Adhering to leash restrictions is a small price to pay for reveling in the beauty of this Mendocino County gem with numerous dog-friendly trails and beaches. MacKerricher State Park is diverse, with habitats ranging from bluffs to beaches, headlands, tide pools, forests, wetlands and one of California’s longest coastal dune systems. Take a stroll on the southern part of the old logging haul road running the length of Ten Mile Beach (dogs aren’t allowed on the northern end). Explore the tide pools at Laguna Point, watch for whales from a vantage point along the bluffs—you won’t run out of things to do.
The park’s three pet-friendly campgrounds are extremely popular, so make reservations in advance or snag a room in Fort Bragg, just three miles away.