San Mateo County
The dog-friendly wonderland of San Mateo County
includes lagoons, estuaries, beaches and the famous redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The northern part of the county, which includes South San Francisco and Burlingame, is home to the dog-friendly Midpeninsula Regional Open Parks District
, with 10 open-space preserves, as well as to dog-friendly Montara and Bean Hollow state beaches. The southern portion of the county includes the getaway communities of Pacifica and Half Moon Bay, each with their own sets of attractions.
Chasing waterfalls at Uvas Canyon County Park
Photo Credit: @adventuresofbearstorch
South of San Francisco, you and your frisky pup have more velvety-green hills to wander in spring. Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve in the hills above San Carlos and Redwood City is one option that really sets tails a-waggin'. Off-leash play is allowed in a 17-acre parcel of this 366-acre San Mateo County preserve that was once the site of a tuberculosis sanitarium. All five miles of trails are dog-friendly, and on clear days you'll get a good view of the Santa Cruz Mountains. more »
Dog advocates at victory celebration - Top left: Huey Johnson (Resource Renewal Institute), Christine Corwin (Coastside Dog), Cassandra Fimrite (Marin County DOG), Navi Dhillon (Morrison Foerster), Sally Stephens (SFDog), Chris Carr (Baker Botts), Dave Emanuel (Save Our Recreation), Bottom left: Andrea Buffa (Save Our Recreation), Mel Barti (MCD), Laura Pandapas (MCD), and Marin County Supervisor Kate Sears
Dog advocates who helped defeat the National Park Service’s plan to curtail dog-walking in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area gathered at Muir Beach for a victory celebration last weekend, and there were lots of smiles and wagging tails on display. Here’s what the leaders of the campaign had to say: more »
Poppy at Mori Point - Photo Credit: @poppy_brittany_spoodle
People have walked their dogs, both on- and off-leash, for decades on the lands in San Mateo County that became part of the GGNRA after the National Park Service’s 1979 Pet Policy went into effect. While future privileges are up in the air, dog-walking access is safe for now. Here are some favorite places to go: more »
Park users tell it like it is
With Bay Area populations growing and Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) lands being ever more heavily used, the National Park Service (NPS) in 2001, under the guise that dogs were harming wildlife and the environment, first moved to severely reduce the areas where four-legged companions would be allowed, both on-leash and off.
Existing rules defining dog-friendly trails and beaches had been established in 1979, allowing dogs on approximately 1 percent of the 80,000-acre patchwork of public lands spanning three counties. Various iterations of the proposed GGNRA Dog Management Plan were produced in ensuing years. The final draft would have banned dogs from 90 percent of existing off-leash space, half of on-leash trails and all access in the San Mateo County portions of the GGNRA. more »
Clancy's Pumpkin Patch - Photo Credit: @littlecooperbear
What’s Halloween without a visit to a pumpkin patch, especially if the pumpkin patch doubles as a seasonal family theme park? Largest in Northern California is Cool Patch Pumpkins in Dixon, offering enough activities to keep tails wagging all day. more »