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Park Finder

Open Spaces/Parks San Francisco

Off and on leash dog walking recreation as of September 2010

GGNRA Off Leash (per the GGNRA’s 1979 Pet Policy) Dogs must be under voice control.

  • Crissy Field
  • The Presidio (see resource library for specific areas within the Presidio)
  • Baker Beach
  • Fort Miley
  • Ocean Beach
  • Fort Funston

San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department Off Leash Areas:

  • Alamo Square Park
  • Alta Plaza Park
  • Bernal Heights
  • Buena Vista Park
  • Corona Heights
  • Dolores Park
  • Douglass Park
  • Duboce Park
  • Jefferson Square
  • Lafayette Park
  • Lake Merced
  • McLaren Park (2 sites)
  • McKinley Park
  • Mountain Lake
  • Pine Lake (off Vale)
  • Potrero Hill
  • St. Mary’s
  • Stern Grove (Wawona @ 20th/21st)
  • Upper Noe Park

Golden Gate Park:

  • Golden Gate Park-Dog Run 38th and Fulton
  • North of Lincoln, south of MLK Drive, between 3rd and 7th Ave.
  • Golden Gate Park Southside-between 34 and 38th and Middle and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
  • Golden Gate Park-Stanyan and Grove

On Leash in San Francisco:

  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • Fort Mason, GGNRA
  • Sutro Heights Park
  • Golden Gate Park (Beach Chalet)
  • Golden Gate Park (Polo Grounds)
  • Golden Gate Park (Stow Lake)
  • Golden Gate Park (The Panhandle)
  • Twin Peaks
  • Glen Canyon Park
  • Mount Davidson

Check with www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/pets.htm for the GGNRA dog areas and http://sf-recpark.org/ for the San Francisco Department of Recreation and Parks for more information regarding pet regulations and the latest information about individual areas.

You can find lots of useful information in Maria Goodavage's The Dog Lover's Companion to Northern California. See www.caldogtravel.com.

See also the Run-Free Guide at SFDOG.org and our resource library.

Open Space/Parks San Mateo County, CA

Off and on leash dog walking as of June 2010

Off leash:

  • Esplanade Beach, Pacifica (closed)
  • Burlingame Dog Exercise Park
  • Foster City Dog Playground
  • Shore Dogs Park, Redwood City
  • Cipriani Dog Park Exercise Area, Belmont
  • Half Moon Bay Dog Park
  • Heather Park, San Carlos
  • Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve, San Carlos

On leash:

  • Commodore Dog Park, San Bruno
  • Sweeny Ridge, GGNRA
  • Linda Mar Beach/Pacifica State Beach
  • Milagra Ridge, GGNRA
  • McNee Ranch State Park, Montara
  • Montara State Beach
  • Central Park, San Mateo
  • Laurelwood Park, San Mateo
  • Twin Pines Park, Belmont
  • Surfer’s Beach, Half Moon Bay
  • Half Moon Bay State Beach Trail
  • Bluff Top Park, Half Moon Bay
  • Bayfront Park, Menlo Park
  • Holbrooke-Palmer Park, Atherton
  • Thornewood Open Space Preserve, Woodside
  • Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, Portola
  • Coal Creek Open Space Preserve, Portola
  • Bean Hollow State Beach, Pescadero

References: Peninsula Humane Society, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, The Dog Lover’s Companion to California,, 2008, by Maria Goodavage

Open Space/Parks Marin County, CA

Off and on leash dog walking as of June 2010

Open Space Off leash: under voice and sight control

Golden Gate National Recreation Area (per the 1979 GGNRA Pet Policy)

  • Marin Headlands
  • Oakwood Valley
  • Rodeo Beach
  • Muir Beach
  • 4 Corners
  • Alta Avenue

Videos of these areas are available on You Tube or www.crissyfielddog.org.

