Sep 12th

Camping with Jester our Big Puppy

By Jester
We are in CA and went to Sandy Beach.
Last Wed. to Mon. and we had a blast.
Jester stayed with us well and leason.
Chased the ball from way out in the water and back every time.
Sat next to us by the campfire and understod NO and Leave it.
At night his crate was right next to our tent and not one sound,
just as good as if we where home.
Glad all the worries about camping with are puppy are now gone.

Im glad casue I hate the ideal of leaving him home with someone chekcing up on him or putting him at a strange place while we are gone.
Id rather have fun with my dog than like others where they come back and they say wow my dog looks so much difforent casue
the family went away for the week. lol

It took us a long time before we bought a dog
and now I can see he was the right puppy to wait for
becasue he has made it so easy for us to take him where ever we go.

Don't know if this is a...  HELPFUL  WHY...  but it also helped.
I have taken our puppy in my car since the day we got him.
About 3 outings a week where we have to drive an hr.
We also creat trained him so I think it has helped him respect the car.
At home his crate is in the kitchen and he is only told to go in it for bed,
over night. Some times he gose in it on his own,
but we also have a bed in the livingroom for him to lie down on
durring the day. Creat isnt for being bad. ONLY bed time at night.

Hope you all are having a great September.
Still so very hot where we are in CA.
Jul 31st

California Dog Parks... Updated

By Jester

Dog Parks in California


 Sandy Beach, (Rio Vista) Added to list
2333 Beach Dr.,
Rio Vista, CA
--- Beach where the dogs can get in with the people.
Can launch boats there, BBQ and even camp.
-- Day beach is $5. a car plus $1. per dog.
Camping I believe was $30. a night.

Sand Beach, has been where you can find us almost every weekend... lol

King Park, (Brentwood) Added to list
1379 Bauer way,
Brentwood, Ca 94513
--- Fenced off leash Dog park
-- Also has Basketball court,
and kids playground,
and lots of grass area for children or dogs on leash to sit and eat,
kick a ball or fly a kit or ride there bike around
all next to it where parents can watch from the dog park.

Brentwood is one I try & hit every night
from anywhere from 5pm to 830pm depending on the night.

Lake Elizabeth Dog Park (Fremont) Changes
Has been moved & is Redone.
There is now a Big & Small Dog Park apart from each other.
Directions is about the same only its right after Police Station
and Parking lot isn't so far back or the dog park.
Next to Basketball hoops,
Dog Shelter,
Playground, and bathroom..
can even walk around Lake Elizabeth from the dog park.
- I go to this one almost every Mon., Wed., Fri., from 10am to Noon

I want to try the one in Union City, CA.
Hope to next week in Aug. 2010
& will tell you what I think of that one.
I keep hearing good things.

                                                                                                           Jester Approved
Jul 28th

Missing California

By Bulan
In California I was not judged.  I was just another fun loving dog.  People loved me, were not afraid of me and I had many doggie friends.  There wasn't a leash law and I romped around on my deadend street with my pals, Bitz, Bengal, Barny, Marly, Iris, and Owen, to name a few.  The local humans would watch over us, give us treats and say nice things.  Lake Tahoe was full of adventure, surrounded by beautiful lakes, fun rivers, mountains for hiking and is possibly the most dog friendly place in the world.  They say it's heaven for dogs, as there are more dogs per capita than humans. As well as no need for yucky tick or heartworm medicine due to the high altitude.  But most of all, I didn't have to worry about being who I am, a pit bull.  

Yes, I was just another fun loving dog...

Jul 23rd

Dog Friendly Places in Los Angeles

By Stewart (Pooch Dates Top Dog)

Los Angeles



  • Imperial Sand Dunes. From Brawley, drive East on Highway 78 for about 19 miles to Gecko Road, then turn right, and the ranger station is about a mile down the road. 619-337-4400.



  • Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. 25 miles north of Big Pine. Difficult to get to in the winter. From Highway 395, take Highway 168 for about 15 miles to White Mountain Road, turn left and continue for 10 more miles to the south end of the forest. 619-873-2400.

Inyo National Forest

  • 10,000 foot elevation. 1.8 million acres. Forest Headquarters: 873 North Main Street, Bishop, CA 619-873-2400.

Little Lake

  • Fossil Falls. fossilized falls and volcanic fields. On Highway 395, turn east onto Cinder Cone road and follow the cinder cone to the park. The parking lot is about 1.5 miles from the highway. 619-384-5400.

Lone Pine


  • Alabama Hills. Over 300 Hollywood films filed here. From Highway 395, take Whitney Portal Road about 2 and 1/2 miles west of Lone Pine to Movie Road. 619-872-4881.

Big Pine
  • Off-leash trails except for the big horn sheep area. Forest Headquarters: 701 N. Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91006, 805-683-6711.


  • Arcadia Dog Park. The dog park is open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily with even numbered days restricted to small dogs and odd numbered days to large dogs.  Location: At Eisenhower Park on the corner of Second Avenue and Colorado Place.


  • Calabasas Bark Park. Open sunrise to sunset. Calabasas is located north of Los Angeles and south of Ventura County. Take the Las Virgenes Rd. exit off Hwy 101 in Calabasas.  Located south of the Las Virgenes Water District, not very far from the freeway. Located at 4232 Las Virgenes Rd., Calabasas, CA. (Thank you Barbara Chang)


  • Claremont Pooch Park. College Park. Fenced with separate areas for small & large dogs. Water fountains, walking paths, dog rinse area. Benches & trees. Location: 100 S College Avenue. Directions: From the 10 Freeway, exit S Indian Hill Blvd. and go North, make a right on East Arrow Hwy, Left on College Ave, and the park is on your right, just after the train station. (near the Claremont Colleges area). (Thank you Virginia Planellas, Kathleen King, & Kathleen Buchwald)
  • Rancho San Jose Park. Off-leash area. Location: 600 block of West San Jose Ave.

Costa Mesa

  • Costa Mesa Bark Park. Located across from the Orange County Fairgrounds at Arlington Drive and Newport Blvd. See web site for more details.

Culver City

  • The Boneyard.  Opened in January 2006, 1 acre park inside Culver City Park. Small and large dog areas; benches, newly planted trees, water fountains; bring plastic bags - Built and paid for by Friends of the Culver City Dog Park - Park will be operated as a City Park. Some parking; Note: Dogs are not allowed in any other parks in the City, and are not allowed in other areas of Culver City Park. Location: Duquesne Street, South of Jefferson; East of the 405 freeway, South of the 10 freeway. Directions: 405 Freeway to Jefferson; go east on Jefferson about 2 miles to Duquesne, turn right into Culver City Park; Take 10 freeway to Overland; south on Overland to Jefferson; left on Jefferson to Duquesne; turn right into the park; The Boneyard is up the hill. (Thank you Vicki Daly Redholtz)
  • Zoom Room Dog Agility Training Center. Fun, safe indoor dog park with a full agility obstacle course. Dog training classes are offered in agility training, dog obedience, puppy preschool and much more.  But the center can also be used as an indoor dog park play area - and is available for private rentals, too, for dog birthday parties and Doggy Disco! Location: 11836 Teale Street. Directions: Take the 405 to the Jefferson Avenue exit.  Take your first left onto Mesmer, and then your first right onto Teale Street.  The Zoom Room will be on your left-hand side. (Thank you Jaime Van Wye)


  • Encino Off leash Park. Victory Blvd and White oak. (Thank you Greg)

El Segundo

  • El Segundo Dog Park. About 60x300ft lots of trees south side of LAX. Between Imperial Avenue and Imperial Highway at Sheldon Street. From the east take 105 freeway, go west to the end onto Imperial Hwy. go to the first light and turn left then around 2 short bends until going west again along Imperial Ave which parallels Imperial Hwy Drive a few blocks. You will be driving parallel to it on the right side. Sounds complicated but not once you are there. Should be less confusing from Thomas Guide pg 702 F7 or any good web map. (Thank you Steve Weldon)


  • Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park. Dogs run off-leash in fenced area.  Pooper scoopers and trashcans, benches, etc. Located at the corner of Victory and White Oak in Encino (San Fernando Valley). 101 exit White oak.  Go North on White to Victory.  It is on the corner. (Thank you Danette Larson and Randy)


  • Lancaster Off Leash Park. Area gated off for dogs to roam. In the process of building benches to sit on. Picnic tables in the mean time. Shovels, bags and a water fountain are provided. Ungated walking track and children's play area. Location: Ave M and 30th Street West. Directions: Exit the 14 Fwy and go west on Ave M approx three miles, make a right on 30th St West. Directly across from Paraclete High School. (Thank you Jillian King)

Long Beach

  • Dog Zone, Long Beach. 3 acre dog beach. Dogs allowed to frolic off-leash in the surf and sand in a designated area in Belmont Shore in Long Beach daily off-leash area in Long Beach from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and til 8 p.m. beginning Memorial Day. Parking: .25 cents/per 15 minutes in metered beachfront lot (enter off of Bennett Ave. at the Belmont Pool entrance near Chuck's Coffee Shop) and FREE parking after 6 p.m. Also, FREE parking along Ocean Blvd. Free parking in the lot across from Ripples (Granada Ave. @ Ocean Blvd.) after approx. 5 p.m. Restrooms: Available at Granada Ave. boat launch ramp. Location: Between Park Ave. and Argonne Ave. in Belmont Shore, Long Beach (CA) Directions: From: 405 South 1. Take the I-405 S towards LONG BEACH. 2. Take the STUDEBAKER ROAD exit. 0.22 miles (0.36 Km) 3. Keep RIGHT at the fork in the ramp. 0.04 miles (0.07 Km)  4. Merge onto N STUDEBAKER RD. 2.14 miles (3.44 Km) 5. Turn RIGHT onto WESTMINSTER AVE. 0.43 miles (0.69 Km) 6. WESTMINSTER AVE becomes E 2ND ST. 1.54 miles (2.47 Km) 7. Turn LEFT onto GRANADA AVE. 0.33 miles (0.53 Km) Please note: Do not walk on the bike path or the boat launch ramp. Vaccinations and licensing must be up todate. (Thank you Justin Rudd)
  • Recreation Dog Park. Leashless dog park within Recreation Park. three watering stations, trees, benches, enclosure for small dogs, parking area, bag boxes. Exit 7th Street at the 605 Freeway. Go West for about a mile, and on your right side, you will see a sign dog park. (Thank you Jim Walters)


  • Runyan Canyon. You can unleash the dog for most of the much as I can tell. Location: It is approximately 3 blocks north of Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood.  the place is called Runyan Canyon.  From Anaheim CA, take 5 North.  Go NW on 101 to Hollywood.  Get off on Hollywood Blvd. and go west for approximately 3 miles.  Take a right onto Fuller Avenue and go to the end 3 blocks or so.  You can also take a right onto Aristo (nstarts with an A...) and go North to the dead end (3 blocks).  You get a fantastic view of Hollywood and LA. From the 10 freeway in Santa Monica, take the 10 East to Fairfax, exit and go north to Hollywood Blvd, go East on Hollywood and take to Fuller, go North and head up till dead ends. It's a great trail to hike for you and the dog.  They also having watering stations for the dogs periodically. This is not a fenced area so it cannot be considered a dog park. The official sign says there are trails within the park designated as a dog "exercise" area.


  • Hull Dog Park. Family Park/Dog Park. Across from Paraclete High school in Lancaster, CA. Location: L-12 and 30th street west. Directions: 14 Freeway South, get off Ave. L turn left. Go to 30th street and turn left. Go to L-12 and that is where the park is. (Thank you Sarah Miccio)

Leo Carillo Beach

  • (Leashed Dogs Only) Leo Carillo Beach. 1.5 mile long beach that allows dogs to run and swim with additional trails under the freeway. Not allowed between towers 2 & 3. Location: On Highway 1, approximately 30 miles North of Santa Monica, on PCH going North towards Oxnard (past Zuma). Directions: Go North on PCH towards Oxnard until you get to El Matador and Leo Carillo. (Thank you Kendall Andrade)

Los Angeles

  • Barrington Dog Park. Location: S. Barrington Ave. (Thank you Carolina Garcia)
  • Hermon Dog Park.  Los Angeles (Hermon Community).1.3 acre off-leash dog park in Northeast Los Angeles, with separate areas for large and small/shy dogs. Ground cover is decomposed granite, so this never mud!! Beautiful horse trails and Arroyo hiking paths surround the park. The newest of 9 off-leash facilities in the city of Los Angeles, this was a labor of love and hospitality from the tiny century-old community of Hermon with the help of neighboring "Arroyo Seco" area communities. Location: 5688 Via Marisol (at the 110 Freeway), just west of Monterey Road. Directions: 110 Freeway (Arroyo Parkway) exit at Via Marisol, turn right (from either exit), enter park and drive to the rear, under the Avenue 60 bridge. (Thank you Joseph Riser & Lezle Stein)
  • Laurel Canyon Park. Leashless dog park. This large fenced area is specifically designed for both large and small dogs. There are pooper scoopers and picnic benches and even a small pool area for the dogs. Largest in Los Angeles County with almost 20 acres. From 6am-10am, 3pm to dusk. From Laurel Canyon Blvd., go west on Mulhulland for about 1/4 of a mile. 818-989-8188. (Thank you Jack Sax)
  • The Loftydog. Indoor dog park, grooming & training. The Loftydog Academy provides over 7000sq. ft of play area for our daycare and overnight boarders. Location: 525 S. Hewitt St. Directions: Near Urth Cafe and Loft Appeal in the Downtown L.A. area. (Thank you Cabrini Schnyder)

  • Sepulveda Basin Dog-Park. Open Daily Sunrise to Sunset except on Friday's 11:00am to Sunset, due to Maintenance. Located at the corner of Victory Blvd. and Yarmouth Ave.


