Summer is right around the corner and that means it’s time to hit the outdoors with your best fur-iends! We rounded up over 50 dog-friendly parks, beaches, and trails in 25 cities. So whether your pup loves grass, water, or dirt… we’ve got your covered. Grab that leash and get going!
Don’t forget! Dog parks require that your dogs are current on vaccinations and that you clean up after your dogs. When visiting a leash-free dog park, keep them on leash before you go into the park and when you exit, and do not bring female dogs in heat. City and regional parks allow leashed dogs on trails and throughout other recreation areas. Park websites list additional rules and regulations. Trail use requires that all dogs must be on a leash no longer than six feet. Many trails are shared by equestrians, bicyclists and pedestrians. Unless otherwise noted, no water or waste bags are provided, please trek with your dogs prepared and bring your own supplies.
Make sure your dogs are safe! Check water conditions at dog beaches at brc.healthebay.org or download the app.
La Palma Dog Park
Open: daily, Tuesday – Sunday, 5 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Monday, noon – 10:30 p.m. 229 W. La Palma Ave., Anaheim. (714) 765-5155
Yorba Regional Park
A linear park over one-mile long situated in the mouth of Santa Ana Canyon features trails and access to the Santa Ana River Trail. 7600 E. La Palma, Anaheim. (714) 973-6615
Flora Vista Dog Park
Open: daily, dawn to dusk. 9203 Flora Vista St. (562) 804-1424, Ext. 2268
Brea Wildcatters Dog Park
Open: 7 a.m. – dusk; closed Thursday, 7 a.m. – noon for maintenance. Corner of Valencia Ave. and Santa Fe Road.
Carbon Canyon Regional Park
124-acre park with walking/hiking trails, plus a ten-acre grove of Coastal Redwoods. 4442 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea. (714) 973-3160
Bellis Dog Park
Open: daily, 8 a.m. – dusk; closed Thursday, 8-10 a.m. for maintenance. 7171 8th St. (714) 236-3860
Ralph B. Clark Regional Park
104-acre park with hiking trials. 8800 Rosecrans Ave., Buena Park. (714) 973-3170
Costa Mesa Bark Park
Open: dawn – 9 p.m.; closed Wednesday for maintenance. TeWinkle Park, corner of Arlington Ave. and Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa. (714) 754-5300
Talbert Regional Park
North Talbert offers 91 acres and South Talbert is 88 acres. The trail system allows linkage to other parks up and down the stream along the Santa Ana River. 1298 Victoria Ave., Costa Mesa. (949) 923-2250
Downey Dog Park
Open: dawn to dusk. Rio San Gabriel Park, 9612 Ardine St. (562) 904-7126
Craig Regional Park
124-acre park with hiking trails. 3300 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton. (714) 973-3180
Fullerton Dog Trails
The Fullerton area offers the following dog-friendly trails, open 7 a.m. – sunset: Fullerton East Coyote Hills Trail – Three miles round trip, trail starts in Trail Rest Park and ends in Craig Regional Park. Fullerton Panorama Trail – Three miles round trip, trail head in Coyote Hills Golf Course. Hiltscher Park Trail – Three miles round trip, trail head at the corner of Bastenchury and W. Valley View Drive. Juanita Cooke Greenbelt and Trail – Five-and-a-half miles round trip, trail head at north end of Laguna Lake Park. (714) 738-6575
Fullerton Pooch Park
Open: daily, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.; closed Wednesdays for maintenance. 201 S. Basque Ave., Fullerton. (714) 738-3330
The Barking Lot
Open: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. Garden Grove Park, 9301 Westminster Ave. (714) 741-5200
Best Friend Dog Park and Huntington Beach Central Park
Central Park offers 350-acres with walking trails and dog park. The dog park is open daily, weekdays, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and weekends, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Golden West St. and Talbert Ave. (714) 536-5486
1½ miles of beach where dogs may be off-leash in the water and on wet sand daily, 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. Metered parking (currency, coins and Visa/MC). Annual parking permit is available; call the Marine Safety Division for rates, (714) 536-5281. Pacific Coast Hwy., between 21st and Seapoint streets. (714) 841-8644
Santa Ana River Bike Path/Hiking Trail
Path that parallels the Santa Ana River channel is 29 miles one way, Huntington Beach to Yorba Regional Park to Green River Golf Course in Corona. Path is shared by cyclists, joggers and strollers.
Wieder Regional Park
24-acre park features hiking trails. 19251 Seapoint Ave. (949) 923-2250
Open: daily, 6:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; closed Wednesday for maintenance. 6405 Oak Canyon, Irvine. (949) 724-6833
Orange County Great Park
Leashed dogs are allowed in all areas of the park, including most special events. They can even take a ride in the Great Park Balloon (rides $5-10). Park entrance, Sand Canyon and Marine Way, Irvine. (949) 724-6247
Dogs on the Beach
Leashed dogs are allowed on city and county beaches anytime of day through June. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Rules apply to both the city and county beaches in the City of Laguna Beach, except for Thousand Steps Beach where dogs are not allowed at any time of the year. Metered parking. (949) 246-2459
Laguna Niguel Pooch Park
Open: dawn to dusk. 31461 Golden Lantern. (949) 362-4300
Laguna Woods Dog Park (949) 639-0500
Open: daily, 7 a.m. – dusk. Ridge Route at Peralta Drive.
