Sacramento County

Sacramento County

Sacramento County, 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.

 

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Tail-Waggin' fun in Folsom and surrounding areas

Image courtesy of Visit Folsom
Image courtesy of Visit Folsom

Just up Highway 50 from Sacramento, the city of Folsom is a superb dog-friendly destination with a handsomely renovated Old Town just a block or two from the Sacramento River. Cuddle up in dog-friendly lodging and spend a weekend exploring with your four-legged friend. Get your bearings on Sutter Street (the main drag), where you can soak up some local motion at a dog-friendly taproom or restaurantmore »

Raise a glass to the dog-friendly Delta

Take your pup to the Clarksburg Wine Trail
Take your pup to the Clarksburg Wine Trail

Just 15 miles south of downtown Sacramento, the scenic Sacramento River Delta opens up, city life slows to a crawl and the Clarksburg American Viticultural Area offers all kind of dog-friendly, small-batch wine-tasting experiences, along with a few good places to eat. If you’re not from Sacramento, it’s probably all new to you, so take a leisurely drive of discovery and find out more. more »

East to the foothills and apples galore

Dogs & families love Apple Hill
Dogs & families love Apple Hill

While parts of El Dorado County were impacted by the Caldor Fire in August and September, the Apple Hill Growers region north of Placerville (about 45 minutes from Sacramento on Highway 50) was spared. It’s 50-odd member farms, wineries and other establishments (almost all of them dog-friendly) kicked off the 2021 season in early September with regional events, individual grower events, kids’ activities and pumpkin patches galore. more »

Capital canine discoveries

Image courtesy Kimpton Sawyer Hotel
Image courtesy Kimpton Sawyer Hotel

If it’s your first visit to Sacto, don’t neglect to take a stroll through Capitol Park, a 40-acre urban preserve surrounding the imposing domed structure. Hundreds of labeled plants from around the world make this shady park a garden enthusiast’s delight, while somber memorials recall sacrifices made in war. Plus, there are great dog-friendly hotels nearby, like The Citizen Hotel, Best Western Plus Sutter House, Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, The Westin Sacramento and othersmore »

Explore Sacramento’s ‘Big Back Yard’ with your pup

Bella visits the capital, image courtesy of Duroncelet
Bella visits the capital, image courtesy of Duroncelet

As the seasons change and the smoke from Northern California wildfires gives way to crystal-blue skies, opportunities for exploring Sacramento and the destinations in its “big back yard” expand. Make the state capital your home base and take off from there. Here is the best of dog-friendly Sacramento and neighboring communities:

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Dog Travel Events

Sacramento

Sacramento SPCA Howl-O-Ween Yappy Hour
October 28, 2021 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
826 Professor Ln #100, Sacramento, California 95834
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Sacramento

Sacramento SPCA Howl-o-ween Kids Drive-Thru
October 30, 2021 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
6201 Florin Perkins Rd., Sacramento, California
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Sacramento

Sacramento SPCA 4th Annual Jingle Bell Pup Crawl
December 11, 2021 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sacramento, California
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Folsom

Walk with HART
November 6, 2021 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
1775 Creekside Drive, Folsom, California 95630
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Emergency Services

Mueller Pet Medical Center
6420 Freeport Blvd.
Sacramento, California 95822
Phone: (916) 428-9202

VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center
9801 Old Winery Pl.
Sacramento, California 95827
Phone: (916) 970-1631

Sacramento Animal Care Services - Lost Dogs
2127 Front St.
Sacramento, California 95818
Phone: (916) 264-5011


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