  • Alice Frost Kennedy Off-Leash Dog Park. Large grassy dog park. There is a dog park for large dogs and another one for small dogs. Water available. Some shade. Location: 3026 East Orange Grove Boulevard. Directions: Exit 210 Freeway at Rosemead; heading north; head west on Foothill Boulevard; head north on Sierra Madre; head west on Orange Grove; the park is on your left, behind a children's park (I think the children's park is called Vena Vieja???). The dog park is not visible from the street but one can see the children's park while driving on Orange Grove. The cross street is Canyon Wash, I believe. (Thank you CC Wong)
  • Brookside Park. Leashless for training dogs only. From the 210 Freeway, exit Seco Street and follow the Rose Bowl signs. To the left of the stadium, there is the large park. 818-405-4306
  • Central Park. Leashless for training dogs only. Del Mar and Fair Oaks Avenue. 818-405-4306.
  • Victory Park. Leashless for training dogs only. Paloma Street and N Alta Dena Drive. 818-405-4306.

Redondo Beach

  • Redondo Beach Dog Park. On the corner of Flagler Lane and 190th in Redondo Beach.  Flagler is in between Prospect and Inglewood Ave.   190th Street can be reached off of PCH or Hawthorne Blvd.  Redondo Beach is West of the 405, west of Torrance, on the Pacific, several miles south of LAX, and north of Rancho Palos Verdes.  

San Dimas

  • San Dimas Dog Park. One acre all grass divided into two separately fenced areas for large and small dogs. Shade structures, doggy drinking fountains, scoopers and poop bags provided. Location: Horsethief Canyon Park. 301 Horsethief Canyon Road. Directions: Foothill Blvd. to San Dimas Canyon Road North to Sycamore Canyon Road Left turn to stop sign Left to parking lot. (Thank you Caryol Smith)

Santa Monica

  • Joslyn Park. Licensed Santa Monica Dogs may use the park leashless from 7:30 am to 8:30 pm M-F; 8:30 am to 8:30 pm Sat-Sun. The park is closed for maintenance on Tues and Thurs from 9:30 am to 11am. 7th Street and Kensington Road. 310-393-9975. (Thank you Whit Preston)
  • Marine Park. Licensed Santa Monica Dogs may use the park leashless from 6am-9am, 6pm-10pm. 7th Street and Kensington Road. 310-393-9975.

Seal Beach

  • Arbor Dog Park. Leash-free dog park. Land Area: 13.0 acres. Location: 4665 Lampson College Park East. On Lampson Ave. between Heather St. and Rose St. Directions: Small drive way entrance next to an industrial building. There is a long drive way that you go down. (THank you Phoebe Barabad & Brian Y. Chung)

Sierra Madre

  • Sierra Madre Dog Park. Description: separate area for small dogs; benches, bag boxes, big trees, lots of room to run! Hours: 6am to 10pm daily. Features: fenced, benches, handicap access, poop bags, trees, parking, phones, restrooms, lights, water, trash cans, separate fenced areas for large/active dogs and ‘special needs’ dogs. Location: 611 East Sierra Madre Blvd. Directions: From 210, take Santa Anita exit in Arcadia. Head north (toward the mountains) to Sierra Madre Blvd, turn left. Sierra Madre city park is on the right, turn next to the big cemetery. Dog parks are next to the tennis courts. (Thank you Sarah Farmer Earll)

    Silver Lake

    • Silver Lake Dog Park. See web site for more information. Friendly dog park - notable for its two fenced-off areas, one for the "general population," the other for timid or little dogs. Located at 1850 Silverlake Blvd., Los Angeles. At intersection of Silver Lake Blvd. and Duane St. in Silverlake district of L.A. Take 101 Freeway (N or S, as appropriate), exit at Silver Lake Blvd., head NORTH on S.L. Blvd. Dawg Park on LEFT at intersection. (Thank you Lynn Malsby & John Voland)

    Studio City

    • Laurel Canyon Park. Leashless dog park. Largest in Los Angeles County with almost 20 acres. From 6am-10am, 3pm to dusk. From Laurel Canyon Blvd., go west on Mulhulland for about 1/4 of a mile. 818-989-8188.


  • Westminster Off-Leash Dog Park. Just under an acre and of the most fun off-leash park in Los Angeles. This self-governed park is the creation of FREEPLAY, a non-profit that works to establish off-leash areas. Located at 1234 Pacific Avenue Venice, CA 90291. At the corner of Westminster and Pacific in Venice (between Pacific and Main Street). (Thank you Freeplay)


Cleveland National Forest

  • Leashless trails. Forest Headquarters: 10845 Rancho Bernardo Road, Rancho Bernardo, CA 92127, 619-674-2901

Costa Mesa

  • Costa Mesa Bark Park. Located at Arlington Avenue and Newport Blvd., across from the Orange County Fairgrounds. 2 acres, grass, lots of trees, water provided, good parking, completely handicap accessible (one of the few parks that is.) For more information call the Costa Mesa Bark Park Foundation at 949-733-4101


  • Cypress Dog Park. Has city approval, seeking site at this time, should be open in March 2000. (Thank you Tina Megesi)

Dana Point

  • Creekside Park. Off Leash dog park. Chain link fence enclosed off-leash dog park within public city park. Currently there is a doggy drinking fountain (1 unit with three fountain heights - adult, child and dog) just outside the dog park entrance but the city is placing a second one inside the fence. Semi-natural in appearance with wood chips on ground and trees and shrubs scattered throughout. Location: Stonehill Dr. between I-5 and Del Obispo. (Thank you Erik Mansoor)
  • Dana Point Dog Park. Leashless Park. Water is available, surface is dirt. Hours are posted. Nice path adjacent for walking in canyon. Location: Golden Lantern (not sure of number). Directions: Exit the I-5 at Crown Valley Parkway and travel SW a couple miles to Golden Lantern/Moulton. Go left and watch for Chapparosa Park intersection. Dog Park is just beyond this intersection on the right and is well marked. (Thank you Robin Rainie-Lobacz)


  • Fullerton Pooch Park. Off-Leash Dog Park in North OC. The Fullerton Pooch Park is located next to the Hunt Branch Library. There is a small dog park for small, timid, senior and disabled pooches and a large dog park for active, high-energy, big pooches. All pooches and their owners are welcome provided everyone follows the rules and regulations and owners pick up after their dogs. The Fullerton Pooch Park is on Fullerton City property and provided to the community on a trial basis. The City will monitor the park for up to one year to determine its permanent use. To ensure the permanent status of the park, please make sure you follows all the rules and regulations. Let work together to keep Pooch Park! Location: 201 S. Basque Avenue. Directions: The Fullerton Pooch Park is located next to the Hunt Branch Library and behind Pacific Drive Elementary School. Located adjacent to the Hunt Branch Library, between S. Brookhurst Rd and S. Euclid Ave off W. Valencia Drive. (Thank you Brian Y. Chung & Wendy Gillroy)

Huntington Beach

  • Best Friend Dog Park. Back of the park, on the North-East corner of Edwards Street and Taylor Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA. 714-536-5672.
  • Huntington Dog Beach. The Dog Beach is located on Pacific Coast Highway between 21st St. and Seapoint St. Dogs are allowed off-leash only on the wet sand of Huntington Dog Beach. Open from 5:00AM to 8:00PM seven days a week. (714) 841-8644.


  • Irvine Central Bark. A huge offleash park where your dogs can run around and play with other dog parks of their size, breed, etc. Central Bark Dog Park is a wonderful park. It is very clean and I have met many kind people there. The park is almost 3 acres, and is mainly grass. There is a cement path that cuts through the center, and quite a few benches. Location: On Oak Canyon Road in Irvine. It's open 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day but Wednesday, and has two fenced acres with a separate area for small or shy dogs. Dog owners may call the Irvine Animal Care Center (right next door) for more information: (949) 724-7740. (Thanks you Eliza Rubenstein & Brittney Dean Smith)


  • Bark Park. Leashless dog park. Fenced with a few picnic tables, benches, trash containers, and a doggie water fountain. The park hours are dawn to dusk Thursday thru Tuesday. Closed Wednesday for maintenance.
    Please do not bring aggressive dogs. From Highway 1 (Pacific Coast) go north on Laguna Canyon Road, just South of El Toro. 714-497-0706. (Thank you Lynn Jones)

Laguna Niguel

  • Laguna Niguel Dog Park. Fenced, water, landscaped. Located on a little over an acre at Golden Lantern near Chapparosa Park. Open from noon to dusk on Monday and Friday, 7 am to dusk on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and  Saturday. On Sunday, it is open from 8am to dusk.


  • Orange Dog Park. 2.5 acre off leash dog park in the City of Orange. The park is open daily (even holidays) from 7:00 am to dusk, except on Wednesdays when it is closed for maintenance. There are separate large and small dog sections, water fountains, doggie waste bags, benches and shade trees. Location: 190 S. Yorba Street. Directions: Exit the 55 (Costa Mesa Freeway) at Chapman Avenue and head east one block to Yorba Street. Turn right and make a right into the first driveway which is the parking lot for Yorba Park. The Dog Park is at the very end of the parking lot.  (Thank you Robin Schmidt, Cindy Reed, & Sandra Norell)

Rancho Santa Margarita

  • Rancho Santa Margarita Dog Park. The park is dirt and wood chips. Separate area for small dogs. Water fountain at dog level. In the back corner of Canada Vista Park. Location: 24328 Antonio Parkway. (Thank you Michelle Hand)


Cleveland National Forest

  • Leashless trails. Forest Headquarters: 10845 Rancho Bernardo Road, Rancho Bernardo, CA 92127, 619-674-2901


  • Corona Dog Park. Bags provided, large shaded areas, mature trees, benches and dog water fountain just outside the double door gate! Bags provided, large mature trees providing great shaded areas for owners and dogs, benches and dog water fountain just outside the double gate entrance! Lots of parking too. Location: 1886 Butterfield Dr. Across from the Corona Municipal Airport. (Thank you Megan Woods)
  • Harada Heritage Dog Park. Off-Leash Dog Park in Eastvale. The Harada Heritage Dog Park is the newest dog park in Riverside County, opened in December 2006. It is located just north of Corona in the unincorporated community of Eastvale at 13100 65th Street. Location: 13100 65th Street. Directions: Located between Hamner and Sumner on 65th Street. (Brian Y. Chung)

Desert Hot Springs

  • Corkill Gully. Giant agility course. Desert setting with sand and native shrubs. Location: 17991 Corkill Rd. Directions: I 10 exit on Palm Drive north to Dillon right to Corkill right. (Thank you Tony Aquino)


  • Simpson Nature Agriculture Park. Hiking, bikes, benches, agriculture, bird watching. Dogs allowed with or without leashes. Location: On crest view way off Dornell in Hemet at the top of the mountain (small ones).  Directions: 215 to 74. (Florida) right on Cornell left on Thornton, right on Crest. (Thank you Steve Fatbarger)

La Quinta

  • La Quinta Dog Park. Location: At Fred Waring and San Pablo in the park where the YMCA is located. The park is right infront of the YMCA and baseball field, absolutely beautiful and two areas for small and large dogs, bags for poop, benchs, trees. Directions: 10 East, Exit Monterey make right, go down several miles to Fred Waring make left, then a block or two to San Pablo and make left, park and ask someone. (Thank you Amanda Stewart)

Palm Desert

  • Palm Desert Doggy Park. Two areas-for large and small dogs, clean grassy areas with benches and canopy top, Area in the Palm Desert Country Club Park open to the public in back by the basket ball courts. Location: off of Washington on California Drive. Directions: On California Drive between Washington and Fred Waring. (Thank you Mary Vartanian)


  • Mt. Rubidous. There is a tiny little off leash park in Riverside, CA at the bottom of Mt. Rubidoux - on the Rubidoux side of the mountain. Location: Mission Inn Blvd. Directions: 60 FWY take Rubidoux off-ramp to Mission Blvd towards Crestmore Road. After you cross through the light at Crestmore Road you will pass the Santa Ana River bridge. The dog park is on your right at the base of Mt. Rubidoux. (Thank you Lori Norris & Gina)
  • Pat Merrit Dog Park. Fence, lights, benches, poop bags, water access.
  • Very large park with beautiful green grass and clean environment. Has two big areas: one for small dogs the other for big dogs. The dogs are nice and the people are friendly; a great place to bring the family and pets. Location: Limonite Frontage Rd. and Ave. Juan Bautista. Directions: From 60W: Exit Rubidoux and make a left, right on Mission, left on Limonite Ave, left on Ave. Juan Bautista, quick left on Limonite Frontage Rd. (Thank you Jackie Cubas)
  • Riverside Dog Park. Off-Leash Area. Two parks one for large dogs and one for small dogs. Benches, Bags, and scooper avail. Great place. Location: One th corner of Pierce and Riverwalk in the city of Riverside. Directions: 91fwy WB exit Magnolia. Turn right onto Pierce. (Pierce turns into Riverwalk)turn left onto Pierce. Only a couple of blocks north of the 91 on Pierce.91fwy EB exit Pierce. (Thank you Brandy Wood-Iler & Brian Y. Chung)

    Palm Springs

    • Palm Springs Dog Park. Located behind City Hall. 222 Civic Drive North (behind City Hall), Palm Springs, CA 92262, 760-322-8362.

