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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Dog-friendly Sacramento: Two Rivers Run Through It

Murphy takes a break on the American River - credit: Christine Morris
Murphy takes a break on the American River - credit: Christine Morris

The American and Sacramento rivers converge at Discovery Park, just north of downtown Sacramento, and whichever way you trek along the 32-mile, multi-use Jedidiah Smith Memorial Trail (also known as the American River Bike Trail), you’ll enjoy lots of scenery and wildlife.  If you’re a first-timer to Sac, we suggest starting out your hike in the Old Sacramento historic district just across Interstate 5 from downtown. more »

Folsom: Gateway to Gold Country

American River Bike Trail - Robert Couse-Baker (cc)
American River Bike Trail - Robert Couse-Baker (cc)

Folsom isn’t only a convenient destination for Northern California visitors, it’s also diverse, offering many options for “socially distanced” outdoor recreation. Start by stepping out on a segment of the 32-mile American River Bike Trail, which runs from downtown Sacramento to downtown Folsom. The multi-use path hugs the river of the same name, offering endless opportunities to wander down to the water and let Fido make a splash. more »

Drifting About in the Delta

Miner's Leap Winery - Photo Credit: @russ_hooper

The San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta is a boater’s paradise that in places feels like anther world. But you don’t need a boat to explore this rich agricultural region marked with old-time lift bridges, small towns and miles of levees that in the id-1800s transformed a once trackless wetland into 55 agricultural islands that still produce food for Northern California (pears and wine grapes are the main crops). Numerous winery tasting rooms have cropped up over the past decade on both sides of the river, all of them dog-friendly. more »

Visit a Close-In, Dog-Friendly Campground

Samuel P Taylor State Park - Photo Credit: @cchellyyy
Samuel P Taylor State Park - Photo Credit: @cchellyyy

Let’s say you want to go camping but don’t have hours to spare driving to a remote place. Even if you’re an urban dweller, you don’t have to go far to snag a spot in the woods (although you might have trouble with reservations). Here are some of our favorite campgrounds close to urban centers. more »

Sacramento: A Beer-Lover’s Magnet

Jackrabbit Brewing Company - Photo credit: @brewswithbuster
Jackrabbit Brewing Company - Photo credit: @brewswithbuster

Sacramento might be situated smack in the middle of the Central Valley, but its location on the Sacramento and American rivers made it a central player in the 1849 Gold Rush, when a waterfront boomtown (now preserved as Old Sacramento) sported saloons aplenty catering to thirsty prospectors headed to and from the Mother Lode. more »

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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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