Marin Open Space District Preserves

Fire roads only:

  • Alto Bown
  • Baltimore Canyon
  • Blithedale Summit
  • Camino Alto
  • French Ranch
  • Gary Giacomini
  • Ignacio Valley
  • Indian Tree
  • Indian Valley
  • Horse Hill
  • King Mountain
  • Little Mountain
  • Loma Alta
  • Loma Verde
  • Lucas Valley
  • Mt.Burdell
  • Old St. Hilary’s
  • Pacheco Valle
  • Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow
  • Tiburon Ridge
  • Verissiomo Hills
  • White Hill

Marin County Beaches, Cities, and Parks

Off Leash

  • Remington Dog Park, Sausalito
  • Stinson Beach, to the right
  • Bayfront Park, Mill Valley
  • McGinnis Park, San Rafael
  • Field of Dogs, San Rafael
  • Red Hill Park, San Anselmo
  • Memorial Park, San Anselmo
  • Sorrich Ranch Park, San Anselmo
  • Msrin Human Society, Novato (small dog park and large dog park)
  • Dogbone Meadow Park, Novato
  • O’Hair Park, Novato
  • Bolinas Beach, Bolinas
  • Kehoe Beach, Pt. Reyes
  • Dillion Beach Resort, Dillion Beach

On leash

  • Richardson Bay Lineal Park, Tiburon
  • Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
  • Mt. Tamalpais State Park
  • Natalie Coffin Green Park, Ross
  • Samuel P. Taylor State Park,
  • Miwok Park, Novato
  • Bolinas Ridge Trail, GGNRA
  • Limantour Beach, Pt. Reyes
  • Pt. Reyes Beach North/South

Please contact the GGNRA for more pet information at www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/pets.htm.

Please note that Marin County Open Space District rules allows dog owners to walk up to three dogs on District fire roads and professional dog walkers, 3 dogs off leash and 3 dogs on leash on fire roads. Check www.marinopenspace.org for further information.

References: Golden Gate National Recreation Areas’s 1979 Pet Policy, Marin County Open Space District, Marin Humane Society, The Dog Lover’s Companion to California (2008) by Maria Goodavage.

Open Space/Parks Marin County, CA

Off and on leash dog walking as of June 2010

Open Space Off leash: under voice and sight control

Golden Gate National Recreation Area (per the 1979 GGNRA Pet Policy)

  • Marin Headlands
  • Oakwood Valley
  • Rodeo Beach
  • Muir Beach
  • 4 Corners
  • Alta Avenue

Videos of these areas are available on You Tube or www.crissyfielddog.org.

Marin Open Space District Preserves

Fire roads only:

  • Alto Bown
  • Baltimore Canyon
  • Blithedale Summit
  • Camino Alto
  • French Ranch
  • Gary Giacomini
  • Ignacio Valley
  • Indian Tree
  • Indian Valley
  • Horse Hill
  • King Mountain
  • Little Mountain
  • Loma Alta
  • Loma Verde
  • Lucas Valley
  • Mt.Burdell
  • Old St. Hilary’s
  • Pacheco Valle
  • Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow
  • Tiburon Ridge
  • Verissiomo Hills
  • White Hill

Marin County Beaches, Cities, and Parks

Off Leash

  • Remington Dog Park, Sausalito
  • Stinson Beach, to the right
  • Bayfront Park, Mill Valley
  • McGinnis Park, San Rafael
  • Field of Dogs, San Rafael
  • Red Hill Park, San Anselmo
  • Memorial Park, San Anselmo
  • Sorrich Ranch Park, San Anselmo
  • Msrin Human Society, Novato (small dog park and large dog park)
  • Dogbone Meadow Park, Novato
  • O’Hair Park, Novato
  • Bolinas Beach, Bolinas
  • Kehoe Beach, Pt. Reyes
  • Dillion Beach Resort, Dillion Beach

On leash

  • Richardson Bay Lineal Park, Tiburon
  • Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
  • Mt. Tamalpais State Park
  • Natalie Coffin Green Park, Ross
  • Samuel P. Taylor State Park,
  • Miwok Park, Novato
  • Bolinas Ridge Trail, GGNRA
  • Limantour Beach, Pt. Reyes
  • Pt. Reyes Beach North/South

Please contact the GGNRA for more pet information at www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/pets.htm.