    San Bernardino National Forest

    • Dogs are allowed leashless in most parts of the forest except for the State parks like the San Jacinto Wilderness which runs into Mount San Jacinto State Park. Forest Headquarters: 1824 Commer Center Circle, San Bernardino, CA 92408, 909-383-5588.

    San Jacinto

    • Ramona Humane Society Dog Park. No close freeway within many miles, but get to state street from where you are, when you get to Seventh street you will have to make a right or left depending on which side you came from, but it is only a block away so you'll know if you turned the wrong way right away, when you turn on Seventh street look for very small dirt street called Humane Way or the sign that says Ramons Humane Society. It is not state owned so there will be a fee required to pay to the Ramona Human Society to be able to access the park, two separate areas for small and large dogs, bags for poop, grass, trees and benchs. Location: 690 Humane Way, 951-654-8002, small street and can easily miss it, but large sign stating Ramona Humane Society, the dog park is in the back, one block away from State street, off of seventh street. (Thank you Amanda Stewart)


    • Temecula CA, Great dog park and another to open soon! Temecula's first dog park was opened in 2006 in the Redhawk Community Park. The fenced park is divided into two areas, one for large dogs and one for small dogs. Location: 44747 Redhawk Parkway. Directions: To get to the dog park from Interstate 15 take Highway 79 east and turn right onto Redhawk Parkway. (Thank you Cassandra Mitchell)

San Bernardino


  • Afton Canyon Natural Area. 42,000 acres. Great place to watch wildlife. From Interstate 15, exit Afton Canyon Road, and drive 3 miles South of the park. (About forty miles east of Barstow) Location: About forty miles east of Barstow. Directions: From Interstate 15, exit Afton Canyon Road, and drive 3 miles South of the park. (Thank you Mark Anderson)


  • Rainbow Basin Natural Area. From Barstow Highway 58, drive 5 and a half miles north on Fort Irwin Road and turn left on Fossil Bed Road for 3 miles (dirt road). 619-384-5400.

Big Bear Lake

  • Cienaga Creek Ranch Enjoy Secluded Luxury in Big Bear in your own private cottage....We love dogs and hate leashes. 43630 Rainbow Ln (not on map books yet), Big Bear, CA 92314. Near Onyx Summit. (Thank you Scott Wilson.)
  • Cougar Crest Trail. From Big Bear Village, cross lake at Stanfield Cutoff, make a left on Highway 38, drive west for half a mile west of the ranger station. It's on the right side. 909-866-3437.
  • Woodland Trail. One and a half mile nature trail. From Big Bear Village, cross lake at Stanfield Cutoff and turn left on Highway 38. The trail is on the right side. 909-866-3437.


  • Prado Regional Park. 1,100 acres of dog park. Dog training park. 909-597-6366.


  • Corona Dog Park. .85 acre that is fenced in. Corona, CA. There is no separate area for small dogs. The drinking fountain is on the outside of the park so it's best to bring water with you. There are three benches and trash cans inside in the park. Doggie clean up bags are located within the sallyport. Location: On Butterfield Drive in the Butterfield Stage Trail Park-right across from the entrance to Corona Airport. Directions: 91 freeway to Lincoln, go north. At Railroad St. make a left and then a right at Smith St. Make a left at Butterfield Dr. and the dog park is on the left hand side about 3/4 mile down next to the main parking lot for Butterfield Park.


  • Aurantia Dog Park. One fenced area for dogs to play. It's a new park with additions being made. Nice people, bags, and places to sit. Location: 5th street turns into Greenspot road. Directions: From the 10fwy to the 30 fwy turn right/east at 5th street (which turns into Greenspot Rd.). 4 stop lights and it's on your left. (Thank you David Titgen)

Loma Linda

  • Loma Linda Dog Park. Double gates, 2 areas, water stations and "pick-up" bags in both. No lights. There is one not so good thing, and that is the park is located on the side of a hill. So watch your step after it rains. Location: Beaumont Ave. East of Mtn. View Ave. Directions: East on te 10 fwy to Mountain View. Turn right (south) on Mtn. View 1.9 miles as it ends turn left onto Beaumont. It will be on the right side. (Thank you David Titgen)

Lucerne Valley

  • Johnson Valley Open Area. 250,000 acres. Beware of coyotes and off-road vehicles. On Highway 247, exit Bessimer Mine Road, drive North a couple of miles, and follow the signs. 619-255-8700.

Rancho Cucamonga

  • Rancho Cucamonga Dog Park. A beautiful fenced in dog park, complete with shady trees and a wonderful view of the mountains. Open daylight hours.  Water, shovels and a dog rinse off area are available on-site. In Etiwanda Creek Park in the northeast section of Rancho Cucamonga. Located at East Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739. Exit the 15 freeway and turn west onto Baseline. Make a right (north) onto East Ave. (First stoplight off of the freeway.) Follow The road till it ends. The dog park is on the right.  When you reach the end of the pavement on East Ave. you are there! (Thank you  Diana Torres & Dean Silliman & Tammy Bullock)

San Bernardino

  • Wild Wood Park. Well kept , with at least 2 fenced areas open late with good lighting . At the base of the hill ( to Big Bear or Arrowhead lakes) evening baseball games so your never alone. Location: Exit the 30 fwy at Waterman and head toward the mountain. Make a right at 40th street , then the first left . The Dog Park is in the rear of the park ( Wild Wood Park ). (Thank you
  • David Titgen)

San Bernardino National Forest

  • Dogs are allowed leashless in most parts of the forest except for the State parks like the San Jacinto Wilderness which runs into Mount San Jacinto State Park. Forest Headquarters: 1824 Commerce Center Circle, San Bernardino, CA 92408, 909-383-5588.


  • Baldy View Dog Park, A 1.3 acre fenced area with grass, shade trees, pooper scoopers and bags, water, tables and benches. Separate smaller area for small or timid dogs. Well-maintained, with a bulletin board for notices and announcements. Location: 11th St. (Between Mountain Ave. & San Antonio Ave). From Foothill Blvd., go to Mountain Ave. or San Antonio Ave. Turn South to 11th Street. (Thank you Kevin Johnson & Karen Dennis)
  • Upland Memorial Park. Back section of the park is leashless. Foothill Blvd. (Route 66) and 11th Avenue. 909-931-4280. 

Santa Barbara

San Diego


  • Carlsbad Dog Park. 17,000 square foot fenced dog park, water, bags, bark mulch, kinda dirty, paved parking. Location: Carlsbad Village Drive. Directions: Highway 5, exit Carlsbad Village Drive, go east across El Camino Real, approximately 1/2 mile past El Camino Real on left. (Thank you Vernie A. Seach)

Chula Vista

  • Montevalle Park Dog Park. This dog park is fully fenced and is located in the 29 acre Montevalle Park. The park is grassy and there are separate areas for small dogs and large dogs. There are drinking fountains for dogs and cleanup bags are also available. Location: 840 Duncan Ranch Road, Chula Vista, California 91914. Directions: From I-805 take H Street east for about 6 miles. It will become Proctor Valley Rd go an additional 1 mile and turn right onto Duncan Ranch Rd to the park. (Thank you Carol Burkhardt)
  • Dog Park at Otay Ranch Town Center. This dog park opened in Oct, 2006 in the new Otay Ranch Town Center which is also pet-friendly. The fenced, 10,000 square foot dog park is located next to the Macy's at the outdoor mall. 619-656-9100. Location: Eastlake Pkwy At Olympic Pkwy. Directions: To get to the mall and dog park from San Diego go south on the 805 Freeway to the Orange Avenue Exit. Head east on Orange Avenue which will become Olympic Parkway. Go 4 miles east to the mall. (Thank you Carol Burkhardt)

Cleveland National Forest

  • Leashless trails. Forest Headquarters: 10845 Rancho Bernardo Road, Rancho Bernardo, CA 92127, 619-674-2901


  • Coronado City Beach/ Dog Beach. Leash free on the western part of the beach. It's marked by signs that run along Ocean Blvd. from Sunset Park on Ocean Drive to the border of the US Naval Station. 619-522-7380.

Del Mar

  • Rivermouth. Canine children need to be under voice control September to June and under leach control June to September. They try to provide bags but it is best to be safe and bring your own. Bring quarters for parking. The meter maid is evil. From October until May, dogs can go leashless on the north end of the beach. From 29th Street to the border of Solana. From the 5 Freeway, exit Via de la Valle and drive West to Camino del Mar, then go South for a block. Across from the Del Mar Racetrack. 619-755-1556. (Thank you Nancy Kinder & Ann Elwood)

El Cajon

  • El Cajon Dog Park.  Two fenced off areas for small and large dogs, grass and dirt, benches, trees for shading, bags for poop, water fountain for dogs and humans. Location: On Madison Avenue, between second street and first street. Directions: take 8 east, exit second street and make right, go down to madison and make right, large park about 3-4 blocks down on left side, dog park in center of park itself. (Thank you Amanda Stewart)


  • Rancho Coastal Humane Society Dog ParkCricket's Corner.  Built-in water fountain, grassy, fenced, 1 acre, shaded benches, separate enclosed area for small dogs,  trees, & benches. Park hours: 11AM - 5PM every day (except Mondays: 11:30AM - 5PM). Please read park rules before visiting. This is a half-acre, fenced in dog park and education center on the property of the Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas, CA. Location: 389 Requeza Street. Directions: Coming from the south, take I-5 to Santa Fe Drive. Go straight through the light and follow Regal Rd, and at the stop sign turn left onto Requeza Street. At the bottom of the hill, turn left into the driveway marked by a Rancho Coastal Humane Society sign. Coming from the north, take I-5 to Encinitas Blvd. Turn left onto Encinitas Blvd. Turn right onto Westlake Street. At the stop sign turn right onto Requeza St. At the bottom of the hill, turn left into the driveway marked by a Rancho Coastal Humane Society sign. (Thank you Alison Gianotto, Vernie A. Seach & Paul Martin)


    • Mayflower Dog Park. The park is a fenced off-leash 1½-acre area with benches, tables, handicap access, parking, restrooms, lights, water, trees, poop bags, trashcans. It has an agility/performance area for dogs, separated from the general area. Hours: dawn to 9pm (lighted). Location: 3420 Valley Center Road Escondido, CA. Cross streets are Valley Center Road and Washington. Directions: Located approx. 30 miles north of San Diego. Take I-15 North and Merge onto 395 (Escondido Freeway). Exit towards Via Rancho Parkway. Turn Right onto E Via Rancho Parkway. Continue on Bear Valley Parkway.  Turn Right on CR-S6. (Thank you Pam Zufelt)

    La Mesa


    • Oceanside Dog Park. Location: The site for the Dog Park is adjacent to the North County Humane Society located at 2905 San Luis Rey Road in Oceanside.


    • Poway Poway Dog Park. A great dog park located off of Poway Road behind the sheriff's station in the Poway Community Recreation Park. Poway Community Park, 13094 Bowron Road. 

