In the Sonoma Wine County lies the city of Sebastopol, California. Sebastopol is an unique town in many ways, whether it is for its rural charm, its progressive environmental policies or the presence of a holistic animal sanctuary. The over 7,000 citizens of Sebastopol have a bond with nature and with animals.
The best place for dog owners to take a stroll in Sebastopol is the Ragle Ranch Regional Park. This marvelous park is not only worth a visit for its beautiful gardens and surroundings. For dogs, the main attraction in this park is the dog park that is part of the Animal Care Center of Sonoma. Dogs are allowed in the entire park but in this dog park can be let off their leash.
The West County & Rodota Trails are another perfect spot to sniff some fresh air with dogs. These trails follow the old Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railway and are 14 miles in total length. Next to the paved pathway is an equestrian trail making this a golden tip for dog owners as well as horse lovers.
One cannot visit Sonoma County without tasting one of their famed wines. The Dutton-Goldfield Tasting Room is part of the Dutton Ranch, which consists of more than eighty vineyards. Guests with a dog can enjoy one of the many Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varieties in the outside seating area.
Because the city of Sebastopol is so small in size, it can be difficult to find a place to find a dog park that checks all your boxes. Luckily in central Sebastopol you will find the Joe Rodota Trail. Although not a dog park, this friendly dog path is one of the most beautiful trails that runs all the way from East Santa Rosa to Forestville in the west. This charming trail has poop stations and trash cans. However, since it is not an off-leash dog park make sure you walk or run on the trail with your dog on a leash.
Regional parks are some of the largest and most beautiful parks in the nation. Not only does this park have its very own dog park but it is home to a variety of trails ranging in length and difficulty. The dog park also has a specific time allocated for small dogs only. So if your small dog is scared of big dogs in other dog parks, you know where to take them so they’re comfortable. Lastly, this park is perfect for those who want to get some exercise with their loyal companions. Just put on your running shoes and enjoy the gorgeous views.
When you’re really in the need for some open land and beautiful scenery head to the Laguna De Santa Rosa Regional Trail in Santa Rosa. Located right next to the Laguna Wetlands Preserve, this trail is approximately 3 miles, making it perfect for a brisk walk on a sunny afternoon. The park keeps doggie poop bags readily available. Because of the unpredictable terrain you may want to take a leash to the park with you. Since this park is not very well-known, it is often secluded so you and your puppy can feel comfortable exploring the park without fear of running into anyone else.
Have you been to all the parks in Sebastopol? Do you need a change of scenery? Take a 15 minute drive to the city of Rohnert Park, California. Here you will find Robert’s Lake Dog Park. This park has different zones for large and small dogs. Furthermore, the park has plenty of shaded spots and benches for pet owners like yourself to take a moment and relax. Take some snacks and a book to make a day of it! Because the park is so popular it can get quite busy, making it the perfect place to meet new dogs and people!
Take an excursion from your city and make your way to Santa Rosa. Only located 7 miles away, Santa Rosa is home to a multitude of parks. One park, Petersen Lane Park is beautiful and welcoming. It has many grassy fields for soccer and other sports. It also has a trail that anyone can follow with their furry friends. Unfortunately, it is not primarily a dog park so you will have to keep your dog on a leash if you see others. However, it does have water fountains for you to use to get water for yourself and your dog.