Dog Parks of Contra Costa County

Published by: Jersey on 17th Jul 2010 | View all blogs by Jersey
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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.
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  • 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.



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Tahoe National Forest


Klamath National Forest

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

Modoc National Forest


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