    San Diego

    • Balboa Park. 3 leashless park areas. From the 5 freeway, exit Park Boulevard and head north. 619-239-0512.
      1. West side of park off Balboa Drive, just south of Laurel Street Bridge. (Fenced) (Thank you Tryce Czyczynska)
      2. Northeast portion of the park in Morley Field (southwest of the Tennis Courts).
      3. Grape Street and 28th Street, on the parks east side.
    • Cadman Community Park. View of bay, ocean, Many trees, about an acre. Beautiful. About one acre, partially fenced. Location: Avati Drive. Directions: South on Rt. 5 to BAlboa. East on Balboa to Morena Blvd. North on Morena Blvd. to Avati Dr., at traffic light, go up hill and park is at left. (Thank you Helen McKenna)
    • Capehart Dog Park. Large and Small dog parks. San Diego (Pacific Beach). Location: Capehart Park. This one acre park offers the following amenities: two fenced pens, on turfed areas: one for small dogs and one for large or all dogs, areas to provide water for dogs, a drinking fountain, picnic tables and benches, and a parking area. It is open 24 hours. Located at the corner of Felspar and Soledad Mountain Road. Directions: Take Garnet Street exit from I-5, Turn south on Garnet. Turn right on Soledad Mountain Rd. The park in on your left in about 2 blocks. (Thank you Carol Burkhardt)
    • Doyle Park. Fenced 2 parks 1 for small dog, one for large dogs. Directions: 805 to 52 to Genesse Ave No, up the hill past University City High School, (L) on Decor, (R) on Cargo and first (L) into the park. (Thank you Linda Snyder)
    • Dusty Rhodes Park. Fenced. About 2 acres. Benches, trees, very close to Dog Beach which has 32 acres.Location: Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and Nimitz Blvd., Ocean Beach. Directions: West on Rt. 8, runs into Sunset Cliffs Blvd., make quick left onto Nimitz Blvd. See park on right. (Thank you Helen McKenna)
    • Fiesta Island. Leashless park with great views. From the 5 freeway, take Sea World Drive/ Tecolote Road exit, Southeast to Fiesta Island Road (first right). 619-221-8901.
    • Morley Field. Location: Morley Field Drive, Balboa Park. Directions: From the North: Take 163 south. Take the WASHINGTON ST EAST Exit. Turn Right on WASHINGTON ST. Turn Right on POLK AVE. Turn Right on PARK BLVD. Turn Left onto MORLEY FIELD DR. Go Through the 4 Way Stop. Take the First Right After the 4 Way Stop (at the top of the hill.) From the South: Take I-5 North Take the PERSHING DR exit toward CIVIC CENTER. Take the PERSHING DR ramp. Turn LEFT onto FLORIDA DR. Turn RIGHT onto MORLEY FIELD DR. Turn RIGHT to stay on MORLEY FIELD DR. (Thank you Carol Burkhardt)
  • Ocean Beach Park/ Dog Beach. North end of the beach is leashless and is marked by signs. From the 5 Freeway, exit at Interstate 8, drive west and follow signs to Sunset Cliffs Blvd., right at Voltaire Street to the end. 619-221-8901.
  • Dog Park.Directions: Take 805, get off on University Ave go west. Go straight until you get to Alabama Street. Make a left. Go all the way down and you will see a park. make a left again and an immediate right. Go all the way down until you see the doggies running free. (Thank you Monica)





  • Mitch Edelson Dog Park. Off Leash Dog Park. Close to the Capri Hotel and the Hummingbird Inn in Ojai.Location: 1301 Soule Park Drive. (Thank you Tanya Stiehr)



  • Star Canine Social Club. Location: 2nd & H Street. Old Oxnard High School.
  • K9 Social Club. Off leash dog club. This was formerly STAR Canine Social Club. Free Off-Leash Dog Park / Club. Is your dog bored, fat, lazy, stupid? Bouncing off the walls with excess energy! Do they prefer playing with the cat to you?? He could be a STAR! Get Them (and yourself) off the couch and out to the fresh air and sunshine for some fantastically fun activity & entertainment. There is No Charge to Play!  Socialization. Agility Equipment. Frisbee. Fresh Air & Grass. Obedience. Fly-Ball - Games. Balls - Sticks. Group Activities. Dog Toys - Contests. Small Dog Agility & a secure play area. Lots of other dogs and dog owners! Location: 2nd & H Streets. Directions: Take Oxnard Blvd or Ventura Road to 2nd Street- then into town to H Street. (Thank you Chuck Wright & Sharon Mullin)

Los Padres National Forest

  • Off-leash trials. 1.9 Million acres that include the Big Sur area. Forest Headquarters, 6144 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117, 805-683-6711.

Thousand Oaks

  • Conejo Creek Park.. A three-acre playground with picnic tables and drinking fountains divided into two sections, one for large dogs and one for small dogs. The park will operate from 7 a.m. to sunset daily except for when equestrian events are being held at a nearby arena. Dogs must be on leashes from the parking lot to the park's double gates and that owners clean up after their pets. Located in the Northwest section of the park.  Janss Road and 23 Freeway. (Thank you Sinam)


  • Annie Dransfeldt Dog Park at the west end of Camino Real Park. Open 6:00 am - Dark. Closed Wednesday mornings 6:00 am - 9:00 am for maintenance. Location: Dean Drive & Varsity. Directions: Fenced-in dog park approximately two acres. Includes double gates, drinking fountain for dogs and their caregivers, trees, benches, enclosure for small dogs, mutt mitts and trash cans. (Thank you Annie Dransfeldt)
  • Arroyo Verde Park (city park). About 8 acres of unfenced grassy area. Has benches, doggie drinking fountain, mutt mitts, trash cans, restrooms. Open - Mornings: 6:00 am - 9:00 am. Closed Mondays for maintenance. Location: Day Road and Foothill Road. (Thank you Annie Dransfeldt)

  • Bark Park. The one acre Bark Park is on Las Virgenes Road, in Calabassas. Complete with benches, a doggie drinking fountain, trash cans, and poop scoops.


  • Camarillo Dog Park. Off-Leash Dog Park in the city of Camarillo. Benches, table, drinking fountains for dogs and people, shady, completely fenced and double gated. No charge. Location: Inside Camarillo Grove County Park, show them your dog and entrance is free.Directions: Camarillo Springs Rd. off the 101 Freeway. (Thank you Larry Yakerson)

Los Padres National Forest

Angeles National Forest
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  • Alameda Small Dog Park. Water, area for small dogs (dogs under 30 pounds), and restrooms. Location: Located on Westline Drive in Alameda. The Park is next to the Tennis Courts. The view includes the Bay and Golden Gate Bridges, the city skyline, the Oakland Estuary, and facing the other direction you can see the Mormon Temple in the Oakland hills. Location: 8th & Westline Drive at Crown Beach. Directions. (Thank you Rigel Morgan & Carrie Isett)
  • Alameda Dog Park (not sure if this is the official name). Great dog park.  Location: Adjacent to the small dog park listed above. (Thank you Christy Pinney)
  • Washington Square Park. 5 acre area, fenced, water nearby, paid parking meters, restrooms. No water at the site, but a hose located 50' away to fill water jugs. Restrooms also 50' away. Location: Eighth Street, Alameda, California, USA. Directions: From Oakland, through Webster Street Tube down Webster. Left at Encinal, right at 8th St. Parking metered lot near tennis courts. Dog run area is visible from the roadway. (Thank you Gary Naganuma)


  • Ceasar Chavez dog park. Dog Park within Ceasar Chavez park. Multi-acre off-leash area for dogs in the middle of the park. Location: University near Berkeley Marina. Directions: Take University Ave toward the bay. At the "t" in the road, make a right. Follow the street past the hotel on the left and around the corner. Park on the right. Dog must remain on leash until you reach the dog park area in the center of the park. Clearly marked with signs. (Thank you Evelyn Stivers)
  • Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve. Ashby Avenue (Highway 13), North on College Avenue, right on Derby Street, near the beginning of Stonewall Road. 510-635-0135.
  • Ohlone Dog Park. The first leash free park. Hearst St. and Martin Luther King Jr., 510-644-6530.
  • Tilden Regional Park. Highway 24, North on Fish Ranch Road, right on Grizzly Peak, North to South Park Drive for a mile to Big Springs Trail. 510-635-0135.

Castro Valley

  • Anthony Chabot Regional Park. 4,600 acre park. In Castro Valley, go North on Redwood to Marciel Gate. 510-635-0135.
  • Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area. Interstate 580 to Center Street (left), right on Castro Valley Blvd. to (left) Crow Canyon Road, (left) to Cull Canyon Rd. 510-635-0135.
  • Earl Warren Park. Two off leash dog runs. Amenities include picnic tables, barbecues, a play area, two parking lots, rest rooms, an open lawn area, and of course two fenced dog runs. The hours are from dawn to dusk seven days a week. Location: 4660 Crow Canyon. Directions: At the end of Paradise Knls off of Center St. (Thank you Chris Fitzsimmons)


  • Bray Commons. An enclosed quarter-acre run for small dogs under 20-pounds. There are often specific breed meetings held at this location, like daschund. Location: 3300 Finnian Way (Keegan Street at Maguire Way). Directions: Take 580 and exit at Tassajera.  Go North to Dublin Blvd and turn right.  Follow Dublin Blvd to Keegan and turn left.  Go two more blocks and the dog park will be on your left at the corner. (Thank you Susan E. Bunting)

  • Dougherty Hills Dog Park. Separate areas for small and large dogs. There are no restroom facilities. Location: Stagecoach Road and Amador Valley Blvd. Directions: Take 580 to Hopyard/Doughtery Rd.  Head north.  Turn left on Amador Valley Blvd.  The dog park will be on your right hand side about 4-6 blocks. (Thank you Susan E. Bunting)



  • Alameda Creek Regional Trail. 12.4 mile trail. Leashes required in some posted area only. 510-635-0135.
  • Coyote Hills Regional Park. Almost one thousand acres. Interstate 880, to (West) Decoto Rd. (Highway 84), North on Paseo Padre Parkway to (left) Patterson Ranch Road, to the entrance. 510-635-0135.
  • Lake Elizabeth Dog Park. Off Stevenson Blvd at Lake Elizabeth, near softball camp side if the lake. Fun leash off, fenced in park for good mannered dogs only. At 6-8 pm you can see over 30 dogs running their tails off. Clean up after your dog bags available. Please also bring more to contribute. From north take 880 South, Stevenson Blvd Exit. Left onto Stevenson. Drive 2 miles. Pass Paseo Padre. Make right at Softball Camp into parking lot. Drive to back of parking lot. From Pleasanton/ San Ramon, take 680 South, Take Washington Blvd Exit. Becomes Fremont Blvd. Drive 1-1/2 miles to Stevenson. Go right. Then follow above directions.(Thank you Max Ware)
  • Mission Park Regional Preserve. 2,600 acre park. Interstate 680, South on Mission Blvd (Warm Springs District), East on Mission, right on Stanford Avenue to the entrance. 510-635-0135.
  • Sunol Regional Wilderness. (May be closed from June-October for fire season. Interstate 680, to Calaveras Road, left on Geary Road, to the entrance. 510-635-0135


  • Garin Regional Park & Dry Creek Regional Park. 20 miles of trails. Mission Blvd. (Highway 238), Tamarack Drive to Dry Creek Regional Park. Or to Garin: Garin Avenue take you to Garin. 510-635-0135


  • Del Valle Regional Park. Interstate 580 to North Livermore Avernue, to South Livermore Avenue, to Tesla Rd, right on Mines Road, right on Del Valle Rd. 510-635-0135.
  • Lake Del Valle.  Dog swimable shoreline trails and off-leash permitted! There is also a $1 dog fee. Location: 7000 Del Valle Road, Livermore, CA 94550. Directions: There is only one entrance to the park so you can use Mapquest  or Yahoo Maps to get full directions. Once entered the park, proceed to the main boat launch/concession area where the trail head start. Off-leash are only allowed beyond this gate. Enjoy! (Thank you Giang Tran)
  • Livermore Canine Park. Interstate 580 to Portola, South on Murietta Blvd, right on Stanley Blvd, left on Murdell Lane for two miles. 510-373-5700.
  • Ohlone Regional Wilderness. Over six thousand acres. East Bay Regional Park Headquarters at Del Valle, Sunol, or Coyote Hills. 510-635-0135.
  • Ohlone Wilderness Trail. 29 mile trail. 510-635-0135.


  • Hardy Dog Park. Fenced, shade, water, poop bags, seating, and parking. Claremont Ave. at Hudson St., Oakland (Rockridge District), California, USA. Directions: under the freeway (Hwy 24) on Claremont between College Ave & Telegraph Ave. (Thank you Lynda O'Neil)
  • Joaquin Miller Dog Park. Two fenced off leash play areas. Two fenced areas, one for large dogs, one for small dogs. In ground trash cans, benches, poop bag dispensers, double gated entry, parking, restrooms at ranger station. Location: Sanborn Drive off Joaquin Miller Road. Directions: hwy 13 to joaquin miller road, turn left on sanborn drive, go past ranger station, dog park is on your left. (Thank you Karen Kenney)
  • Leona Heights Park. Take 580 to the Keller exit (from either direction), go east on Keller, turn left on Campus and turn immediately right on Canyon Oaks Drive and turn left, go to the end of the parking lot, and there is the trail head. (Thank you Lynn Ellen Marcus)
  • Redwood Regional Park. Highway 13 to (east) Joaquin Miller Road, right on Skyline Blvd for four miles to the Skyline Gate. 510-635-0135.


  • Dracena Park. Blair and Dracena. 510-420-3070.


  • Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park. Interstate 680 to Castlewood Drive, left on Foothill Road. 510-635-0135.


