Corte Madera really is a little jewel in the San Francisco bay area. Nestled on the northern coast just 8 miles from The Golden Gate Bridge, this really is a pawfect place to be. Whether it’s shopping, dining out, or country hikes you’re after, this place has it all for you and your wag-tailed wonder.
One of the main attractions is the Corte Madera Marsh State Marine Park, with its easy gradient treks and its stunning views of one of the few estuaries in the bay area. There is also the wonderful Camino Alto Open Space Preserve over in the southwest region of the area; this is a relatively small area with some more rugged trails for you and you tag-along to explore.
One of the more unusual attractions for this area is the Village at Corte Madera, a dog-friendly boutique mall with a comfortable, central seating area which has regular entertainment for your cultured canine to sit back and enjoy.
If you and your furry baby decide to stay a while, there are some great holiday rentals to choose from, but some have some restrictions on dog size, so be sure to check the pet policies when booking.
If it’s idyllic views and scenic walks you and your
wag-tailed wanderer are after, then Belvedere Tiburon really is the place to be.
For a walk with an easy gradient, head to the Tiberon Linear Park, which has a
converted railway line that's part of the Rails-to-Trails initiative. If you and your poochie pal fancy a more challenging hike, there’s The Hippie Tree, which is right up at the top of Tiburon -- follow the fire
trail off Tiburon Boulevard. Or, there’s Blackie’s Pasture -- which was named
after a monument to a much-loved horse -- which has stunning views and a 2-mile
paved walk back into Downtown Tiburon. Belvedere Tiburon is just 6 miles from Corte Madera, so you and your pup will want to visit often!
Larkspur really is an area with a lot going for it, most pupticularly the trails -- there are just
so many to chews from! One of the local favorites is the 4.-mile Baltimore Canyon–Dawn Falls loop. This stunning
stroll takes you through a lush fern-covered valley and then upwards to a
trail with breathtaking views over the SF Bay area. The Dawn Falls section of
the trail, as the name would suggest, has some beautiful waterfalls perfect
for a poochie paddle, but make sure you’re in feeling spritely, as there are
some steep gradients on this part of the trail. The best part? Larkspur is just one mile from Corte Madera!
The first place to go in this lovely Marin County suburb, located 6 miles from Corte Madera, has
got to be the Sausalito Dog Park. This park really has it all for you and your four-legged buddy, whether they're a hefty hound or a piccolo pooch (there’s a
separate area for big/small dogs). The park supplies tennis balls, doggy bowls, and a doggy drinking fountain. The dog park is 1.5 acres in size, so there's plenty of room to run.
The surface here is wood-chip, which makes for easy cleaning maintenance, but can be a little tough on paws. The park provides waste bags and bins, and it’s right off the freeway. All in all, this park is
just dogone grrrreat!
It seems the people of Marin County really know how to do dog parks, and the Mill Valley Dog Run is no exception. This is a howl of a place for you and your doggy dude/dudette. This huge, open-plan park commands stunning views of Mt Tamalpais and Richardson Bay. It's got a clean pond if your poochie pal is feeling aquatic. Water bowls are available here, and the park provides free doggie waste bag dispensers, or "Mutt Mitts". There's also free parking (and barking!) nearby, as well as plenty of benches for the two-legged ones to relax on. The only thing to be careful about here is that the park is not fully fenced in, so keep Fido within earshot.
The people of Marin County love their canine
companions, and Red Hill Dog Park sure proves it. This park is a community run
park, so all cleaning and maintenance is done by local volunteers who do a great job of keeping the park tidy. This 1-acre park is completely fenced and has
double gates, so no need to worry about any renegade runners. The park provides all the
things a dog could want in a park, and some great amenities for the humans. There are two water fountains designed for pups and their parents, as well as picnic tables and shade umbrellas for the humans. Water bowls and tennis balls are available for the doggies. This furrific dog park is just a little over 5 miles away from Corte Madera!