Famous for its Skunk Train, Willits, located in Northern California, hosts the oldest local continuous rodeo. Also known as “Getaway to the Redwoods” and the “Heart of Mendocino County”, this small town will please you with a loyal atmosphere and a few pet-friendly facilities that you will feel homesick as soon as you leave! You'll find a couple of animal hospitals here, so no need to fret if you need a vet -- your pup will be in good hands here.
If you're staying here, you'll find a pawesome place where you and your pup can enjoy lots of off-leash play together. Frank Grasse Dog Park is located less than a mile from Highway 101, almost in the city center, and features two separate sections for small or shy puppies and large or brave mutts. This is a free off-leash park with a fence and double-gated entrance. Your pup will love it so much here that he won't want to leave!
Want to soak up the Northern California atmosphere and stay for a few days? Willits has a few dog-friendly lodging solutions. One is Lark Motel in the southern part of the city, which has comfortable rooms, dog-friendly policies and no additional fee for pets under 25 lbs.
Coastal Fort Bragg welcomes tourists from all over the world year-round to roam, enjoy and explore the area. South Lincoln Street is located in the eastern part of the city, set among schools, churches and residential quarters. Before you say this place isn't for you, just visit Fort Bragg Dog Park, located right next to CV Starr Community Center. This is an off-leash, fenced park for pooches of all sizes and temperaments to have an amazing day out, playing, barking, frisking and socializing! The area is grassy and the locals are friendly, which means you and Fido will have the pawfect day making memories here.
Located one mile south of Fort Bragg, Noyo is an incorporated community and a neighborhood featuring a number of different attractions for locals and visitors. Nestled on the banks of Noyo River, the place offers marina attractions and a dog-friendly beach! Your lovely mutt is welcome to join you off-leash at the rocky beach. Let your pooch explore walking trails, sniff out pebbles and seaweed, and dig his paws in the sand when it gets too hot. This place is secluded and private with enough space for everyone! But, if you want to experience something thrilling, exciting and un-fur-gettable, board the Sea Hawk, provided by All Aboard Adventures. Deep-sea fishing, bay and sunset cruises, and whale watching is waiting for you and your pup! All aboard!
Separated from the city center by Noyo River, the northern part of Fort Bragg features a busy highway with shopping and dining facilities and secluded coastal views to the west. If you're passing through, pay a visit to Pomo Bluffs Park, located at the very western edge of the peninsula. This park is home to 25 acres of spectacular and beautiful views which you and Fido can enjoy from a paved walkway. You'll have a chance to overlook Noyo Harbor and the west side of Highway 1. Make sure to keep your mutt on their leash at all times, and relax on one of the benches in the area. This is the pawfect place for a quiet moment in nature with your dog.
Located in the northern part of Ukiah, Low Gap Park is set on Orrs Creek in a quiet green area with golf courses and educational spots. You will be pleased with the number of outdoor facilities and activities provided by the park, which is one of the most favorite places among families in the city. Your furry family member has a place in the park as well. More importantly, he has his own park! Low Gap Dog Park is located within the main one and features two separate sections for small and large pooches, lots of grass and room to run, shade, benches and drinking water. Don't fur-get to bring your own waste bags!
If you're traveling through northeastern Ukiah, off The Forks, you will find a beautiful and huge lake in the area. Lake Mendocino is a dog-friendly recreation spot complete with walking trails which make the perfect place for a leashed stroll. Here, you can simply enjoy the calm atmosphere, or you can camp or share a picnic. The place features covered picnic tables, open grills and a playground for kids if you come by with the family and your furry friend together. Bring plenty of water with you, and keep your pup on a leash at all times!