  • Point Isabel Regional Shoreline. Point Isabel: This is a great off-leash open area with paved and unpaved trails right along the bay.  Great for picnics too as there are some picnic benches. Location: 2701 Isabel Street. Directions: Central Avenue Exit off of Hwy 80 or 580 and head west all the way to the end of the street and continue past Costco). Street dead ends at the park parking lot. (Thank you Christy Pinney)

San Leandro

  • Marina Park. Marina and Fairway. It is just south of the channel bridge as you go along the shoreline next to the golf course. Park at the south end of Marina Park and walk over the bridge and you will find it. (Thank you Karen Sakai)
  • Dru Beaglemore
    Oyster Bay. Large off-leash area, limited grass (mostly brush, dirt and some rocky areas). 70 acre+ area, some picnic tables, limited water outlets and restrooms (please bring a water bottle on hot days). Adjacent to Oakland Airport. Lots of ground squirrels and trees. Perfect place for sniffy noses and very safe too! Potty bags available at entrance. Location: Neptune Dr. Directions: Take the Marina exit off of the 880, and go west towards the Marina. Make a right onto Doolittle and a left at Williams. Go to the end and make a right (my doggie brain thinks it is called Neptune Dr.). Follow to the end. The entrance is on the west side. Use a leash for the first 500 feet, them, let 'em roam!

San Lorenzo

  • San Lorenzo Community Park. Fenced half-acre site on the west side of the 30-acre park. Located at 1970 Via Buena Vista. From 880 take Hesperian exit. Turn Right at Bokman St. Left at Via Carmen follow road around to the right and road will eventually dead end at the San Lorenzo Community park. (Thank you Diane Bonds)

Union City

  • Dregon Park. Memorial Park put up for a Loved Dog. Complete with agility run, small & large dog areas. Location: Mission Blvd at Appian Way. Directions: 880 Decoto Exit towards the hills, Right on Mission Blvd, corner of Mission Blvd and Appian Way. (Thank you Cheryl Mikel)
  • Drigon Dog Park. Union City, CA. Closed on Mondays and 48 hours after wet situations. On the corner of Mission Blvd. and 7th Street. Directions From San Lorenzo: San Lorenzo community Park. "From 880 take Hesperian exit South. Turn right at Bockman, left at Via Catherine, follow road around to the left. (Thank you Teresa Garcia and David Paul)


El Dorado National Forest

Stanislaus National Forest

Toiyabe National Forest


El Dorado National Forest

  • Over 800,000 acres. Leashless in all areas except the Desolation Wilderness. Forest Headquarters: 100 Forni Road, Placerville, CA 95667, 916-622-5061.




Plumas National Forest


Stanislaus National Forest





  • Lime Ridge Open Space Recreation Area. Treat Blvd (West of Cowell Road) 510-671-3270.
  • Newhall Dog Park. Description: fenced dog parks for big & small dogs. Location: Cross Street Ayers and Turtle Creek. Directions from Walnut Creek: Ygancio to Ayers, left on Ayers and left on Newhall Park Sign. Couple blocks passed Cal State Hayward on Clayton. (Thank you Sara K. Rimkus)


  • Hap Magee Ranch Canine Corral. Fenced Dog Park. Location: La Gonda Way. Directions: exit from S 680 at El Pintado Road, R onto La Gonda Way, exit from N 680 at El Cerro R onto La Gonda Way. (Thank you Warren Garrison)
  • Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. Almost 3,300 acres. No dogs are allowed within the Little Hills Ranch Recreation Area. Interstate 680 to Bollinger Canyon Road and go North, past the entrance to Little Hills Ranch Recreation area. 510-635-0135.

El Sobrante

  • Sobrante Ridge Regional Preserve. 277 acre preserve for the extremely rare Alameda manzanita. Interstate 80, exit San Pablo Dam Rd., South to Castro Ranch Rd., left on Castro Ranch, left at Conestoga Way, left on Carriage Drive, right on Coach Drive. Park at the end of Coach. 510-635-0135.


  • San Pablo Bay Regional Park. Interstate 80, North on Pinole Valley Rd which becomes Tennent Ave, then Railroad Avenue. 510-724-9004.


  • Briones Regional Park. Highway 24, exit Orinda, go North on camino Pablo, right on Bear Creek Rd. to Briones Rd.. 510-635-0135.


  • Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. Highway 24, North on Fish Ranch Rd., left on Grizzly Peak Blvd. to the intersection with Skyline Blvd. 510-635-0135.


  • Pinole Dog Park. 2 fenced areas for small and big dogs. Grassy fenced in srea with bags for poop, water, and also restroom facilities near by. Good parking. Open sunrise to sunset 7 days a week. Location: off Pinole Valley Road. Directions: Pinole Valley Road exit off 80, go east, past downtown, rt. just before fire station. (Thank you Aurora Doyon & Robert Mayer)

Pleasant Hill

  • Paso Nogal Park. Paso Nogal Rd. and Morello Avenue. 510-682-0896.

Port Costa

  • Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline. Interstate 80, East at Crockett and go East on Pomona Street, which turns into Carquinez Scenic Drive. 510-635-0135


  • Point Isabel Regional Shoreline. Interstate 80, exit Central Avenue, go West to the entrance. 510-635-0135.
  • Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. Interstate 80, exit Hilltop Drive, right on San Pablo Ave, left on Atlas Rd to the entrance. 510-635-0135.
  • Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. Interstate 80, South to McBryde, left on McBryde Ave, to the entrance. 510-635-0135.

San Ramon

  • Del Mar Dog Park. 1 acre fenced dog park w/shade/water/benches. Open 8 am to dusk daily, surface comprised of cedar playground chips. Two shade structures within the park for people. Location:Del Mar Drive at Pine Valley Road within the PG&E Right of Way, adjacent to the Iron Horse Trail. Directions:San Ramon Valley Blvd to Pine Valley Road, to Del Mar. (Thank you Jeff Eorio)
  • Memorial Park - Dog Run. 1.3 acre dog run within Memorial Park (dedicated to 9/11/01). Fenced, water, shade structure, benches, and surface is decomposed granite, a sandy material that dogs seem to love. Location: Bollinger Canyon Road at San Ramon Valley Blvd., just west of I680 freeway offramp. Directions: I680 exit Bollinger Canyon Road, west to San Ramon Valley Blvd, park straight ahead on south side of Bollinger Canyon Road. (Thank you Jeff Eorio)

Walnut Creek

  • Acalanes Ridge Open Space Recreation Area. Camino Verde (South of Pleasant Hill and Geary) to Camino Verde Circle. 510-256-3560.
  • San Miguel Park.  Off-leash dog park. Dogs can be off leash from dawn until 9:00 A.M. The people who frequent this park are super nice and friendly. Location: Located off of San Carlos in the Rancho San Miguel housing development. San Jose Court off of Los Cerros. Directions: Across from Heather Farm! Turn off of Ygnacio Valley Road onto San Carlos and take a right at San Jose Ct. (Thank you Carol Ann Hess)
  • Shell Ridge Open Space Recreation Area. Off leash in undeveloped areas. Interstate 680, exit Ignacio Valley Rd., East on Ygnacio Valley Road. right to Walnut Avenue, and right on Castle Rock Road. 510-256-3560. (Thank you Katie E.)

Del Norte


Six rivers National Forest

El Dorado

El Dorado National Forest

  • Over 800,000 acres. Forest Headquarters: 100 Forni Road, Placerville, CA 95667, 916-622-5061. Leashless in all areas except the Desolation Wilderness.



Mendocino National Forest

  • Million acre forest. Dogs need to be leashed in campgrounds, picnic areas, and trials. Forest Headquarters: 420 E. Laurel St., Willows, CA 95998, 916-934-3316.




  • Samoa Boat Ramp County Park. Small beach. Take Highway 255 from Eureka, and cross the Samoa Bridge. Once on the Samoa Peninsula, turn left on New Navy Base Rd and drive for about five miles south. The park is on the left. 707-445-7651.
  • Samoa Dunes Recreation Area. 300 Acres of coastal dunes. Take Highway 255 from Eureka and cross Samoa Bridge. Once on Samoa Peninsula, turn left on New Navy Base Road for about five miles south. The park is on the right side. 707-825-2300.

Shasta-Trinity National Forest

  • 2.1 million acre forest. Over 1500 miles of trails. Forest Headquarters: 2400 Washington Ave., Redding, CA 96001, 916-246-5222.

Shelter Cove

  • King Range National Conservation Area. 62,000 acre coastal area. From the 101, exit at Redway and follow Briceland Thorne Road West to the Bureau of Land Management area. Bureau of Land Management, Arcata Resource Area, 1125 16th Street, P.O. Box 1112, Arcata, CA 95521, 707-825-2300.

Six rivers National Forest

  • One million acres. 1500 miles of rivers. 305,000 acre Smith River National Recreation Area. Forest Headquaters: 1330 Bayshore Way, Eureka, CA 95501, 707-442-1721.


Clearlake Oaks

  • Cache Creek Recreation Area. 50,000 acres. 8 miles East of town, on the South side of Highway 20. 707-468-4000.


  • Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest. 3,500 acre forest. Dogs must be leashed in the campgrounds only. North of Cobb for one mile on Highway 175, where you will see a blue and white sign for the fire station. At the fist intersection past the sign, go East for about 1/4 of a mile to the entrance. 707-928-4378.


  • Cow Mountain Recreation Area. 27,000 acres. Enter Yonce Road (Old Toll Road). The main entrance is near Ukiah.

Mendocino National Forest

  • Million acre forest. Dogs need to be leashed in campgrounds, picnic areas, and trials. Forest Headquarters: 420 E. Laurel St., Willows, CA 95998, 916-934-3316.


Lassen National Forest




Marin County Open Space

  • Marin County Open Space. Dogs are allowed off-leash on fire protection roads in Marin County. Open space areas when under direct and immediate control of a responsible person. Owners must carry a leash at all times. Dogs on trails must be on leash. Dogs at Rush Creek Reserve and Ring Mountain (Tiburon) must be on leash. 415-507-2816.


  • Agate Beach. Leashless under voice control. Highway 1 to Olema-Bolinas Rd, West on Mesa Rd., left on Overlook Dr, right on Elm Rd. to the end. 650-499-6387.
  • Bolinas Beach. Wharf Road to the end at the foot of the bluff. 650-499-6387.
  • RCA Beach. A virtually abandoned beach with white sand, driftwood and complete privacy and freedom. This location is a prize spot and is frequented by the occassional nudist. There may be two or three people there,...probably not. Take a right turn onto Mesa, at the stop sign under the gum trees, just before entering Bolinas. Follow the road about two miles, until you drive over a roller coaster hill. At the point whwere it takes a sharp right turn, park in the area inside the cattle grate and walk down the long drive. After the first building on your left, cut at 45 degrees to the left, over the slats in the fence and keep going diagonally to the dirt track....head for the sloping tree clump on the horizon to the left. There's a path there, or follow the trail/road along a bit firther for the 'horse' trail. (Thank you Reverend Mike Goldsun)

Corte Madera

  • Camp K-9 of Marin. "Campground" Rental - Private Dog Park. Offers the rental of a large outdoor exercise yard, securely fenced and surfaced with a clean layer of woodchip. Fresh water, shade/rain structures and waste bins are all provided-you bring the fun! Reservations are required. Location: 5810 Paradise Drive. Directions: From 101 North, Exit Tamalpias Drive. Take first right on Tamalpias Drive. Take first right on Paradise Drive, Camp K-9 will be on your left after the car dealerships. From 101 South, Take Tamalpais Drive/Paradise Drive exit. Turn LEFT onto Tamalpias Drive. Turn Right onto Paradise Drive, Camp K-9 will be on your left after the car dealerships. (Thank you Molly Turner)


  • Cascade Canyon Open Space Preserve. At the end of Cascade Drive where the sign says "Elliott Nature Preserve." 650-499-6387.


  • Northridge/Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve. The part of it that belongs to the city of Larkspur requires leashes. Enter on Crown Road or Evergreen Drive. 650-499-6387


  • Blithedale Summit Open Space Preserve. At the end of Madrone Avenue. 650-499-6387.
  • Piper Park. Between Doherty Drive and Corte Madera Creek. 650-927-5110.

Mill Valley

  • Bayfront Park. Cross Camino Alto and park in the lot off Sycamore Avenue.
  • Camino Alto Open Space Preserve. End of Escalon Drive, West of Camino Alto. 650-499-6387.


  • Deer Island Open Space Preserve. 1.8 mile trail. Highway 101, exit San Marin Drive, go East, right on Olive Avenue, left on Deer Island Lane. 650-499-6387.
  • Dog Bone Meadows. 2 acre park with 1/2 grass, parr course. 2 acre park, limit 3 dogs per handler/owner, 6AM-10PM, heavy dog use, water to rinse dogs avail, completely fenced, several tables/benches, food not recommended inside park, beautiful view of hills. Maintained by City of Novato. Location: Novato Blvd 1/2 mile west of intersection of San Marin Drive. Directions: U.S. 101 to San Marin Drive in Novato. West on San Marin 3 1/2 miles to Novato Blvd, turn right 1/2 mile, park on left. (Thank you Chuck Deatrick)
  • Indian Tree Open Space Preserve. Highway 101, to San Marin Drive, go West on San Marin which turns into Sutro Avenue, right onto Vineyard Road. 650-499-6387.
  • Indian Valley Open Space Preserve. Hwy. 101, exit DeLong Ave., West on DeLong which becomes Diablo Avenue, left on Hill Road, right on Indian Valley Rd. to the end. Walk at the road marked "not a through street", just south of Old Ranch Rd. Cross Arroyo Avichi Creek and go right to the entrance. 650-499-6387.
  • Lucas Valley Open Space Preserve. Leashless on fire roads. Lucas Valley Rd., left on Mount Shasta Drive, right on Vogelsang Drive Park. 650-499-6387.
  • Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve. 8-10 miles of paths. San Marin Drive, North on San Andreas Dr. 650-499-6387.
  • Verissimo Hills Open Space Preserve. Leashless on fire roads only. Highway 101, exit San Marin Drive/Atherton Avenue, West on San Marin, right on Center Rd. to the end. 650-499-6387.