Please note that Marin County Open Space District rules allows dog owners to walk up to three dogs on District fire roads and professional dog walkers, 3 dogs off leash and 3 dogs on leash on fire roads. Check www.marinopenspace.org for further information.

References: Golden Gate National Recreation Areas’s 1979 Pet Policy, Marin County Open Space District, Marin Humane Society, The Dog Lover’s Companion to California (2008) by Maria Goodavage.

Open Spaces/Parks San Francisco

Off and on leash dog walking recreation as of September 2010

GGNRA Off Leash (per the GGNRA’s 1979 Pet Policy) Dogs must be under voice control.

  • Crissy Field
  • The Presidio (see resource library for specific areas within the Presidio)
  • Baker Beach
  • Fort Miley
  • Ocean Beach
  • Fort Funston

San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department Off Leash Areas:

  • Alamo Square Park
  • Alta Plaza Park
  • Bernal Heights
  • Buena Vista Park
  • Corona Heights
  • Dolores Park
  • Douglass Park
  • Duboce Park
  • Jefferson Square
  • Lafayette Park
  • Lake Merced
  • McLaren Park (2 sites)
  • McKinley Park
  • Mountain Lake
  • Pine Lake (off Vale)
  • Potrero Hill
  • St. Mary’s
  • Stern Grove (Wawona @ 20th/21st)
  • Upper Noe Park

Golden Gate Park:

  • Golden Gate Park-Dog Run 38th and Fulton
  • North of Lincoln, south of MLK Drive, between 3rd and 7th Ave.
  • Golden Gate Park Southside-between 34 and 38th and Middle and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
  • Golden Gate Park-Stanyan and Grove

On Leash in San Francisco:

  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • Fort Mason, GGNRA
  • Sutro Heights Park
  • Golden Gate Park (Beach Chalet)
  • Golden Gate Park (Polo Grounds)
  • Golden Gate Park (Stow Lake)
  • Golden Gate Park (The Panhandle)
  • Twin Peaks
  • Glen Canyon Park
  • Mount Davidson

Check with www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/pets.htm for the GGNRA dog areas and http://sf-recpark.org/ for the San Francisco Department of Recreation and Parks for more information regarding pet regulations and the latest information about individual areas.

You can find lots of useful information in Maria Goodavage's The Dog Lover's Companion to Northern California. See www.caldogtravel.com.

See also the Run-Free Guide at SFDOG.org and our resource library.

Open Space/Parks San Mateo County, CA

Off and on leash dog walking as of June 2010

Off leash:

  • Esplanade Beach, Pacifica (closed)
  • Burlingame Dog Exercise Park
  • Foster City Dog Playground
  • Shore Dogs Park, Redwood City
  • Cipriani Dog Park Exercise Area, Belmont
  • Half Moon Bay Dog Park
  • Heather Park, San Carlos
  • Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve, San Carlos

On leash:

  • Commodore Dog Park, San Bruno
  • Sweeny Ridge, GGNRA
  • Linda Mar Beach/Pacifica State Beach
  • Milagra Ridge, GGNRA
  • McNee Ranch State Park, Montara
  • Montara State Beach
  • Central Park, San Mateo
  • Laurelwood Park, San Mateo
  • Twin Pines Park, Belmont
  • Surfer’s Beach, Half Moon Bay
  • Half Moon Bay State Beach Trail
  • Bluff Top Park, Half Moon Bay
  • Bayfront Park, Menlo Park
  • Holbrooke-Palmer Park, Atherton
  • Thornewood Open Space Preserve, Woodside
  • Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, Portola
  • Coal Creek Open Space Preserve, Portola
  • Bean Hollow State Beach, Pescadero

References: Peninsula Humane Society, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, The Dog Lover’s Companion to California,, 2008, by Maria Goodavage