Bradley is a community located in the Salinas Valley, a rich agricultural area that includes many vineyards, some of which are dog-friendly. The Salinas River runs through Bradley, providing opportunities for water-based activities like fishing and tubing with your fur-buddy! The town is ringed by parks and trail systems that are also pooch-welcoming. And while there are no veterinarians in Bradley, there are several in nearby Paso Robles and Templeton, should the need arise.
Bradley is home to the pup-friendly Big Sandy Wildlife Area, which boasts almost 900 acres composed of grasslands along the Salinas River, along with water-friendly trees like willow and cottonwood in the river bed. Many species of wildlife make this area their home, including diverse waterfowl, deer and wild pigs. Hunting is allowed here, so be sure to keep track of the various scheduled seasons and equip yourself and your pup with blaze orange for safety. And remember to leash him always. This is an undeveloped parcel, so bring water for both you and Fido for your walks among the trees and grassland. The River is also a furbulous place to take a splash to cool off! Arf!
Whatever your reason for being in the Bradley area with your doggo, you can be sure you’ll find many pawrrific activities to enjoy!
If you and your pup are looking for a place to stay in Bradley, look no further than the D’Hart Ranch, located between Lake Nacimiento and Lake San Antonio. This is a private estate that can accommodate lots of people (and pups) with a total of 7 bedrooms and 6 baths, split between the main estate house and the guest house. With spectacular views of Lake San Antonio from the massive 2000 sq ft patio, a jacuzzi and a fire pit, this is the perfect place to enjoy seclusion and quiet, or to host a gathering like a family reunion or wedding, all with Fido in tow for a small additional fee. With 400 acres, there is no lack of pup-approved outdoor activities, including miles of fine walking and hiking terrain! Woofderful!
Paso Robles is a community about 4 miles south of Bradley, and it is in this neighborhood where you’ll find the 1.25-acre Sherwood Dog Park. This park features separate areas for large and small dogs, and a wood chip play surface. For the humans, shaded benches are supplied along with picnic tables and a shelter, and for the doggos there's a pawsome swim area to cool off and have a little splash play! There are even toys already there for keep-away, fetch and tug o’ war! This is a pawrfect little park for a bit of socialization and all-out running and canine cavorting!
This neighborhood of Paso Robles is home to the dog-friendly Tin City Cider Company. It's here that you can visit the outdoor patio with your furry bestie and enjoy a taste of one or more varieties of their hard cider made with local California apples and hops. The brewery also features live music for the enjoyment of its guests and is open every day. If after your visit to Tin City, you’re in the mood for something caffeinated and a snack, head on up to Starbucks on Route 101 and feast on one of their furbulous croissants or snack cakes, and a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Be sure to get Puppuccino for your good dog. Bone appetit!
Pleyto is an unpopulated neighborhood to the west of downtown Bradley where you’ll find the San Antonio Recreational Area, alongside San Antonio Lake. Pleyto was at one time a small village, but it was flooded when a dam was built to create the San Antonio Lake. The recreational area is home to 12 trails covering 26 miles, that range from beginner and easy to advanced/difficult, so there’s sure to be something for everyone, and the doggos, too. And if you’re looking for a place to stay in the area with your fur-pup, there are at least 3 campgrounds that offer views, wildlife, shady camping sites and water access on the South Shore of the Lake, and Fido can stay with you for a small additional fee. Please be aware that he must be leashed within the campgrounds. One of campgrounds, Harris Creek, features water and electricity hookups for RVs, and over 90 tenting spots with water, picnic tables and grills. Best of all, it has restrooms, and free showers with warm water! Woofderful!
Lake Nacimiento is a neighborhood in Paso Robles on the lake that bears its name. The lake is also sometimes called Dragon Lake because the creeks that branch off appear like the many legs of a dragon. It is also home to the Lake Nacimiento Resort, an outdoor playground for humans and pups alike! The lake’s 165-mile shoreline with mountains, canyons, forest and waterfalls are pawrfect for hiking and exploring. Wildlife is abundant, and the clear, smooth lake invites paddling and sailing with Fido. And with 7 campgrounds, you’re sure to find a spot where you and he can retire for the night amid the trees or on the lake shore. Pups must be leashed, but that won’t detract from their fun! Woofderful!