San Anselmo

  • Loma Alta Open Space Preserve. Glen Avenue, North of Francis Drake Blvd. 650-499-6387.
  • Memorial Park. Off Sunnyhills Drive. 650-258-4645.
  • Sorich Ranch Park. Located at the end of San Francisco Blvd. 650-258-4645.

San Rafael

  • Jerry Russom Memorial Park. Lucas Valley Road, left on Canyon Oak Drive and continue for 200 yards (unmarked). 650-485-3333.
  • John F McInnis County Park. Highway 101 to Smith Ranch Road. 650-499-6387. San Pedro Mountain Open Space Preserve. North Point San Pedro Rd, to Woodoaks Drive to the end. 650-499-6387.
  • Terra Linda-Sleepy Hollow Divide Open Space Preserve. At the end of Ridgewood Drive. 650-499-6387.


  • Remmington Dog Park. Web Site. 1.3 acres within the Martin Luther King Park, on Bridgeway at Ebbtide Avenue to the end. 100 Ebbtide St. 415-289-4152
  • Rodeo Beach and Lagoon. From the marin Headlands Visitor Center, follow the sign West. 650-331-1540.
  • Marin Headlands Trails. There are several entrances. One is at the Coastal Trail off Bunker Road, near Rodeo Beach. 650-331-1540.


Sierra National Forest

Stanislaus National Forest


Fort Bragg

Jackson State Forest

Little River

Mendocino National Forest

  • Million acre forest. Dogs need to be leashed in campgrounds, picnic areas, and trials. Forest Headquarters: 420 E. Laurel St., Willows, CA 95998, 916-934-3316.


  • Cow Mountain Recreation Area. 27,000 acres. U.S. 101, East on Talmage Road to the City of 10,000 Buddha's (road ends), right at East Side Road for half a mile, then go left on Mill Creek Rd. 707-468-4000.
  • Low Gap Park. In Low Gap Park itself the sign say dogs must be on a leash. However, when the tennis courts are empty they are a great place to throw tennis balls for those with Retrievers among us. Just leave the court when someone comes to play tennis and everyone is very pleasant and friendly about dogs on the courts! Turn west onto Low Gap Rd form State Stree. Go past the cemetery on the right and the county jail, then the Ukiah Playhouse on the left. (Thank you Sage Mountainfire)



New Pine Creek


Inyo National Forest

June Lake

Mammouth Lakes

Toiyabe National Forest

  • Three and a half million acre forest (mostly in Nevada) with hundred of miles of trails in the small California section. Forest Headquarters: 1200 Franklin Way, Sparks, NV 89431, 702-355-5301.


  • Alston Park. Over 150 acres surrounded by grapevines. Highway 29, to Trower Avenue to the end of the street, at Dry Creek Road. 707-257-9529.
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. Dogs are allowed in the undevelped areas near the boat marina. Highway 221 to Streblow Drive, past the Napa Municipal Golf Course and Napa Valley College to the marina launch area. 707-257-9529.
  • Shurtleff Park. Shelter Street and Shurtleff, next to Phillips Elementary School. 707-257-9529.


Nevada City

Tahoe National Forest



  • Lincoln Dog Park. Description: 4 acre off leash fenced dog park. Park is open from Dawn - Dusk (closed from Dawn to 11AM every Wednesday for maintenance). Fenced dog park with parking, potable water, trash container, and waste bags. (will soon have a separate area for dogs less than 25 pounds). Location: Third Street & Santa Clara in the City of Lincoln. Directions: Hwy 65 to Moore Road in Lincoln (across from Safeway). Veer right and Moore Road turns into Joiner Parkway. Turn left on 3rd Street. Turn right on Santa Clara (just past the large oak tree on your right). (Thank you David Marchi)


  • Bear Dog Park. 2 Acre dog park! This 2-acre dog park includes two separate areas to exercise dogs off-leash, one for large dogs and one for small dogs. Each area has an agility play area, walking trail and benches. Location: 1575 Pleasant Grove Boulevard. Directions: Located off of Pleasant Grove Boulevard within Mahany Park. (Thank you Dannielle R)
  • Marco Dog Park. The park is located on Sierra Gardens Drive, North of Douglas Blvd. Off of eastbound I-80 take the Douglas Blvd. East exit, and keep going east. At the third traffic light make a left on to Sierra Gardens Drive. The park is on the right, just as the road begins to curve to the left. It is in a big bowl, is completely fenced, and has water available, including a couple of wading pools. (The organization R- DOG (Roseville Dog Owners Group) helped to establish the park and they keep the park supplied with bags, and they are responsible for improvements.)
     Thank you Donna Treibel, Paula. :-)

Tahoe National Forest

  • Leashless except for the Northwest portion during May 15 to July 15 because to the deer fawning. Forest Headquarters: Highway 49 and Coyote Street, Nevada City, CA 916-265-4531.



Bucks Lake

Chester/Lake Almanor

Lassen National Forest

Plumas National Forest




  • Carmichael Canine Corral.  1 acre dog park located in Carmichael Park. The dog park is open everyday. The Canine Corral features one acre of fenced running room, water, plenty of shade, poop scoop bags and lights for night use. There is benches and chairs for the owners as well. Carmichael, CA. Location: 5750 Grant Avenue. Directions: The dog park is located by the softball diamonds. Carmichael park is located on the corner of Fair Oaks Blvd and Grant Ave. The entrance to the park is on Grant. (Thank you Natasha Garrett)

Citrus Heights

  • C-Bar-C Park, Oak Avenue off Fair Oaks. Citrus Heights, CA Sacramento County. Over two acres, fenced, double-gated, lots of trees and good parking; open year 'round. Run by P.O.O.C.H. - Pet Owners of Citrus Heights. Location: C-Bar-C Park, 8275 Oak Avenue. Directions: From I80 take Sunrise south to Oak Ave. Turn left on to Oak. Drive .9 miles. Park is on the left (North) side of street. (Thank you Pam & Mary Johnson)

Elk Grove

  • Elk Grove Off-Leash Dog Park. Fenced in 1 acre+ just for dogs. Fresh water & doggie bags, Redwood trees for shade, a picnic table. Location: 9950 Elk Grove Florin Road. In Elk Grove Regional Park on the west side next to E. Stockton Blvd & HWY 99. Directions: Take Elk Grove exit off Hwy 99, then south on E. Stockton Blvd about 1 1/2 miles, take left into park at the west entrance, first right turn and it's on the right. It is visible from Hwy 99 and E. Stockton Blvd. (Thank you Adrienne MacLeod-Coffey & Tom Rhoades)
  • Laguna Community Park. Location: 9014 Bruceville Road. (Thank you Tom Rhoades)
  • Wackford Community Center Complex. Fenced dog park. Nice fenced park with benches and chairs. Water fountains for dogs & their owners. Location: Big Horn Blvd at Bruceville. Directions: Hwy 99 exit Laguna Blvd. go west to Bruceville Rd., turn right (N). Take left on Big Horn complex is immediately on left. Park at west end of parking lot near City Maintenance yard. (Thank you C.J.)

Fair Oaks

  • Phoenix Dog Park. Over 2.5 Acre Off-Leash Dog Park divided into 3 areas for small, medium, and/or large dogs, sociable and shy. Two large entrance areas for easy entering or exiting. Separate areas for water, wash off, swimming areas with adequate drainage systems for winter use. Benches, Chairs, Bulletin Board, restrooms close by. Sponsored by Fair Oaks Responsible Dog Owners Group in partnership with the Fair Oaks Parks and Recreation District. Location: 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd. Directions: Fair Oaks is sixteen miles northeast of Sacramento on the north bank of the beautiful American River, two miles north of U.S. Highway 50. Take Hazel Exit. Cross Streets: Sunset and Runway.

Howe Park

  • The park is at Howe Avenue and Cottage Way. To get there, take the Capitol City Freeway East (used to be Business 80) from Sacramento. Take the El Camino exit and go East to Howe Avenue, where you will make a right and go south. After the school on the left, you will see the park. Make a left on Cottage Way, and enter the park at the first entrance on the left. The off-leash area of the park (it is fenced) is between the tennis courts and the baseball field. You can see the fenced-in area down the walkway with signs pertaining to this dog park. It is called Howe About Dogs Park. The organization responsible for this park is called SCOOP (Sacramento Canine Owners for Off-leash Parks).
    Information provided by Paula. Thank you Paula. :-)

Rio Linda

  • Westside Park. Location: West 2nd Street. (Thank you Tom Rhoades)


  • Bannon Creek Park. Story. Natomas. Location: Azevedo Drive near the corner of West El Camino Avenue. (Thank you Christy Pinney)
  • Granite Park. Location: Ramona Avenue off of Power Inn Road. Directions: From HWY 50 East, exit at Power Inn Road, head South, travel approximately 1/2 mile and turn left on Ramona Avenue. Additional Info: Sacramento City Parks and Recreation controls this park. 916-277-6060. 2 Acres, 5am to 10pm daily. (Thank you Tanya Boyer)
  • Partner Park Off-Leash Dog Park. Located behind Belle Cooledge Community Center at 5699 South Land Park Drive; park in lot behind center. Park Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Landscaped rolling turf park is fenced, and includes bag dispensers, bench, water source, and lights. (Thank you Linda)

San Francisco

San Bruno

  • San Bruno Dog Park. Fenced in, water available. Not well lit-- don't go after dark.  Park back by the park, not in the school parking lot.  Only well mannered dogs are welcome.  Picking up after your dog is required. From the Peninsula, go north on 280, exit Sneath.  Corner of Evergreen and Maywood, behind the Hoover Childcare Center. Turn left up Sneath, turn right on Skyline Blvd.  Right on Berkshire, quick right on Fleetwood, left on Evergreen.  Go down hill, and at corner of Maywood pull into parking lot for children's school.  Turn right and drive back behind the school, and the baseball field and the dog park are back there. (Thank you Diane Bassett)

San Francisco

  • Alamo Square. 13 acre park in the heart of San Franisco - 1/2 of which is legally off-leash. One of the most photographed locations in San Francisco. Postcard views of the "Painted Ladies" Victorians. This park is always very windy so bring a pullover or coat. Usually lots of tourists taking pictures and groups of off-leash dogs having a great time! Location: Located between Hayes, Steiner, Fulton and Scott in San Francisco. The western side is off-leash. Directions: Fell Street or Divisadero Street are main streets from which you can take Hayes, Fulton, Scott or Steiner to get to the park. Street parking only (not an easy task in this neighborhood esp. after 4pm). (Thank you Kasie Maxwell)
  • Alta Plaza Park. Between Scott, Steiner, Clay, and Jackson Street. 650-666-7200
  • Baker Beach. Lincoln Blvd. to Bowley St. to the first parking lot. 650-556-8371.
  • Bernal Heights Park. Carver Street and Bernal Heights Blvd. 650-666-7200.
  • Buena Vista Park. Buena Vista Avenue West and Central. 650-666-7200.
  • Castro Neighborhood. Dog Run, small, fenced off area; ground paved. Waste bags & cans are provided. Location: Collingwood St, between 18th & 19th Sts. (Thank you Rod Thornton)

  • Corona Heights Park/ Red Rock Park. Museum Way and Roosevelt Avenue. 650-666-7200.
  • Castro Suites, San Francisco, CA. Gay-owned suites in San Francisco's Castro District - two completely furnished one-bedroom suites with private bath and kitchen, accommodates up to four.
  • Crissy Field. Mason Street, past the warehouses, right on Mitchell Street, to the Western edge of the parking lot. 650-556-8371.
  • East Bay. Point Isabel Regional Shoreline. 510-544-2207.
  • Fort Funston. Follow signs on the Great Hwy. About 1/2 mile South on John Muir Drive. When in park, go right. 650-556-8371.
  • Golden Gate Park Dog Run. 38th Avenue and Fulton Street.
  • Golden Gate Park (NW Corner). Stanyan and Fulton Streets.
  • Golden Gate Park (South Side). Between Lincoln Way, Martin Luther King Jr., 5th, and 7th Streets.
  • Golden Gate Park (Stow Lake/Strawberry Hill). Between 19th and 15th Streets.
  • Lafayette Park. Washington, Sacramento, Gough, and Laguna Streets. 650-666-7200.
  • McKinley Square. San Bruno Aven. and 20th Street. 650-666-7200.
  • McLaren Park. Brazil and Mansell Streets. 650-666-7200.
  • Mission Dolores Park. Dolores and Church Streets, between 18th and 20th Streets.
  • Mountain lake Park. 8th Avenue at Lake Street. 650-666-7200
  • Ocean Beach. Between Cliff House and Balboa Street. 650-556-8371.
  • Presidio Naitonal Park. 650-556-8371.Off West Pacific Avenue, West of Presidio Avenue to Arguello Blvd.
  • Stern Grove. Wawona Street between 23rd and 21st Avenues. 650-666-7200.
  • St. Mary's Park. San Francisco, CA.  Recreation Center with fenced-in dog park on lower tier (below playground). Grassy area, benches, canine and human water fountains.  Location: Murray Street and Justin Drive. Directions: From Bay Bridge take 101 south to 280 Daly City Freeway (south). Exit the very first Alamaney Blvd. exit. Go straight thru the stop light and make a quick left. Go straight up to the top of the hill. Park is on left hand side, with football field on first tier (dog park is at bottom on third tier). (Thank you Kristie Maloney)

San Mateo


  • Cipriani Park Dog Exercise Area. El Camino Real, West on Ralston Avenue, passed Alameda de las Pulgas, right on Cipriani Blvd., to Buena Vista. 2525 Buena Vista Avenue. 650-595-7441.


