Acampo in San Joaquin County is a quaint census-designated place whose name derives from a Spanish word meaning common pasture. With a population of just over 300 people and covering an area of just 0.9 square miles, it’s no exaggeration to say that this close-knit community is a tiny one. But you’d be barking mad to be put off by Acampo’s small size! This little spot is as charming as they come and while it may not have much, it is free to relish in the amenities of many bustling Californian cities nearby. Acampo has a winery that welcomes calm, companionable canines to join their owners in the Lodi Vintners tasting rooms or on the delightful decking area.
You don’t have to travel far to find a veterinary clinic ready to help you ensure Fido is in fetching form for all the fun-filled days that lie ahead, and there are numerous dog parks, walking trails and dog-friendly restaurants within driving distance just waiting for you and your precious pooch to arrive!
Lodi, Acampo’s closest city, is the definition of a puppy’s paradise. There are 5 dog parks here and they are nothing short of pawfect! Vinewood Dog Park is a large and lavish open space that gives pups a chance to sniff out some safe off-leash adventures, and Lodi Lake is a stunning spot for leashed laps by the water.
The gorgeous town of Galt is home to Kiwanis Bark Park, a haven for hounds and humans alike. This splendid spot has separate areas for the biggest St. Bernards and smallest Scotties. These well-sized spaces both have benches for two-legged friends to relax and shaded spots to help you both stay cool. Come prepared with water and doggy waste bags. With a state-of-the-art obstacle course on the grounds too, your pup will be jumping through hoops to get to Galt! If you want to trek together, then head to Consumnes River Preserve and take a day to explore the terrific trails through vibrant, varied habitats.
If your charismatic canine won’t settle for anything less than a leash-free frolic, then Stockton needs to be top of your mutts-visit list! This charitable city has three dog-parks for you to choose from. Michael Faklis Park has a designated doggy area and is a real lucky find. There is a water fountain, separate spaces for dogs of different sizes, and ample places to sit. Barkleyville Dog Park is a stickler for doggy details and even has bone-shaped benches. There’s an obstacle course for flexible fur-iends and heaps of room for big and small dogs. Paul E. Weston Park has a puppy park and also features access to the terrific San Joaquin Trail.
There so many oppawtunities for furry fun in Elk Grove that it’s almost impossible to count. This exquisite city has an abundance of leash free finds, with the Off-Leash Dog Park in Elk Grove Park being just one of them. This spot doesn’t separate dogs by size, but it does provide water, doggy bags, and shaded seating areas. Bring a fashionable frisbee to the large open space in Jacinto Creek Park’s Dog Park and play a game with your barking bestie. There’s a tunnel to run through and lots of happy hounds waiting to say hello! Bring water and doggy bags if you’re planning a visit.
Marvelous Meadowview in Sacramento, CA, harbors the luxurious Lynn-Robie Dog Park that is much loved by locals. This park has so much to offur any pupperific pair! It’s a secure stretch of greenery that has a double-entry gate to make sure Fido won’t run away, and each preppy pooch must have a license, vaccines and ID tag. Lynn-Robie Dog Park has an enclosed area for smaller dogs and a water fountain designed just for dogs. There are also two water sprouts for observant owners to sip on while chilling out in the canopied seating area. You’ll need to bring your own pooch poop packaging, but there are plenty of bins to dispose of doggy waste.
Is your congenial canine starved for some extra excursions with other pups? Then it’s time to explore Partner Park Dog Park in South Land Park! Even though there are no distinct zones for little lap-dogs, this park is still the stuff that doggie dreams are made of. There is a great balance here, with sections shaded by tremendous trees and beautiful spaces for basking in the sun. This wondrous woodland has hills for tongue-lolling runs and flat areas for super sniffing. There’s water provided on-site, as well as a kiddie pool for doggy dips and a wash before heading home. Bring waste bags to help maintain the lovable levels of cleanliness.