Dog-friendly East Bay Regional Park District

East Bay Regional Park District

2950 Peralta Oaks Ct.
Oakland, California 94605
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Local Phone: (188) 832-7275

East Bay Regional Park District 80 years logoThe East Bay Regional Park District spans Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco with more than 120,536 acres in 65 parks and 1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, nature study—and, of course, dog walking/hiking.

The Park District offers lakes, shorelines, campgrounds, visitor centers, interpretive and recreation programs, picnic areas, indoor/outdoor rental facilities and much more. For dogs and the humans who follow, the EBRPD is one of the most dog-friendly entities in the state of California.

• Dogs must be leashed (six-foot maximum) and under control at any posted area, parking lot, picnic site, lawn or developed area. 

• Dogs may be off-leash in open space and undeveloped areas of parklands, provided they are under control at all times.

Undeveloped areas are un-posted and unpaved trails or open space areas that are separated from developed areas by a distance of at least 100 yards or by fences.

• You must remove your dog's waste from all park property and dispose of it in a garbage can or carry it out of the park.

• Do not leave dog waste in plastic bags along the trails as it is considered littering.

For your convenience, plastic bags are provided in many parks and along some trails, but as a precaution, please carry extras with you.

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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 »
Pretty Pittie at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve - Photo Credit: @ac_sivs
Pretty Pittie at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve - Photo Credit: @ac_sivs
Oakland is surrounded by hills, and the hills—luscious green at this time of year—are laced with hiking trails. You don’t have to go far from downtown Oakland to access one of the close-in preserves managed by the East Bay Regional Park District, which oversees more than 65 open-space areas with 1,250 miles of trails between them. A perk you won’t find on many other public lands: more »
Macaroni exploring Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park. <br/>Photo Credit: @pennandpaww
Macaroni exploring Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park.
Photo Credit: @pennandpaww
Three valleys and four cities make up the Tri-Valley region, which away from urban areas is characterized by rolling hills studded with gnarly oaks and sprawling vineyards. It’s less than an hour from San Francisco or Sacramento, straddling the line between Alameda and Contra Costa counties on the “sunny side” of the bay. Dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, wineries and craft breweries abound as you explore the three valleys—Livermore, Amador and San Ramon—from which the region takes its name. more »
Happy dogs at Point Isabel. Photo Credit: @theemmanation
Happy dogs at Point Isabel. Photo Credit: @theemmanation
The Bay Area wouldn’t be what it is without its tawny, oak-studded hills, and we have the East Bay Regional Parks Department to thank for keeping many of them accessible to the public. The district manages 65 parks spanning 114,000 acres in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, offering between them some 1,200 miles of dog-friendly trails. Away from developed areas, four-legged friends trained to come when called can trek with you leash free. more »
Hiking Sunol Regional Wilderness. Photo Credit: John Kay (CC)
Hiking Sunol Regional Wilderness. Photo Credit: John Kay (CC)
The East Bay Regional Park District, a network of 65 parks spanning Alameda and Contra Costa counties, is cherished by dogs and their people, and rightly so. Its 1,250 miles of trails dip and dive over 120,536 acres of open space and are enjoyed by hikers, bikers and equestrians as well as DogTrekkers grateful for the opportunity to disconnect from the leash. more »
tri valley trails
The Bay Area’s Tri-Valley region, just 45 minutes east of San Francisco, is a sunny paradise for hiking dogs and their people, rewarding both with lots of wide open spaces and scenic vistas.

The four cities that make up the Tri-Valley region, Pleasanton, Danville, Dublin and Livermore, each have something special to offer DogTrekkers. What they all have in common is their proximity to the vast East Bay Regional Park system where dogs can hike with their people off-leash in many open space and undeveloped areas, provided they are under control at all times. more »
Pits at play on trail
Pits at play. Photo Credit: besuroz
Regional park districts in the Bay Area and beyond offer myriad venues for hiking with your dog. Check out the possibilities and put paws to path this fall! more »
Dogs enjoying the vineyard
Photo Credit: Elsa Day
The sprawling San Francisco Bay Area, home to more than 7 million people, contains a surprising amount of green space, much of it concentrated in the rolling hills of the East Bay’s Tri-Valley region.  Dog-friendly hotels, restaurants and wineries abound, and if you’re looking for places to stretch your legs, the East Bay Regional Park District manages tens of thousands of acres where you can do just that. more »
Cassi at Mission Peak Preserve
Cassie at Mission Creek Preserve. Photo: Sean Ness (CC)
What would the East Bay be without its regional parks—all 65 of them?