  • Burlingame Park. Dog Exercise Park. Location: 1125 Airport Blvd. Directions: From San Francisco: Exit at Broadway towards Burlingame. Turn a slight left to take the ramp toward the overpass. Turn Right on Rollins Rd. Turn Right on Broadway. Turn Right on Bayshore Hwy. And then turn Left onto Airport Blvd. Entire distance after leaving the freeway should be less than 1 mile. (Thank you Cindi Fleischer)

Foster City

  • Boothbay Park. Boothbay Avenue and Edgewater Lane. 650-345-5731.
  • Foster City Dog Exercise Area. 600 Foster City Blvd. 650-345-5731.
  • Foster City Dog Run. Small Park with fencing. Good park. There are separate areas for big dogs and little dogs, poop bags, water, picnic tables and some agility toys. Location: Foster City Blvd. Directions: From S.F. take 101 South to the Hillsdale exit. Go east on Hillsdale Blvd. until Foster City Blvd. then turn right. Park is on the right at the corner of Foster City Blvd. and Bounty. (Thank you J. O'Hara)

Half Moon Bay

  • Coast Side Dog Park. Hours: daylight hours. 650-726-8297. Features: fenced, benches, tables, poop bags, parking, restrooms, trashcans. Comment: temporary site pending permanent location - funded through public donations. Location: Located on Wavecrest Road near Hwy 1. Directions: On the west side of Highway 1, South of Highway 92. visit website for detailed map.

Mountain View


  • Esplanade Beach. Directions: Entrance via stirs at the end of Esplanade, North of Manor Dr., Pacifica. 650-738-7381

Palo Alto

  • Herbert Hoover Park. Location: 2901 Cowper Street at Colorado and Loma Verde. 650-496-6910. (Thank you Daniela Grief)
  • John Lucas Greer Park. Location: 1098 Amarillo Avenue at West Bayshore Road. (Thank you Daniela Grief)
  • J. Pierce Mitchell Dog Run. Location: 600 East Meadow at Middlefield Road. 650-496-6910.

Pulgas Ridge

  • Pulgas Ridge. 16 acres in the middle of a preserve. Accessible via the Blue Oak Trail or the Cordilleras Trail. Dogs must be kept on-leash to and from the off-leash area. Directions: Off Crestview Drive and Edmonds Road near San Carlos. 650-691-200

Redwood Shores

  • Shore Dogs. Shore Dogs dog park is a fully fenced park with both an area for large dogs and one for small dogs. The park is part grass, part DG. Water bowls are available along with poop cans, scoops and plastic bags. There is plenty of parking. The park is open from dawn until dusk. Fenced, off-leash dog exercise park. Location: Radio Road. Directions: From San Francisco International Airport, take 101 South and exit at Holly Street/Redwood Shores Pkwy. Stay to the left in the fork and circle around up over the freeway. Stay on Redwood Shores Parkway for about 2.4 miles to Radio Road. Turn right on Radio Road to the stop sign and turn right again, (entrance to the dog run is a short distance from the stop sign on your right). (Thank you Pia McGovern, BS, CPDT)

San Bruno

  • San Bruno Dog Park.

    Fenced dog park in San Bruno hills.

    A good place for dogs to get a hearty run in. Poop bags and water provided. There does tend to be a lot of holes and one needs to check and make sure that gates at both ends of the park are closed before taking dog in. Location: In Back of Maywood School. Directions: From San Francisco take 280 south to the Westborough exit. Follow Westborough up hill until the 2nd stop light and turn left there. Follow that a good way into the Rollingwood area and turn left on Maywood. Follow Maywood until it dead-ends in the school parking lot. As you enter the school parking lot take the first right turn to the back of the school yard and you will see the Fenced dog park area. 650-616-7195. (Thank you J. O'Hara)

San Carlos

  • Heather Park. 1.5 acre park at the 2700 block of Melendy Dr, West side of Heather School. Portofino and Melendy Drives. 650-593-8011.

San Mateo

  • San Mateo Dog Park. Location: off 3rd Avenue in San Mateo. Directions: from 101 north or south bound take East 3rd Avenue and follow it out until you see Shoreline Park area. (Thank you Stacie Nevares)

Santa Clara


  • Campbell Dog Park. Off Leash Dog Park. Location: 1250 Dell Ave. Directions: From San Jose - Currently, the northernmost access to the trail is located at Blackford Elementary School, near the intersection of Leigh Avenue and Willow Street. Limited on-street parking is available at Bascom Avenue, north of Hamilton Avenue. From Campbell - Access and parking are available; from Campbell Park on Los Gatos Creek at Campbell Avenue; from Los Gatos Creek County Park located on Dell and Hacienda Avenues, from Old Camden Ave., and from the westerly end of Campisi Way, north of Campbell Avenue. Additional access points are located at Camden Avenue/Highway 17 and Railway Avenue. From Los Gatos - Access and parking are available; from Vasona County Park and Oak Meadow Park off Blossom Hill Road, from downtown Los Gatos at Miles Avenue, Main Street, and Forbes Mill, and from the Lexington Reservoir Dam. Public transit is available to Los Gatos Creek Trail. Located inside Los Gatos Creek Park next to the casting ponds. Its a County park so there is a fee for parking in their lot. Separate enclosures for large and small dogs. (Thank you Jen Sorenson)


  • City of Milpitas Dog Park at Ed Levin. Dog park has separate sections for small and large dogs. The dog park is run by the City of Milpitas, but it is located at Ed Levin County Park. Really nice location with beautiful surroundings.  Location: 3100 Calveras Blvd. Directions: The dog park is located off Calaveras Blvd. Turn onto Downing Road and head toward Sandy Wool Lake. Go uphill by the lake until you come to the dog park. (Thank you Lori Calvery)

Morgan Hill

  • Morgan Hill Dog Park.  A one and three quarters acre fenced off leash dog park at Morgan Hill's Community Park. Separate areas for large and small dogs. Poop bags, scoopers, and drinking water for dogs are available. Very nicely landscaped. Dogs must wear collar with identification, license and rabies tags attached. Location: Edmundson Avenue. Directions: From Highway 101, exit on Tennant Ave. and travel west. Turn right into Community Park just after crossing Monterey St. (Thank you Gaylord Smith)

Mountain View

  • The Mtn View Dog Park Place. 2-sided (big and small) shade shelters. Great place ! Safe and friendly. Dog owners are very good about reinforcing good behavior and ejecting bad owners and their dogs. Location: Northeast corner of Shoreline Blvd. and North Road (east of Shoreline Park entry gate. Directions: 101 to Shoreline North, go to end off Shoreline, turn right, then left into dog park.
  • Shoreline Dog Park. There are separate areas for small and big dogs. Well groomed sandy type surface area. And has bags, garbage, and water. Location: Shoreline Blvd. Directions: From 101, Take Shoreline Blvd. east, till you can go no further. Sign on right directs you to the dog park. (Thank you Kyra Kazantzis & Julie Barto)

Palo Alto

  • Greer Park. West Bayshore Road and Amarillo Street. 650-496-6950.
  • Hoover Park. Cowper Street between Loma Verde and Colorado Avenues.
  • Mitchell Park. East Meadow Drive, South of Middlefield Rd. 650-496-6950.

San Jose

  • Butcher Dog Park. Separate small dog area. Location: Camden Ave and Lancaster Drive. (Thank you Jen Sorenson)
  • Delmas Dog Park. Off Leash Dog Park. Location: At the corner of Delmas and Park Avenues, north of San Carlos and east of Hwy 87. (Thank you Jen Sorenson)
  • Fontana Dog Park. Off Leash Dog Park. Located inside Jefferey Fontana Park near a children's playground - entertainment for the whole family. Location: Corner of Golden Oak Way and Castello Drive. (Thank you Jen Sorenson)
  • Hellyer Park. The dog off leash area is about 1 acre in size with a 6 foot chain link fence enclosure. It is about 2/3 grass and 1/3 other terrain, such as dirt and tambark.  The park has several established walnut trees, park benches and a couple of picnic tables for the humans to relax. The is a water and bucket for the dogs to drink from. Clean up tools are provided. Directions: 101 to Hellyer, following signs toward Coyote River Park. Go straight through stop sign. Stop at entrance and pay $4.00 (or $50 for a year) for park access. Go straight 1/2 mile and you'll see dog park. (Thank you Michele Rae Warner)
  • Lincoln Park. Hours: 5pm to 8pm.  Fenced, benches, handicap access, poopbag dispenser, trees, water, restrooms, trashcans, shelter. Located on Wabash and West San Carlos. (Thank you Eric Hewitt)
  • Miyuki Dog Park. Hours: 5pm to 8pm.  Fenced, benches, handicap access, poopbag dispenser, trees, water, restrooms, trashcans, shelter. Located on Miyuki Drive, off Santa Theresa Blvd, a few blocks east of the Santa Theresa Community Hospital at Cottle Road. Fenced, poopbag dispenser, benches, double-gated entry. (Thank you Eric Hewitt)
  • Percolation Ponds. Off leash running and swimming. About 20 acres of undeveloped land owned by San Jose Water District open to Recreation including three ponds that total seven acres that dogs can swim in. Located on Noble Ave North of Piedmont. Drive East on Penitencia Creek (off Capitol Ave), left onto Piedmont Rd., Right at Forst light onto Noble Ave, Park is on the Right just after Mira Vista Ct. (Thank you Jim Prestridge)
  • Ryland Dog Park. Off Leash Dog Park. Gravel and double gated. Under an overpass. Location: On Ryland Street *under* Coleman Avenue, east of Hwy 87. (Thank you Jen Sorenson)
  • Saratoga Creek Park. Off Leash Dog Park. Location: End of Graves Ave behind Orchard Supply Hardware. Directions: Off Saratoga Avenue across from Westgate Shopping Center. (Thank you Jen Sorenson)
  • Watson Dog Park. Off leash -small and large dog enclosures. Re-opened after soil examinations concluded no toxins in the dog park area. Location:: Watson Dog Park is located at the north end of Watson Park, North 22nd and Jackson streets, near Highway 101. The park is accessible through the former main entrance on Jackson Street near Monferino Drive. Parking: Parking is in the park's lower paved lot, with a pathway near the closed Community Gardens that leads to the dog park. (Thank you for the information Jen Sorenson)

Santa Clara

  • Santa Clara Dog Park. 3450 Brookdale Drive, next to the Curtis Elementary School. Directions: From Lawrence Expressway, turn on Lochinvar heading east. Take a left on Bing, right on Brookdale. It will be on your right. (408) 615-2260 Hours: M-F 7 a.m. to sunset. Saturday, Sunday and holidays 9 a.m., closed one-half hour after sunset. (Thank you Tara Samuels)
  • Santa Clara Dog Park. Two large fully landscaped and fenced in enclosures for both big and small dogs. Shade areas and benches on both sides. A nice setting in an urban surrounding. Port-o-potty restroom, poop bags for doggy cleanup, water fountains and bowls, plenty of parking. Location: Lafayette and Reed. Directions: 101 exit De La Cruz to El Camino make right at Lafayette. Turn right at read and turn immediate right into parking lot. (Thank you Amber Stagi)


  • Las Palmas Park. Russet and Danforth Drives. 408-730-7350.

