Redcrest is a tiny community in Humboldt County, California with just under 100 residents. The Avenue of Giants, a scenic highway running through Humboldt Redwoods State Park, is one of the area's biggest attractions and part of the annual Avenue of the Giants Marathon. Pastoral and beautiful, Redcrest is perfect for camping with Fido and taking long, mindful walks in the park areas nearby. Surprisingly enough, the town also has a wonderful, cozy café with outdoor tables where pooches are welcome! However, finding a vet may be a problem. The closest three clinics are 30 miles north, in Ferndale.
Redcrest Resort is a treasure for travelers and adventurers with pups! Entirely pet-friendly (with an additional, small fee per pet per night), the area offers woodsy cabins where you can rest before embarking on an adventure in the scenic area of The Avenue of Giants. Located in the heart of Redcrest, the resort is easy to find and offers hot tubs and fire pits!
Humboldt Redwoods State Park is another amazing place to enjoy a camping excursion with Fido. Even though hounds are not allowed on the walking trails, there’s plenty of space to explore and sniff! You can enjoy a walk along certain roads, but these are also available for mountain biking, so be careful and keep your buddy on their leash.
Haehl Creek is a neighborhood in Willits, located 3 minutes east of South Main Street. Featuring several residential quarters, the area is also home to Mendocino County Museum and two public parks: Recreation Grove Park and Willits Rodeo Grounds. Walking with the pooch along East Commercial Street? Pay a visit to Frank Gasse Dog Park. This double-gated doggie paradise is split into two sections for active hounds and shy pups. It’s fairly popular among locals and visitors, but the park is huge, so you'll have plenty of room to play one-on-one if you prefer. Sit back and relax: water, waste bags, and restrooms are available on-site. Time to play!
Located 60 miles northwest of Redcrest, Mad River County Park is a place worth traveling to! The park has earned a reputation as one of the best beaches and fishing spots on the Redwood Coast. There are two parks here: one has a boat ramp into the Mad River and is a perfect spot for wildlife watching. Another is a cool beach area with coastal dunes and secret hiking paths (can your buddy find them?). What’s really amazing is that you can let your pup off-leash here! As long as he stays under your voice control and doesn’t disturb the wildlife, that is. Don’t forget to pick up after your mutt!
Samoa is a small community on the northern peninsula of Humboldt Bay, 20 minutes south of Arcata. This cozy census-designated place has a wonderful secret for visitors located at the very southern end of the peninsula. Samoa Dunes Recreation Area is a charming, sandy strip of land on the shore of Pacific Ocean. Hikers, bird watchers, and other outdoor enthusiasts love the area for its variety of activities and clean sandy dunes. You can always come by here with your pup and even let him play and run off-leash! Keep a close eye on him, and make sure he responds well to voice commands.
Rohner Park is one place you and Fido would be barking mad to miss out on! Its lands and facilities offer endless opportunities for partying, gathering, picnicking, and hiking with a furry friend. There are more than 2 miles of trails open to leashed pooches. The trails will take ruffly an hour and a half to complete, making them perfect for beginners and advanced hikers alike! All tuckered out from your walk? There are several beautiful pavilions where you can catch a breath and enjoy the views of the forest. Don't forget to pack plenty of water and waste bags for your outing!
The Sunnybrook neighborhood in the southern part of Fortuna has an obvious advantage. Bordered by the shopping area on South Fortuna Boulevard to the east, the place offers a variety of cultural and commercial attractions not far from downtown! Cross Redwood Highway to enjoy the views of Strongs Creek and pay a visit to Fortuna Dog Park at Dinsmore Drive. This wonderful enclosure with a manmade obstacle course and tunnels is a fun place to get in some morning exercise with your hyper hound! The area is not big, but the park is never crowded, which makes it pawfect for shy pups. Bring some drinking water and doggie waste bags with you.