, with about 1.4 million people, has the highest population density in California’s 450-mile-long Central Valley
. Its centerpiece is Sacramento, the state’s capital city, where the most obvious attraction for DogTrekkers is the 32-mile American River Parkway. This shady and beloved greenbelt cradles a multi-use trail that stretches from the Old Sacramento historic district all the way to Folsom Lake. Along the way are parks, picnic areas and beaches. Dogs are allowed almost everywhere at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, an 18,000-acre preserve with 80 miles of dog-friendly trails as well as ample access to the water.
In the southwest portion of the Sacramento County lies the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta, largest estuary on the West Coast. A string of small, dog-friendly towns and marina communities invite exploring in a region widely known for fishing and boating opportunities.
Lifeguard on duty, Lake Natoma. Photo Credit: @lifesensibly
Summertime and the livin’ is easy…as long as you’re on a lake. Heading up to Gold Country, you’ll find lots of places to dip your paws no matter which road you take. Here are some of our favorite splash spots in the Sierra foothills. more »
Making a Splash at the Bay Area Pet Fair.
One of the most popular features of DogTrekker.com is the Events section of the website. We dig deep to find adoptathons, pet fairs, dog expos, meet-ups, yappy hours, winery gatherings and other occasions for you and your pup to get out and have fun together. Scroll through our listings to find details on the annual events you always look forward to in your own community—or discover something totally new, unexpected or worth traveling for, like Rain Forest Weekends at Roaring Camp Railroads or Doggy Dash benefiting the Sacramento SPCA. more »
If you’re one for “spoke and wheel” getaways, the centrally located state capital makes a great hub for day trips throughout the region. Of course, you and Sparky might find so much to do that you won’t even want to leave town. more »
Norman visiting the CA State Capitol. Photo credit: Julie Christensen
With more than 200 hundred wineries situated within a 75-mile radius of the state Capitol, Sacramento can lay claim to being a “farm-to-glass” capital as well as a capital of farm-to-fork cuisine. more »
Oscar having fun at Folsom Lake. (CC) T. Dibble
Johnny Cash may have put Folsom
on America's musical map, but visitors don't sing the blues once they experience the vitality of this historic little city at the western gateway to California Gold Country
DogTrekkers visiting Folsom will find more than 32 miles of paved, multi-use trails
for cyclists, walkers and joggers, including many segments that intersect with open space corridors, creeks and greenbelts. To get a feel for what’s out there, stroll a section of the Humbug-Willow Creek trail system, which meanders 15 miles through a variety of terrain. Or, follow the American River shoreline along a segment of the 32-mile American River Parkway
connecting Folsom with the Old Sacramento historic district. more »