The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) marks its 80th birthday this year, and as athank-you to its many users EBRPD is offering, “Free 3rd Fridays” each month for the remainder of the year. Perks include free parking, free boat launching, free entry for dogs and horses, waived swimming fees and free fishing permits. At other times, regular fees apply—but they’re hardly prohibitive. more »
On Fairmont Ridge
Dog on Fairmont Ridge. Photo: Mary (CC)
We all like to give our dogs the privilege of romping off-leash from time to time, and not just in a fenced dog park. But with that privilege comes responsibility. The East Bay Regional Park District is among the precious few land-management agencies that allow visiting dogs to hike without a leash away from developed areas. Unfortunately, not everyone who visits EBRPD preserves is aware of the impact their friendly companions can have on other visitors.  more »
Point Isabel - Maverick Wayatt Myers
Point Isabel. Photo: Maverick Wyatt Myers
Since kicked off in late 2010, our hiking pages and listings have become the most popular features on the site.

Readers continue to be astonished by the wealth of possibilities offered by the 64 parks of the East Bay Regional Parks District, which span 108,000 acres and include 1,200 miles of trails in Contra Costa and neighboring Alameda counties.

Some of the parks are literally in the back yard of bustling Oakland and Berkeley, while others feel so remote you’d never know a city was nearby.  more »
Oakland Map
Dog-loving residents of Oakland have it all: tons of bars and restaurants with dog-friendly outdoor seating; an overall welcoming attitude toward canines; and a wealth of open-space trails, many of which don’t require leashes away from developed areas. The city also has a hip, dog-friendly place to stay in the Waterfront Hotel in the heart of the vibrant Jack London Square dining, shopping and entertainment district. more »
Kayla and friends at lake
Over the past year, our hiking pages and listings have become the most visited of all activities on In addition to the terrific hikes presented in this newsletter, we have some perennial favorites. Here are some great ways for you and your pup to put paws to the path in 2014. more »
Ghost Tunnel, Black Diamond Mines - Nick Fullerton (CC)
Ghost Tunnel, Black Diamond Mines - Photo: Nick Fullerton (CC)
From the late 1800s to the early 1990s, as many as 900 miners at a time labored to remove nearly 4 million tons of coal—“black diamonds”—from the ground in what is now Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve near Antioch in Contra Costa County.

As interesting for its human history and artifacts (mine shafts, cemeteries, crumbled buildings) as for its 65 miles of pet-friendly trails, this 5,375-acre open-space oasis, part of the East Bay Regional Park District, is an off-the-beaten-track find for DogTrekkers.

The hilly, oak-studded landscape reminiscent of the Sierra foothills melds into oak chaparral and evergreen forest to keep things interesting for you and Daisy. more »
Willow at Del Valle
Willow at Del Valle Regional Park
A regional plan adopted in the early 1990s to revitalize agriculture and limit urban sprawl is largely responsible for preserving the Tri-Valley region's semi-rural character. more »
Three valleys, two counties and five distinct cities make up the Tri-Valley region 33 miles south east of San Francisco and 27 miles northeast of San Jose. more »
Dogs Permitted Off Leash sign
Here we are again, just coming off the rainy season. With Jake bouncing off the walls, it's time to head for the hills. more »
Dog relaxing at Point Isabel
Sometimes the urge to breathe deeply of a sea breeze comes on as strong as an appetite at lunchtime. Fortunately, the East Bay Regional Parks District offers multiple ways to satiate the desire for a shoreline ramble with your best friend. more »
Kayla camping
Kayla Takes to the Trail
Camp life can be very exciting for a dog, so long as she doesn’t eat too many marshmallows. Dogs are welcome at 90 percent of California campgrounds—it’s the rare one indeed that doesn’t allow pooches. But before you put your credit card down, you’ll want to find out where, outside of developed campsites, Daisy is allowed to hang out. more »
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