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Dog-Friendly Trails Near San Francisco

06.30.17

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Dog-Friendly Trails Near San Francisco

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  • Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve's Historic Trail.- Dog-Friendly Trails Near San Francisco
  • The Sutro Baths with Marin County and the entrance to the Golden Gate in the distance.- Dog-Friendly Trails Near San Francisco
  • Corona Heights Park off-leash dog area.- Dog-Friendly Trails Near San Francisco
  • Big Rock Trail.- Dog-Friendly Trails Near San Francisco
  • A view from the Coastal Trail between Rodeo Beach and Muir Beach. - Dog-Friendly Trails Near San Francisco
  • The view from Hawk Hill Vista at the Marin Headlands.- Dog-Friendly Trails Near San Francisco
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While it's true that most national and California State Parks do not allow dogs on trails, there are still plenty of of scenic on and off-leash options around San Francisco well suited for strolls, hikes and trail runs with your canine companion. Each of these destinations are dog friendly, but please check the regulations and adhere to the leash laws of each individual area.

Sutro Forest + Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve

Dogs are permitted throughout the forest provided they remain on leash. 

Lands End Lookout + Sutro Baths

Dogs are allowed on leash or under voice control in some areas.

Marin Headlands

While dogs are allowed on leash or under voice control in some areas of the Marin Headlands, it is important to note they are prohibited in other areas. The apparent rule of thumb is that dogs are allowed off-leash north of Tennessee Valley Road, starting on the Miwok Trail and running up and over the hill to Muir Beach. Dogs are not allowed at all south of Tennessee Valley Road. Be sure to check before you hit the trial.

Coastal Trail

Dogs are not allowed on all sections of the coastal trail. They are allowed from Golden Gate Bridge to the junction with Wolf Ridge Trail, Rodeo Beach to Muir Beach, and the Wolf Ridge Loop. Dogs are allowed on leash or under voice control in some areas.

Rodeo Beach

Dogs are allowed on leash or under voice control in some areas.

Corona Heights Park

This is a city park with an off-leash area. Dogs must be leashed outside of this area.

Big Rock Trail

Dogs are allowed on leash or under voice control in some areas.

Deer Island Open Space Preserve 

Dogs are only allowed on leash in this preserve. 

Remember that dogs must remain on leash in all parking lots and picnic areas. When out on the trails, respect the leash laws and follow these rules for Dog Etiquette on the Trail. Have fun!

Have other recommendations for great places to bring your four-legged friend? Tell us in the comments below!

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