Shingle Springs is a small town in El Dorado County, California, that is right in the center of gold rush country. The town has grown from the mining camp founded during the California gold rush, but remains a small town with a love for its pups. Besides being a great place to count your gold coins, Shingle Springs has seven veterinarians that your pup can visit, making this tiny community a great dog-friendly town.
Taking your furry friend to a park for a great walk or a nice game of fetch is always a great way to spend the day, and luckily, Shingle Springs is filled with parks for you two to visit. Head over to Placerville KOA which takes you back to the gold rush era and gives you a great camping experience. The campgrounds welcome your dog to stay with you if he remains on leash, and your dog will love the awesome trails the two of you can explore. Placerville KOA has some great amenities too, like bike rentals, a kitchen to cook in, free WIFI, cable TV, fishing, and even a classic arcade.
Although there are no restaurants located inside of Shingle Springs that are dog-friendly, you are surrounded by a plethora of restaurants you can take you pup to on the outskirts of Shingle Springs. Head into Cameron Park and try out Wally’s Pizza Bar which offers pizza, pasta, and beer. They have an outdoor patio which welcomes your dog to join you while you eat.
The town of Cameron Park is just down the road from Shingle Springs and
home to the Hacienda Park Dog Park. This dog park, located inside the larger Hacienda Park, is separated into two, one
area for small dogs and another for large dogs. The park offers benches and
picnic tables for owners to watch their pups, and they have water fountains
for the puppers. The dog park is surrounded by trees to help
provide shade for you dog in case it gets a little too hot outside. The park is
conveniently located right off the freeway, so if you and Fido are passing
through, it’s a great place to stop and stretch your legs. Make sure to bring
clean-up bags with you when you visit. If your pup wants to continue his adventure, just take stroll around the surrounding Hacienda Park. This park offers benches for owners to sit on, water fountains, picnic tables, and a great walking path.
Ten minutes out of Shingle Springs is the town of El Dorado which offers a pawsome trail for you and Fido to hike together. The trail is 35.9-miles long and a mixture of asphalt, dirt, and gravel. The first 8 miles of the hike will take you through the Sierra Nevada foothills before it drops you off onto a dirt trail for the remainder of the hike. The trail is often frequented by mountain bikers and equestrians, as well as goats and cattle that wander onto the trail. After a great hike, head over to Poor Red’s Bar-B-Q which is a casual eatery that serves salads, sandwiches, and a variety of meat options. They have an outdoor patio that welcomes your dog to join you.
The Folsom Lake State Recreation Area is only 14-miles out of Shingle Springs, and a perfect place to explore with your furry companion by your side. Fido must stay on leash while you visit, but will love the beautiful scenery of the Sierra Foothills that surrounds you while you enjoy the park. The park is filled with tons of activities the two of you can do, including hiking, boating, and biking. You can even spend a weekend at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area and grab a camp site for you and Fido to stay in. Make sure to clean-up after your pup while you're visiting the park.
If you and Fido are looking for a fun dog park to run around off-leash, then head over to Folsom which is less than twenty minutes out of Shingle Springs. The Folsom Dog Park has a separate area for large and small dogs, plus shaded picnic tables, benches, and clean-up bags. Locals love how the park is always active and filled with friendly dogs for your pup to play with. They also warn to watch out for snakes since some dogs have been bit in the park before. Remember to bring water for your pup to drink while he runs around.