Are you wondering where your dog would enjoy taking a walk? We’ve got you covered. Taking your pup to the local park for a little time in the sun is an excellent way for them to interact with other dogs and get some exercise. It will also give you a chance to socialize with people.

Research shows that 41 percent of dog owners don’t regularly walk their dogs, even though it can deepen their bond with their cuddly canine. Here are some dog-friendly parks that you can enjoy with your pup in California.

Samuel P. Taylor State Park

If you love rich redwood sanctuaries, this one’s for you. This dog-friendly state park is situated 15 miles west of San Rafael and has camping areas with showers included. It also has a cycling trail that stretches for five miles, which you can also enjoy while your dogs are on a leash.

You can also camp out in Golden Gate Recreation Area and Point Reyes National Seashore after a hike with your pup. Rather than bringing your camp stove on a trail, you can visit the restaurants at Point Reyes Station to recuperate.

If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush through an exhaustive hike, you can climb up the Bolinas Ridge Trail with your pet, which offers a beautiful view of the Marin landscape. Start bright and early with breakfast at the Pine Cone Diner in Point Reyes Station, where your dog can join you at an alfresco table underneath the sky.

A mother and daughter playing with their dog in a park

MacKerricher State Park

You may have to keep your dog on a leash while walking through MacKerricher State Park, but it’s worth the splendor of the pup-friendly beaches and trails in Mendocino County. You’ll find tide pools, wetlands, and forests while walking your dog in this versatile state park, including one of California’s long coastal dune systems.

Make sure you stick to the ancient haul road, which runs along Ten Mile Beach, since four-legged creatures aren’t permitted on the northern end. Your dog won’t get bored in this park, but if you’re unsure of what else you can do to pass the time, there are tide pools at Laguna Point where you can watch large sea creatures dive.

South Yuba River State Park

Pet owners believe dog walking makes dogs feel happier, more active, and less stressed—and this tranquil park in Nevada County, situated near the lovely Yuba River, does just that.

If your dog loves swimming, you can go to Kneebone Beach in the summer, close to the park’s HQ and beside the Independence Trail containing old mining ditches. You’ll also find many breathtaking river landscapes. You can also look for gold near the shore, but just make sure you don’t end up in the shoreline because it’s prohibited to dogs.

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