Santa Cruz


  • Polo Grounds Dog Park.  Fenced, off-leash area, including partitioned small dog section. Open sunrise to sunset. There are benches and chairs. One parking lot and driveway serves an open space area (technically leash only), the off-leash park, the bicycle stunt course, and the first soccer field. There are almost always at least a couple of dogs here, more often several. At peak periods there can be more than 30 dogs. The atmosphere is social for humans, as well. Locals are encouraged to join the yahoo group AptosDogPark. The park floor is thick with wood chips and mulch, whatever garden refuse local landscapers and arborists dump by the truckload. The county also contributes large quantities, ever replenishing. This park has little shade in the summer midday and can get hot. Winters are quite wet and nippy. Nice park keeps getting better with each improvement. Biodegradable bag dispensers and garbage cans are plentiful and there are a couple of pooper scoopers. There are usually a few dozen tired tennis balls around, but bring more. There is plenty of room to really use that Chuck-It®. Be aware that Great Meadow adjacent has a walkway around the perimeter, and there are trails to a creek; but the entire area outside the fences is bound by the leash laws. Patrol staff has increased, so citations have been handed out. Challenge the law at your own risk, but PLEASE keep the dogs off of the manicured grass unless you are watching a soccer game. You WILL get cited and you WILL incur flack for the park if you walk your dogs on the lawns/playing fields. Location: 2255 Huntington Avenue, Aptos, California. Directions: From the south take Hwy 1 to Rio Del Mar Blvd exit and turn right at  the end of the ramp. Turn right again onto Soquel Drive but then continue straight onto Huntington Drive, which then veers left. Huntington is the left for again after a short way. The Polo Grounds County Park entrance will suddenly be on your left at the top of a small hill in the road. You'll know almost immediately you're in the right place. (Thank you CJ Handy)

Santa Cruz

  • De La Veaga Park. Off-leash dog area. Location: Branciforte Drive. This is a small off-leash dog area on and below a sandy cliff. The fire road continues on in shady secondary redwood growth all the way up the golf course. The shady part of the fire road is not off-leash, but it is not patrolled. Directions: From downtown Santa Cruz, take Ocean Street to Market Street. Heading out of town Market street turns into Branciforte Drive. Park in the gravel turnout on the right 1/4 mile after Grunewald Street. Climb the fire road a short way to the off-leash area. (Thank you Susanne Altermann)
  • Lighthouse Field. North side of West Cliff Drive, West of Point Santa Cruz. 408-429-3777. Dogs ON LEASH between 10:00 and 4:00. Please comply with these regulations and help us save our off-leash privileges.
  • West Lighthouse Beach. South side of West Cliff Drive, West of Point Santa Cruz, between Almar and Woodrow Avenues. 408-429-3777. NO DOGS 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please comply with these regulations and help us save our off-leash privileges.
  • Mitchell's Cove Beach. Off leash from sunrise to 10am and 4pm to sunset. South side of West Cliff Drive, between Almar and Woodrow Avenues. 408-429-3777. Off leash from sunrise to 10am and 4pm to sunset. South side of West Cliff Drive.

Scotts Valley

  • Lodato Park. Highway 17 to Green Hills Road. 408-438-3251.
  • Sky Park Dog Park.  Fenced, off-leash areas for small and all dogs. Shade pavilions, announcement board, and 25% of space is reserved for small dogs. The park shares parking with the adjacent skate park. This park frequently runs out of bags, and has not yet caught onto the use of the small, biodegradable type. The land used to be an municipal airport and the tarmac partially remains underneath the layers of wood chips. Location: 361 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley, CA. Directions: From Highway 17 take the Mount Hermon Road exit. Turn right onto Kings Village Road. At the T intersection with Bluebonnet Lane, turn left to continue on Kings Village Road. Turn into the first paved parking lot on the left. (Thank you CJ Handy)




Lassen National Forest


Shasta-Trinity National Forest


Tahoe National Forest

  • Leashless except for the Northwest portion during May 15 to July 15 because to the deer fawning. Forest Headquarters: Highway 49 and Coyote Street, Nevada City, CA 916-265-4531.



Shasta-Trinity National Forest



  • Phenix Community Dogpark. Fully fenced. Location: Adjacent to Benicia Community Park, off Community Park Drive, behind the far left parking lot. (Thank you Kari Moreno)


  • Hall Memorial Park. East Mayes Street and Hall Park Drive. 916-678-7000.
  • Northwest Park. 20 acre park. North lincoln and West H Streets. 916-678-7000.

Suisun City

  • Grizzly Island Wildlife Area. Open only between mid-January to March 1st, and July- early August. Interstate 80 to Highway 12, towards Rio Vista, turn on Grizzly Island Road, to Sunset Shopping Center for 10 miles. 707-425-3828.


  • Lagoon Valley Park. A couple of acres of fenced in dog park for dogs to roam off leash. Open dawn to dusk. Has poo pickup bags and garbage cans provided. Doggie drinking fountain. Double gate. Chairs and tables. Location: Off of I-80, just west of Vacaville in Solano County, CA. Take the Pena Adobe exit and follow directions to Lagoon Valley Park. As you are driving in, you can't miss it. Directions: West of Vacaville in Solano County, CA. Take the Pena Adobe exit and follow directions to Lagoon Valley Park. As you are driving in, you can't miss it.


  • GVRD Dog & BMX Skate Park. Greater Vallejo Recreation District Park. Walking trail behind park. Plenty of parking, bathroom facility. Large, grassy fenced area for off leash dog run. Location: 1805 Ascot Parkway. Directions: From Hwy 80 Take Redwood East exit to Ascot Parkway, Turn right. 1 block on right across from new high school. (Thank you Shelee Loughmille)
  • Vallejo Dog Park. Great, large, fenced, wonderful two areas, one for small dogs, one for larger dogs, and water available, plastic bags and trash cans for poop, and lots of very nice people. lovely new park and a wonderful place to socialize your dog with other dogs. it's on ascot street the name isn't Vallejo dog park it's something else but i can't recall right now, anyway, ascot street near redwood parkway. GREAT park! Location: Ascot Street near Redwood parkway. (Thank you Deborah Wong)
  • Wardlaw Dog Park. Off Leash Dog Park. There is a great place to have dogs run off leash. It is a pretty recent dog park, about 1-2 years old. There are both small and large dog sides. From Hwy 80 East Bound take the Redwood Street EAST exit. Location: Redwood and Ascot Parkway. Directions: Follow Redwood to Ascot Parkway and turn right. Stay in the right lane. The park will be a little more than a block farther on your right. Pull into Wardlaw Park and you are there! (Thank you Pamela Bowler)



Glen Ellen



North Bay

  • Elizabeth Anne Perrone Dog Park. One acre leash free. Water fountain, pooper scoopers, tables and benches, lawn and trees. Open sunrise to sunset. Sonoma Regional Park, Highway 12, between Sonoma and turnoff for Glen Ellen. Sonoma County, North Bay, California. Follow Highway 101 North to Santa Rosa, getting off, east on highway 12 to Sonoma/Napa. Follow 12 past exit to Glen Ellen. Dog Park in Sonoma Regional Park ajacent to Garden Court Cafe. (Thank you Valorie Waddingham)

Rohnhert Park

  • Rohnert Park Animal Shelter. Small dog park adjacent to the shelter. The hours of this park are dawn-9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.-dusk. The park features a small exercise area, water, and a shade structure. Location: 301 J. Rogers Lane. Directions: Off US 101 take Rohnert Park Expressway (east). Turn right onto Redwood Drive. Turn left on J. Rogers Dr. (Thank you Guy Miller)


  • Lucchesi Park. Dogs under voice control may be off leash between 6am-9am, Monday-Friday. Madison Street and North McDowell Boulevard. 707-778-4386
  • Oak Hill Park. Small, behind a hill, grassy, friendly. Go up park avenue, and you will see a playground, with trees behind it. go behind the trees and down the hill. Park Ave. (Thank you Vanessa Link) 
  • Prince Park, Petaluma, CA. Large public playing field, partially fenced, next to a golf course. Official hours are Mon-Fri, 6am - 3pm (Sept-May), Mon-Fri 6am - 8am (Jun-Aug), Sat-Sun 6am - 8am and Mon-Sun 8pm - 10pm. However, this is a large park and most of the sports events take place in the southern half. We have never been kicked out. People even offer dog training classes here. There are also drinking fountains. My old dogs like to romp on the turf grass. Location: East Washington St, east of Sonoma Mt. Parkway, just past the Petaluma airport (on your right). Directions: From HWY 101 north take the E. Washington--Central Petaluma exit. Turn right onto E. Washington drive approx. 1 mile. Take the first left turn after the airport. There will be baseball diamonds and recreational buildings at the south end of the park. Follow the drive to the north end, where there is plenty of parking and shade. (Thank you Marian Parker)
  • Rocky Memorial Dog Park. At the intersection of Lakeville and Casa Grande go west towards the river about 1/4 mile. Road dead ends at dog park. Open 6am to 9pm daily, fenced, parking, water; the best place in Petaluma to take your dog! (Thank you Mike Wise)

Santa Rosa

  • Montecito Park. Fenced Dog Run. At the park next to Maria Carillo High School. Montecito Blvd. (Rincon Valley) Santa Rosa, CA. (Thank you John W. Nielsen)


  • DeTurk Round Barn Park. ¼ acre fenced lawn area. Water. Location: 819 Donahue Street.
  • Doyle Community Park. ¼ acre fenced lawn and wood chip area. Water, Small and large dog area. Bathrooms. Location: 700 Doyle Park Drive. (Thank you Mary Bucher)
  • Ernie Smith Dog Park. Off leash fenced dog park. Best place in Sonoma for your dog to run free! Water fountains, picnic tables and chairs..1/2 acre fenced off leash park, double gated entries, completely fenced in. Location: Craig Ave at Arnold Dr. (Thank you Denise Dynan)
  • Galvin Community Park. ½ acre fenced lawn and wood chip area Water, picnic table. Bathrooms. Location: 3330 Yulupa Ave. (Thank you Mary Bucher)
  • Holman Dog Park. Small friendly fenced park with shaded tables, toys, and running water. Located just off the Sonoma Plaza on First street east, connected to the Sonoma police station, Field of dreams and directly across from the Veterans building. (Thank you Susan Hardister)
  • Liz Perrone Dog Park. Beautiful location, with hiking trails- dogs on leash on trails- in addition to fenced dog park. Large fully fenced, hose & water fountain for humans and dogs, gazebo for shade, benches & picnic tables, tennis balls. Location: Highway 12. Directions: Take HWY 12 towards Santa Rosa. Off leash dog park is just past Arrowood & Imagery wineries on RIGHT, before Glen Elen in the Sonoma Regional Park. Parking fee of $4. (Thank you Andrea Jenkins)
  • North West Community Park. ½ acre fenced lawn and wood chip area. Water, Small and large dog area. Bathrooms. Location: 2620 West Steele Lane.
  • Rincon Valley Community Park. ½ acre fenced lawn and wood chip area. Water, picnic table. Small and large dog areas. Swimming pond. Bathrooms. Location:5108 Badger Road. (Thank you Mary Bucher)



Lassen National Forest

Mendocino National Forest


Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Six Rivers National Forest

Trinity Center



  • Plaza Bark Park. Fenced-in dog park. The 1.6 acre Bark Park is located at the north end of Plaza Park in Visalia. It is surrounded by a 6' fence and includes a double-gated entry, shade, benches, pooper-scooper stations and water for two- and four-legged users. There are separate areas for small and large dogs. Location: Corner of Plaza Drive and Airport Road. Directions: From Hwy 198 exit on Plaza Drive. The Bark Park is located next to Plaza Park, across from the Holiday Inn. (Thank you Dana Alvarez)


Stanislaus National Forest

  • 1 million acre forest with meadows, pines, volcanic ridges. 660 miles of trials. Forest Headquarters: 19777 Greenley Road, Sonora, CA 95370, 209-532-3671.



  • Aspen Greenbelt (near Glacier Drive and Isle Royale Lane)  (Thank you Christy Pinney)
  • Community Park1405 F Street (west of the Skate Park)  (Thank you Christy Pinney)
  • Pioneer Park. Interstate 80, exit Mace Blvd, left on Chiles Road, right on El Cemonte Ave., left on Swingle Drive to Hamel Street. 916-757-5626. 5035 Hamel Street  (Thank you Christy Pinney)
  • Slide Hill Park. The dog portion is the back of the park, behind the Tennis Courts. Off Temple Drive. 916-757-5626. 1525 Tulip Lane (near the south end of the park)  (Thank you Christy Pinney)
  • Sycamore Park. The dog area is to the left of the playground. On Sycamore Lane, between Villanova and Bucknell. 916-757-5626. 1313 Sycamore Lane  (Thank you Christy Pinney)
  • Toad Hollow Dog Park. 2.5 acres. Double-lock entry gate. Drinking fountain for dogs, plastic chairs for people, trash cans, baggies. During the winter months, the Toad Hollow Dog Park may be closed prior to, during, and following heavy rain periods. During the temporary closures, signage will be posted at the site to inform the public. The Dog Park will be re-opened once the field has dried and is suitable for use. Location: 1919 Second Street. (Thank you Cynthia Drake)
  • Walnut Park 2700 Lillard Drive (south of the tennis courts)  (Thank you Christy Pinney)


  • Crawford Park. Permit required. Interstate 5, exit East Street, go South, make a right on Gibson Road, then a left on College Street. Corner of El Dorado Street and College. 916-661-5880.
  • Woodside Park. Interstate 5, exit East Street, go South, make a right on Gibson Road, then a left on College Street to El Dorado Street and go East to Cottonwood Street. 916-661-5880.



Oregon House

Tahoe National Forest


Klamath National Forest

Dave's Off-Leash Dog Parks In Santa Clara County

Modoc National Forest


Fort Dick

Contra Costa