Home Run Dog Park
Open: daily, dawn to dusk. Closed Monday, 7-10 a.m. for maintenance. Rynerson Park, 20711 Studebaker Road. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408.
Open: Monday – Friday, 3-6 p.m. 130 Cherry Ave. (562) 570-1601
Coolidge Dog Park
Open: daily, dawn to dusk. 352 Neece Ave.
Downtown Dog Park
Open: daily, dawn to dusk. Lincoln Park, Broadway and Pacific Ave.
El Dorado Regional Park and Dog Park
More than 660 acres with walking trails. El Dorado West, 2800 Studebaker Road, (562) 570-3225. El Dorado East, vehicle entry: $5-8, cash only, annual passes available; 7550 E Spring St., (562) 570-1771. Dog park is located in El Dorado East, Area II; open daily, dawn to dusk, (562) 570-3150.
Jackson Park Dog Park
Open: daily, dawn to dusk. 1432 Jackson St. (562) 570-3100
Open: daily, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. Pacific Ave. and 9th St.
Recreation Dog Park
Open: daily, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Monday morning closure for maintenance. 5201 E. 7th St. (562) 570-3100
Rosie’s Dog Beach
Open: daily, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. One dog per adult; bring your own water and waste bags. Visit the website for additional rules. Metered parking. Belmont Shore, between Argonne and Roycroft.
Seaside Dog Zone
Open: daily, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. East Village Arts District, E. Seaside Way and S. Linden Ave.
Uptown Dog Park
Open: daily, dawn to dusk. Scherer Park, 4600 Long Beach Blvd.
Wrigley Heights Dog Park
Open: daily, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Monday morning closure for maintenance. 3401 Golden Ave. (562) 570-3111
Oso Creek Trail
Three miles round trip. Be cautious of wildlife, including coyotes and mountain lions. 27301 La Paz Road, Mission Viejo. (949) 470-3000
Water Park for Dogs
Open swim, private swim, dock-diving class and club/group swim are available. All pets must pass an evaluation which can be booked or completed during open swim times. All pets need current vaccination records. 25817 Washington Ave., Murrieta. (951) 677-6031
Corona Del Mar, Newport and Balboa Beaches
Dogs on six-feet or shorter leashes are allowed on beaches or beachfront sidewalks before 10 a.m. and after 4:30 p.m., year round. Corona Del Mar State Beach, Iris St. and Ocean Blvd.; Newport and Balboa Beach, Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. (949) 644-3717
Newport Beach Dog Park
Open: 7 a.m. – dusk; closed Wednesday morning until 9 a.m. for maintenance. 100 Civic Center Drive. (949) 644-3151
Upper Newport Bay
1,000 acres of open space and hiking trails. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 923-2290
Irvine Regional Park
Features paved and unpaved walking/hiking trails. Parking, $3-7. 1 Irvine Park Road. (714) 973-6835
Santiago Oaks Regional
1,758-acre park features hiking trails that provide access to the Anaheim Hills trail system that connects several parks. Some trails remain closed for fire recovery, check website for details. 2145 N. Windes Drive. (714) 973-6620
Tri-City Regional Park
40-acre park with paved and natural walking trails. 2301 Kraemer Blvd., Placentia. (714) 973-3180
Rancho Palos Verdes
Abalone Cove Shoreline Park
Abalone Cove and Sacred Cove beaches, tidepools, trails and scenic views. 5970 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes. (310) 544-5366
Ocean Scenic Trails
Behind Trump Golf Course
Approximately 4.4 miles, features a picnic area with panoramic view of the ocean, cliff-side trails and a dog beach. 1 Trump National Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes.
Point Vicente Interpretive Center
Trek through coastal land and trails. Dogs must be leashed. Bring water. Waste bags are available. 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West, RPV. (310) 377-5370
Rancho Santa Margarita
RSM Dog Park
Open: daily, dawn to dusk. Canada Vista Park, 24328 Antonio Pkwy. (949) 216-9700
San Clemente Dog Park
Open: 6 a.m. – dusk; closed Tuesday until 1 p.m. for maintenance. 301 Avenida La Pata. (949) 361-8264
San Onofre State Beach Campsite
Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet at a campsite or confined in an enclosed vehicle, tent or pen. Leashed-dogs are welcome on trails 1 and 6. Dogs are not permitted on trails 2-5 or on the beach.
Arbor Dog Park (562) 431-2527
Open: dawn to dusk, seven days a week. License required, call for details. 4665 Lampson Ave., Seal Beach.
Signal Hill Dog Park
Half an acre with dog areas, play equipment for canines, dog water fountains, and waste bags. Open: 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. 3100 California Ave., Signal Hill. (562) 989-7330
Cleveland National Forest
Dog-friendly trails are located in Trabuco Canyon, including Holy Jim Falls Trail (three miles round trip) and Trabuco Canyon Trail (five miles round trip). Hikers must purchase a day pass or a year Adventure Pass, available at sporting good stores and ranger stations. Bring your own water and waste bags. Open dawn to dusk. (858) 673-6180
Whittier Dog Park
Open: daily, sunrise to sunset; closed Thursday, 8-11 a.m. for maintenance. 12206 Philadelphia St., Whittier. (562) 567-9240
Whittier Narrows Recreation Area
Trails and a dog-sports field. 823 Lexington-Gallatin Road, South El Monte. (626) 575-5526