Dog-friendly Parks and Gardens

Dog-friendly Parks and Gardens

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Sniff Out Some New Places

Salty exploring New Brighton State Beach. <br/> Photo Credit: @salty_vw
Salty exploring New Brighton State Beach.
Photo Credit: @salty_vw

Every time we visit, Santa Cruz County gets more and more dog-friendly. And this year there are several new opportunities to bark about. Tops among them: As of last year, dogs have a place to hike with their people at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, where they previously were confined to campsites and picnic areas. The North Escape Road isn’t a trail, exactly, but it’ll do: The former fire evacuation road, surrounded by redwoods, provides for a 7-mile round-trip trek on a paved surface that parallels Opal Creek for much of the way. more »

A Day (Or More) in the Redwoods

Presley at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. <br/> Photo Credit: @alisonrainw
Presley at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.
Photo Credit: @alisonrainw

Santa Cruz County is famous for its groves of towering coast redwoods, and Big Basin Redwoods State Park is just one place to see them. If you’re traveling with youngsters of the two-legged variety as well as those with fur, you’re sure to enjoy a ride on a narrow-gauge railroad once used to haul redwood logs out of the Santa Cruz Mountains. more »

San Diego Bound

Westley
Westley's adventures in Balboa Park. Photo Credit: Kendra Losee

In San Diego County, it’s a dog life when it comes to hikingbeachingdining and sharing a hotel room with your pup. Given the topography, there are many options when it comes to fresh-air exploration, from aerobic treks into the hills surrounding the city to urban hikes taking in iconic sights. more »

Sonoma County Trippin’

Bobo at Rocky Memorial Dog Park. Photo Credit: @meagan_sturm
Bobo at Rocky Memorial Dog Park. Photo Credit: @meagan_sturm

You know where they are on the map, but when’s the last time you explored these Sonoma County gems with your four-legged friend? Start in Petaluma, a delightful community with an old-fashioned downtown and, in 9-acre Rocky Memorial Dog Park, one of the largest and most amenity-laden fenced canine playgrounds in the state. more »

Tiptoe Through the Tulips in Davis

A delicate floral nose...
A delicate floral nose...

Sometimes a lovely May day beckons with a leisurely stroll, rather than a full-on hike. For DogTrekkers who enjoy spring blooms, few places bring richer rewards than the UC Davis Arboretum, 100 acres of meticulously curated botanical gardens bordering a  paved path that runs for almost two miles along Putah Creek, a scenic stream burbling through the university campus on the edge of dog-friendly Davis. With so many plants in flower, you’ll have as many aromas to sniff as your dog, whose nose will naturally gravitate to places yours doesn’t. more »

Take a Yolo County Detour

Toad Hollow Dog Park
Toad Hollow Dog Park, Davis, CA. Photo Credit: Eileen (CC)
In Yolo County, Interstate 80 runs right past the UC Davis campus and within ball-throwing distance of Sudwerk, one of the state’s pioneering craft breweries. It’s worth making a DogTrekking date with both. On campus, take a stroll through the UC Davis Arboretum, 100 acres of meticulously curated botanic gardens along the banks of Putah Creek, which flows through the sprawling campus. more »

Soaking Up Scenery In San Diego

Ziggy in San Diego
Ziggy. Photo - Nathan Rupert (CC)
San Diego epitomizes the laid-back SoCal lifestyle—and it just happens to be one of the most dog-friendly cities in the country, to boot. Part of what makes it so is a network of 18 open space preserves, all within the city limits, where four-legged visitors are as welcome as the people on the other end of the leash. more »

Catalina Adventure

Catalina Island Dog
Photo Credit: David Prasad (CC)
Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California is a favorite day-trip and weekend destination, and many travelers are surprised to discover that the Catalina Express, serving the island from Long Beach, Dana Point and San Pedro, does allow dogs. more »

Diggin’ San Diego With Your Dog

Photo Credit: SDpitbull (CC)
Photo Credit: SDpitbull (CC)

In San Diego, it’s a dog’s life when it comes to hiking. Daisy can let loose on the beach or enjoy a quick, natural escape at nearby preserves like Mission Trails Regional Park, where 60 miles of canine-friendly trails spread over 6,800 acres beckon.  more »

Stop and Smell the Roses. Also the Dirt, and the Bushes...

Stop and Smell the Roses. Also the Dirt, and the Bushes...

If you're trying to sniff out a place with scents galore for Snuffy, oil-painting vistas for you, and lots of opportunities to explore at your own pace, head for one of California's many dog-friendly botanical gardens. There you'll find easy paths for on-leash meandering, plus inviting picnic grounds, well-placed benches, and photo opportunities galore. more »

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