Lemon Cove is a small family and pup-friendly town about an hour southeast of Fresno, California. Situated at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the area offers a variety of outdoor activities Fido will enjoy. When your pooch needs medical attention, you can travel about ten miles in any direction to find veterinarian care. There are qualified vets in Three Rivers, Woodlake, and Exeter offering routine appointments and emergency services.
A fun community where pups are always welcome is near Lake Kaweah and the Kaweah Recreation Area. You can take the family to spend the day at the park fishing or boating, or take your pooch for a hike around the lake. There are picnic tables where you can eat lunch with your furry companion and admire the amazing views of the mountains reflecting off the water.
Another interesting stop is just north of town at Mesa Verde Ranch – The Big Orange. This is an outdoor fruit and vegetable market where you can purchase oranges, olives, and a variety of other fruits and veggies your pup can snack on. The Orange is surrounded by trees and grass and is a great place to get out and let your pooch stretch his legs.
If you enjoy an arid climate and amazing views - Lemon Cove is right for you.
Situated south of town, the Lemon Cove Village Park is a unique tiny home community created from an abandoned RV campground. The area is family friendly and offers plenty of trees and open spaces where you and Fido can walk around. There is a pet area near the edge of the park where your pooch can run and play in a fenced area, but you will need to bring your own water and doggie waste bags. The small playground will keep kids entertained, and you can relax with your pup on a shaded bench and let Fido roll around in the grass and have a puptastic time.
The Horse Creek Campground is located on Sierra Drive and is a great camping area for families and their furry friends. You can bring your RV or put up a tent on one of the 76 sites and enjoy some time in the great outdoors. While staying at the campground, plan a day of hiking on the mountain trails enjoying the views and wildlife. You can also stroll along Lake Kaweah and let Fido sniff the plants or get his feet wet in the water. The campground is well-maintained and provides convenient restrooms and trash receptacles.
About six miles northwest of Lemon Cove, you will find the Woodlake Botanical Garden, a fun park for pups and their families. You can walk Fido on a leash through the amazing landscape and admire the flowers and native plants. There are educational activities and produce tasting stations where you can learn about local vegetation. The trail is about 1.2 miles and is wheelchair and stroller accessible and you will be impressed by the views of the lake and the mountains in the background. Make sure to bring your own doggie waste bags and dispose of trash properly.
The Slick Rock Recreation Area is about 10 miles northeast of Lemon Cove and is a perfect place to walk with Fido. During the wet season, Winter or Spring, you will be able to admire a variety of vegetation and your pup can sniff all the plants and bushes. During the dry season, you can stroll along the lake and find a spot to spread a blanket for a picnic. While hiking, be sure to keep your pooch on a leash, as there is a variety of wildlife in the area. If you need a place to spend the night with your pup, make a reservation at Americas Best Value Inn where your pup is welcome for an additional fee.
Fido will love the puptacular Exeter Bark Park just 10 miles southwest of Lemon Cove. The off-leash park is off Hwy 198 and features a large space to let Fido run around and get some exercise. While the pups are socializing, relax on a shaded bench and sip a cold bottle of water. You will need to bring doggie waste bags and a water bowl for your pooch. The park is maintained by volunteers, so be sure to clean up after your furry pal. After spending time in the dog park, go for a walk through downtown and admire the gardens and interesting boutiques.