Dog-friendly Marin County

Marin County

Dog Friendly in Marin CountyIn dog-friendly Marin County, just across the Golden Gate from San Francisco, Rover rules the road. With tens of thousands of dog-friendly acres to roam, including 34 preserves within the Marin County Open Space District, 130 miles of trails managed by the Marin Municipal Water District, and various beaches and trails in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Marin is made for dogs and their families.
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Hike-In Breakfast With A View

Yum! Photo Credit: @mr.spiritdog
Yum! Photo Credit: @mr.spiritdog

If you live in the Bay Area, you owe it to yourself to experience this hike-in breakfast at least once. It’s only a 2-mile walk to West Point Inn on the slopes of Mount Tamalpais if you take the Old Stage Road connecting to dog-friendly Marin County Municipal Water District trails. The inn, an off-the-grid haven built alongside a long-defunct railroad, sits at a lofty 1,785 feet elevation, offering sweeping views of the landscapes and seascapes below. more »

Make It a Family Affair in Marin

Rusty at Marin Country Mart <br/> Photo Credit: @catpham
Rusty at Marin Country Mart
Photo Credit: @catpham

Marin County it’s been said, has a larger population of dogs than of children. Whether that’s urban legend or fact, residents are definitely known to dote on their four-legged family members. When you bring your family to Marin, you’ll live like a local, enjoying many family-friendly hikes and beaches. We also have found some very “local” dog- and kid-friendly venues for you to check out. more »

Chasing Cascades in the Bay Area

Sunol Regional Wilderness <br/> Photo Credit: @chico_the_boston_terrier
Sunol Regional Wilderness
Photo Credit: @chico_the_boston_terrier

From easy family hikes to certified huffer-puffers, the hills and streams of the San Francisco Bay Area are at their voluptuous best in spring. Short on time but need some fresh air for yourself, your dog and your kids? Head to Fairway Falls, a 30-foot seasonal gusher in Novato reached via a family-friendly, mile-long round trip. more »

Make It Marin for Dog-Friendly GGNRA Trails/Beaches

Rodeo Beach - Photo Credit: Elaine (CC)
Rodeo Beach - Photo Credit: Elaine (CC)

More than 12,000 acres of the GGNRA are concentrated in the Marin Headlands, a hilly peninsula just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. The possibilities for long on-leash walks and off-leash beach frolics with your best furry friend are many—and, as a bonus, you’ll often be playing within view of the famous orange span. Following are a few to put on your dog-friendly Marin bucket list. more »

GGNRA Dog-Walking Saga: The Backstory

Park users tell it like it is
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 »

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Santa’s on His Way to Tomales Bay!
December 2, 2018 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
23240 Hwy. 1, Marshall, California 94940
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9th Annual Bolinas Museum Turkey Trot
November 24, 2018 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
48 Wharf Rd., Dogtown, California 94924
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Pet Photos with Santa & Pet Adoption Fair - Novato
December 9, 2018 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
912 Diablo Ave., Novato, California 94947
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San Rafael

Artworks Downtown
December 14, 2018 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
1337 4th St., San Rafael, California 94901
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Emergency Services

Marin Humane - Lost Dogs
171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd.
Novato, California 94949
Phone: (415) 883-4621

Pet Emergency & Specialty Center of Marin
901 East Francisco
San Rafael, California 94901
Phone: (415) 456-7372

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