Named after the crescent-shaped stretch of beach at the south of the city, Crescent City lies on the spectacular northern California coast, just 20 miles from the Oregon border, and is a city where you will find plenty of dog-friendly activities. Thanks to its coastal location, there are numerous scenic dog walks to be had here, along with dog-friendly restaurants, hotels, three veterinary clinics, and a stunning state park.
Dogs always love spending time by the ocean, and the Crescent City Harbor is a great place to start. Although a lead is essential here, there is so much to see and do, from taking the educational walking trail to teach your pup more about the area's commercial fishing history, to snacking on some fresh seafood from the local seafood shacks. If your dog could do with more of a run, you could even hire a bicycle and take your pup along a section of the California Coastal Trail.
For dogs who love to socialize, there are a few eateries in the city that welcome four-legged companions with open arms. The North Coast Grill is one of these, with their dog-friendly deck seating and delicious menu of burgers, seafood and more. Head to SeaQuake Brewery and Pizza for some comfort food and a refreshing house-brewed ale, along with a bowl of water for Fido, of course!
With all of the amenities of a modern city, plus a beautifully scenic coastal location, Crescent City is a fantastic area to explore with a dog.
The Parkway Drive neighborhood provides access to the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, giving you the perfect opportunity to take your pooch for a stroll around these ancient trees. Although dogs are not allowed on the main trails of the park, there is a dog-friendly trail available that you can opt for. Known as the Walker Road Trail, this is fully paved and lined with majestic redwoods that will no doubt take your pup's breath away. Keep in mind that you will need to keep your pup on a lead, of no more than 10 feet in length, and be sure to bring along a few doggie bags and some water too.
Bertsch-Ocean View is quite a historic part of town, perfect for pooches who want to learn more about Crescent City's heritage. This is where you will find the Battery Point Lighthouse, which is an active lighthouse that was first lit in 1856. This has been designated as a National Historic Site, and is the northernmost lighthouse in California. You and your pup can begin by taking a stroll along Lighthouse Way, timing your visit for low tide so that you can then take a walk over the land bridge to check out the lighthouse up close. Although you will need to keep your dog on a lead for this adventure, Fido won't mind when he sees the spectacular views ahead of him.
W Washington Blvd/ N Pebble Beach Drive is home to Pebble Beach, which is a long strip of connected coves in which your pooch will find so many exciting sights, smells and sounds. The Point St George Beach Trails in the southwestern part of the neighborhood are also dog-friendly, and provides you with a fantastic vantage point for watching whales and birds. You could also spend some time fishing, before heading to one of the beach's picnic areas to throw some of your freshly-caught seafood onto the grill. Your dog will need to be kept on a lead here, and make sure to hold on tight if you decide to point out the Castle Rock National Wildlife Refuge island to your pup, as all of the offshore birds and sea lions may have him diving into the water!
The City Center neighborhood is home to a wide range of attractions, including a brand new designated dog park. This can be found at the west end of Beachfront Park, which is a spacious green area with a large playground, a disc golf course and an open lawn. With open coastal views and a cool ocean breeze, this is the perfect spot for both humans and canines alike to mingle and socialize. Once Fido is all tired out, check yourselves in to one of the dog-friendly hotels in the neighborhood for a peaceful night's sleep. The Penny Saver Inn is a great option, as is the Front Street Inn, but keep in mind that both do charge an extra fee when guest's are accompanied by their dogs.
Klamath is located about ten miles south of Crescent City boundaries, but being home to the sandy crescent-shaped Crescent Beach, this is a spot that many local dog owners flock to. This is the perfect place for a long, leisurely walk, with multiple resting points along the way thanks to all of the driftwood and logs that have washed ashore. If your pooch could do with more of a challenge, make your way to the overlook, where you will find the start of a half mile hike to Enderts Beach. Since these beaches lie on Redwood National Park property, you will need to keep your dog on a lead at all times, and ensure that you bring some doggie bags and water too.