Marilyn at Huntington Central Park. Photo Credit: Chris Epting
by guest blogger Chris Epting featuring Marilyn, his 11-year-old rescue dog
The Dog Beach here in Surf City has become famous throughout Southern California. More than a mile of undeveloped beach along one of the prettiest stretches of the coast makes it very popular both for locals and out-of-town visitors. Marilyn loves it, and there are other places where simply going for a walk becomes much more special.
Just a few minutes from the shore is Huntington Beach's Central Park, over 350 acres of dog-friendly play space featuring beautiful trails and plenty of open grass fields. Marilyn loves Central Park, and here’s a little secret: While dogs must be leashed in the park, there’s actually a leash-free dog park within Central Park, on the east side of Edwards Street between Ellis Avenue and Talbert Avenue. Dogs can roam free in Dog Park, and get a chance to play with other dogs their size. There are two sides to Dog Park: one for small dogs and puppies, and one for large dogs. Dog Park also has a dog-walk-of-fame, snacks, and seating for dog owners. Enter at the Inlet Drive parking lot. Hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and weekends 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A lesser known local spot that Marilyn just adores is the Brightwater trail. Located just off of Brightwater Drive, it’s a great way to experience the Bolsa Chica wetlands and spectacular views of the ocean from the upper mesa. The well-manicured trail is very dog-friendly, but unless you live here, you’d probably never discover it.
Finally, Marilyn and I walk along a very nice and secluded trail that stretches along Edinger Avenue from Bonaire Circle about three-quarters of a mile to Countess Drive. The open space Naval Weapons Station is on one side. It's a very pretty and private walk that many dogs seem to enjoy.
Guest blogger Chris Epting is a long-time Huntington Beach local, journalist and author of 28 books.