Day 2: Beaches and botanical wonders in Fort Bragg

By: DogTrekker Staff
yellow lab in the water
Maya coasting in Mendocino County. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

The Skunk Train’s railbike tours depart from the downtown depot in Fort Bragg, a historic North Coast community that once anchored the local lumber industry. Today, you’ll find colorful murals, waterfront dining, standout breweries, outdoor recreation, and hotels that roll out the red carpet for dogs. Start the day with a walk on Glass Beach, and then choose your own adventure. Check out the awesome Dog-friendly beaches and walks of Mendocino County.

Beaches are big in Fort Bragg, and MacKerricher State Park has some of the best. On-leash dogs are welcome on several trails and stretches of shoreline here. The park includes bluffs, tidepools, dunes, forest and other diverse habitats, as well.

Leashed dogs can also explore the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, where dahlias, camellias, succulents, roses and other gems thrive across 47 acres. Plan a visit during the 31st annual Art in the Gardens (August 3-4, 2024), a pup-friendly weekend featuring music, food and entertainment among the blooms.

After a day of activities, relax in patio seats at HarborView Bistro and Bar. This riverfront restaurant at Noyo Harbor Inn has happy hour specials and menus that spotlight local ingredients. The inn’s dog-friendly rooms feature gas fireplaces, balconies and beautifully maintained Arts & Crafts architecture. Nearby, the well-appointed Beachcomber Motel has ground-floor pet suites with great amenities and easy access to Beachcomber Dog Park.


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