I’d say fifty percent of the dog park is shaded during midday. There is always a decent amount of mulch which keeps the agility area mud-free. Grass is preferable, but less common among most dog parks.

The park is open from 6am to 10pm, and the busiest time of day is around 7pm. Busy times are usually great for dogs. However, us humans may want to stay clear of the agility area during busy times, in order to avoid a collision.

New friends standing together on one of the platforms at McAllister Dog Park.
Make some friends at McAllister Dog Park

What’s with the Bad Reviews?

Every once in awhile you may come across an individual who is less than friendly. One dog may instigate another while dogs are trying to have fun in the park. Certain negative dog park reviews will focus on one of those issues.

The park itself can hardly be blamed for that, can it? The dog park is within a major city, and many parents may not know how to train, or understand their dog. The dog park is not responsible, people. Let’s focus on the dog park while discussing its pros and cons.

Happy face at dog friendly McAllister Park in San Antonio

McAllister Dog Park is One of the Best

The only downside I have witnessed is the consistent flow of air traffic overhead. This never seems to bother the dogs. McAllister Dog Park is always clean and friendly. Abbey, is always having fun at this park. There is a ton of space and plenty of obstacles to use for training and exercise. The space is also well-shaded and rarely muddy.

This park has everything a great dog park should have – especially the dogs! Come on out to the dog park at McAllister Park and bring your pups. This is one of the best dog parks in the area, and one of the best dog friendly things to do in San Antonio.

We have been to many San Antonio Parks and this one continues to be our favorite. Your dogs will most likely make a friend or two, and will rest easy afterwards. If you and your dogs have extra energy to burn, there is open space nearby, or plenty of trails to hike in McAllister Park.

I’m a certified personal trainer in San Antonio. After adopting Abbey, I created Places for Pups to help you get outside, exercise with your dog and have fun doing it.

We have mastered hiking in Texas Hill Country. Though we emerge from the woods unharmed, we are not responsible for you or your pets. You are solely responsible for trying exercises, or places discussed on this site.

Grab the best hiking gear and go dog friendly.  I wish you good fortune on the trails to come.


David Earley


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