They say every dog has his day; well, your dog is bound to have the perfect day with this itinerary!
See Spot run along miles of scenic coastline! Water-loving breeds will find their bliss on Seaside Beach, a beautiful, dog-friendly beach located just six miles north of Fort Bragg. While Seaside Beach is off leash and dogs are always welcome, pups are prohibited south of the Ten Mile River on the south end of the beach.
Located closer to town under the Noyo Bridge, Noyo Beach is another spot to unclip the harness and let your dog run free. Nearby Noyo Beach is the Coastal Trail, featuring nearly 7seven miles of stunning ocean views and habitat restoration more than a century in the making. Leashed dogs are welcome on both the Northern and Southern sections of the Coastal Trail. Fort Bragg has plenty of other pup-friendly parks for leashed dogs, all within a short driving distance. Check out MacKerricher Park, Glass Beach, Caspar Uplands Trail, Russian Gulch Park and Beach, Hare Creek Beach and Belinda Point.
After all this adventure, you and your pup have probably worked up an appetite. For a lighter lunch, stop by Rhody’s Café. Open April to September, Rhody’s is dog-friendly (and just friendly in general). Rhody’s is located inside the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, which is also dog-friendly, so you and your pup can take a leisurely, post-lunch stroll.
Are you and Fido ready for more fun? Take a trip back in time on the world-famous, local favorite and dog-friendly Skunk Train, located just seven mintues north on Highway 1. While your pooch may not appreciate the historical nature of this old-time train trip, they’re sure to enjoy the relaxing ride. For stunning seaside views while you and your dog dine, try Django’s Rough Bar Café or Silver’s at the Wharf. Both of these restaurants are by the harbor near Noyo Beach, so you can end your day near the same beautiful spot where it began. Good thing Fort Bragg is a small town!
Tired as a dog? Can’t blame you. You and your furry friend can find dog-friendly rooms at Surf and Sand Lodge, Beachcomber Motel, Emerald Dophin Inn and Seabird Lodge.
If you’re bringing your best friend, you’ll want to know the best places to frolic! To this end, DogTrekker is a great resource. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
Where are dogs welcome?
The following areas allow dogs on leashes:
Noyo Headlands Trail
Point Cabrillo Lighthouse Trail
Coastal Trail (south and north ends)
Caspar Uplands Trail
Russian Gulch Park and Beach
Hare Creek Beach Trail
Belinda Point Trail
Your furry friends are welcome on leash in campgrounds, picnic areas, parking areas and roads in State Parks. They’re not allowed on State-managed beaches.
Why not State Beaches?
The Pacific coast population of western snowy plovers is endangered, and California is trying to help them make a comeback. That means, unfortunately, no dogs, horses, camping, or campfires. You can learn more about it here.
Is there any beach where my pup can roam free?
Noyo Beach has a designated Off-Leash Dog Area! You can get there by taking North Harbor Drive through Noyo Harbor; just follow the road until it ends (shortly after you pass under the Shoreline Highway bridge).
You can also let them frolic at Seaside Beach, 10 miles north of Fort Bragg. This gorgeous and very popular beach is owned and managed by the Mendocino Land Trust. Just keep the pups on the northside of 10 mile River—they’re not allowed on the south end.
Are there fenced dog parks in Fort Bragg?
Yes! You can find fenced dog parks at the following areas:
Coastal Trail (south trail end)
CVStarr Recreation Center grounds